Category: Politics/Policy

Federal regulators move to hike cap on oil spill liabilities

The Obama administration on Friday took the unprecedented step of moving to hike the amount companies must pay for oil spills, following a congressional deadlock on the issue nearly four years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »

GOP ex-lawmaker: Warming up to climate ideas is the right thing

former Republican Rep. Bob Inglis visited Houston Thursday on a quest to get conservatives involved with an issue that historically has been dominated by the political left.  More »

Top lawmaker proposes California fuel tax

California’s Senate leader on Thursday proposed a tax on consumer fuel purchases of gasoline, oil, diesel, ethanol and natural gas, with the money raised diverted to mass transit projects and households making less than $75,000 annually.  More »

Former Obama official urges Keystone XL approval

The ranks of former Obama administration officials coming out in support of Keystone XL grew again on Thursday as recent U.S. Geological Survey director Marcia McNutt said it was time to approve the controversial oil pipeline.  More »

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 »