Category: Politics/Policy

Does a 1,000-mile, international pipeline need a permit?

Enbridge insists its planned $7 billion pipeline doesn’t require a presidential permit. But the reality may be less clear.  More »

Labor union comes out against oil exports

The United Steelworkers on Monday declared its opposition to exporting American crude, siding with refiners who say it would hike oil prices and pare their margins.  More »

Report: Oil exports and higher royalties should go together

The Obama administration would shortchange taxpayers if it heeds the oil industry’s calls to lift a 39-year-ban on exporting U.S. crude without first hiking the royalty rate companies pay the government for drilling on federal lands, according to a new report.  More »

US commerce secretary in Gulf ahead of Obama visit

Penny Pritzker’s visit comes just weeks before President Barack Obama is scheduled to fly to Saudi Arabia to meet King Abdullah in an effort to patch over strained relations due to U.S. policy on Iran and Syria. It will be Obama’s first visit to Saudi Arabia since 2009.  More »

Stakes are high for LNG export plan

Dominion Resources now wants to turn its entire Cove Point operation around, reversing the flow so it can liquefy the natural gas now pouring out of Pennsylvania wells and load it onto tankers bound for India and Japan.  More »

Four nations urge US gas exports amid Ukraine crisis

Ambassadors from Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic made their appeal Friday in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner.  More »

Bernanke: Energy ‘a bright spot’ in recovering economy

The national oil and gas boom may have created a quarter of the jobs U.S. employers have added to payrolls since the economic downturn began six years ago, former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Friday.  More »

The War on Energy is Underway

Consumer Energy Alliance’s mission is to promote U.S. energy production.  With our membership, CEA supports public policies that ensure consumers can access affordable energy and that the energy is developed safely and responsibly. We advocate for opening areas off U.S. shores in the Atlantic, the Arctic and in the Gulf of Mexico to energy development. […]  More »

EPA chief: Power plant rules won’t ‘put the brakes on business’

Economic growth and reducing carbon pollution can go hand in hand, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy insisted Thursday.  More »

FracFocus falls short, report to feds concludes

Oil companies are shielding too much information from public view in industry-backed database for disclosing chemicals used in oil and gas wells, engineers, environmentalists and energy experts told the Obama administration on Thursday.  More »

Energy chief: Industry arguments for exporting US oil are unconvincing

The oil industry hasn’t made a convincing case that the U.S. should lift its 39-year-old ban on exporting American crude, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Wednesday.  More »

Feds could order more natural gas export studies

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz went further than ever before Wednesday in suggesting the Obama administration could redo the economic analysis that is underpinning each of its case-by-case decisions on exporting American natural gas.  More »

Siemens eyes US expansion amid energy boom

Siemens AG CEO Joe Kaeser suggested Wednesday that the global engineering corporation will bring more operations to the United States amid the nation’s energy boom, because “I want to build this company to last.”  More »

No energy policy not such a bad thing, experts suggest

For years, it has been a mantra in Washington: The absence of a broad U.S. energy policy is holding America back, keeping the nation from realizing its full potential.  More »

Refiners ask for timeout on new oil-by-rail tests

Refiners are pleading with U.S. regulators for a timeout on new mandates on North Dakota oil before loading it onto train tankers.  More »