Although the rule only applies to development on public and tribal lands — where there are more than 100,000 oil and gas wells today — environmentalists have argued that tough federal protections could provide inspiration for state regulators. More »
An unusual fight has arisen between two veteran lawmakers who have developed a close personal relationship as their parties’ leaders on a key congressional committee. More »
We know this won’t surprise you, but Texas Republicans didn’t like what President Obama had to say today. We bring you a sampling of reaction. More »
While championing the benefits of new energy extraction methods, Republican House members accused energy oversight agencies of research that misled the public on environmental and health risks. The accusations came at a joint Energy and Environment subcommittee hearing focus on hydraulic fracturing—often called “fracking”—an extraction technique pioneered in Texas in the 90s, which taps deep […] More »
Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, wants the Department of Justice to hire an outside lawyer to probe an Energy Department loan to bankrupt solar panel maker Solyndra. More »
The Texan who chairs the House Judiciary Committee says he wants an independent investigator to look into a loan guarantee the Energy Department approved for the now-bankrupt California company Solyndra LLC.
Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder today seeking an outside lawyer to probe Solyndra’s bankruptcy case to determine “whether politics played a role in influencing the Obama administration to favor Solyndra over more financially stable loan applicants.” More »