Category: Politics/Policy

Obama administration opens door to Atlantic drilling

The Obama administration is poised to unveil a draft plan for selling offshore oil and gas leases that is expected to rule out auctioning drilling rights in parts of the Atlantic Ocean as well as in some Arctic waters and along the West Coast between 2017 and 2022.  More »

Senate Democrats block bid to wind down Keystone XL debate

The procedural vote means that the Republicans are looking at days — if not weeks — of additional debate on the bill and the dozens of amendments that have been proposed to it, including proposals involving climate change, crude exports, Arctic drilling and whether EPA employees can carry firearms.  More »

Republicans vow to fight administration on Arctic drilling

Republicans lashed out at what they called a “triple whammy” of Obama administration actions that could limit oil development in and around Alaska, including new protections in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and a coming plan for selling offshore drilling rights.  More »

Arctic Energy is Critical in Lone Star Country

As Texans like to point out, we could be considered a country unto ourselves. Fiercely independent and always willing to celebrate our distinctive status, we have lots of reasons to brag. That said, Texas also has a unique relationship with Alaska, which may not be obvious to all of us who live in this great […]  More »

U.K. lawmakers urge fracking moratorium

Hydraulic fracturing in shale for oil and gas should be put on hold in the U.K. because of risks to public health and the environment, a panel of lawmakers said.  More »

Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge

President Barack Obama is boosting protection of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and will ask Congress to designate more than 12 million acres as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich Coastal Plain.  More »

US works to ease Caribbean dependence on Venezuelan oil

A decade-long addiction to oil subsidized by Venezuela may be coming to an end for several Caribbean nations, with a nudge from the United States  More »

Pennsylvania to pay $40K to anti-drilling group over terror listing

The coalition’s lawsuit said the bulletins characterized the group as a possible threat to infrastructure without evidence.  More »

Commentary: Should we allow further drilling on public land?

When done properly, extraction of natural resources from federal land has helped develop the economy while at the same time providing valuable income to defray the costs of running the federal government. Leases are certainly not new and, according to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), there are currently over 46,000 active leases on federal […]  More »

Senate votes overwhelmingly that ‘climate change is real’

The language adopted by the Senate on Wednesday did not specify whether human activity was triggering the phenomenon.  More »

Hillary Clinton to speak in Canada amid debate over Keystone

The former U.S. secretary of state was to headline events in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in her first public speeches of 2015, a day after President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address.  More »

Senate to vote on climate change amid Keystone debate

Senators are about to wade into heated debates over climate change, the disposal of petroleum coke, a refining byproduct, and how environmental regulations apply to power plants burning coal refuse left behind from 19th-century mining operations.  More »

What to watch for in the State of the Union

As President Barack Obama delivers his penultimate State of the Union address Tuesday night, will he be the president who took aim at the oil industry’s tax breaks in 2009 or the one who celebrated natural gas just three years later?  More »

Oil producers lobby against export vote

U.S. oil producers are warning against an amendment aimed at blocking the export of Canadian crude transported by Keystone XL.  More »

Senate tees up votes on Keystone XL, exports, climate

The chamber is expected to vote on as many as three amendments to GOP-backed legislation to authorize the TransCanada Corp. pipeline on Tuesday, with more than four dozen other possibilities on the horizon.  More »
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