Category: Politics/Policy

Steffy: President needs a dose of energy reality

President Barack Obama, in his State of the Union speech, called for an “all-of-the-above” strategy to develop energy that’s “cleaner, cheaper and full of new jobs.”  More »

FirstEnergy closing 6 coal-fired power plants

FirstEnergy Corp. said today that new environmental regulations led to a decision to shut down six older, coal-fired power plants in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland, affecting more than 500 employees.  More »

Clearer rules are needed, Eagle Ford Task Force says

Operators in the Eagle Ford Shale need greater clarity of the rules to ensure they can prosper and protect the environment, the founder of the Eagle Ford Task Force said.  More »

Obama Mimics Al Gore, Claims Credit for Others Work

Al Gore’s self-aggrandizing claim that he “took the initiative in creating the Internet” has haunted him since he first uttered it during a 1999 CNN interview. It makes sense. In a society where people expect to be rewarded for their hard work and good ideas, the public generally abhors those who take credit where it’s […]  More »

Obama unveils energy plan in key states

President Barack Obama is announcing the sale of oil and gas drilling leases for nearly 38 million acres in the Gulf Coast and promoting the completion of a highway corridor for vehicles that run on liquefied natural gas, a response to critics who say his policies have stifled domestic energy production.  More »

La. oil officials dissatisfied with Obama speech

A day after President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech, petroleum industry representatives called Wednesday for a more-aggressive energy development policy, saying the United States could take care of more of its petroleum needs while cutting dependence on unstable foreign oil supplies.  More »

Feds propose first central Gulf lease sale since Deepwater Horizon

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management proposed today an oil and gas lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico, the second there since the 2010 oil spill and the first since then in the Central Gulf region where the disaster occurred.  More »

Time, Newsweek Bury Keystone

By Michael J. Economides & Peter C. Glover Energy has become a hot button election issue. President Obama’s State of the Union address and his decision to reject TransCanada’s application to build the Keystone XL pipeline crystallized the fact. The language of the GOP presidential candidates post-Keystone was suitably pithy. Gingrich intoned it “a stunningly […]  More »

Rep. Barton says State Department reasoning an “insult” to America

A top State Department official today will blast a Republican bill that would circumvent the administration’s denial of a permit for Keystone XL and require a different agency approve it.  More »

Obama tells Congress he wants “all of the above” energy strategy

President Obama made the case Tuesday night for producing more of the United States’ energy supplies domestically in pursuing an “all-of-the-above” approach to further bolster the economy and national security.  More »

Keystone foes urge Obama to repeal tax breaks for oil companies

Bill McKibben, leader of a group that pushed President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, urged the administration to seek repeal of tax breaks for U.S. oil companies in the State of the Union speech.  More »

Former EPA chiefs defend agency against political attacks

William Reilly, co-chair of the presidential commission on the Gulf oil spill, was one of two former EPA administrators to criticize recent political attacks on the agency.  More »