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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.
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.
President Barack Obama arrives to speak on March 22, 2012 at the TransCanada Stillwater pipe yard in Cushing, Oklahoma. (AFP PHOTO/Mandel Ngan)

After Keystone victory, environmentalists pushing Obama on Atlantic drilling

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Activists on Wednesday delivered 2 million petitions to the White House opposing the proposed sale of drilling rights from Virginia to South Carolina.
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Obama admin. proposes rule to limit gas flaring at drilling sites

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New rules proposed move Friday will seek to reduce waste and harmful methane emissions as President Barack Obama addresses climate change.
The silhouettes of emissions are seen rising from stacks of the Duke Energy Corp. Gibson Station power plant at dusk in Owensville, Indiana, U.S., on Thursday, July 23, 2015. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg)

Obama’s Clean Power Plan can proceed pending review, appeals court rules

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The plan has been challenged by more than two dozen mostly Republican-led states and allied business and industry groups tied to fossil fuels.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks in Washington, Sept. 10, 2014. Cheney, who was a sponsor of the brutal interrogation tactics used on detainees suspected of being linked to al-Qaida, on Sunday escalated his counterattack on the Senate Intelligence Committee's report, which found that the CIA's now-defunct program violated American values and produced little useful intelligence. (Doug Mills/ The New York Times)

Cheney chides Obama on fossil fuel stance, lifting Iran sanctions

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Cheney said the U.S. should get more involved with energy diplomacy to weaken its enemies
(Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg)

Obama administration halts new coal leases on federal land

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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Friday that companies can continue to mine coal reserves already under lease.
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: Companies should face higher charges for drilling on federal land

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Obama said that he’s going to push to change the way the federal government manages its oil and coal resources to better reflect the costs they impose on taxpayers and the planet.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, and Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., return to Ryan's office after passing the omnibus bill, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Dec. 18, 2015.  The House easily passed a $1.14 trillion spending bill to fund the government through next September, capping a peaceful end to a yearlong struggle over the budget, taxes, and Republican demands of President Barack Obama.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Congress OKs year-end budget deal that would end crude export ban

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Obama will sign the measure, which includes many of the spending increases he fought for all year and is largely cleansed of GOP attempts to block his moves on the environment, financial regulation, and consumer protection.
Ryan Lance, chairman and CEO of ConocoPhillips, addresses the audience during the Geopolitics of Natural Gas at Rice University, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Houston. (Marie D. De Jesús/Houston Chronicle)

Big Oil among biggest winners from budget deal

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Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., welcomed the tax side of the massive deal but is lowering expectations about GOP victories in the $1.1 trillion spending bill.