Category: Politics/Policy

Committee sends “farm dust” bill to House floor

The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday cleared a controversial bill meant to block federal regulation of particulate dust emitted from agricultural activities and rural roads. But Democrats and environmentalists have had a real beef with it — they say it could block the EPA from regulating power plants too.  More »

API, lawmaker square off over industry job claims

The oil and gas industry’s largest trade group is going head to head with one of Big Oil’s most outspoken critics in Congress. The face off pits Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., against Jack Gerard, the president of the American Petroleum Institute. The pair are tangling over API’s prediction that the U.S. could add 1 million jobs over the next seven years if more federal lands and waters were opened for drilling.  More »

High Stakes for Pensioners, Retirees in Washington’s Tax Showdown

With a wide range of benefits facing the chopping block as federal lawmakers continue debate over the deficit reduction, current and soon-to-be retirees are legitimately concerned about their future welfare. Beyond Washington, other means for retirement such as pension funds also face very daunting challenges over the next 20 years in funding their commitments. But […]  More »

Electricity officials say US should use tools to prevent reliability issues

Electricity industry officials on Wednesday raised concerns that upcoming environmental regulations will force plant shutdowns that could threaten grid reliability, but they stressed the government has tools to stave off such problems.  More »

Environmental group says infrared video shows gas drilling pollution

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says infrared videos show air pollution coming from natural gas sites springing up across the country.  More »

Republicans unveil plan to force Obama to decide on Keystone XL

Senate Republicans today introduce legislation to force the Obama administration to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline within 60 days — or make President Barack Obama publicly explain why he is blocking the project.  More »

New Climate Change Email Scandal Casts Pall Over U.N Negotiations

Two years ago, reporters coined the term “Climategate” to describe emails between a group of elite climate scientists that showed them admitting to falsifying data and even conspiring to smear those who dared to question their findings. Many of those exposed during this 2009 scandal were deeply involved in controlling the scientific assessments of the […]  More »

EPA shows regulations that can kill jobs can also create

Lincoln Paper & Tissue LLC is nestled near a pond amid the forested countryside of Maine. It’s a 128-year-old mill where third-generation workers are as deeply rooted as the evergreens.  More »

Republicans push plan to force Keystone XL decision

Senate Republicans are pushing legislation that would force the Obama administration to decide whether to permit the controversial Keystone XL pipeline within two months — bucking the 14-month timeline the White House has planned.  More »

Another oil pipeline lands in environmentalists’ crosshairs

Environmental groups fighting the controversial Keystone XL pipeline that would carry Canadian crude to the Gulf Coast are now targeting a new project designed to get the oil out of Alberta and to overseas markets. Three conservation groups today released a report documenting the risks of a spill from Enbridge Inc.’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, which would carry oil sands crude from Alberta to British Columbia’s Pacific Coast.  More »

Environmentalists mount fresh challenge against Shell’s Arctic drilling plans

Environmentalists have opened a new front in their campaign to block Shell’s planned drilling in Arctic waters near Alaska, by challenging the government’s decision to issue the company essential air pollution permits for some of the work.  More »

Chevron delays Brazil wells as government probes spill

Chevron Corp., the third-largest oil producer in Brazil, has delayed three wells at the offshore Frade project while it waits for the government to lift a drilling ban following an oil spill earlier this month.  More »