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Oil industry launches 2016 campaign

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The American Petroleum Institute launched its “Vote 4 Energy” with a pledge to stay above the partisan fray while ensuring that energy policy is part of the political discussion leading up to the November 2016 elections.
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.
Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska (Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Senators push for oil export deal with Mexico

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At issue is a Pemex affiliate’s request to export 100,000 barrels per day of light U.S. oil and condensates in exchange for heavy Mexican crude — a transaction that can be approved by U.S. regulators on a case-by-case basis under existing trade laws.
Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., is surrounded by reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Following the success of the GOP in the midterm elections, the 80-year-old Republican from the oil-producing state of Oklahoma is the new chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate votes on fracking & endangered species pave way for Keystone XL passage

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The Senate rejected proposals involving liquefied natural gas exports, endangered species protections for the lesser prairie-chicken and hydraulic fracturing.
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House votes to speed up LNG exports

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The House-passed bill would give the Energy Department a 30-day deadline to decide whether to grant licenses to broadly export liquefied natural gas, even as the Senate rejected a more aggressive proposal.
Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., left, and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, right, listen as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Senate tees up votes on Keystone XL, exports, climate

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The chamber is expected to vote on as many as three amendments to GOP-backed legislation to authorize the TransCanada Corp. pipeline on Tuesday, with more than four dozen other possibilities on the horizon.
Ryan Lance, chairman and CEO of ConocoPhillips ( Marie D. De Jesús / Houston Chronicle )

ConocoPhillips CEO: Crude exports vote not ripe yet

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Ryan Lance said the issue isn’t “quite ready yet” for a vote, despite intense lobbying by oil producers who favor lifting the 40-year-old ban on most crude exports.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks about energy at the Heritage Action for America 2014 Conservative Policy Summit at the Heritage Foundation in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Cruz to push crude exports

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Sen. Ted Cruz is set to offer a proposal to lift the 40-year-old crude export ban, despite skepticism from both critics and supporters of the trade restrictions.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks about energy at the Heritage Action for America 2014 Conservative Policy Summit at the Heritage Foundation in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Ted Cruz calls for close look at Exxon Mobil deal in Russian Arctic

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, traveling in Israel and Eastern Europe to meet foreign leaders, said Wednesday that the U.S. should review a planned Exxon Mobil Corp. oil exploration project with the Russian state-controlled company Rosneft as the West looks for ways to apply more pressure over the Ukraine crisis.
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Texas lawmakers fail on environmental scorecard

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House Republicans’ environmental credentials are at rock-bottom lows, according to new ratings released Tuesday.