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Mar 15, 2013

Obama turns focus to research in first energy speech of second term

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will try to turn the page on bitterly partisan fights over energy policy on Friday, focusing his first energy speech of his second term on proposing a modest new fund to support research.

Obama will tour the Argonne National Laboratory outside of Chicago, which is known for its groundbreaking research into advanced batteries used in electric cars, and will talk about the need to find more ways to wean cars and trucks off oil, White House officials said.

Mar 14, 2013

US Interior Dept report says Shell needs integrated Arctic plan

WASHINGTON, March 14 (Reuters) – The U.S. Interior
Department said Royal Dutch Shell must submit an
in-depth plan before the company is allowed to drill in the
Arctic again, as the government slammed what it termed the
company’s inadequate preparation for its troubled 2012 drilling
season.

Shell has already said it is “pausing” plans to drill in the
Arctic again this year after facing numerous setbacks in 2012,
when the company undertook preliminary drilling activities.

Mar 11, 2013

Senator asks for data on sharp gasoline price rise

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the Senate Energy Committee on Monday asked the federal government’s energy statistics arm to provide data explaining the recent spike in gasoline prices, which has taken place despite huge increases domestic oil production.

Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, asked the Energy Information Administration for details about the rapid climb in gasoline costs as he prepares to hold a hearing on the subject at an unspecified date this spring.

Mar 7, 2013

US lawmakers draft bill to speed decision on Keystone pipeline

WASHINGTON, March 7 (Reuters) – Proponents of the Keystone
XL pipeline in the House of Representatives on Thursday outlined
a new push to take the decision on the project out of the hands
of the Obama Administration and to limit further legal and
regulatory delays.

Congressman Lee Terry, Republican from Nebraska, authored
draft legislation that would eliminate the need for a
presidential permit for the northern section of the pipeline,
which would transport Canadian oil sands crude into the United
States.

Mar 7, 2013

Interior nominee pledges “certainty” to oil, gas drillers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the U.S. Interior Department, Sally Jewell, pledged on Thursday to give the oil and gas industry more “certainty” regarding development on public lands, as lawmakers questioned her commitment to balancing conservation with expanded energy production.

Jewell, testifying at a Senate hearing on her nomination, stressed the importance of both renewable energy and traditional fossil fuel development.

Mar 7, 2013

US Interior nominee says will give “certainty” to oil, gas drillers

WASHINGTON, March 7 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s
nominee to head the U.S. Interior Department, Sally Jewell, on
Thursday pledged to provide the oil and gas industry with
“certainty” regarding development on public lands.

Jewell, testifying at the first congressional hearing on her
nomination, stressed the importance of both renewable energy and
traditional fossil fuel development.

Feb 28, 2013

Senator Murkowski says will not back down in Alaska road fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top Republican on the Senate Energy Committee said on Wednesday she would not back down in her drive to reverse a finding by the Interior Department that blocks construction of an emergency road for a remote Alaskan community.

The fight threatens to hold up the White House’s nomination of Sally Jewell as Interior Secretary.

Feb 28, 2013

U.S. Sen. Murkowski says will not back down in Alaska road fight

WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – The top Republican on the Senate Energy
Committee said on Wednesday she would not back down in her drive to reverse a
finding by the Interior Department that blocks construction of an emergency road
for a remote Alaskan community.

The fight threatens to hold up the White House’s nomination of Sally Jewell
as Interior Secretary.

Feb 12, 2013

U.S. senate panel mulls future of natural gas policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. natural gas policy, from hydraulic fracturing to exports, came under the microscope on Tuesday as environmental and industry groups presented their views on the issue to Congress and divided along mostly familiar lines.

On a day U.S. President Barack Obama is set to lay out his agenda in the annual State of the Union address, the Senate Energy Committee examined the implications of a shale gas revolution that has upended the American energy outlook.

Feb 8, 2013

DOE says sequestration may force furloughs, program cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Energy Department has notified its employees that it may have to place workers on temporary furloughs and slash “vital programs” if across-the-board budget cuts take place as scheduled in March.

President Barack Obama and lawmakers in Congress have been sparring over how to address the deep automatic spending cuts due on March 1, known as “sequestration.”

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