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Water Credit Trading Supporters Look Westward

The Chesapeake Bay watershed amounts to 64,000 square miles, contains some 10,000 tributaries and streams, serves as home to about 17 million people and is the nationís largest estuary.

Oil Export Debate Renews Fight Over Protections for U.S. Shipping

The debate about lifting 1970s restrictions on crude oil exports has renewed another old fight over a 1920 maritime law known as the Jones Act.

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Keystone Pipeline Approval Could Shift Dynamics of Crude Export Debate

The debate over lifting the nationís restrictions on exporting crude oil centers on refinery capacity and the types of available crude, complexities that could shift if the Keystone XL pipeline is approved.

Politicizing Renewable Energy Threatens U.S. Security | Commentary

The debate about the role of renewable energy in the U.S. is highly politicized and polarized, needlessly hurting our energy and national security interests.

What's With Obama's Climate Swing? | Commentary

Back in April 2010, President Barack Obama threw out the first pitch at a Washington Nationals game. Afterward, a sportscaster asked him to name his favorite baseball player. Obama ó a self-proclaimed Chicago White Sox fan ó stammered. He couldnít come up with the name of a single White Sox player, and then he admitted he liked ďa lotĒ of Chicago Cubs players too. It was quite a public faux pas.

A Bipartisan Solution to Keep the Lights On | Commentary

Coal is one of Americaís most abundant and affordable sources of energy, providing for nearly half of the nationís electricity. In Kentucky, over 90 percent of the power comes from coal, helping keep the lights on and energy costs low for consumers and businesses. But this important fuel source is one of the major targets of President Obamaís announced climate action plan.

Allow the Renewable-Fuel Standard to Rest in Peace | Commentary

Ronald Reagan once observed that the closest thing to perpetual life was a government program. They start but never seem to end. Congress can make an exception to Reaganís truism.

More Funding Provided for Electric Car Research

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is continuing the Obama administrationís programs aimed at helping automakers develop more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Farm Groups Sue to Stop Data Disclosure

Even as they raise concerns about corporate use of farm data, farm groups are turning to Congress to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from releasing information that it compiles on agricultural operations it regulates.

Senate Democrats Need the Keystone XL | Commentary

Senate Democrats are raising a kingís ransom to maintain their hold on Congressí upper chamber ó Mark Pryor has raised $4 million and Kay Hagan has raised more than $5 million, while the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $48 million in 2013. Those are strong indicators, but itís far from a done deal.

EPA's Biofuels Proposal Creates National Security Risks | Commentary

The Environmental Protection Agency has long led the way for the development, production and expansion of advanced biofuels through the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). However it appears that later this year, for the first time ever, the EPA may become a roadblock on the path to Americaís post-oil future if it issues a change to the RFS that will hobble the growth of advanced biofuels by freezing their volume requirements below 2014 levels.

The Truth, The Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth | Commentary

Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., recently delivered a striking rebuke of Americaís energy industry (Commentary: We Ainít Broke, Nov. 22, 2013). But his criticism provided a distorted picture of this vitally important sector of the economy.

Biofuels Decision Is a Sign of White House Struggles | Commentary

In 2008, Barack Obama ran two nearly flawless national campaigns when he defeated Hillary Rodham Clinton in the primaries and John McCain in the general election. Four years later, he defeated Mitt Romney in a campaign that, except for one dismal debate performance, proved Obama to be a pitch-perfect candidate. But despite these impressive political accomplishments, the president seems to have been having trouble governing over the past 12 months.

The EPA Can't Give Up Ground on Biofuels | Commentary

Together with eight other lawmakers, Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., recently introduced a bill to eliminate the mandate for corn-based ethanol. This proposal comes just weeks after the Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to reduce the ethanol fuel requirement.

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Senate Democrats Aim to Shift Politics of Climate Change

Senate Democrats launched a new effort Tuesday to reclaim the political initiative in the climate change debate and create a sense of urgency about mitigating the causes of the planetís warming atmosphere.

Native Alaskans Grapple With Global Warming

A group of Native Alaskans traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to plead for congressional action on climate change as they grapple with its dramatic impacts.

Congress Should Reject RFS 'Reform' | Commentary

Opponents of renewable-energy development, led by the oil and gas industry, have spent the last year waging a campaign to get Congress to stop the development of advanced biofuels cold by gutting the renewable-fuel standard. Committees in both the House and Senate have held hearings on the RFS and bills have been introduced in both houses to radically ďreformĒ and eliminate the policy. But developing the next generation of biofuels is critical to reducing our nationís dependence on oil, lowering greenhouse gas emissions and generating jobs and economic growth in rural America. For the sake of our national security, our environment, American consumers and the economic well-being of Americaís agricultural communities, we canít let them succeed.

RESTORE Act Is Key to Flood Insurance Affordability | Commentary

The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act, passed as part of 2012ís transportation bill, is an important step forward in fixing Americaís beleaguered public flood insurance program. For nearly a half-century, taxpayers across the country have been implicitly subsidizing the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which is now $25 billion in the red. The simple fact is that premiums collected arenít sufficient to cover likely costs, and the program is not sustainable as it is currently structured.

Unveil the Truth About Global Warming | Commentary

The recent decision of the Supreme Court to take a hard look at whether its decisions justify the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate stationary coal plants because of their release of long-sequestered carbon dioxide (CO2) is a turning point in the debate. Even a review by the court should indicate that there is recognition of potential overreach by the administration and those looking to alarm the public over global warming to satisfy their own political agendas.

Don't Allow Small Business to be Caught in Tax Reform Crossfire | Commentary

After years in the drawing room, Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., recently released a set of drafts addressing our nationís outdated tax code. If the early draftsí treatment of the energy sector is any indication, small businesses inside and outside of the oil industry have reason to be on high alert.

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