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Valero sues EPA over ethanol standard

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The suit filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington Friday comes three months after the Obama administration announced it would not raise ethanol levels as high as the 2007 Renewable Fuel Standard, signed into law by President George W. Bush.
In this March 25, 2014 photo, a worker oils a pump during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. The first experimental use of hydraulic fracturing was in 1947, and more than 1 million U.S. oil and oil wells have been fracked since, according to the American Petroleum Institute. The National Petroleum Council estimates that up to 80 percent of natural oil wells drilled in the next decade will require hydraulic fracturing. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Democrats introduce anti-drilling bill in House

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Called the “keep it in the ground act” act, the bill led by Rep. Jared Huffman, D-California, would apply to all federal lands and waters, including the Gulf of Mexico.
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Yellen: Oil bust aids U.S. economy

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Janet Yellen said the economy had become “less supportive of growth,” but left open the possibility that cheap oil combined with lower interest rates could provide a boost.
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Obama vows to press ahead on Clean Power Plan after setback

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Tuesday’s surprising move by the court is a blow to Obama and a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly Republican-led states and industry opponents.
Jack Gerard, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, in Houston on June 18, 2013. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle)

API president attacks Obama’s oil tax as “extremist agenda”

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Gerard expressed astonishment at the president’s proposal Monday, saying his group was only notified of the tax as the administration was “getting ready to roll it out.”
U.S. Senator Ed Markey, D-Mass (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US Sen. Markey faults feds on natural gas export decision

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The Massachusetts Democrat says the decision announced Friday will allow gas to be exported to Canada through the Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline where it will be exported overseas. The pipeline currently flows from Canada into New England.
Motorists refuel at a Mobil gas station in Pittsfield, Mass., where regular gasoline is for sale at $1.99 per gallon, Tuesday Sept. 29, 2015. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP) BERKSHIRE COURIER OUT, GREAT BARRINGTON RECORD OUT, RURAL INTELLIGENCER OUT, BERKSHIRES OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Obama: Cheap gasoline prices drove oil tax decision

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The proposal faces an uphill battle in the Republican-led Congress, which has repeatedly pushed back against the president’s climate change initiatives.
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Solar energy grows 30 percent in Texas, keeping pace with country

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A report released Friday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows the capacity of solar installations grew by more than 32 percent nationwide last year.
President Barack Obama gestures while giving State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. listen at rear. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama to seek $10-a-barrel oil tax

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The White House hopes the proposal will drive a debate about the need to get energy producers to help fund efforts to fight climate change.
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, left, accompanied by, from from left, Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss.,  Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, and Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Ky., talks to reporters about progress on the bi-partisan energy bill, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016,  on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate blocks energy bill, as debate rages around Flint

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The move throws into question a bill that sought to reform policies across the energy sector, from hydroelectric dams to home efficiency to defense against cyber attacks on the power grid.