| March 3, 2015, 1:44 p.m.
Although it doesnít feel like it now, spring and summer are fast approaching in Massachusetts. If gasoline prices stay low, millions of Bay Staters will have the ability to inexpensively travel across New England to visit our wonderful beaches, mountains and parks. However, the one downside of cheap fuel at the pump is that it lulls people into forgetting our over-reliance on oil creates a serious national security concern for America and our allies.
| Feb. 27, 2015, 3:53 p.m.
President Barack Obama first put Atlantic drilling on the table in March 2010, as part of a strategy to bring more Republicans to the negotiating table for a comprehensive climate change bill in the Senate.
| Feb. 27, 2015, 3:51 p.m.
The Obama administrationís recent proposal to lease oil and gas drilling in a swath of the Atlantic Ocean generated the expected mix of cheers and jeers on Capitol Hill, but local reaction was mostly divided along state borders rather than party affiliations.
| Feb. 24, 2015, 4:29 p.m.
As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, I sit at the intersection of energy and health care policy. From that vantage point, Iíve come to see some of the unfortunate parallels between the Obama administrationís past claims about the Affordable Care Act and the similar claims it now makes about the EPAís Clean Power Plan.
| Feb. 24, 2015, 4:24 p.m.
Few developments on the energy landscape have been as disruptive as the spread of hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking. The technique has transformed the economy of communities across the country while raising concerns about safety and environmental impacts.
| Feb. 24, 2015, 4:19 p.m.
For far too long, our countryís energy policies have been based on the idea of energy scarcity and foreign dependence. Now, we seem to be on the verge of energy independence. In order to unleash our true energy potential, we must explore all options ó including exploration on federal lands. It is time to have a long-term energy policy for America. While I welcome President Barack Obamaís recent Mid- and South-Atlantic offshore plan, I view it as one step forward and two steps back because he has removed millions of acres of potentially resource-rich land from exploration. It is time this administration says yes to energy; it is time to open the 87 percent of federal land currently prohibited from potential energy exploration.
| Feb. 24, 2015, 4:04 p.m.
When the United Stated entered World War II in 1941, oil was an essential part of military operations around the world. The U.S. was rich with the abundant natural resources it needed to protect the homeland and help its allies, but there was one problem. Transportation bottlenecks restricted movement to vital distribution points along the East Coast, and German U-boat attacks along the Eastern seaboard and in the Caribbean were successfully cutting off the resources the allies needed to fight. Losses mounted until August of 1941, when the federal government and industry leaders partnered to protect U.S. resources and find a better, safer and faster way to transport oil. The result was the largest pipeline construction project the nation had ever seen. The Inch Pipelines ó the Big Inch and Little Inch ó were each 1,200 miles long, running from Texas to New Jersey. By the end of the war in 1945, the Inch Pipelines had safely delivered more than 350 million barrels of oil to the East Coast. The rest is history.
| Feb. 24, 2015, 4:02 p.m.
Earlier this month, the White House doubled down on President Barack Obamaís pronouncement that climate change is a bigger threat to Americans than terrorism. The comments reveal a startling disconnect and come at a time when we have witnessed an unsettling uptick in terror attacks. These recent statements also underscore just how out of touch the White House is from the daily priorities of Americans. Despite growing strife around the world and a sluggish economic recovery at home, this presidentís No. 1 priority continues to be climate change. Moreover, White House officials do not shy away from the desire to make climate the presidentís legacy, regardless of the cost and consequences to Americans.
| Feb. 23, 2015, 6:19 p.m.
During the darkest days of the Great Recession, one of the lone bright spots was Americaís energy industry. Increased oil and natural gas production powered the manufacturing renaissance that pulled our economy back from the brink.
| Feb. 22, 2015, 9:49 a.m.
Industry representatives and key lawmakers plan market studies, polls of Americansí views and incremental moves on exports to sway public opinion in favor of allowing crude oil exports.
| Feb. 11, 2015, 1:39 p.m.
Harvesting power from the wind is about investing in long-term energy solutions that can benefit our families, communities and economy for generations to come.
| Feb. 11, 2015, 1:34 p.m.
Many of the hardest-working communities in America are in the Appalachian coal region that stretches from Ohio and Pennsylvania, to Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia. For decades, workers have given all of their daylight hours in the darkness of mines so their families and others across the country can keep their lights on. But for decades these communities have suffered economic decline, as widespread job losses have decimated cities and towns and left families with little support. Generations of coal miners have seen their jobs disappear, from 122,000 in 1985 to just 58,000 in 2012, a reality driven largely by market forces and inequities embedded in the coal market.
| Feb. 6, 2015, 7:11 p.m.
The federal law governing chemicals used in commerce in the United States affects every person and business, but few are aware of its importance to their lives or that it is outdated and in serious need of modernization.
| Feb. 6, 2015, 12:50 p.m.
While industry seeks to move forward with nuclear technology, the Energy Department has been reluctant to embrace what it sees as another potential boondoggle.
| Feb. 6, 2015, 12:49 p.m.
In a world of low oil prices and cheap natural gas, the prospects of developing new nuclear technology seem to remain ever in the future, beyond market and regulatory barriers.
| Feb. 6, 2015, 12:41 p.m.
The United States and Cuba are moving rapidly toward re-establishing diplomatic ties, which raises an interesting question: What does warming relations between these two nations mean for a warming climate?
| Feb. 3, 2015, 6:47 p.m.
Recently, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., announced bold legislation that will limit corporate felonsí ability to influence our elections. Itís an important step toward undoing the damage of the Supreme Courtís five-year-old Citizens United decision and restoring control over our democracy.
| Feb. 3, 2015, 2:51 p.m.
A final Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge that recommends wilderness protection for the highly valued coastal plain. A draft five-year oil and gas leasing plan for the U.S. outer continental shelf that would protect 9.8 million acres of ecologically vital areas of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. Last week was a big week for President Barack Obamaís conservation legacy: bold steps on the Arctic Refuge, and important ones for the Arctic Ocean. Taken together, they represent a thoughtful and rigorous approach to balancing our nationís energy needs with the conservation of Americaís Arctic, one of the wildest places on earth.
| Jan. 30, 2015, 5:47 p.m.
What is Congress asking of scientists?
| Jan. 29, 2015, 5:46 p.m.
While itís only been a month, few Washington observers expect an exceptionally cooperative relationship between the new Congress and the White House. No shock there. What is surprising, however, is the fact that President Barack Obama is still failing to capitalize on one particular opportunity to advance his economic policy agenda ó one that doesnít require the approval of Congress. In fact, heís actually getting in his own way.