Tag: Barack Obama

Both Democrats and Republicans are unhappy with new fracking rules

Republicans say the new regulations, announced last week, will delay new drilling projects and take marginal lands out of production. Democratic lawmakers say the regulations are so mild that they won’t change current operating standards.  More »

North Dakota might challenge new federal fracking rule

The Obama administration is requiring companies that drill for oil and gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing drilling technique.  More »

Obama orders 40 percent cut in government’s greenhouse gases

Obama’s executive order also directs the government to ramp up use of renewable energy sources to 30 percent of the federal government’s consumption.  More »

Senate clashes with Obama on Keystone XL veto

Senate champions of Keystone XL failed to override President Barack Obama’s veto of legislation that would authorize the pipeline on Wednesday.  More »

How much more economic pain can Vladimir Putin take?

It looks like the one-two punch of sanctions and cheap oil are about to wreck Russia.  More »

Oil train wrecks increase pressure for tougher safety rules

On Feb. 5, the Transportation Department sent the White House draft rules that would require oil trains to use stronger tank cars and make other safety improvements.  More »

U.S. tells Canada its climate goal may play Keystone role

Obama has secured climate concessions from China and India as part of those UN talks. A similar deal with Canada could help offset the anticipated environmental damage from the TransCanada Corp. pipeline, responding to project opponents.  More »

Report: Most Keystone crude will stay in U.S.

President Barack Obama has questioned the merits of the pipeline, suggesting last year that the crude carried through it would go “everywhere else” but the U.S.  More »

Obama’s chief economist says oil price drop offsets slowdown overseas

The annual Economic Report of the President, to be released Thursday, projected 3 percent annual growth this year.  More »

TransCanada profit beats estimates as Keystone leg comes online

TransCanada’s oil shipments climbed as the company started deliveries last year from Oklahoma to Texas on its Gulf Coast line, the southern leg of the original Keystone XL proposal.  More »

Congress to postpone sending Keystone-pipeline bill to Obama

Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota, the chief Republican sponsor, told reporters Thursday it would be better if Congress was in town when President Barack Obama vetoes the bill “so attention is brought to it.”  More »

Oil drilling banned in Arctic area that attracts walrus

“This administration has effectively declared war on Alaska,” U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said.  More »

Exxon Mobil updates anti-discrimination employment policy

Spokesman Alan Jeffers said Friday that the Irving, Texas-based oil giant added these protections to comply with federal law.  More »

Hillary Clinton to speak in Canada amid debate over Keystone

The former U.S. secretary of state was to headline events in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in her first public speeches of 2015, a day after President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address.  More »

What to watch for in the State of the Union

As President Barack Obama delivers his penultimate State of the Union address Tuesday night, will he be the president who took aim at the oil industry’s tax breaks in 2009 or the one who celebrated natural gas just three years later?  More »
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