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Environmentalists cringe as Obama touts oil and gas

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President Barack Obama celebrated “booming” U.S. oil and gas production during his fifth formal State of the Union address Tuesday night, delivering a blow to environmentalists worried the president isn’t doing enough to combat climate change.
The red-handled gas pump signifies 100 percent gasoline at the BG Jr. gas station in Vicksburg,  Miss. (AP Photo/The Vicksburg Evening Post)

Texans push feds to change biofuel quotas

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From Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro to a Fredericksburg RV enthusiast, Texans are weighing in on the Obama administration’s proposal to slash the amount of biofuels that must be blended into the nation’s gasoline supply.
Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio applaud President Barack Obama as he gives his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool)

Obama likely to target natural gas, climate change in State of the Union

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Energy issues may figure prominently in President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night.
Protestors at the National Mall call on President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline on Feb. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Keystone XL pressure mounts before State of the Union

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President Barack Obama isn’t likely to utter a word about the controversial Keystone XL pipeline during his State of the Union address Tuesday night — but that isn’t stopping fans and foes of the project from pressing the issue as the White House puts the final touches on the speech.
Shell's Perdido oil and natural gas platform  located  200 miles off the coast of Texas in the Gulf of Mexico (Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Feds will wait til March to open sealed Gulf bids

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Oil companies that hope to nab new drilling leases near the U.S.-Mexico boundary in the Gulf of Mexico will have to wait a little longer to see if they were successful.
Welders work on a joint between two sections of pipe during construction of Keystone XL's southern leg in Prague, Oklahoma. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

GOP senators demand decision on Keystone XL

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Republican senators on Friday asked President Barack Obama to make a final decision soon on whether to permit the Keystone XL pipeline that would link Canada’s oil sands with Gulf Coast refineries.
A Phillips 66 refinery. (Phillips 66)

Obama supporters defend go-slow approach on refiners

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Obama administration supporters are defending the White House’s decision to move on a slower track to limit refiners’ greenhouse gas emissions, while focusing on reining in the carbon dioxide coming from the nation’s power plants.
The drillship Noble Discoverer did preliminary drilling in Alaska's Chukchi Sea for Shell in 2012. An appeals court ruling Jan. 22, 2014, could delay  Shell's plans to return to the Alaskan offshore region in summer of 2014.

Alaska Democrat ‘optimistic’ on Arctic drilling this summer

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Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska says he’s optimistic that drilling can resume in Arctic waters this summer despite a federal court ruling against the government’s handling of offshore drilling leases in the region.
Tank cars carrying oil and other materials travel through the nation's capital. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Houston Chronicle)

Wreck investigators urge tighter rules for oil trains

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U.S. and Canadian authorities investigating recent fiery derailments are recommending tighter regulations for oil-carrying trains.
US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz speaks during a meeting at the National Industry Confederation headquarters in Brazil on August 16, 2013. (Evaristo SAEVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images)

Moniz: Natural gas risks can be ‘managed’

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Environmental concerns surrounding domestic natural gas production are surmountable, Enregy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Wednesday.