Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., left, and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, right, listen as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Poll: Republicans clash with voters on oil industry priorities

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A new survey shows likely voters favor more renewable energy and slashing U.S. dependence on foreign oil — not the Keystone XL pipeline and crude exports.
Ryan Lance, chairman and CEO of ConocoPhillips ( Marie D. De Jesús / Houston Chronicle )

ConocoPhillips CEO: Crude exports vote not ripe yet

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Ryan Lance said the issue isn’t “quite ready yet” for a vote, despite intense lobbying by oil producers who favor lifting the 40-year-old ban on most crude exports.
A network using low-cost commercial sensors, developed at the University of Colorado-Boulder, is  among the devices being evaluated for use in detecting emission of the greenhouse gas methane from natural gas wells, pipelines and processing systems. (Environmental Defense Fund photo, Aug. 21, 2014.)

Methane regs could boost oilfield equipment makers

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Some 76 companies with more than 500 locations spread across 46 states sell services and equipment that could be tapped by oil and gas companies seeking to comply with the planned regulations.
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

White House methane plan takes aim at oil and gas industry

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White House officials said the plan aims to cut oil and gas emissions of the powerful heat-trapping greenhouse gas by 40 to 45 percent within a decade, from 2012 levels.
A dispersant plane passes over an oil skimmer on April 27, 2010 as it cleans oil in the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana. (AP file photo/Patrick Semansky)

Feds aim to boost requirements for oil spill dispersants

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The move comes 14 years after the agency first announced it planned to rewrite rules governing dispersants and five years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster vividly illustrated shortcomings in existing mandates.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks about energy at the Heritage Action for America 2014 Conservative Policy Summit at the Heritage Foundation in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Cruz to push crude exports

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Sen. Ted Cruz is set to offer a proposal to lift the 40-year-old crude export ban, despite skepticism from both critics and supporters of the trade restrictions.
API President and CEO Jack Gerard at CERAWeek in March 2014 (Photographer: F. Carter Smith/Bloomberg)

Oil group to focus on midstream issues

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The American Petroleum Institute’s decision to create a new midstream department focusing on that segment of the oil and gas industry follows the lead of regulators, executives and environmentalists who also are increasingly involved in energy infrastructure.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (2-L) speaks to the media after the Republican policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol, January 7, 2015 in Washington, DC. Leader McConnell spoke about various issues before the Senate including the Keystone Pipeline. Also pictured is (L-R), Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) Sen. John Thune (R-SD), Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

On Senate’s to-do list: Keystone, climate change, crude exports

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The Senate is gearing up to debate a host of energy industry priorities to start 2015.
Texas Capitol

Consumer Impacts: Texas Legislature Back in Town

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What can energy consumers expect this year as the Texas Legislature convenes for its 84th regular session? Will lawmakers pass laws to lower bills or will they take actions that have the opposite effect? The session begins January 13th. Here are a four issues that lawmakers may consider that could impact what Texans pay for their […]
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In this Jan. 8, 2015 photo, an environmentalist concerned about global warming wears a statement t-shirt at a public hearing in Eatontown, N.J. on a proposed offshore terminal for imports of liquefied natural gas. Liberty Natural Gas wants to build the facility off the coasts of New York and New Jersey. Business and labor groups support the plan, but environmentalists oppose it, saying it is really a plan to facilitate exports of natural gas obtained by hydraulic fracturing, a technique they oppose. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Idea for gas terminal off East Coast rankles fracking foes

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Liberty Natural Gas wants to build a deep-water port in federal waters 19 miles off Jones Beach, New York, and 29 miles off Long Branch, New Jersey. Its stated purpose is to bring additional natural gas into the New York area during times of peak demand, thereby lowering home-heating prices.