Category: Politics/Policy

Report: OPEC wants to stay out of Iran-West spat

OPEC’s acting president said the producer group should stay out of political battles, Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported Sunday, an apparent bid by the bloc to steer clear of a potential showdown between Tehran and the U.S. over threats to close the vital Strait of Hormuz.  More »

Sierra Club attacks GOP candidates by showing them as sock puppets

A new Sierra Club video attacks Republican presidential candidates as sticking up for polluting companies, portraying them as puppets.  More »

EPA air chief believes cross-state rule will prevail in court

The EPA’s air chief expressed confidence that the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule will survive a court challenge from several states and utilities including Texas and Dallas-based Luminant Generation Co.  More »

GOP ramps up probe of EPA, DOE on fracturing

House Republicans are ramping up their investigations into the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy regarding hydraulic fracturing and its safety.  More »

State Department official to testify on Keystone XL permit denial

The hearing will come a week after the Obama administration denied a permit for Keystone XL, saying a congressionally imposed Feb. 21 decision deadline didn’t give enough time to study alternative routes.  More »

Lawmakers want coal- and gas-based ethanol in fuel mandate

A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including three Texans, has introduced legislation that would allow natural gas- and coal-based ethanol to compete alongside the corn-based variety for a U.S. renewable-fuels mandate.  More »

Obama administration rejects Keystone XL pipeline

The Obama administration on Wednesday refused to authorize the Keystone XL oil pipeline, saying a congressionally imposed deadline left too little time to evaluate routes that would avoid an aquifer in Nebraska.  More »

Obama advisers call for “all in” energy strategy for jobs, security

In a report issued Tuesday, President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness suggested more development of conventional and renewable energy on federal lands to create jobs and boost energy security.  More »

Canadian PM says Iran threat justifies Keystone XL approval

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s comments add to those made by some Republicans ever since Iran issued the threats to block its Strait of Hormuz, a path for one-fifth of the world’s oil.  More »

API takes Keystone XL case to South Carolina

API President Jack Gerard’s speech in the state hosting the next presidential primary highlights the group’s heightened lobbying and political efforts, especially on the Keystone XL pipeline, in key states ahead of the 2012 election.  More »

EPA seeking peer reviewers for Pavillion fracturing study

The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking experts to peer review its already-controversial draft study that suggests a likely link between hydraulic fracturing of wells in Pavillion, Wyo., and groundwater contamination.  More »

Keystone XL foes say supporters putting out misinformation

The Natural Resources Defense Council criticized what it has called misinformation by the controversial project’s supporters as a deadline for the Obama administration’s permitting decision looms.  More »

EPA board rejects appeal of Shell Arctic permit

Royal Dutch Shell’s quest to drill exploratory wells in Arctic waters has received a boost with the affirmation that its federal air permits for the Chukchi Sea were properly granted.  More »

EPA To Fine U.S. Gas Producers $6.8 Million For Not Using Nonexistant Fuel

Over the past few years, EPA regulatory initiatives have led to a lot of head scratching over why Lisa Jackson and her lieutenants were acting in ways that made it difficult for the President to spark an economic recovery. The agency’s latest rules (Boiler MACT, Utility MACT, NAAQS revisions, etc.) offer good examples. They represent […]  More »

Texas leads U.S. in greenhouse gas emissions

As the nation’s light switch and gas pump, Texas releases far more greenhouse gases into the air than any other state, according to federal data released Wednesday.  More »