Category: Politics/Policy

Europe’s Russian gas addiction skews sanctions debate

European leaders, while calling Ukraine’s May 25 presidential election a success, are still facing a deeper dilemma: how to free their countries from an addiction to Russian energy.  More »

Houston companies join fracking fray in Colorado

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Noble Energy Inc. are pumping campaign money into a state where pumping oil and gas is central to their portfolios, and where energy industry critics are pushing for new restrictions.  More »

Environmentalists tap actor to warn about offshore seismic

A conservation group is hoping a little star power will draw more attention to its concerns about seismic oil and gas research proposed in Atlantic waters off the east coast.  More »

Exxon extends Russia partnership despite sanctions

Exxon Mobil Corp. extended its partnership with Russia’s state-controlled oil company even as U.S. and European nations threaten additional sanctions to punish Vladimir Putin’s regime for its actions in Ukraine.  More »

Texas ranks high for green job growth

Texas added nearly 800 clean jobs during the first three months of the year according to a new analysis, but across the nation, the number of new renewable energy and clean transportation projects is dropping.  More »

Obama divides power players with pollution rule utilities accept

The Obama administration’s upcoming greenhouse gas rules are gaining acceptance from an unlikely quarter — power companies — and splitting the energy industry’s normally unified opposition to new limits.  More »

Unions raise heat on Senate to approve Keystone XL

Labor unions are beseeching senators to pass legislation that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline by circumventing a government review process that threatens to stretch into 2015.  More »

UK urged to fast-track carbon-capture plans

U.K. ministers should accelerate funding for carbon-capture and storage projects by Drax Group Plc and SSE Plc to kick-start a technology that’s vital for climate protection, a panel of lawmakers said.  More »

Energy jobs extend beyond oil field, Congress told

Surging oil and gas production is creating jobs that extend well beyond the oil patch to manufacturing shops and chemical plants across the country, executives and industry advocates told a congressional panel on Tuesday.  More »

Oklahoma lawmakers to unveil new tax rate proposal for wells

An incentive for a 1 percent tax rate for horizontally drilled oil and gas wells would be increased to 2 percent and extended to all wells drilled in Oklahoma under a bill drafted in the Oklahoma Legislature on Monday.  More »

Biden to attend fundraiser at home of anti-Keystone XL billionaire

Vice President Joe Biden is planning to headline a fundraiser for Democrats at the home of billionaire Tom Steyer.  More »

Perry blasts Obama energy policy

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is accusing President Barack Obama of talking up the promise of U.S. “energy independence” while imposing policies that are “strangling the energy industry.”  More »

Calif. county considers fracturing ban

For the past several months, Santa Barbara County Water Guardians have worked to collect enough signatures to propose a ban on hydraulic fracturing.  More »

Oil tax incentive change part of Oklahoma budget debate

The Legislature this year also has yet to reach an agreement on a generous tax incentive currently in place for horizontally drilled wells that reduces the tax from its regular rate of 7 percent to 1 percent.  More »

Commentary: Alaska voters hold the key to North Slope

Commentary: As political shenanigans continue to delay approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, Alaskan voters hold the key to avoiding a similar fate for what could be North America’s largest pipeline project.  More »