Category: Politics/Policy

Canadian PM sees Keystone approval, with or without Obama

Canadia Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been openly critical of President Obama for repeatedly “punting” on Keystone and interfering with a long-standing and mutually beneficial energy relationship. If Barack Obama doesn’t approve the pipeline, he says, another president will.  More »

Senators worried crude exports would send gas prices higher

Two powerful Senate Democrats want to know whether Americans will pay more at the pump if the government relaxes a decades-old ban on exporting U.S. crude.  More »

Uproar over Keystone far outweighs pipeline’s potential effect, analysts say

Both sides of the national furor over the Keystone XL Pipeline are reading too much into a recent government report on the pipeline’s environmental impact, and it’s possible that the political controversy has outgrown the proposed pipe itself, according to Wood Mackenzie.  More »

Republican lawmakers divided on oil exports

Oil companies eager to sell U.S. crude overseas are pushing Congress to relax a 39-year-old ban on those exports, but even reliable allies on Capitol Hill are wary. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., said there is a kind of “schizophrenia” around the issue on Capitol Hill.  More »

Spike in oil-by-rail fueled by regulatory delays, experts say

Rapidly developing oil and gas production in North Dakota, Texas and other states is outpacing the construction of new pipelines and other infrastructure to carry those fuels to market, energy experts and former government officials warned Thursday.  More »

Moniz declines to comment on oil exports

During a visit to San Antonio Thursday, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said President Barack Obama’s push for use of all energy sources — his “all of the above” energy policy — is the best solution to meet the nation’s power needs.  More »

Republicans defend Keystone XL approach

House Republicans on Thursday defended their party’s decision not to tie Keystone XL to legislation increasing the nation’s debt limit. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, said he expects final presidential approval later this year.  More »

Greenspan forecasts oil boom’s effect on US economy

Corporate executives have no way of knowing what the world will look like over the next four decades as long as U.S. political strife keeps kicking up a cloud of uncertainty over the economy, Greenspan says.  More »

Former Obama official: Fracking has never been an environmental problem

Former U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar said Wednesday morning that he believes hydraulic fracturing is safe, and the energy industry should work to convince the public that it doesn’t pose a safety threat.  More »

Lawmakers consider setting deadline for Obama’s Keystone XL decision

A bipartisan coalition of House and Senate members on Tuesday said they are considering an array of options to speed up a final verdict on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, now that a State Department analysis raised no major environmental objections to the controversial project.  More »

Lawmakers stress urgency as feds finish new sulfur rules for gasoline

As the Obama administration prepares to mandate new limits on sulfur pollution from gasoline, congressional Democrats made a last-minute appeal for quick action.  More »

What’s in State’s Keystone XL oil pipeline report

Here are the most important details in the State Department’s 11-volume report on the Keystone XL pipeline released Friday, the fifth environmental review released on the project since 2010.  More »

Keystone report reignites battle over pipeline’s impact

Keystone XL’s political proponents and environmental foes released a wave of responses to the long-awaited federal environmental review that dropped Friday afternoon.  More »

Pivotal Keystone XL study seen boosting chances for approval

The State Department on Friday said the Keystone XL pipeline is unlikely to dramatically boost demand for Canada’s oil sands, delivering a verdict that angered environmentalists even as it gave President Barack Obama the evidence he needs to approve the controversial project.  More »

Court ruling insulates foes and fans of Arctic drilling

In the heated political battle over drilling in chilly Alaskan seas, a court ruling drilling proponents blame for thwarting the activity provides handy cover for stakeholders from Anchorage to Washington.  More »