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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.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, center, smiles as she speaks about Keystone XL, accompanied by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., left, sponsor of the Keystone XL pipeline bill, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Senators campaign to end ban on crude oil exports

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Senators unveiled legislation to end the longstanding ban on U.S. oil exports, with hopes to put domestic crude on the same legal footing as gasoline, diesel and other refined petroleum products.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses a joint meeting of Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, April 29, 2015. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

As Japanese prime minister visits D.C., will U.S. allies seek American crude?

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has already asked for U.S. natural gas supplies to help power his country. Some oil export advocates suggest he and other U.S. allies could soon make similar appeals on oil.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks during the opening panel discussion of IHS Energy CERAWEEK on Monday, April 20, 2015, in Houston. ( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

Murkowski pushes to lift oil export ban as part of Iran nuclear bill

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, is pushing a plan to lift the crude export ban in her latest bid to tie the oil export debate to the Iran nuclear deal.
Ernest Moniz Sec. of Energy United States during the IHS Energy CERAWeek Wednesday April 22, 2015 at the Hilton Americas-Houston. (Billy Smith II / Houston Chronicle)

CERAWeek: Energy chief sees no ‘compelling’ case for oil exports yet

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The oil industry hasn’t made “an overly compelling argument” for crude exports, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Thursday.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski speaks at the IHS Energy CERA Week conference in Houston on April 20, 2015. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle)

CERAWeek: U.S. crude export ban is a sanction against ourselves, Murkowski says

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“We shouldn’t lift sanctions on Iranian oil while we are keeping sanctions on American oil,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski told energy executives at IHS Energy CERAWeek. “It makes no sense.”
Businessmen arrive to CERA Week at the Hilton Americas on March 4, 2014, in Houston. ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

IHS CERA Week Day One: Energy stars descend on Houston

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The 34th edition of the IHS Energy CERA Week conference is heading to Houston this week, with this year’s speakers likely to focus their discussion on an energy industry grappling with a historic plunge in commodity prices.
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Report: Energy issues dominate congressional agenda – with little to show for it

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Energy and environmental issues have gotten more votes in the Senate than any other issue so far this year, even though none of the measures have become law, according to a new analysis.
(Photographer: Patrick Semansky/Bloomberg)

U.S. refiners can bulk up to consume more domestic oil

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A new report from the Energy Information Administration suggests refiners can — and will — invest in new equipment to process the light oil flowing out of U.S. wells today, but a debate over crude exports could undermine some of those plans.
An oil tanker docks at a Chevron oil refinery in the San Francisco Bay. (Kimberly White/Bloomberg News)

House committee to vote on crude exports

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The House Foreign Affairs Committee is scheduled to take up legislation that would overturn the nation’s longstanding ban against exporting crude.