Category: Politics/Policy

U.S. joins EU pressing to cut Iran oil sales

The Obama administration and European governments are seeking help from Arab and Asian allies to reduce Iran’s oil revenues in the dispute over its nuclear program, while trying to avoid causing a surge in prices that may threaten the global economic recovery.  More »

EPA finalizes air-toxics rule for power plants, likely will unveil it today

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected Wednesday to announce its first-ever standards for mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants, capping months of debate over a rule that Republicans and utilities have decried and environmental and health groups have hailed.  More »

Luminant hopes plant restart eventually possible

Luminant reiterated its hopes that it later might restart two power plants the company plans to idle to comply with a new regulation.  More »

Corrected: EPA to require 5 more states to cut smog-season emissions in cross-state rule

The Environmental Protection Agency has added five states to its upcoming Cross-State Air Pollution Rule for summertime reductions of smog-forming emissions .  More »

Rick Perry stands up for natural gas drilling

Texas Governor Rick Perry has wavered on some topics while on the national stage, but he hasn’t changed his stance on natural gas drilling or hydraulic fracturing.  More »

WH spokesman: Keystone XL deadline leaves too little time for review

An effort by Congress to prod President Barack Obama on the Keystone XL oil pipeline gives the administration insufficient time to complete a review that meets environmental laws, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.  More »

Oil group calls for Chiquita banana boycott

Ethicaloil.org, a group who advocates for oil sands, has called for Canadians to boycott Chiquita bananas and Fresh Express Salads after the produce company said it would no longer use fuel made from the controversial Alberta tar sands.  More »

Bill offers no guarantees for Keystone XL pipeline

Legislation that would force President Barack Obama to make a swift decision on the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline is in jeopardy on Capitol Hill, but even if Congress clears the measure today, the project’s approval is in doubt.  More »

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 »