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Obama moves forward on new oil and gas rules for public lands

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The Bureau of Land Management’s announcement that it would be proposing changes — and inviting public comment on the scope of them — marks the first major effort in decades to update onshore royalty rates that are among the lowest in the world.
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Congress renews tax breaks for wind, biofuel

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The move means taxpayers can claim the cuts and credits on their 2014 tax returns, but there is no guarantee they will be back in 2015.
Armed security stands near an oil pipe at the Bryan Mound facility of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve  in Freeport, Texas. (Photo: Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle)

Senator: Time to rethink our emergency oil stockpile

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Sen. Ron Wyden wants the United States to rethink the size and scope of its emergency oil stockpile.
U.S. Senator Ed Markey, D-Mass (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Democrats to Obama: Get tough on oil companies drilling on public land

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At issue is the Interior Department’s proposed rule to tighten standards for wells on federal and Indian lands, including new mandates for the hydraulic fracturing process used to coax oil and gas out of dense rock formations.
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Oregon senators ask for more oil train notifications

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Four West Coast senators are asking the federal government to expand a recent order for railroads to notify state emergency responders of crude oil shipments.
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Senate debates wind tax credit

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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.
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Senators leave popular tax credit out of renewable fuel proposal

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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.
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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.
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkiwski, R-Alaska, is the keynote speaker discussing U.S. Energy Policy Crossroads during CERA Week at Hilton of the Americas on March 3, 2014 in Houston. ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

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

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

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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.