Category: Politics/Policy

Georgia’s coal-to-solar pivot shows the way on climate regs

Fears that the Obama administration’s latest climate regulations will drive up local electric bills is doing wonders for the state’s solar-panel installation business.  More »

New York cities win right to ban fracking

New York’s cities and towns can block hydraulic fracturing within their borders, the state’s highest court ruled, dealing a blow to the oil industry.  More »

Building Beyond a Bill

This week, the House of Representatives approved a bipartisan bill aimed at improving the construction of critical infrastructure across national borders. The bill, H.R. 3301, rejects the current requirements for a Presidential permit to authorize construction of cross-border pipelines, as well as easing overly harsh environmental impact assessments. Why is this important? The North American […]  More »

House votes to expand offshore drilling

Even before the House voted 229-185 to force the federal government to allow offshore drilling off the South Carolina, Virginia and California coasts, lawmakers admitted the plan was going nowhere. But bill backers are hoping it will send a strong signal to the Obama administration that it should give oil and gas companies a chance to drill in Atlantic waters.  More »

House passes bill to speed up natural gas exports

The House voted Wednesday to force the Obama administration to accelerate its scrutiny of dozens of proposed natural gas export projects, responding to energy companies’ clamor to sell the fossil fuel to Japan, Thailand and other countries. Houston Democrat Gene Green helped broker a critical compromise on the bill.  More »

US export decision deals blow to some Gulf Coast refiners, processers

The decision to allow two Texas companies to export a minimally distilled variety of ultralight oil is a win for Eagle Ford Shale crude producers, at the expense of refiners and companies planning to build processing plants along the Gulf Coast. Refiners were feeling the pain on Wall Street Wednesday.  More »

US challenges oil export ban with approvals for two Texas companies

The Obama administration has cleared the way for two energy companies to sell an ultra-light variety of crude overseas after minimally processing it, a decision that tests the limits of a long-standing ban on exporting U.S. crude.  More »

Natural gas boom yielding big benefits, Congress told

The rapid growth in domestic natural gas production is sending benefits rippling across the U.S. economy, business leaders and an energy expert told Congress on Tuesday.  More »

House passes Green’s bill to boost border-crossing energy projects

Before the House voted 238-173 to pass legislation streamlining permits for border crossing energy projects on Tuesday, Rep. Gene Green played a pivotal role lining up support for the measure.  More »

Gasoline fears drive congressional energy agenda

It’s a rite of summer. Just as American motorists hit the highway for road trips and family vacations, Republican leaders on Capitol Hill put oil and gas bills on the agenda.  More »

EPA claims victory in Supreme Court decision on pollution rules

The Supreme Court upholds the EPA’s efforts to limit greenhouse gases from power plants, refineries and factories — a key affirmation of the Obama administration’s climate agenda.  More »

Colorado GOP gubernatorial candidates discuss fracking

The four Republican gubernatorial contenders in Colorado’s Tuesday primary answer questions about what they’d do if elected. Here, they talk about how fracking. Each responded in writing. Answers were edited for space reasons  More »

New GOP leaders have oil interests nearby

When Republican Reps. Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise claimed two of the top three spots in the House GOP leadership Thursday, oil refiners emerged as a potential big winner too.  More »

Houston company wins federal approval for gas export project

Sempra Energy subsidiary Cameron LNG, based in Houston, won federal approval Thursday to build a facility for exporting natural gas in southwest Louisiana, becoming only the second such U.S. project to secure all major necessary federal permits.  More »

Energy Department defends natural gas export plan

A top Obama administration official on Thursday defended the Energy Department’s new plan for vetting proposed natural gas export projects that are viewed as closer to commercialization, saying it was intended to foster fairness and transparency.  More »