Category: Politics/Policy

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 »

Russia likely to stay in the Crimea, experts say

The Ukraine’s weak financial state, combined with a weak and disorganized Kiev government and strong Russian interests in the Crimea, mean that the southern province, which was invaded by Russia over the weekend, will likely stay in their hands, speakers said at a panel on the Ukrainian crisis at IHS CeraWeek Tuesday morning.  More »

Canadian leader: Keystone XL decision coming soon

A final decision on Keystone XL could be coming “fairly soon,” Canadian Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver speculated Tuesday.  More »

Economic sanctions on Russia would hurt, expert says

The Russian military invasion in the Crimean region of Ukraine could help encourage greater gas and oil exports, an former State department official said Monday afternoon at a national energy conference in Houston.  More »

Senator: US should use oil and gas as strategic weapon in world politics

The United States should use its oil and gas bounty as a strategic weapon, helping to protect allies and tame crises like those unfolding in Russia and Venezuela, Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Monday.  More »

Oil export ban can be lifted piecemeal, analysis says

President Barack Obama should follow the lead of previous commanders-in-chief by creating exceptions to the United States’ 39-year-old ban on exporting American crude, Sen. Lisa Murkowski argued Monday.  More »

Feds slash sulfur limit in gasoline

The Obama administration imposed new limits on the amount of sulfur in gasoline on Monday, overruling the objections of refiners and oil companies who said the new ceiling would be too low and drop too fast.  More »

Maine governor seeks to get rid of wind energy goals

More than five years ago, Maine set ambitious goals to spur wind power development aimed at helping wean the state off fossil fuels. But now Republican Gov. Paul LePage says the targets don’t really help the state and are so far out of reach as to be meaningless.  More »

Hundreds propose places to protect from drilling

The North Dakota Industrial Commission received more than 500 comments from the public on a proposal for places deemed worthy of special protection from energy development.  More »