Category: Politics/Policy

EPA final rule for coal plants deemed ‘unfortunate’ by industry

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s rule to curb toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants drew criticism from an industry lobbyist and praise from an environmentalist even before it is released this week.  More »

EPA rules threaten older power plants

More than 32 mostly coal-fired power plants in a dozen states will be forced to shut down and an additional 36 might have to close because of new federal air pollution regulations, according to an Associated Press survey.  More »

Loren Steffy: The myths of untapped oil

As we head into the presidential election next year, Democrats and Republicans are offering voters deceptively simple solutions to America’s complicated energy conundrum.  More »

Oil falls for fourth day on death of Kim Jong Il

Oil dropped for a fourth day in New York as the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il prompted investors to sell equities and commodities, while Europe was scheduled to discuss its latest step to control the debt crisis.  More »

Senate OKs payroll tax cut with Keystone XL provision

Senators racing for the exits after a year of bitter battles passed legislation today that would extend a Social Security payroll tax cut and jobless benefits for just two months, setting the stage for the next fight until February.  More »

TransCanada CEO says pipeline debate may persist

The chief executive of a company trying to build a pipeline to carry oil through six states from Canada to Texas said the national debate over the plan has “gone off on tangents” that touch on larger issues of U.S. energy and environmental policies.  More »

Groups say light bulb compromise is no bright idea

Consumer, environmental and manufacturing interests all criticized a measure that delays new light bulb efficiency standards as part of a compromise to avoid another government shutdown.  More »

GOP leaders: Pipeline stays in payroll tax bill

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell won’t back a compromise payroll tax cut extension unless the bill includes language aimed at forcing construction of a Canada-to-Texas pipeline, his spokesman said Friday, as top congressional Republicans insisted on the controversial provision.  More »

General makes national security case for Keystone XL

As House Republicans insist they will not back down from a plan to push a speedy decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, one of President Barack Obama’s former top advisers makes the case that the project is essential for U.S. national security.  More »

Arctic drillers must be able to drill relief well

Canada’s National Energy Board is maintaining its policy that any oil company drilling off Canada’s Arctic coast must be able to drill a relief well in the same season to minimize environmental risks.  More »

Canada oil pipeline into US gets extension support

TransCanada Corp. said it has received customer support to undertake an extension of its stalled Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL oil pipeline pending regulatory approval in the U.S.  More »

Schwarzenegger says Solyndra debate ‘narrow minded’

In a rare public appearance since leaving office, former Republican California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called the debate over bankrupt solar panel maker Solyndra narrow-minded in a world moving ever-faster toward renewable energy.  More »