Category: Politics/Policy

Oil industry cartoon targets anti-Keystone cowboys

Cowboys and Indians who rode on horseback through the nation’s capital this week to protest against the Keystone XL pipeline are fighting back against a new oil industry ad satirizing the effort.  More »

Report: US ill prepared to tackle Arctic oil spills

The United States is ill prepared to tackle oil spills in the Arctic, whether from drilling or vessels traveling through newly passable waterways once clogged with ice, according to a National Research Council report released Wednesday.  More »

Governor dodges calls to halt frack sand mining

Mining opponents delivered a moratorium petition to St. Paul Tuesday as part of an Earth Day rally at the Capitol.  More »

EPA scales back biofuel mandate to reflect reality

The Obama administration is significantly reducing the amount of cellulosic biofuels refiners will have to prove they blended into gasoline last year, acknowledging that the market lagged far behind government projections.  More »

Lobbying dollars flow into DC on exporting US gas

Labor unions, energy companies and other groups spent as much as $34 million during the first quarter lobbying for and against exports of U.S. natural gas, according to new disclosures.  More »

Pemex CEO honored as oil exec of the year

International energy leaders named Pemex CEO Emilio Lozoya petroleum exec of the year.  More »

Safety of oil tank cars draws scrutiny

Rail industry representatives on Tuesday told federal investigators they need clear government guidance on how to boost the safety of tank cars carrying crude oil and ethanol across the United States, lest they be penalized for making voluntary improvements that fall short of later mandates.  More »

Debate on crude export ban ignites lobbying in DC

A high-profile debate over the 39-year-old ban on exporting U.S. crude unleashed a wave of lobbying in the nation’s capital, government filings reveal.  More »

Former drilling chief: US ‘on a course to repeat’ Gulf oil spill

Former Minerals Management Service Director Elizabeth Birnbaum says the Obama administration “still has not taken key steps . . . to increase drilling safety.”  More »

Former US president joins opposition to Keystone XL

In an open letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, the former president insisted that approving the pipeline would trigger “more climate upheaval” around the globe.  More »

U.S. LNG Exports Could Ensure European Energy Security

The ongoing crisis in Ukraine is a flashpoint for European and American leaders to reinforce energy security in Europe and redouble efforts to decrease Europe’s dependence on Russian natural gas.  Russia provides nearly one-third of Europe’s annual natural gas demand which totaled 18.7 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) in 2013. Ukraine is also the major conduit […]  More »

Anadarko joins ad blitz to thwart Colorado fracking bans

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Noble Energy Inc., Colorado’s largest oil producers, are waging a media campaign to promote the benefits of hydraulic fracturing as residents push statewide measures to restrict the production technique as a threat to the environment.  More »
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