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Return to Regular Order Means Reigning In EPA | Commentary

If there is one lasting change the 114th Congress should seek to make, it is the return to regular order. The Founding Fathers intentionally made it difficult for the federal government to enact laws but not impossible. The seeming impossibility of any meaningful congressional action has instead been wrought by closely divided congressional chambers, bitter partisanship and misapplication of Senate rules.

House OKs Keystone Bill as Nebraska Court Upholds Pipeline Route

The House passed legislation 266-153 Friday approving the Keystone XL pipeline, defying a White House veto threat and just hours after a Nebraska court upheld that state’s law agreeing to the builder’s proposed route.

Keystone XL Supporters Make Misleading Claims About Support Along the Proposed Pipeline Route | Commentary

TransCanada is so intent on winning approval for their proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline from Canada, they are spending millions on media ads and making donations to communities along the route. In recent articles, TransCanada has stated that it has obtained 100 percent of the easements in Montana and South Dakota from willing landowners. The operative word here is “willing” — and that word misrepresents what really happened.

Gas Tax Hike Not Ruled Out by Inhofe

Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman James M. Inhofe said Wednesday that the GOP continues to look at a gas tax increase among other alternatives to cover shortfalls in transportation spending, characterizing the mechanism as a "user fee."

Invest in the Land and Water Conservation Fund | Commentary

The passage of this year’s National Defense Authorization Act provided funding for American military operations — and included a suite of parks and wilderness bills. While it is perhaps an unlikely pairing in Washington, there is in fact a strong relationship between American military history and our national public lands. In fact, these two integral parts of America’s identity — the service of military veterans and the natural wonders of our public lands — have been connected for more than a century, and it is appropriate that we invest in both.

Protecting America's Clean Drinking Water | Commentary

The causes and consequences of the hottest year on record, which is now shaping up to be 2014 according to the World Meteorological Organization and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, are likely to have a lasting impact on New York State and New York City’s pristine water supply if we’re not careful. And while we’re glad that the Water for the World Act of 2014 cleared Congress recently, which improves access to water worldwide, the problem of water scarcity remains a serious issue in America.

Energy Export Restrictions Keep Production in the Past | Commentary

Over the past several years the United States has achieved an energy turnaround that few experts could have anticipated. Led almost singlehandedly by improvements in shale production, the country has transitioned from a position of foreign dependence to a global energy leader — bolstering American consumers, businesses and manufacturers at every turn.

Whitehouse Finds Much to Like in EPA Climate Rule

Climate warrior Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., offered congratulations to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for proposing carbon limits on existing power plants.

Energy Fights Loom Over Next Spending Showdown

Spending Squeaker. EPA and other environmental regulators are breathing a sigh of relief after the cromnibus (HR 83) survived a near-death experience and passed the House on a 219-206 vote last night.

Mexican Government Faces Pushback to Changes in Energy Investment, Policies

While many observers have praised Mexico’s move to privatize its energy sector, not everyone has embraced the changes.

Lift the Oil Export Ban to Avoid Crude Awakening for U.S. | Commentary

In Congress, there are essentially three kinds of laws: Those that achieve their intended goals; those that don’t; and those that — by flaw of design or implementation — somehow do the complete opposite of what they intended.

Natural Gas Exports to Mexico Are On the Rise

While pressure to expedite U.S. government approval of liquefied natural gas exports continues, capacity to send natural gas to Mexico just expanded.

EPA's Ozone Proposals May Test Opposition's Solidarity

The EPA’s proposed ozone restrictions would affect about a dozen states if the agency adopts the most modest end of the range it’s considering and extend to more than 30 states if it opts for the more stringent requirements.

Congress Should Address Toxic Algae in Drinking Water | Letter to the Editor

Georgina Gustin’s article, “Congress Examines Threat to Water from Toxic Runoff,” (Roll Call, Nov. 30) about toxic algae outbreaks shutting down public water supplies in Ohio hits home for us here in Florida. We’ve had toxic algae outbreaks shut down water plants in South Florida, where agricultural corporations are polluting our water supplies.

A Smart Energy Policy Could Help Democrats Take Back Congress | Commentary

The recent midterm elections were really bad for Democrats, but it wasn’t shocking. Democrats had no platform or legislative priorities to campaign on.

Congress Examines Threat to Water from Toxic Runoff

When 400,000 people in Ohio were told by authorities to stop drinking their tap water for two days this August, the warning centered attention on something most people assumed only troubled creatures lower down the food chain.

Combating Global Warming: Make Taiwan Part of the Solution | Commentary

The 20th session of the Conference of the Parties is being hosted by Peru this year from Dec. 1 to 12. The COP 20 is an important stepping stone to forging a new universal climate agreement in 2015 at COP 21 in Paris. However, most members of Congress don’t realize that among the 195 member nations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Taiwan is absent, despite the fact that the island is one of the leading economies in the world, a thriving democracy in East Asia, and willing to commit to reducing its carbon emissions proactively. To this end, we call on U.S. Congress to pass a resolution in supporting Taiwan’s bid for observer status in the COP 20.

The EPA Must Give Nuclear Energy Equal Consideration | Commentary

There is no doubt that the Earth’s climate has changed over the past 50 years, and it is clear that humans have contributed to the accumulation of greenhouse gases. While the science of climate change is evolving, the risks presented by rising temperatures around the globe are sufficiently large to justify enactment of policies at the national and international levels to reduce carbon emissions.

Expanded Exports of Liquefied Natural Gas would Lift the US Economy | Commentary

Sen. John Hoeven and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz’s recent discussion about liquefied natural gas exports legislation is about further expanding opportunity, investment, and jobs in an industry that has undergone and continues to undergo a dramatic transformation. And make no mistake, lawmakers’ hammering out a smooth LNG export approval process is about growth and benefits our nation’s small businesses.

Ozone Rules Could Set Off Fight Between Environmental, Economic Interests

The Environmental Protection Agency is days away from proposing an updated air quality standard that Republicans are sure to target as they try to win concessions from President Barack Obama on his environmental agenda — and industry lobbyists think they have the upper hand.

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