Tag: energy

Its not the science, Texas, It’s the law…

While the state may officially disagree with the science of climate change, it doesn’t have a legal leg to stand on in its objections to the EPA’s finding of endangerment for greenhouse gases, blogger says.  More »

While Lady Gaga loudly lobbies Washington, Kevin Costner speaks softly and wins big

This report was written by Jennifer Dlouhy of the Washington bureau. After the Exxon Valdez tanker ran aground in 1989, actor-turned-activist Kevin Costner funneled millions of his own dollars into oil spill-fighting technology that separates crude f…  More »

The Macondo well explosion 5 months out — will anything really change legally?

In the long term, blogger wonders, will the blowout really lead to new laws governing liability and regulation for oil and gas exploration in the Gulf. (Photo: Infrogmation of New Orleans)   More »

Senate rejects tax hike for oil companies

Read all of our Texas on the Potomac energy posts on FuelFix.com>>> This report was written by Jennifer Dlouhy of the Washington bureau. Senate Republicans today rejected a proposal to bar the nation’s biggest oil companies from taking a popular dom…  More »

Texas wins energy-efficiency grant competition

Texas is one of four states to win a national competition for grants designed to stimulate energy efficiency action at the local level. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the grants today as part of $28.5 million awarded to 12 states and terri…  More »

The Obama Administration Weighs in on Climate Change Nuisance Suits

Last year, after a lenghty delay of 4 years, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals decided the case, American Electric Power vs. Connecticut, holding that the political question doctrine did not bar a common law nuisance suit against private parties for harm they caused by emitting greenhouse gases into the air.  In an earlier post, […]  More »

Rep. Kevin Brady blasts Obama for limiting offshore drilling, dissing Texas workers

Meredith McDermott/ Hearst NewspapersRep. Kevin Brady Federal government restrictions on offshore drilling “are costing thousands of American jobs,” Texas Rep. Kevin Brady charged today. In testimony prepared for delivery at a Houston hearing on offs…  More »

Houston lawmakers react to today’s rig explosion

We asked the Houston-area congressional delegation for their thoughts about today’s rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. Here’s what we heard back: Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands: “The Mariner and BP incidents, unrelated to each other and in stark…  More »

Mariner explosion is catnip to drilling foes on Hill

This report was written by Chronicle energy reporter Tom Fowler. Environmentalists and offshore drilling foes on Capitol Hill swiftly seized on the explosion of a Mariner Energy oil platform off the coast of Louisiana today — less than five months af…  More »

Gibbs says White House closely monitoring rig explosion

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says the White House is remaining in close contact with the Coast Guard and other federal agencies in place along the Gulf of Mexico following this morning’s rig explosion off the Louisiana coast. Photo by Richard S. …  More »

Oil industry buses in backers for pro-drilling rallies

Energy industry workers rally at Houston’s Convention Center against any offshore drilling moratorium. In case you missed Brett Clanton’s excellent story in today’s print edition of the Houston Chronicle, here’s the top of it: More than 5,000 energy…  More »

Rep. Kevin Brady decries Democratic ‘demonization’ of energy industry

A Houston-area Republican is looking for a GOP-takeover of the House in the midterm congressional elections to stop the White House and Democrats in Congress from “demonizing” the nation’s oil and gas industry. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, the …  More »

Houston Democrat Gene Green challenges delays on shallow water drilling

A bipartisan group of 37 House members led by Houston Democrat Gene Green and Louisiana Republican Charles Boustany is asking the Obama administration for the second time in three months to issue new permits for shallow water energy exploration in the …  More »

Power grid politics: Are we about to say hola to las Tres Amigas?

Texas on the Potomac regularly shares some of the best national political content from the Texas Tribune. Today, we offer you a piece by the Trib’s Kate Galbraith. Texas has always operated its own energy grid, separate from the two other grids that …  More »

Analysis: Lisa Murkowski has been an effective advocate for energy industry but a pragmatist, too

This report was written by Jennifer Dlouhy of the Washington bureau. The future of the nation’s energy policy could be decided partly by the tight electoral contest in Alaska, where one of the Senate’s top oil and gas advocates &#151 incumbent Republi…  More »