Sen. John Cornyn filed an amendment yesterday to prevent the Fish and Wildlife service from extending endangered species protection for the the 3-inch dunes sagebrush lizard. According to Cornyn, protecting the lizard would cripple the oil and gas industry in West Texas. More »
Today’s OPEC meeting in Vienna was unusual for its candor, Loren Steffy writes. Historically, the group has not only presented a unified front about its decision-making, it’s also offered little transparency about its production details More »
With oil exploration set to begin in Cuba’s Gulf of Mexico waters, pressure is mounting on the administration to relax a politically sensitive embargo that would prevent U.S. firms from responding swiftly to potential oil spills roughly 50 miles from Florida beaches. More »
The U.S. relationship with Cuba has long been a touchy subject on Capitol Hill, and now decades-old rifts are widening because of concerns about deep-water drilling set to begin just north of the island nation this fall. On economic level, many see opportunities for U.S. energy firms. More »
On June 1, the American Petroleum Institute (API) filed suit against the EPA claiming that its February request for more information from refineries to complete the benzene residual risk rule for refineries, was impossible to complete and thus arbitrary. One really has to understand the tortured history of this rulemaking in order to appreciate what [...] More »
A group of House Democrats say they have several proposals to improve transportation in American communities by increasing automobile fuel efficiency standards and making incentives — such as Houston-style van-pooling — for citizens to curb driving. More »
Gasoline prices occupy a place in the gallery of American consumer fears. As prices inched toward $4 a gallon, television news breathlessly offered live updates from the pumps. For all the concern about the effect that gasoline might have on consumer budgets, though, there may be something we should be more worried about: housing costs. [...] More »
Squishy numbers from the Texas power grid operator make Loren Steffy wary of assurances Texas won’t face blackouts during a hotter-than-average summer. More »
Workers have accused the management of BP’s North American operation of mismanaging retirement plans for employees, specifically by loading the plans with BP’s own stock prior to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Several lawsuits filed by employees claim the company’s investment strategy cost its workers more than $1 billion in losses after last year’s accident in [...] More »
Sheila Jackson Lee definitely gets more global press than any member of the Texas delegation. The high-profile Houston Democrat has made headlines for her pronouncements on subjects ranging from Pakistan to Vietnam, the Fifth Ward to Mars, civil rights to Republican wrongs.
But over the weekend, she earned a new distinction: a highly favorable story in the Chinese Communist Party’s “People’s Daily.” More »
In a video bashing Democrats for being out-of-touch on energy and without a plan for rising oil prices, House Republicans accuse the Obama administration of keeping America’s energy resources under “lock and key.” More »
The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved legislation by Rep. Gene Green, D-Houston, Thursday to extend the government program aimed at preventing terrorist attacks against U.S. chemical facilities.