Tag: Barack Obama

Obama downplays Keystone XL benefits

Obama’s remarks in a pre-holiday news conference at the White House came as Nebraska’s highest court weighs a challenge of the pipeline’s proposed route through the state.  More »

Congress blocks sage grouse protections, but work goes on

President Barack Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill late Tuesday with a provision that barred money from being spent on rules to protect the chicken-sized bird and three related types of grouse.  More »

Obama withdraws Alaska’s Bristol Bay from drilling

Obama says in a video announcement that the natural resource is too precious to be put out to the highest bidder.  More »

Keystone pipeline to top Senate agenda next year

Congressional Republicans have been pushing for approval of the pipeline for years. Obama has resisted because of environmental concerns.  More »

Energy leaders pledge cooperation despite discord over Keystone

The three-nation talks took place as global oil prices fall to the lowest in five years, possibly putting a dent in the surge of domestic production from shale drilling.  More »

Obama’s punt on renewable fuel sets up fights in court, congress

The delay, announced Friday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, follows months of fighting between refiners and ethanol producers over a proposal by the agency to lower the quotas for ethanol, biodiesel and cellulosic fuels.  More »

EPA delays decision on ethanol in gas

Last year the Environmental Protection Agency proposed to reduce the amount of ethanol in fuel for the first time.  More »

Landrieu leading charge for Keystone pipeline vote

Echoing Landrieu’s plea were moderate Democrats from Republican states, who argued for the project that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast.  More »

US-China climate deal aims to prod others to act

“This is, in my view, the most important bilateral climate announcement ever,” said David Sandalow, a former top environmental official at the White House and the Energy Department.  More »

Russia, China add to $400 billion gas deal with accord

Russian oil firm OAO Gazprom is negotiating the supply of as much as 30 billion cubic meters of gas annually from developments in West Siberia to China over 30 years.  More »

White House monitoring oil drop, no action seen on reserves

West Texas Intermediate touched $75.84 a barrel, the lowest intraday price since Oct. 4, 2011 as Saudi Arabia price cuts deepened a selloff in crude.  More »

Oil sands crude seen reaching Gulf without Keystone XL

Oil-sands crude will supply Gulf Coast refineries regardless of how President Barack Obama rules on the Keystone XL pipeline, Alberta Premier Jim Prentice said.  More »

Shell seeks five more years for Arctic oil-drilling drive

Shell, which has spent eight years and $6 billion to explore the Arctic’s Beaufort and Chukchi seas, said in letter to the Interior Department that “prudent” exploration before leases expire is now “severely challenged.”  More »

Keystone foes energized as price pinches oil sands allure

TransCanada Corp. proposed the pipeline in September 2008 when oil was more than $100 a barrel.  More »

Refiners to Obama: Keep renewable fuel quotas down

Refiners warned the administration that if it gives in to Corn Belt demands for higher mandates, it could cause gasoline prices to spike.  More »
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