Category: Politics/Policy

Bill to approve Keystone XL advances in Senate

A key Senate committee voted 12-10 Wednesday to endorse legislation that would force approval of Keystone XL, a mostly symbolic action that will do little to put the pipeline in the ground but could help the panel’s Democratic chairwoman, Mary Landrieu, in her reelection bid.  More »

Report: Iraqi strife could bring back 2008 oil prices

If the conflict in Iraq forced a third of the country’s oil production offline, it could thrust crude prices up $40 per barrel, a group of former military leaders and energy experts warned Tuesday.  More »

Manufacturers want more time on natural gas exports

A coalition of manufacturers and other industrial users of natural gas is asking the Obama administration for more time to review its latest plan for vetting proposals to sell the fossil fuel overseas.  More »

The reality behind Obama’s power plant pollution limits

President Barack Obama’s new pollution limits for power plants have set off an avalanche of information about what the rules will cost and how far they will go toward curbing climate change. One problem: Almost none of it is based in reality.  More »

Iraq turmoil feeds calls for Keystone XL and crude exports

Unrest in Iraq helps make the case that U.S. regulators should authorize crude exports as well as the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, the head of the oil industry’s leading trade group said Monday.  More »

Sen. Markey: Regulatory oversight jeopardizes gas export approvals

A decades-old decision by the Commerce Department to abandon congressionally-ordered regulations restricting natural gas exports could throw current plans to sell the fossil fuel overseas in legal jeopardy, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., charged Monday.  More »

Republican governor: Legal action likely against EPA’s ‘dangerous overreach’

Litigation is “on the table” in the Republican fight against the Environmental Protection Agency’s newly proposed rules to dramatically cut states’ carbon emissions by 2030, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Monday.  More »

US oil exports soar to new milestone

U.S. oil exports hit a 15 year high in April, despite broad limitations on foreign sales, according to a report released Monday by the federal Energy Information Administration.  More »

Republican governors slam Obama energy policy at Houston event

A group of Republican governors from oil-and-gas rich states will gather in Houston to discuss energy policy and slam the newest regulations passed by the EPA and backed by President Barack Obama.  More »

Candidates who engage voters on energy issues will win in November

Polling conducted for Consumer Energy Alliance this spring in key U.S. Senate races found that energy issues, including the Keystone XL Pipeline, are very important in terms of how someone will vote. Support in the nine states ranged from 67% of voters in Kentucky to 84% in Colorado, with the other seven states seeing support […]  More »

Feds take first step toward new oil auctions

The Obama administration on Friday took the first step toward new offshore drilling sales three years from now, inviting the public to weigh in on what coastal acreage should be opened for oil and gas exploration.  More »

Feds launch planning for future offshore lease sales

The Obama administration is about to kick off the long process of deciding what offshore areas should be auctioned off for oil and gas drilling from 2017 to 2022.  More »

Lawmakers aim to limit emergency oil sales

The Obama administration could be facing new obstacles in its plan to establish a 1-million-barrel stockpile of gasoline in the Northeast.  More »

History of gasoline and oil exports murky

As oil companies clamor to export crude, they may look to the government’s 1981 decision to green-light overseas gasoline sales for guidance. There’s just one problem: The government records underpinning that move are missing in action.  More »

Energy industry places big bets on Republican Senate victory

Energy companies are giving more to Republicans to help them win a U.S. Senate majority and counter President Barack Obama’s environmental agenda.  More »