Category: Politics/Policy

Keystone XL supporters seek swift decision

The State Department may be considering a plan to study a possible rerouting of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline — which could delay a final decision on the project by at least a year. Project supporters, including the oil industry’s leading trade group, are crying foul.  More »

TransCanada VP: Neb. bill ‘fundamentally unfair’

The executive in charge of a proposed transnational oil pipeline told Nebraska lawmakers Thursday that attempts to block the project with legislation are “fundamentally unfair,” given his company’s cooperation with state and federal authorities.  More »

Obama donor discussed Solyndra with White House

A major donor to President Barack Obama discussed with White House officials a solar energy company that received a half-billion dollar federal loan and later went bankrupt, newly released emails show.  More »

Editorial: BP oil giant must show the way with rigor

Like many others, we have mixed feelings about the likely return of BP to oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico. This had better not be the same old BP that had a deserved reputation for arrogance and dangerous risk-taking across the energy industry.  More »

U.S. wind market might “fall off a cliff” without tax credits

U.S. wind turbine sales may “fall off a cliff” unless lawmakers extend tax credits supporting the market beyond 2012, said Ditlev Engel, chief executive officer of Vestas Wind Systems A/S, the biggest maker of the machines.  More »

Attackers blow up Egypt gas line, halting exports

Attackers set off explosives along a gas pipeline in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula that transports fuel to neighboring Israel and Jordan early on Thursday, Egypt’s state news agency MENA reported.  More »

The Question of US LNG Exports

This post was written by Kenneth B. Medlock III, the James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. The US Senate has taken up a review of the licensing and permitting of exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG).  The issue was addressed in […]  More »

TransCanada rival Enbridge pursuing Keystone XL alternative

Enbridge’s line would not face the same opposition or regulatory scrutiny that has slowed progress for the Keystone XL because it duplicates existing routes, Daniel said.  More »

Senators look to delay EPA power-plant rules criticized by Texas officials

A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill to would delay compliance dates for two controversial Environmental Protection Agency rules, including the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule that Texas has sought to block and that the state’s lawmakers, utilities and officials have criticized.  More »

Senate panel OKs 2-year highway bill as GOP seeks to tie in drilling revenues

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously voted to advance a two-year extension of current highway funding to the Senate floor on Wednesday. But the bill has a $12 billion funding gap because the pot of money that pays for highway projects is projected to go dry next year, and fuel-tax increases are off the table to close the gap.  More »

EPA will move to cut greenhouse-gas emissions from new power plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will quietly move forward with its first-ever limits on greenhouse-gas emissions from new power plants, in the absence of action from Congress and using its recently obtained authority under the Clean Air Act.  More »

IEA warns time is running out to limit earth’s warming

The International Energy Agency warned today that the world is hurtling toward irreversible climate change and will lose the chance to limit warming if it doesn’t take bold action in the next five years.  More »

Environmentalists, military create database to help green energy developers

Military bases, wind farms and solar power plants can co-exist. But not necessarily right next to each other.  More »

Crude oil declines on concerns about European debt crisis

Oil declined for the first time in six days in New York after political turmoil in Italy revived concern that Europe’s debt crisis may continue to spread.  More »

IEA: Fossil fuels got six times more aid than clean energy

Fossil-fuel consumers worldwide received about six times more state subsidies last year than were given to the renewable-energy industry, according to the chief adviser to oil-importing nations.  More »