President Barack Obama gestures during a speech on climate change at Georgetown University on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

For Obama’s climate plan, devil is in the details

Frustrated by a recalcitrant Congress, President Barack Obama has vowed to take climate change into his own hands. Now he has to deliver.
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Congress tries to turn off lights on bulb mandates

Texas Republican Michael Burgess just won another round in his fight against federal standards that could force consumers to abandon inefficient incandescent light bulbs for more expensive LED and fluorescent alternatives.
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Senators tell feds: Hurry up on LNG exports

Nearly three dozen senators on Wednesday urged the Obama administration to move quickly and make simultaneous decisions on a host of proposals to broadly export liquefied natural gas harvested in the United States.

Climate Plan Prompts Look at Energy Transportation Emissions

With the President’s recent release of his Climate Action Plan, and his comments on the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, Consumer Energy Alliance believes its appropriate to examine the emissions associated with the transportation of crude oil. Its not just the refining and consumption of petroleum products that releases GHG’s. The transportation of oil from […]
James Watson, director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, speaks at the 2012 Offshore Technology Conference Tuesday, May 1, 2012, in Houston. ( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

Top offshore drilling regulator stepping down

The nation’s top offshore drilling regulator is set to step down later this year, just as the federal government drafts new rules to boost the safety of coastal oil exploration.

Energy tycoons not Texas’ top political donors

The oil and gas industry wields a lot of power in Texas, but when it comes to political donations on the national stage, energy moguls fall behind the state’s lawyers, sportsmen and tech titans.
President Barack Obama gestures during a speech on climate change at Georgetown University on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Commentary: Any surprises in President Obama’s speech on climate?

It has now been more than a week since President Obama gave his much touted speech on climate change at Georgetown University.  Much of what he said was unsurprising. There were however, three notable moments. 
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Commentary: Regulations for the oil & gas industry are a good thing

If we attempt to run roughshod over a region in ways that benefit us solely and say “well, we know better, please keep away and let us do our work”, then eventually that social license to operate WILL be revoked and WE will be the ones told to keep away.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., takes reporters' questions at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Environmentalists target McCain & Portman on EPA vote (video)

The Sierra Club on Wednesday became the latest group to take to the airwaves with a campaign aimed at convincing some Republicans to confirm Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency — or at least not stand in her way. The aggressive push comes ahead of a possible Senate debate as soon as next week on the nomination.
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Commentary: On climate policy, a consumer focus is needed

While the President may be reacting to years of congressional inaction on climate-related issues since the failure of cap-and-trade legislation in 2009, the Administration and Congress must thoroughly consider the impacts that regulating or legislating carbon emissions will have on energy consumers. With coal producing over 40% of our nation’s electricity, limiting its potential will […]