The sun sets on a drilling rig in Frio County, Texas, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. (Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News)

Obama administration boosts oil industry with $8B in loan guarantees

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When President Barack Obama unveiled a broad plan for combating climate change last week, few observers would have predicted one of his administration’s first steps would be aimed at giving a boost to fossil fuels.
Gina McCarthy, nominated to head the Environmental Protection Agency, speaks at a climate workshop. (Alex Brandon/AP)

Small businesses crank up pressure on EPA confirmation vote (video)

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Supporters of Gina McCarthy’s nomination to head the Environmental Protection Agency are cranking up the heat on key senators to confirm her after they return to Capitol Hill from a week-long July 4 recess.
President Barack Obama gestures during a speech on climate change at Georgetown University on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama says climate change is make-or-break issue

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President Barack Obama is trying to frame climate change as a make-or-break political issue, urging Americans to vote only for those who will protect the country from environmental harm.
(Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News)

A preview of Houston’s bid for the 2017 World Petroleum Congress

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Houston is honing its bid for the 2017 World Petroleum Congress, described by organizers as the Olympics of the oil and gas industry. Leaders say they can offer tours of the city’s major energy companies, the nearby South Texas shale fields and online access for people who can’t attend in person.
BP's Thunder Horse semi-submersible facility in the Gulf of Mexico, about 150 miles southeast of New Orleans. (Photo courtesy BP)

House moves to expand offshore drilling

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The House on Friday passed legislation that would expand offshore drilling by forcing the federal government to swiftly sell new oil and gas leases along the coasts of California, South Carolina, Virginia and any other states where governors say they want the work.
President Barack Obama (AP file)

Fracking critics unhappy with Obama climate speech

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President Barack Obama’s speech this week on climate change forcefully rejected some key arguments made by opponents of natural gas fracking, upsetting some environmental groups that otherwise back his climate goals.
(Bill Montgomery/Houston Chronicle)

Obama nominates Colo. energy regulator to FERC

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President Barack Obama has nominated the former head of Colorado’s Public Utilities Commission to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
A view of the facility at Shell's Ursa project in the Gulf of Mexico. Shell is the operator on the project, but working partners include BP, Exxon Mobil and ConocoPhillips. (Photo: Shell)

House advances plan to unleash drilling on US-Mexico maritime border

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The House of Representatives advanced two items on the oil industry’s wish list Thursday, by passing legislation that would unleash drilling in the Western Gap area of the Gulf of Mexico and waive new financial reporting requirements on companies’ foreign dealmaking.
Gina McCarthy, nominated to head the Environmental Protection Agency, speaks at a climate workshop. (Alex Brandon/AP)

Climate speech puts EPA nomination in further peril

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By rolling out a big plan for combating climate change, President Obama may have just delivered a fatal blow to his nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency.
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Federal study touts Gulf Coast for carbon sequestration

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The Gulf Coast has the greatest potential of any region in the nation for storing carbon dioxide, according to a study released Wednesday by the Interior Department.