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Blue Dog Democrats endorse oil export bill

The 14-member group of fiscally conservative Democrats said they backed the bill the night before a House subcommittee is expected to approve the measure.
(Associated Press)

Wind power growth faces sharp decline without federal aid, report says

While critics oppose the continuation of what they call “wind welfare,” Texas leads the nation in wind power, which makes up about 14 percent of the Texas grid’s generation capacity.
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House committee to vote on oil exports

A House subcommittee will vote on legislation to lift the oil exports ban on Thursday, launching a push to get the measure through Congress this year.
(Ty Wright/Bloomberg)

Gasoline prices now more than $1 a gallon cheaper than last year

Houston gas prices are down 5.9 cents a gallon from last week, 21.9 cents from last month, and $1 less than the same time last year.

Commentary: Facts Confronting Illusions

Over 200 years ago, John Adams made an observation that has stood the test of time: “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence; nor is the law less stable than the fact…” In recent decades, […]
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California Gov. Jerry Brown. (AP file photo/Nick Ut)

California’s climate fight comes down to late negotiations

The Democratic governor has to break through a logjam in his own party in the final week of the legislative session.

A damaged barge is moored along the Kentucky shore of the Mississippi River at Columbus-Belmont State Park in Columbus, Ky., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. A tow traveling north on the river struck the barge as it was traveling south across the river. The Mississippi River has been closed to barge traffic because the damaged barge leaked clarified slurry oil. (AP Photo/Stephen Lance Dennee)

Stretch of Mississippi River in Ky. reopens after oil spill

On Saturday morning, the Coast Guard said vessel traffic on the affected part of the river was open, with a safety zone in effect from mile marker 938 to 934.
A worker at Valero Energy's refinery in Three Rivers, Texas, Oct. 12, 2012. (Michael Stravato/The New York Times)

This summer’s high gas demand could lead to a heavier maintenance season for refineries

The summer saw high gasoline demand and ever-cheapening prices at the pump, but the fall is expected to see up to 1.3 million fewer barrels of crude oil a day processed into gasoline by refineries while some plants are temporarily shut down, said analyst Brad Heffern of RBC Capital Markets.

Commentary: Don’t Buy the Environmental Hype Against Crude Oil Exports

Allies of our nation’s environmentalist movement are not about to let facts get in the way of swaying public opinion in their efforts to garner support for its overreaching agenda.  Case in point: a recent column by the Center for American Progress (CAP) attacking efforts to lift the ban on U.S. crude oil exports. The […]
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Commentary: Is Texas lagging in an area of energy policy? Find out what the experts say

Distributed Energy, or DE, is defined as energy generated on the customer’s side of the electric meter. Think, for example, of electricity coming from small-scale diesel generators that otherwise provide backup power for large buildings. Rooftop solar panels also can provide distributed energy.