Category: Politics/Policy

Any Threat to the Electricity Grid Is a Tier One Problem

There are threats to the U.S. electricity grid which can be prevented, threats that can be mitigated, and there are threats that can be avoided altogether. Let’s walk through each scenario. We know how important it is to aggressively address vulnerabilities. The August 2003 blackout was the worst in recent U.S. history leaving an estimated […]  More »

TransCanada CEO ‘undeterred’ by new hurdle for Keystone XL

TransCanada Corp. officials said Thursday they are undaunted by a Nebraska court ruling that analysts widely believe will mean more delays for the Keystone XL pipeline.  More »

Train explosions prompt companies to upgrade oil tankers voluntarily

Oil companies are rolling ahead of federal regulators by moving swiftly to replace old tank cars following accidents involving crude-carrying trains.  More »

Obama pressed by neighbors on sensitive issues

President Barack Obama on Wednesday vowed to press ahead with stalled efforts to expand trade agreements for the Americas into Asia, but made no promises to frustrated Canadian leaders about his long-anticipated decision on the Keystone XL pipeline.  More »

Energy chief says ‘all of the above’ means nuclear too

As he touted the Obama administration’s “all-of-the-above” energy strategy on Wednesday, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz put money behind the notion, signing off on $6.5 billion in federal loan guarantees to support construction of the first new U.S. nuclear power plant to be built in three decades.  More »

Obama heads to Mexico amigos meeting strained by Keystone

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s frustration with U.S. PresidentBarack Obama’s failure to approve the Keystone XL pipeline may make this installment of the North America summit, known as the “Three Amigos,” the frostiest since the annual meetings began almost a decade ago.  More »

Records: Ohio governor’s aides knew of pro-drilling plan

A memo labeled the so-called eco-left, including the Sierra Club, Ohio Environmental Council and others as adversaries. Halliburton and other energy companies the department is charged with regulating were named as allies, as were national, local and state chambers of commerce.  More »

Guest commentary: US crude oil export ban confusion intensifies, except in Alaska

While federal policymakers are moving slowly on the question of U.S. crude oil exports, Alaska is taking swift action on policy decisions that are reinvigorating oil and gas investment in the state, says Peter Gardett, an adjunct fellow at the Center for a New American Security.  More »

Retirement sets off leadership shuffle on House resources panel

Republican Doc Hastings on Thursday announced he would not seek reelection after two decades in the House of Representatives, sparking big questions about who might succeed him as chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee.  More »

Texas pushing to trim power use, diversify resources

The Lone Star State’s reputation as an energy leader may be pegged to the oil flowing out of its fields, but it also is taking a leading role diversifying its portfolio, the head of the Texas conservation office told lawmakers on Wednesday.  More »

Keystone comments rushing in to State Dept.

Members of the public have filed more than 3,500 comments voicing their opinions on Keystone XL, just a week after the feds — once again — solicited input on the controversial pipeline.  More »

Oil industry ally takes Senate committee helm

Sen. Mary Landrieu takes over the chairmanship of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, giving the Louisiana Democrat a boost in her reelection campaign and putting an oil industry ally in a powerful Senate role.  More »