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Richard Dunham

Obama budget targets oil and gas industry — again (updated)

Another year, another budget blueprint from President Obama, another attempt to increase the taxes paid by the oil and gas industry. After trying and failing for four consecutive years, the budget to be released this morning by the president includes what senior administration officials describe as “closing of unfair tax loopholes” including “tax loopholes for […]
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Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, is chairman of a working group on energy tax reform. (Chronicle photo)

Rep. Brady to head energy tax reform effort

Rep. Kevin Brady, a Republican from The Woodlands, said his goal is to modernize energy tax code provisions to focus on “making it more competitive globally.”

Kevin Brady to head House tax reform task force on energy

Rep. Kevin Brady is a busy man these days. He’s chairing Congress’ Joint Economic Committee. He’s heading up the House Ways & Means Committee Health Subcommittee. And now he’s taking on new and significant responsibilities: He’s been asked by House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp to coordinate a bipartisan task force looking at  
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T. Boone Pickens (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Boone Pickens picks Romney for president

It may not be the biggest political surprise of 2012 — after all, he is a conservative energy executive — but Dallas billionaire T. Boone Pickens is backing Mitt Romney for president. Two days before Election Day, Pickens explained in an op-ed piece in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette why he picked the former Massachusetts governor over  
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A gas station attendant pumps gas, in Portland, Ore.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Four Texas counties rank among nation’s top ten for gasoline consumption

Four Texas counties are among the nation’s top ten users of gasoline, according to a new study released today by the Sierra Club, League of Conservation Voters and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Categories: Environment
Allison MacFarlane (Official photo)

NRC’s new chair determined to examine earthquake risks

Allison MacFarlane, the new chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, is a geologist — the first to lead the commission. And she views that as a fortunate thing for the commission and the industry.

Republicans accuse ex-EPA official of ducking House hearing to meet with Sierra Club

“The fact that Dr. Armendariz was just blocks away and still refused to testify at our hearing raises even more questions. If he had time on his schedule to meet with the Sierra Club, it is even less clear why he was unable to fulfill his prior commitment to testify,” said Rep. Fred Upton.
The Ensco 8501 semi-submersible rig in the Gulf of Mexico (Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

As OTC starts, heat’s on energy industry during election year

Another day, another oil-bashing proposal in the nation’s capital.
Categories: Crude oil, Offshore, OTC

Rick Perry: Global warming isn’t real, it’s a result of scientists’ manipulation

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the red-hot candidate for the Republican president nomination, scoffed at global warming at a breakfast meeting with business leaders in Bedford, N.H., this morning.
Categories: General
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Pete Olson: Expansion of energy exploration is essential to economic turnaround

Rep. Pete Olson, R-Sugar Land, writes a guest column about the expansion of energy exploration and its ties to turning around the economy.