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Trump administration approves Keystone XL pipeline permit

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration issued a construction permit Friday for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, reversing a decision by former President Barack Obama that allowing the project to move forward would undermine U.S. leadership on climate change. The decision marks the latest twist ...

Gulf lease sale draws $275 million in winning bids

A federal offshore lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday drew $275 million in high bids, exceeding last year’s totals as higher oil and gas prices continue to hopes of a rebound. “Today’s strong sale reflects continued industry optimism and interest in the Gulf’s Outer Continental Shelf, ...

Paxton moves to block federal crackdown on natural gas storage sites

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is going to court to fight a new federal regulation requiring stricter safety standards on underground natural gas storage facilities. In a petition filed in the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Friday, Paxton argues the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Admini ...

Trump caught between coal and a hard place on budget

One of the pillar’s of President Donald Trump’s campaign was revitalizing the United States’ struggling coal industry. But as his administration works to shrink the federal budget, while meeting pledges to grow military spending and spur a massive nationwide infrastructure build ou ...

On NAFTA, Trudeau emphasizes mutual dependence

With President Donald Trump promising to renegotiate NAFTA, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said any deal would reflect the degree to which the two economies are dependent on one another. “Canada is very aware of the opportunities that come with the close integration with the American m ...

2 top GOP senators endorse roll back on U.S. climate policy

Republican Senators John Cornyn and Lisa Murkowksi offered support Friday for President Donald Trump’s plans to roll back U.S. climate regulations, saying a focus on building technology will do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “We should have faith in our ability to innovate our ...

Pruitt signals pullback on U.S. climate policy

Scott Pruitt, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said Thursday power utilities should be able to decide how to supply electricity to the grid without government regulators picking “winners and losers.” The comments, following statements made earlier in the day Thursday during an inter ...

As oil exports boom in Iran, investment questions loom

More than a year after the United Nations lifted sanctions against Iran, crude exports from Iran have come roaring back. Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh says the country exported more than 3 million barrels on a single day last month, the highest level seen since the late 1970s, according ...

What will happen to U.S. carbon pricing under Trump?

The United States might not have a national carbon pricing system like Europe has and Canada and Mexico are developing. But it does have a scattering of regional carbon markets, in the northeast and in California. With President Donald Trump in the White House, some are wondering whether the adminis ...

EU energy chief Maros Sefcovic talks U.S. relations and climate change

Maros Sefcovic, vice president for energy at the European Commission, is in Washington this week for meetings on Capitol Hill and at the White House. But first he stopped in Houston for the CERAWeek energy conference, where he spoke about global efforts to combat climate change. Before he headed to ...

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