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Coastal states launch new bid for offshore drilling dollars

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Senators from Texas, Alaska and other coastal states have launched a fresh campaign to siphon off more of the revenue that flows to the federal government from offshore drilling.
Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska (Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Senators push for oil export deal with Mexico

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At issue is a Pemex affiliate’s request to export 100,000 barrels per day of light U.S. oil and condensates in exchange for heavy Mexican crude — a transaction that can be approved by U.S. regulators on a case-by-case basis under existing trade laws.
U.S. Senator John Cornyn speaks to the audience at the GOP election night party in Austin on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (Kin Man Hui/San Antonio Express-News)

Could negotiation end Keystone XL showdown?

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Sen. John Cornyn suggested Wednesday that GOP lawmakers and President Barack Obama could find a middle ground on the controversial pipeline.
Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., left, and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, right, listen as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

They’ll be back: Republicans vow to try again on Keystone

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GOP leaders have signaled that Keystone XL is one of their top priorities when they take control of the Senate in January.
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Texas lawmakers fail on environmental scorecard

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House Republicans’ environmental credentials are at rock-bottom lows, according to new ratings released Tuesday.
(AP Photo/Matt Houston, File)

Senators tell feds: Hurry up on LNG exports

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Nearly three dozen senators on Wednesday urged the Obama administration to move quickly and make simultaneous decisions on a host of proposals to broadly export liquefied natural gas harvested in the United States.
Crewmen lower a pipe for TransCanada's Keystone XL project into the ground in Wood County, Texas. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

State Department: Keystone XL wouldn’t expand Canada’s oil sands

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The State Department late Friday released a fresh environmental assessment of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, concluding that the project is unlikely to dramatically boost demand for Canada’s oil sands or the amount of heavy crude oil refined in Gulf Coast refineries.
Crewmen work a site for TransCanada's Keystone XL project in Wood County, Texas. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Senators call for speedy Keystone XL decision

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A bipartisan group of 20 senators on Tuesday implored their former colleague John Kerry to ensure the State Department approves the proposed Keystone XL pipeline by April.
A liquefied natural gas tanker arrives in Houston in 2008, shortly after the Freeport LNG terminal began operations. (Steve Campbell / Houston Chronicle)

Lawmakers propose making LNG exports automatic

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A bipartisan coalition of senators on Thursday advanced a plan to swiftly guarantee exports of U.S.-harvested natural gas to Japan and other American allies, amid complaints that the Obama administration is dragging its feet on proposals to sell more of the fossil fuel overseas.
Tar Sands Blockade protests the Keystone Pipeline at a TransCanada office in Houston. (Cody Duty/Houston Chronicle)

53 senators push Obama to approve Keystone XL

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A bipartisan group of 53 senators on Wednesday urged President Barack Obama to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, over the objections of environmental activists who have made it a signature issue.