Category: Politics/Policy

Federal agency says oil exports would lower pump prices

Ending the United States’ longstanding ban against most crude exports could lift oil prices inside the country while decreasing the cost of gasoline, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Monday.  More »

How the Energy Revolution is Supporting Texas-Sized Economic Growth

America is in the midst of an energy boom. We all know this. We also know the positive impact it has had on our nation’s balance sheet. The U.S. is now set to surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia in crude production, and it has already passed the former as the world’s largest producer of natural […]  More »

Energy Department: U.S. must act now on methane emissions

The EPA and the Interior Department are considering a combination of regulations that would rein in methane, a power heat-trapping greenhouse gas.  More »

Government lags in measuring gush of U.S. crude

The federal Energy Information Administration relies on state agencies for data about oil production, sometimes two years late. For natural gas, the EIA is collecting data from an outdated survey of producers in five states that was designed before technological advancements opened up new plays across the country.  More »

Wisconsin man to bike Enbridge pipeline path in protest

The 80-year-old man is biking through counties where the Canada-based company’s crude oil Pipeline 61 could be built.  More »

Q&A: Small generators pose big challenge to utilities

“Distributed generation” — or power generators installed at or near the sites they serve — threaten to shake up the electricity sector as we know. Attorney Ram Sunkara discusses how the industry will have to adapt to the new technology.  More »

Construction authorized at Freeport LNG

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators on Friday cleared the way for construction at a planned natural gas exporting facility at Quintana Island, Texas. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorized Freeport LNG to start initial site preparation and begin building liquefaction and pre-treating facilities at its planned export terminal. But the agency told Freeport LNG it cannot […]  More »

Pacific Rubiales signs pact with Pemex for Mexican foray

Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. signed an agreement with Petroleos Mexicanos to study oil and natural gas ventures as Mexico opens up its energy industries to private investment for the first time in 76 years.  More »

Feds settle Gulf pollution case

A Houston oil and gas company must pay to settle government charges alleging it illegally dumped oil and chemicals into the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Citigroup sees $1.1 trillion stimulus from oil plunge

Crude prices are plunging amid signs that OPEC won’t act to eliminate a surplus as global growth slows.  More »

Falling oil prices shake up global economies

Dropping oil prices are having complex effects on economies around the globe that are only starting to be felt.  More »

Report: Oil exports could drive manufacturing renaissance

Allowing oil companies to sell crude overseas could result in tens of thousands of new jobs at home, a new paper says of the United States’ longstanding crude export ban.  More »
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