Police scuffle with protesters demonstrating in opposition to the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, Monday, March 10, 2014, as they block a door to the federal building in Philadelphia. The protestors say the pipeline would contribute to global warming. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Keystone XL activists arrested in Philly (photos)

Dozens of environmentalists blocked entrances to a federal office building Monday in Philadelphia to protest the Keystone XL oil pipeline and police arrested at least 24 people, organizers said.
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Demonstrators march with a replica of a pipeline during a protest against the Keystone XL Pipeline outside the White House on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The War on Energy is Underway

Consumer Energy Alliance’s mission is to promote U.S. energy production.  With our membership, CEA supports public policies that ensure consumers can access affordable energy and that the energy is developed safely and responsibly. We advocate for opening areas off U.S. shores in the Atlantic, the Arctic and in the Gulf of Mexico to energy development. […]
Gina McCarthy, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, speaks to journalists at the IHS CERAWeek energy conference in Houston on March 6, 2014. (Simone Sebastian/Houston Chronicle)

EPA chief: Power plant rules won’t ‘put the brakes on business’

Economic growth and reducing carbon pollution can go hand in hand, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy insisted Thursday.
Daniel Yergin, vice chairman IHS CERAWeek Conference Chairman (left) , leads a panel on the future of shale gas with Marvin Odum, president Shell Oil Company; Fred Krupp, president
Environmental Defense Fund; and Governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper,  during the IHS CERAWeek energy conference. ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Environmentalist: Methane emissions hurt benefits of natural gas

The energy industry must continue to manage rogue natural gas emissions that release methane into the atmosphere in order to maximize the fuel’s potential as a sustainable source of energy, the head of the Environmental Defense Fund said Wednesday.
Christopher Smith, assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy, speaks during panel at the IHS CERAWeek conference at Hilton Americas - Houston Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Houston. ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Growth in oil field water use challenging regulators

Industrial water management needs more comprehensive regulatory rules that cover its use ‘cradle to grave’, experts said a morning breakfast panel Wednesday.
BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie speaks at the IHS CERAWeek energy conference in Houston on March 4. (Mayra Beltran/Houston Chronicle)

Energy CEO: Climate change is real, driven by humans

BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Maxkenzie, who leads the world’s largest mining company, said that climate change is real and driven by human activity during remarks Tuesday at the annual CERAWeek conference in Houston.
A new oil well operates on the outskirts of Parshall, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson, File)

Hundreds propose places to protect from drilling

The North Dakota Industrial Commission received more than 500 comments from the public on a proposal for places deemed worthy of special protection from energy development.
Fragmented and disappearing marsh, which was formerly cypress forest, in St. Bernard Parish, just outside New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Battle shaping up over ‘Big Oil’ lawsuit bill

Supporters of a south Louisiana flood control board’s lawsuit against scores of oil and gas companies over erosion of coastal wetlands announced plans Thursday to fight legislation they say could undermine not only the lawsuit but the political independence of the board.
Foundations and pilings are all that remain of brick buildings and a boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, after they were destroyed when a powerful storm that started out as Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the East Coast on Monday night. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Study: Offshore wind turbines can weaken hurricanes (video)

Offshore wind turbines could help prevent destruction caused by hurricanes by draining the storms of their deadly winds, according to a new scientific study that highlights a previously unknown benefit of the technology.
National Governor's Association Vice Chair Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper participates in a special session on jobs in America during the National Governor's Association Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Colorado governor touts air pollution rules

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is touting the state’s new air pollution curbs on the oil and gas industry — but he insists that local efforts to curb drilling run afoul of constitutional property rights.