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Obama moves forward on new oil and gas rules for public lands

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The Bureau of Land Management’s announcement that it would be proposing changes — and inviting public comment on the scope of them — marks the first major effort in decades to update onshore royalty rates that are among the lowest in the world.
(Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Obama’s climate change plan faces high-profile legal test

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A federal appeals court hears arguments Thursday in two cases challenging the EPA’s far-reaching proposal to cut Earth-warming pollution from the nation’s coal-fired power plants.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Energy secretary calls Iran nuke deal a “forever agreement”

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Under the agreement, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said all plutonium created as a byproduct of Iran’s nuclear power production would be sent out of the country so it couldn’t be used to make weapons.
(Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Obama: Energy effort to help environment, military veterans

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The Energy and Defense departments are extending to a total of 10 military bases nationwide a pilot program that teaches exiting service members how to install solar panels.
A jar holding waste water from hydraulic fracturing is held up to the light at a recycling site in Midland, Texas. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Both Democrats and Republicans are unhappy with new fracking rules

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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.
Jeff Allyn, a derrick hand with Raven Drilling, cleans equipment with a high pressure hose while drilling for oil in the Bakken shale formation on July 23, 2013 outside Watford City, North Dakota.(Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

North Dakota might challenge new federal fracking rule

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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.
(Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Obama orders 40 percent cut in government’s greenhouse gases

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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.
(AFP PHOTO/Mandel Ngan)

Senate clashes with Obama on Keystone XL veto

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Senate champions of Keystone XL failed to override President Barack Obama’s veto of legislation that would authorize the pipeline on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin of Russia visits an oil rig in the Caspian Sea operated by Lukoil, April 28, 2010. (Alexei Druzhinin/Pool via The New York Times)

How much more economic pain can Vladimir Putin take?

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It looks like the one-two punch of sanctions and cheap oil are about to wreck Russia.
This July 8, 2013 file photo provided by Surete du Quebec, shows debris from a runaway train in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada. (AP Photo/Surete du Quebec, The Canadian Press,File)

Oil train wrecks increase pressure for tougher safety rules

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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.