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Energy Quote of the Day: 'Make Available Nearly 80 Percent of the Undiscovered Technically Recoverable Resources'

February 6, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Recoverable Resources

The Obama administration has released plans to open up the US Atlantic coast to offshore oil drilling for the first time. Obama declined to issue leases after the ban expired, and clamped down BP oil spill. But Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said that tougher regulations and oversight have improved safety.[read more]

Obama Budget Aims to Make Solar and Wind Incentives Permanent

February 4, 2015 by Eric Wesoff
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President Obama just unveiled a $3.99 trillion budget for 2016 that asks Congress for a permanent extension of tax credits for the solar and wind industry. The current policy, which includes an expiration of tax credits in 2017, is encouraging a boom in solar installations this year and next.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "We Don't Think Additional Regulation is Needed at this Time"

January 21, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Oil and Gas Regulation Proposal and Reaction

The Obama administration announced plans earlier this week to regulate methane emissions from oil and gas operations. This announcement resulted in the usual chorus of applause and grumbles from environmentalists and the energy industry, respectively.[read more]

White House Oil and Gas Methane Strategy: Goals and First Steps, But Lots More To Do

January 16, 2015 by David Doniger

The White House recently announced a new environmental goal of cutting dangerous methane pollution from the oil and gas industry from 40 to 45 percent from 2012 levels by 2025, and set in motion the first regulatory steps towards meeting that goal.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Keystone XL Decision Still a Ways Off

January 11, 2015 by Jared Anderson
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Keystone Decision Delays

It was a big day in Keystone XL news recently, with the House voting to approve a pipeline construction bill – the president already said he would veto – and the Nebraska Supreme Court mostly blessing the controversial oil transport project. But a final decision could still be months away.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'I Can Confirm that the President Would Not Sign this Bill'

January 9, 2015 by Jared Anderson

White House Keystone XL Decision

The Keystone XL pipeline has become a prime example of why it’s impossible to forge a comprehensive US energy policy. The energy Holy Grail is clean, reliable and affordable. Unfortunately, that three-pronged goal is unattainable given current technical and economic realities.[read more]

Keystone XL Veto Threat: Does 'No' Really Mean No?

January 8, 2015 by Christina Nunez
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The White House announced Tuesday that President Barack Obama would veto a Senate bill aimed at greenlighting the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. A veto would likely extend the already tortuous six-year path for the proposed pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast.[read more]

Why it is Time to Reject the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

January 3, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Decision on Keystone

 

The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would be likely to carry some of the world's dirtiest oil from under Canada's Boreal forests all the way to the Gulf Coast for export to overseas markets. The pipeline project is all risk and no reward for the United States.[read more]

Obama-Xi Climate Agreement Opens Door to Success in Paris in 2015

November 20, 2014 by Durwood Zaelke

US-China Climate Deal, and Preparing for Paris

 

President Obama's historic agreement Wednesday with President Xi Jinping of China is the kind of bold action needed to reinvigorate the world's efforts to slow and eventually reverse climate pollution. The president has opened the door to success with a global climate agreement in Paris next December.[read more]

U.S Commits $3 Billion to Green Climate Fund

November 19, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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Green Climate Fund and Funding

On Friday, sources revealed the Obama administration’s intention to pledge $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to serve as a “call to arms” for focusing attention on climate change at the G20 summit over the weekend in Brisbane, Australia.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Consumers, Not the Federal Government, Should Determine What Goes in their Cars'

October 19, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Consumer Choice and Fuel Regulation

The always-ugly battle between US oil refiners and the biofuels industry over EPA’s renewable fuel standards heated up again recently when 31 oil executives sent a letter to President Obama urging EPA to stick with fuel blending volumes proposed last November.[read more]

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Growing Middle East Threats to U.S. Energy Security

October 1, 2014 by John Miller
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Middle East Conflict and Energy Security

The recent undeclared war on ISIS is in response to increasing terrorist threats against the U.S. Besides increased air strikes and developing a new Coalition against Middle East terrorists, should the Obama Administration also address the increasing risks to U.S. energy security?[read more]

It's Time to Abandon the Delusion of a Carbon Tax

September 30, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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At the United Nations last week, President Obama urged the nations of the world to follow our lead and begin to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Still, even though the president is articulating a strong policy on climate change, he is being criticized because the U.S. is not willing to set a price on carbon.[read more]

Five Reasons Now is the Time for Federal Standards to Reduce Oil and Gas Methane Emissions

September 24, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Federal Standards on Emissions

This past march, President Obama laid out his Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, where he announced that the EPA will decide by this fall how best to reduce methane pollution from the oil and gas sector. Here are five reasons why reducing methane is a national priority.[read more]

How the US-Africa Summit Can Catalyze Africa's Rise

August 5, 2014 by Alex Trembath

US-Africa Summit and Future Planning

When African heads of states meet for the US-Africa Leaders Summit the challenge of raising millions of Africans out of energy poverty is poised to take center stage. Adding to this conversation are the Electrify and Energize Africa Acts, legislation being moved through the House and Senate, respectively.[read more]