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Senate debates wind tax credit

Wind energy supporters are hoping to blow past opponents in the Senate, as the chamber considers broad legislation to renew dozens of expired tax breaks — including one credited with making turbines spin in Texas.  More »

Senators leave popular tax credit out of renewable fuel proposal

Top senators on Tuesday unveiled their plan for renewing a slew of tax credits that expired last year, including measures aimed at making biofuels. But one popular tax credit didn’t make the cut.  More »

Obama administration grants approval for more US natural gas exports

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.  More »

Senator: US should use oil and gas as strategic weapon in world politics

The United States should use its oil and gas bounty as a strategic weapon, helping to protect allies and tame crises like those unfolding in Russia and Venezuela, Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Monday.  More »

Guest commentary: US crude oil export ban confusion intensifies, except in Alaska

While federal policymakers are moving slowly on the question of U.S. crude oil exports, Alaska is taking swift action on policy decisions that are reinvigorating oil and gas investment in the state, says Peter Gardett, an adjunct fellow at the Center for a New American Security.  More »

Oil industry ally takes Senate committee helm

Sen. Mary Landrieu takes over the chairmanship of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, giving the Louisiana Democrat a boost in her reelection campaign and putting an oil industry ally in a powerful Senate role.  More »

Senators worried crude exports would send gas prices higher

Two powerful Senate Democrats want to know whether Americans will pay more at the pump if the government relaxes a decades-old ban on exporting U.S. crude.  More »

LNG export fans form new coalition

Oil industry and business groups have formed a new coalition to make the case for expanded exports of American natural gas.  More »

Battle lines drawn at crude export hearing

Deep divisions over selling American crude overseas — and big fears about what it might do to gasoline prices — were on display Thursday as the Senate held its first hearing on oil exports in a quarter century.  More »

Manufacturers call for halt on natural gas export approvals

Dow Chemical and other big industrial users of natural gas are imploring the Obama administration to stop approving licenses to broadly export the fossil fuel.  More »

Senators: More scrutiny needed after train explosions

Leading Democratic senators said the Obama administration needs to step up its scrutiny of safeguards governing oil transport, following train derailments and explosions.  More »

Senate shuffle could put oil industry ally at top of energy panel

President Barack Obama’s reported decision to nominate Sen. Max Baucus to be the next U.S. ambassador to China sets off a chain of events that could put an oil and gas industry ally, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., in charge of the Senate energy committee.  More »
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