Category: Politics/Policy

White House report touts success of energy policy as EPA rules loom

In a 42-page report to be released Thursday, the Obama administration is making a concerted effort to cast its energy policy as an economic success that is creating jobs, securing the nation against international upheavals and shifting energy use to cleaner sources.  More »

Report: Exporting US oil would be economic boon

A new report says the U.S. would benefit from lifting a nearly four-decade-old ban on exporting domestic crude oil.  More »

Ted Cruz calls for close look at Exxon Mobil deal in Russian Arctic

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, traveling in Israel and Eastern Europe to meet foreign leaders, said Wednesday that the U.S. should review a planned Exxon Mobil Corp. oil exploration project with the Russian state-controlled company Rosneft as the West looks for ways to apply more pressure over the Ukraine crisis.  More »

EPA Proposes new “residual risk” rule for refineries

Cross Posted from Center for Progressive Reform Blog: On May 14, 2014, the EPA proposed new rules to control “residual risk” from hazardous air emissions (such as from benzene) at the nation’s petroleum refineries.     The Clean Air Act requires the EPA to calculate whether or not residual risk to human health exists after […]  More »

Oil-by-rail protests planned to mark Canadian disaster

A new interactive online map of rail routes shows how oil is rumbling across the nation’s train tracks, as federal regulators consider new requirements for tank cars carrying the crude and opponents plan vigils commemorating last year’s devastating derailment in Canada.  More »

Feds writing new oil payment mandates

Financial regulators have quietly confirmed they are rewriting a rule requiring companies to disclose what they pay foreign interests in exchange for rights to harvest oil, gas and other minerals.  More »

Louisiana energy tour has political tinge

Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is taking Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on a tour of oil and gas infrastructure in her home state of Louisiana, with visits on Tuesday to a port supplying offshore platforms and another facility that builds them.  More »

The Twist in Wind

In many industries, federal tax policies and regulations provide large incentives for increased production. In the case of wind power, however, tax policy merely creates dependence. As the debate of the production tax credit, or PTC, for wind power continues on the Hill, many groups have ramped up lobbying activities and arm-twisting both in the […]  More »

Illinois House panel approves rules to boost fracking

The Executive Committee voted 7-4 Monday to advance the plan by Rep. John Bradley despite protests from environmentalists.  More »

Europe’s Russian gas addiction skews sanctions debate

European leaders, while calling Ukraine’s May 25 presidential election a success, are still facing a deeper dilemma: how to free their countries from an addiction to Russian energy.  More »

Houston companies join fracking fray in Colorado

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Noble Energy Inc. are pumping campaign money into a state where pumping oil and gas is central to their portfolios, and where energy industry critics are pushing for new restrictions.  More »

Environmentalists tap actor to warn about offshore seismic

A conservation group is hoping a little star power will draw more attention to its concerns about seismic oil and gas research proposed in Atlantic waters off the east coast.  More »

Exxon extends Russia partnership despite sanctions

Exxon Mobil Corp. extended its partnership with Russia’s state-controlled oil company even as U.S. and European nations threaten additional sanctions to punish Vladimir Putin’s regime for its actions in Ukraine.  More »

Texas ranks high for green job growth

Texas added nearly 800 clean jobs during the first three months of the year according to a new analysis, but across the nation, the number of new renewable energy and clean transportation projects is dropping.  More »

Obama divides power players with pollution rule utilities accept

The Obama administration’s upcoming greenhouse gas rules are gaining acceptance from an unlikely quarter — power companies — and splitting the energy industry’s normally unified opposition to new limits.  More »