Puneet Kollipara

Puneet Kollipara

Puneet Kollipara covers politics and the energy business from the Washington, D.C., bureau of the Houston Chronicle and Hearst. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics and physics from Washington University in St. Louis. Follow him on Twitter: @pkollipara

House panel to grill administration on fuel standard plan

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has suggested the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which drew up the standards together, violated the law by making a deal in secret, without the input of consumers and without a process based on “rational science.” Officials from the EPA and NHTSA are listed as witnesses.  More »

Groups sue Obama for scrapping stricter smog limit

Environmental groups sued the Obama administration today for scrapping a stricter limit for smog-forming pollution, saying the decision violated the law and put politics ahead of protecting public health.  More »

Republicans pass bill to delay new EPA regulations

House Republicans leaders have taken aim in recent weeks at a new EPA rule that would require mercury and other harmful emissions to be reduced by 90 percent, calling it a job killing regulation. The rule is set to go into effect in 2013.  More »

Joe Barton says Solyndra “poster child” of Obama’s “failing energy policies”

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis (AP photo) Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, dubbed the bankrupt California solar panel company that received a loan guarantee from the Obama administration as the “poster child of the administration’s failing energy policies ..  More »

Joe Barton slams Obama over Solyndra loan guarantees

The Texas congressman said the bankrupt California solar panel company that received a loan guarantee from the Obama administration showcases the White House’s “failing energy policies — and its failing economic policies as well.”  More »

Texas official tells Congress EPA air rules based on flawed science

Tougher ozone standards that President Barack Obama withdrew in early September and their purported health benefits touted by the Environmental Protection Agency were based on flawed science, a Texas official charged today.  More »

Texas officials says EPA regulations based on “flawed science”

Tougher ozone standards that President Barack Obama withdrew in early September and their purported health benefits touted by the Environmental Protection Agency were based on flawed science, a Texas official charged today.  More »

Veto threatened on bills to delay EPA rules on boilers

The Obama administration said it would likely veto the bills – the EPA Regulatory Relief Act and Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act – because they would prevent the EPA from moving forward with rules that are already over a decade overdue, as well as lower how stringent the agency’s rules can be. The administration also rejected Republicans’ claims the two bills would prevent thousands of jobs from being lost.  More »

Republicans take aim at EPA’s cement pollution regulations

The House will likely vote this week on measures to delay or weaken Environmental Protection Agency rules reducing air pollution from industrial boilers, incinerators and cement plants.  More »

Business groups urge Congress to pass gas tax

Failure to act could mean job losses in the hundreds of thousands and contract delays in the billions of dollars, say groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  More »

Business groups want multiyear highway funding extension to prevent “billions” in delayed projects

Congress should pass a multiyear bill that authorizes collection of the federal gas tax and funds highway and mass-transit programs at current levels or higher to prevent job losses in the hundreds of thousands and contract delays in the billions of dollars, business groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, has long criticized the federal funding formula as unfair because states often get less back on transportation projects than they pay in the form of gas taxes. Earlier this year she proposed allowing states to opt out of the federal highway program and instead get a rebate on federal gas taxes from in-state sales.  More »

Report: Diesel could play vital role in economic growth

The diesel industry will play a “vital role” in helping the U.S. economy grow and recover from its slowdown, a trade group said today in a new report.  More »

Tax credit needed to maintain domestic wind turbine business

U.S. manufacturing of wind turbines will likely fall in 2013 if Congress doesn’t extend a tax credit by this fall, a trade-group official said Tuesday.  More »

House passes bill delaying emissions rule Texas wants blocked

The House passed a bill today that delays for several years an emissions rule Texas and Dallas-based power plant operator Luminant have asked a federal court to block, and that would require a new committee to analyze the impact on business for EPA rules.  More »

EPA chief respects Obama’s decision to delay ozone standards

Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson said she “respects” President Barack Obama’s decision to withdraw tougher ozone standards until 2013, adding that the agency will implement a less-stringent standard from 2008 — something she once called “not legally defensible.”  More »
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