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Jennifer A. Dlouhy

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2014 file photo, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Heitkamp said Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, that she won?t run for North Dakota governor, a setback for Democrats? hopes of claiming the state?s top office. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Senate panel advances oil exports in near party-line vote, signalling trouble ahead for bill

Although the Senate banking committee voted 13-9 to approve an oil exports bill, the panel debate on the measure illustrated hardening partisan division over the possible trade policy change.
Joint Economic Committee members Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., left, and Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind. talk on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Sen. Pat Toomey seeks to shred biofuel mandates as part of oil exports bill

Before the Senate Banking Committee votes on legislation to lift the oil export ban on Thursday, the panel may consider whether to axe some U.S. biofuel mandates.
Shell's Arctic drilling vessel the Noble Discoverer arrives in Everette on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Daniella Beccaria,

Shell’s Arctic miss is just the oil industry’s latest dry hole

Shell is far from alone in making a big bet on an offshore play only to end up with disappointing results. From the Gulf of Mexico to the shores of Angola, offshore exploration has yielded plenty of dry holes.
(Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement)

Shell abandons Arctic oil quest after $7 billion bid yields ‘disappointing’ results

After failing to find commercially viable quantities of oil and gas at its Chukchi Sea well, Shell said it will halt exploring U.S. Arctic waters and could take a $4.1 billion write down.
President Barack Obama shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping after speaking during a state arrival ceremony for the Chinese president, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

U.S., China, Pope Francis help build momentum for international climate talks

Hopes for an international climate accord in Paris this December were buoyed Friday, as the world’s largest economies — the United States and China — joined together to pledge curbs on greenhouse gas emissions and Pope Francis exhorted world leaders to take immediate, “concrete steps” to improve the environment.
Pope Francis addresses the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 at United Nations headquarters.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Pope Francis beseeches world leaders to protect environment

Pope Francis steered clear of specific policy prescriptions but exhorted world leaders to take “concrete steps and immediate measures for preserving and improving the natural environment.” The message comes less than three months before international climate negotiations in Paris.
US President Barack Obama speaks with Pope Francis during an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, September 23, 2015. More than 15,000 people packed the South Lawn for a full ceremonial welcome on Pope Francis' historic maiden visit to the United States. AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

At White House, Pope Francis makes plea for climate action

Pope Francis praised the Obama administration’s plan for curbing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, an EPA initiative that has drawn scorn (and lawsuits).
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Obama administration plan would ensure energy companies pay to scrap old offshore hulks

The move by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is designed to ensure that the companies have set aside enough money to dismantle offshore facilities once oil and gas stops flowing.
(AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

BLM moves forward with plan to crack down on venting and flaring

A plan to curb natural gas venting and flaring at wells on public land is now being scrutinized in an interagency review process, teeing the proposal up for possible release later this year.
Northstar Island, an artificial island in the Beaufort Sea north of Alaska, is a site of oil and gas drilling. (U.S. Department of the Interior)

Feds to review Hilcorp’s plan for manmade island in Arctic

Although other gravel islands have been built in the Beaufort Sea, Hilcorp’s proposed Liberty project would be the first oil production facility located entirely in federal waters off the Alaska coast.