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An oil tanker navigates the Houston Ship Channel in Houston, Texas. (Carter Smith/ Bloomberg News file photo)

Oil exports could mean more production — and pollution

The report from the liberal Center for American Progress is the first to broadly examine the environmental consequences of a big shift in U.S. oil trade policy, coming as Congress nears a vote on whether to lift the 1970s-era ban.
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Iranian crude could pinch U.S. producers without export freedom, paper warns

The paper notes the “great geopolitical irony” that “lifting sanctions will boost Iranian oil exports at a time when federal law and regulations generally prohibit American oil exports.”
U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Robert Papp  speaks during a news conference Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012, in Anchorage, Alaska.  (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

U.S. must invest in Arctic, Senate panel told

As the United States prepares to take over the chairmanship of the Arctic Council, the country needs to invest more heavily in icebreakers, navigational aids and other resources for the region.
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Bill to approve Keystone XL advances in Senate

A key Senate committee voted 12-10 Wednesday to endorse legislation that would force approval of Keystone XL, a mostly symbolic action that will do little to put the pipeline in the ground but could help the panel’s Democratic chairwoman, Mary Landrieu, in her reelection bid.
Shell's Perdido oil and natural gas platform  located  200 miles off the coast of Texas in the Gulf of Mexico (Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Feds debate long-delayed U.S.-Mexico oil pact

Top Obama administration officials and senators on Tuesday touted the promise of a long-stalled international treaty to unleash oil drilling along the U.S.-Mexico in the Gulf and warned that international relations between the companies could be harmed if America fails to enact the pact.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Obama officials face tough questions on oil drilling, land access

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and a top deputy are grilled before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on issues ranging from oil drilling on federal lands to how endangered species listings could affect energy development.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. and chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington about projects to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) under review by the Energy Department. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg, File)

Natural gas forum brings environmentalists and industry together

Environmentalists and energy producers shared the microphones at a Senate forum on Thursday, aimed at discussing ways to reduce the environmental footprint of natural gas development.
tea leaves (Fotolia)

Senate forum sheds light on natural gas exports

Energy analysts will be reading the tea leaves Tuesday as Obama administration officials field questions about their approach to exporting U.S natural gas during a Senate forum on the issue. Follow live as we tweet from the forum.
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Baucus’ retirement could put Louisiana Democrat in charge of energy panel

Sen. Max Baucus’ decision to retire sets in motion a chain of events that could end with Sen. Mary Landrieu taking the helm of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, putting the Louisiana Democrat in the driver’s seat for big debates on offshore drilling and natural gas production.
Electricity is produced from the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Hydro, energy efficiency bills get early start in Congress

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday held a hearing on a measure that aims to boost energy efficiency and separate bills that would spur hydropower development.