Tag: Democrats

New Democratic senator finds identity as Obama energy critic

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp fashioned herself as an independent-minded candidate as she won an upset victory in 2012. And she has carried that ethos into her second year in office, emerging as perhaps the White House’s most consistent Democratic critic on energy policy.  More »

Alaska’s minority Democrats unveil oil tax plan

Minority Democrats in the Legislature on Monday unveiled their vision of an oil tax system should voters this summer roll back the tax structure lawmakers approved last year.  More »

Competing bills to address safety of oil transport

Washington lawmakers on Monday considered competing measures that try to address potential risks as more crude oil is shipped by rail into the state.  More »

Top 10 beneficiaries of fracturing dollars in Congress

Find out which senators and representatives received the largest campaign contributions from the hydraulic fracturing industry during the 2004 and 2012 campaign cycles, and which Texas representative ranks No. 1.  More »

Industry’s top safety offenders targeted in Democrats’ report

Oil and gas producers including Apache Corp. and Chevron Corp. that reported the most environmental and safety incidents prior to the April 2010 spill continue to have the most violations, according to the analysis by the Democratic staff on the House Natural Resources Committee.  More »

Republicans use gasoline-price angst to fuel attacks

Republicans are tapping into anger over rising gasoline prices by launching a fresh attack on congressional Democrats for failing to offer a “serious solution” to the problem.  More »

Democratic aides cite report in saying EPA air rules won’t threaten electric reliability

The EPA has strongly rejected concerns the rules would cause electric reliability problems. EPA officials have cited 40 years of Clean Air Act rules that haven’t caused a single incident.  More »

Senate adds new twist to light bulb battle

After butting heads about new energy-efficient standards for light bulbs, politicians added language into an appropriations bill that would require federal agencies to go green or go in the dark.  More »

Obama risks alienating supporters with pipeline decision

The crowd of wealthy Democratic fundraisers and donors who protested outside President Obama’s $5,000-a-head San Francisco fundraiser last week — dubbed the “powerful and the POd” — aren’t going away.  More »

Pa. Senate’s talks on gas drilling bill will go on

Efforts to write sweeping bipartisan legislation to update the state’s laws to address its booming natural gas industry and slap a fee on the drilling companies failed to wrap up in time for a vote this week and could go on for another two weeks in the state Senate, a top negotiator said.  More »

Are Americans allergic to global warming?

Tucked between treatises on algae and prehistoric turquoise beads, the study on page 460 of a long-ago issue of the U.S. journal Science drew little attention.  More »

White House wary of Solyndra re-election effects

The Obama administration was worried about the financial health of a troubled solar energy company even as officials publicly declared the company in good shape, newly released emails show.  More »
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