U.S. Confirms China Soybean Purchase, But No Clarity Over More Sales

By Julie Ingwersen and Humeyra Pamuk CHICAGO/WASHINGTON Dec 13 (Reuters) - U.S. government officials on Thursday hailed China's first meager purchase of U.S. soybeans since its trade war with the United States began in July and said they hoped for, but could not guarantee, more to come. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced private sales of 1.13 million … [Read more...]

Conservation Groups Sue Trump Administration Over Atlantic Seismic Surveying

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C., Dec 11 (Reuters) - Environmental groups opposed to offshore drilling sued the federal government on Tuesday to prevent future seismic tests for oil and gas deposits in Atlantic waters off the U.S. East Coast. Seismic testing, which uses air gun blasts, violates federal laws that protect marine mammals, endangered species, and national … [Read more...]

Trump Said to Advance Seismic Surveys for Oil in Atlantic

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy (Bloomberg) -- The Trump administration is taking a major step toward allowing a first-in-a-generation seismic search for oil and gas under Atlantic waters, despite protests that the geological tests involve loud air gun blasts that will harm whales, dolphins and other animals. The National Marine Fisheries Service is set to issue “incidental harassment … [Read more...]

Maersk CEO Says Data Shows `Ironic’ Twist in U.S. Trade War With China

By Christian Wienberg (Bloomberg) -- The man running the world’s largest container-shipping company says he has access to data that shows Donald Trump has so far failed to wean the U.S. off Chinese imports. Soren Skou, the chief executive of A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, says Chinese exports to the U.S. actually grew 5-10 percent last quarter. Meanwhile, U.S. exports to China fell … [Read more...]

Macron at Sea Shows U.S.-France Ties Run Deeper Than Trump Spat

By Helene Fouquet and Gregory Viscusi (Bloomberg) -- France’s Emmanuel Macron is heading to sea on his biggest warship a day after he suffered a tirade of abuse from Donald Trump. The trip, planned for weeks, will show France’s alliance with the U.S. goes beyond any temporary disagreement between the presidents. France’s sole aircraft carrier, the … [Read more...]