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Feds’ plan to boost biofuel targets draws fire from all sides

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In trying to balance the competing interests of oil companies and biofuel producers, the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed renewable fuel quotas for 2014, 2015 and 2016 have pleased almost no one.
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Oil exports would give US leverage, former ambassador says

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So far, most of the congressional debate on crude exports has focused on the economics of the issue, but former Amb. Carlos Pascual’s comments amplify geopolitical concerns with the longstanding trade restrictions for oil.
U.S. Oil Rigs Increase Exploration, Defying Predictions

Feds offer guidance to would-be oil exporters

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Oil processed in distillation towers is broadly okay for export, according to the new guidance document from the Commerce Department. But oils that are simply run through heater treaters are still ensnared by the 39-year-old ban on crude exports.
Crewmen work a site for TransCanada's Keystone XL project in Wood County, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in Winnsboro. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Republicans have votes to force Keystone XL approval

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Republicans now have the votes they need in the House and the Senate to force President Barack Obama’s hand on the Keystone XL pipeline.
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Medlock: Without oil exports, drilling rigs could flee U.S.

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It will take a “train wreck” of falling prices, declining oil production and idle drilling rigs before the United States lifts its longstanding ban on exporting crude, Rice University economist Kenneth Medlock predicted Wednesday.
The Energy Department still is reviewing an application by Exxon Mobil Corp. and partners  to build a natural gas export facility at the existing Golden Pass export terminal Port Arthur. (Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle )

Feds upend natural gas export reviews

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Responding to criticism from energy companies and lawmakers on Capitol Hill, the Energy Department on Thursday proposed dramatically changing the way it is reviewing proposals to widely export natural gas. The plan would effectively move more commercially advanced projects to the front of the line.
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Obama administration grants approval for more US natural gas exports

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The Energy Department on Monday authorized exports from a sixth LNG export project, as pressure builds on the Obama administration to speed up approvals of plans to sell U.S. natural gas overseas.
TransCanada chief executive Russ Girling  speaks at the company's investor day in Toronto. (SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg)

TransCanada CEO ‘undeterred’ by new hurdle for Keystone XL

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TransCanada Corp. officials said Thursday they are undaunted by a Nebraska court ruling that analysts widely believe will mean more delays for the Keystone XL pipeline.
Crewmen lower a pipe for TransCanada's Keystone XL project into the ground in Wood County, Texas. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Pivotal Keystone XL study seen boosting chances for approval

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The State Department on Friday said the Keystone XL pipeline is unlikely to dramatically boost demand for Canada’s oil sands, delivering a verdict that angered environmentalists even as it gave President Barack Obama the evidence he needs to approve the controversial project.
(Nick De La Torre / Houston Chronicle)

LNG export critics call on Energy Dept. for time out

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With the Obama administration on Wednesday approving a fourth company’s plans to sell natural gas overseas, some lawmakers and manufacturers said it’s time for the federal government to reassess the economic risks of those export approvals.