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Congress Needs To Free U.S. Energy Resources | Commentary

For Americans, the steep increase in U.S. supply of oil and gas has brought with it a bounty of benefits. The energy sector has increased employment in states that otherwise saw economic decline, and the growth in direct jobs has indirectly benefited communities throughout the country. At the same time, the taxes paid by the energy industry have helped bolster our national economy.

Senate Democrats Filibuster Keystone Bill

With a handful of senators out and Democrats calling for more amendments, GOP leaders were unable to limit debate on a measure to approve the Keystone XL pipeline Monday.

Releasing the Promise of American Natural Gas | Commentary

American natural gas represents one of the greatest and most unexpected success stories of the past century. Only a decade ago, experts feared America was running out of this critical energy resource, and we were growing increasingly reliant on foreign imports. But innovation and technology have turned upside down this once-pessimistic outlook, putting our nation in the driver’s seat. Thanks to the shale revolution, today we have more than enough natural gas to meet our energy needs and production continues to thrive. In fact, America is now the world’s No. 1 natural gas producer.

Investing in America's Urban Cores Through the Land and Water Conservation Fund | Commentary

Our nation’s cities are experiencing a renaissance.

Pipeline Expected to Generate Jobs and Revenue

The Keystone XL pipeline is expected to deliver jobs and tax revenue as it crosses from Canada to the northern border of Kansas, cutting through parts of Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska on the way.

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Keystone XL Debate Is No Longer Limited to Oil

Congress wasted no time this year getting back into the debate over the Keystone XL pipeline, despite last voting on approving the project in November. Now with firm control of the House and Senate, Republicans are eager to contrast their energy policy with that of President Barack Obama, who has questioned the need for and the importance of the pipeline.

Defunding Not the Answer for Sage Grouse | Commentary

A large and growing group of Western landowners care deeply about land health and the wildlife that dwell on our properties. Healthy wildlife populations enrich our lives and our lands. We work hard to manage our rangelands for sage grouse and other species while maintaining profitable ranching operations. We are concerned, however, that recent congressional actions have put both conservation-minded landowners and sage grouse at risk.

An Interstate Highway for Our Nation's Electricity | Commentary

When President Dwight D. Eisenhower took office in 1953, our nation’s roads were a patchwork of local byways and turnpikes that often didn’t connect to one another. Some were well-maintained, while others were impassible at many times of the year. It was difficult to drive between certain cities without adding many hours to the trip — costing the nation billions in fuel costs and productivity. Eisenhower led the effort to modernize our roads and by the time he left office in 1961, construction had begun. This project eventually became our Interstate Highway System, and led to increased mobility and prosperity nationwide.

GOP Heads to Joint Retreat With Coordination, Realism on Agenda

With hopes high for the new era of GOP majority control, House and Senate Republicans are headed off the Hill to plot a course for the party’s stymied legislative agenda.

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.

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