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Demonstrators march with a replica of a pipeline during a protest of Keystone XL at the White House on Sunday, Nov. 6.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Senate turns back Keystone XL, drilling expansion again

The Senate for the second time in as many weeks turned back a Republican-led effort to add provisions approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline to an unrelated transportation bill.  More »

Rep. Pete Olson to pump customers’ gas in protest against soaring prices

“High gas prices hurt everyone, but families and small businesses are hit especially hard,” Rep. Pete Olson said today. “That’s why we need to open more of our domestic resources, which will stabilize gas prices, create high paying jobs and reduce our reliance on Middle East oil.”  More »
Cellulosic ethanol is made from switchgrass and other nonfood products. (AP Photo/Noble Foundation)

Industry group challenges cellulosic biofuel quota

The American Petroleum Institute filed a legal challenge to a U.S. cellulosic biofuel mandate on Monday, alleging a “complete commercial supply” doesn’t exist for fuel makers to meet the program’s minimum quota for 2012.  More »
U.S. President Barack Obama makes a speech to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. September 2011. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg)

Gasoline prices weighing down Obama, poll finds

Nearly two-thirds of Americans disapprove of the way President Barack Obama has handled rising gasoline prices, according to a new poll. The White House fought back with a progress report that seeks to defend Obama’s record on energy.  More »
Opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline protest the project in front of the White House on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Keystone XL supporters, opponents spin Thursday’s vote

Keystone XL supporters and opponents took away small victories after the Senate rejected a bill amendment that would have reversed the Obama administration’s decision to deny a permit to for the controversial pipeline.  More »
Demonstrators march with a replica of a pipeline during a protest of Keystone XL at the White House on Sunday, Nov. 6.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Senate rejects Keystone XL measures, OKs directing spill fines to Gulf

The Senate on Thursday rejected controversial Republican proposals to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, expand offshore drilling into new waters, and delay environmental regulations for industrial and commercial boilers.  More »
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House GOP’s energy, Keystone XL bill on life support

The House will probably take up the Senate’s transportation bill, Speaker John Boehner said Thursday, signaling his chamber’s own legislation that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline and expand oil-and-gas drilling to fund road projects might not have the needed support to pass.  More »
President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper walk inside an auditorium on the White House complex.  (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

GOP rips Obama over Keystone XL lobbying report

Republicans ripped into President Obama on Thursday in reaction to a media report that he personally lobbied senators to vote against a GOP measure that would approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline. But the White House said the president opposes ramming through a pipeline without a proper review, and Democrats came to Obama’s defense.  More »
Fire boat response crews spray water on the blazing remnants of the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. (AP Photo/US Coast Guard, File)

Lawmakers, federal officials debate offshore permit rate

U.S. agencies’ request for more funding to hire people to help review offshore-drilling permits came front-and-center in Congress on Thursday as lawmakers, federal officials and witness continued debating the rate of approvals in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »
Protesters of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline at a rally in Washington, D.C., Nov. 6, 2011. (Puneet Kollipara / the Houston Chronicle)

Senate to vote on Keystone XL, drilling amendments to highway bill

Two measures pertaining to a federal permit for the Keystone XL pipeline are among those that will get votes Thursday as amendments to sweeping Senate transportation legislation, under an agreement announced late Wednesday night. Also up for consideration is a GOP amendment that would expand offshore drilling to certain waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.  More »
President Barack Obama (AP file)

Obama touts alternative fuels, efficiency to cut oil use

President Obama touted policies his administration is pursuing to cut vehicle oil use, ranging from fuel-efficiency standards to natural-gas-powered trucks, amid ongoing political debate over gasoline prices.  More »
Chevron CEO and Chairman John Watson. left, Shell Oil U.S. President Marvin Odum, BP America President and Chairman H. Lamar McKay and ConocoPhilips CEO and Chairman James Mulva testify before the Senate Finance Committee in Washington, D.C., on May 12, 2011. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Federal government won’t rush offshore drilling permits

Federal regulators won’t rush the issuance of offshore drilling permits amid ongoing Republican criticism that the Obama administration has slowed the rate of approvals, said James Watson, director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.  More »