Category: Politics/Policy

Federal standards needed for safe Arctic drilling, Pew says

Hunting for offshore oil in remote and unforgiving Arctic waters requires vessels capable of withstanding crushing blows from icebergs, a nearby stash of emergency equipment and other specialized resources, according to a new report from Pew Charitable Trusts.  More »

Pollution rule hurts coal, helps other sources

Tough new limits on the amount of heat-trapping emissions new power plants can emit will likely accelerate a shift away from coal-fired power and toward electricity generated with natural gas, wind, and sunshine.  More »

Guest Commentary: Mexico’s energy market benefits with foreign investment

Direct foreign energy participation — especially helping Mexico to achieve its own shale revolution — can have a win-win impact, delivering economic reinvigoration and employment generation.  More »

Obama renews support for FERC nominee despite Senators’ concerns

The White House said it stands by President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, who is facing an uphill battle for confirmation in the Senate.  More »

Former Mexico president expects lawmakers to pass energy reforms

Because of a changed political environment, Mexican lawmakers probably will approve proposals to open Mexico’s energy sector to international investment despite nationalist sensitivities, former Mexico President Felipe Calderón said Thursday in Houston.  More »

Obama takes on coal with first-ever carbon limits

The Obama administration is pressing ahead with tough requirements for new coal-fired power plants, moving to impose for the first time strict limits on the pollution blamed for global warming.  More »

Odds grow longer for Obama’s nominee to energy commission

Coal-industry and free-market groups have said Ron Binz promoted renewable energy over coal.  More »

Feds won’t lift threat to ban Black Elk Energy as violations persist

Black Elk Energy has more work to do to satisfy federal regulators it has improved its safety performance, following a fatal platform fire last year. Otherwise, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said the company will remain under a year-old threat that it will be barred from operating in federal waters.  More »

Democratic senator says he’ll vote against Obama FERC nominee

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said he’ll vote against President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, throwing the confirmation of Ron Binz into uncertainty.  More »

Energy efficiency bill bogs down in Senate

A dispute over Obamacare and other issues on Wednesday threatened to derail a popular, bipartisan power efficiency bill in the Senate, jeopardizing the chamber’s first big attempt to tackle energy policy in six years.  More »

Republicans could force Keystone XL approval with must-pass debt bill

House Republicans on Wednesday said they will use a must-pass debt bill to push for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and tackle other energy issues.  More »

Oil group chief says tax-code revamp unlikely to pass

A divided U.S. Congress probably won’t agree to revamping the tax code this year, according to the head of the American Petroleum Institute, which is lobbying to protect breaks for the oil and gas industry.  More »