Dr. Ernest Moniz speaks at the Energy Department after being sworn in as Energy Secretary. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Energy secretary vows to move swiftly on LNG exports

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Top Obama administration officials on Thursday pledged to lawmakers that they would move quickly but carefully in vetting applications to broadly export domestic natural gas, with more final decisions coming this year.
Rep. Doc Hastings, a Republican from Washington state, and the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, speaks at a news conference. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

House panel advances energy bills; Senate approval doubtful

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The House Natural Resources Committee approved a suite of bills that aim to boost domestic energy development and ratchet up pressure on the Obama administration to open new areas to oil and gas drilling.
Crewmen work a site for TransCanada's Keystone XL project in Wood County, Texas. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Analysts: Keystone XL delays won’t stop Canadian crude exports

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The longer it takes the Obama administration to make a final decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, the better the opportunity for alternatives that would move Canada’s oil sands crude throughout the United States, energy analysts suggested Wednesday.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks to reporters during President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech in 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Murkowski: Energy efficiency bill will advance on Capitol Hill

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The Senate could take up energy efficiency legislation once it finishes debating immigration policy even though more comprehensive bills aren’t moving any time soon, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, predicted Wednesday.
(Tom Reel/San Antonio Express-News)

Washington summit to focus on the US oil boom’s global implications

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The United States’ advantage in unearthing oil and gas from dense rock formations — and the prospect for exporting some of that bounty — will be the focus of discussion during a summit Wednesday in the shadow of the Capitol building.
Former  Interior Secretary Ken Salazar (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Salazar navigates ethical limits in new role

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During the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill, the law firm WilmerHale was winning concessions for BP during White House talks over a compensation fund, about the same time that then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar famously declared the Obama administration would keep a boot on the neck of the British oil giant. Three years later, Salazar has now joined the prominent firm.
Chevron's Tahiti production platform floats in more than 4,000 feet of water in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. (Jay Carr/Houston Chronicle)

Republican bill would limit environmental reviews of offshore drilling

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The federal government would be forced to make decisions on offshore drilling before fully scrutinizing how the work would affect coral and other ocean life under legislation advancing in the House, conservationists and a marine biologist warned Congress on Tuesday.
Hydraulic fracturing protester Dave Channon in Albany, N.Y., on Monday, April 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Commentary: Fracking energy mess — Deconstructing the green agenda

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It has the power to ruin economies, impoverish countless millions and leave many of us, quite literally, in the dark and cold. We are not talking about alarmist theories of what the future climate may do. We are talking about what the current and ubiquitous green agenda is doing.
Canadian ambassador to the United States Gary Doer appears on Platts Energy Week. (Screen capture, Platts Energy Week)

Canadian ambassador: Alberta’s oil sands crude ‘will get to market’

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Companies will keep harvesting bitumen from Alberta’s oil sands, even if a pair of controversial pipelines through North America are blocked, Canada’s U.S. ambassador insisted.
(Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle)

Colorado officials talk secession over renewable energy law, other issues

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Three county commissioners in Colorado have threatened to try to create a state called “North Colorado”, pointing to new laws that hike renewable energy standards and limit gun rights.