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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.

White House Renewable Fuels Policy Raises Questions | Commentary

Last May, Reuters ran two articles about the White House’s pending decision on the renewable-fuel standard, which federally mandates how much biofuel must be blended into the transportation fuel supply in the United States.

Keystone Dominates Senate Runoff, But Does Louisiana Care?

Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu and GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy are facing off in one last legislative duel in which the completion of the Keystone XL pipeline is portrayed as so overriding an issue that it will drive votes at the Louisiana polls. Keystone has become important enough to grab a top spot on the agenda of the lame-duck Congress.

An Opportunity for Energy Leadership | Commentary

Jobs and the economy are still voters’ top priorities by far. So it’s no wonder congressional candidates spent so much time on the campaign trail positioning themselves as champions of the American energy resurgence. The oil and natural gas industry supports 9.8 million American jobs, contributes $1.2 trillion to the U.S. gross domestic product and has spurred a manufacturing renaissance.

Unified Coalition Supports Lifting the Crude Oil Export Ban | Commentary

Slowly but surely, political leaders from both sides of the aisle are joining energy industry executives to support repealing the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 , which currently bans the export of U.S. crude oil. This law made sense 40 years ago, after a six-month OPEC oil embargo resulted in gasoline scarcity and an economic disaster.

Healthy Public Lands Mean Healthy Economies | Commentary

As the owner of a successful outdoor business, one of many such businesses in this country, I’ve become puzzled over how Congress debates public lands issues. Often the care for these resources is pitted up against “strong economies” and “more jobs”, implying support for one means denying the other. This is a false choice. Outdoor businesses show that healthy public lands create and sustain strong rural economies and viable jobs. As we pursue other economic activities like energy development on public lands we must make sure we balance those uses with the conservation of fish and wildlife habitat so that our outdoor economy will thrive.

LNG Exports Will Bring Environmental and Other Benefits | Commentary

A new wave of momentum is building behind expedited U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports as the European Union faces supply concerns heading into cold winter months.

By Sending Mixed Signals to Industry, White House Imperils Growth of Clean Energy | Commentary

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. recently told an energy conference on Wall Street, “I’m no investment banker, but I wouldn’t go long on investments that lead to more carbon pollution. I’d bet on clean energy.”

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