Tag: state of the union

Obama talks tough on climate change, Keystone XL

In his penultimate State of the Union address, Obama chided lawmakers who have been skeptical of climate change or humanity’s role in it and delivered a thinly veiled critique of the GOP-controlled Congress’ focus on the Keystone XL pipeline.  More »

What to watch for in the State of the Union

As President Barack Obama delivers his penultimate State of the Union address Tuesday night, will he be the president who took aim at the oil industry’s tax breaks in 2009 or the one who celebrated natural gas just three years later?  More »

Environmentalists cringe as Obama touts oil and gas

President Barack Obama celebrated “booming” U.S. oil and gas production during his fifth formal State of the Union address Tuesday night, delivering a blow to environmentalists worried the president isn’t doing enough to combat climate change.  More »

Obama likely to target natural gas, climate change in State of the Union

Energy issues may figure prominently in President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night.  More »

Keystone XL pressure mounts before State of the Union

President Barack Obama isn’t likely to utter a word about the controversial Keystone XL pipeline during his State of the Union address Tuesday night — but that isn’t stopping fans and foes of the project from pressing the issue as the White House puts the final touches on the speech.  More »

GOP senators demand decision on Keystone XL

Republican senators on Friday asked President Barack Obama to make a final decision soon on whether to permit the Keystone XL pipeline that would link Canada’s oil sands with Gulf Coast refineries.  More »

Exxon gets activists’ ad pulled from Fox News

Exxon Mobil Corp. successfully got an advertisement that mocked the company removed from the airwaves hours before it was set to broadcast before and after the State of the Union last week.  More »

Obama talks tough on climate & proposes ‘drilling for clean energy’ program

An emboldened, second-term President Obama on Tuesday made clear that if lawmakers don’t tackle climate change, he will do an end run around Congress and use his executive powers to curb greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming.  More »

Climate change, energy plans to get mention in SOTU address

Since taking office four years ago, President Barack Obama has used his annual State of the Union addresses to tout America’s natural gas bounty and challenge the U.S. to take the lead developing new energy technologies. Don’t expect that tonight.  More »

Commentary: Let’s inaugurate a term of energy realism

If he is successful, Pres. Obama will raise taxes on domestic oil and gas producers, throwing a wrench into progress. The energy boom, new investment and job creation will be slowed dramatically.  More »

Senate turns back Keystone XL, drilling expansion again

The Senate for the second time in as many weeks turned back a Republican-led effort to add provisions approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline to an unrelated transportation bill.  More »

Gasoline prices weighing down Obama, poll finds

Nearly two-thirds of Americans disapprove of the way President Barack Obama has handled rising gasoline prices, according to a new poll. The White House fought back with a progress report that seeks to defend Obama’s record on energy.  More »

Feds propose first central Gulf lease sale since Deepwater Horizon

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management proposed today an oil and gas lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico, the second there since the 2010 oil spill and the first since then in the Central Gulf region where the disaster occurred.  More »

Time, Newsweek Bury Keystone

By Michael J. Economides & Peter C. Glover Energy has become a hot button election issue. President Obama’s State of the Union address and his decision to reject TransCanada’s application to build the Keystone XL pipeline crystallized the fact. The language of the GOP presidential candidates post-Keystone was suitably pithy. Gingrich intoned it “a stunningly […]  More »

General Electric looks for clarity on energy policy from Congress, White House

General Electric, a leading producer of gas-turbines and wind power, wants Congress and the Obama administration to pass a clear energy policy that sets green standards while recognizing natural gas’ importance as a backbone to alternative energy plants. The company unveiled a “FlexEfficiency” power plant in Paris Saturday that uses wind and solar energy but relies on natural gas for reliability, but Paul Browning, president and CEO of G.E. thermal products, said Thursday that unclear U.S. policies could prevent investors from buying into the ultimately more efficient but initially expensive plants.  More »
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