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Jan 31, 2013

US backs off goal of 1 mln electric cars by 2015

WASHINGTON/DETROIT, Jan 31 (Reuters) – The U.S. Department
of Energy on Thursday eased off President Barack Obama’s stated
goal of putting 1 million electric cars on the road by 2015, and
laid out what experts called a more realistic strategy of
promoting advanced-drive vehicles and lowering their cost over
the next nine years.

Since Obama announced the goal in his 2011 State of the
Union speech, auto analysts and executives have doubted American
consumers would buy a million electric vehicles by 2015.

Jan 31, 2013

U.S. affirms commitment to EVs but eases off time-frame goal

WASHINGTON/DETROIT, Jan 31 (Reuters) – The U.S. Department
of Energy laid out a strategy on Thursday to promote green cars
and lower their cost over the next nine years, but eased off its
previously stated goal of putting 1 million electric cars on the
road by 2015.

The plans, outlined by Energy Secretary Steven Chu in a
speech at the Washington D.C. auto show, represent the first
look at how U.S. auto policy will take shape during President
Barack Obama’s second term.

Jan 25, 2013

U.S. court blocks 2012 cellulosic biofuel target

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. federal court on Friday struck down a 2012 target for refiner use of cellulosic biofuels, but upheld the government’s goal for use of other advanced fuels.

The divided ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court allowed oil refiners to claim a partial victory after fighting against U.S. renewable fuel targets. But it also gave hope to biofuel producers, who have been defending the mandates.

Jan 24, 2013

US LNG export debate heats up as responses to key report pour in

WASHINGTON, Jan 24 (Reuters) – The first round of public
input on a potentially pivotal report on U.S. liquefied natural
gas exports ended on Thursday, with groups on both sides of the
issue honing their arguments in the high stakes fight over the
future of the U.S. gas bounty.

Only a little more than 600 responses to NERA Economic
Consulting study on the economic impact of LNG exports had been
posted to the Energy Department’s website, with more expected,
as the department sifts through a deluge of last-minute
comments.

Jan 16, 2013

U.S. Interior chief Salazar to step down; Obama remakes energy team

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who helped lead the government’s response to the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, said on Wednesday he will leave his post by the end of March to return to his Colorado ranch.

The former U.S. senator came to office pledging to clean up the “mess” at the Interior Department, but it was the massive 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that ultimately spurred the dramatic overhaul of the nation’s offshore drilling regulator.

Jan 16, 2013

U.S. Interior Secretary Salazar plans to step down

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who helped lead the government’s response to the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, will announce he is stepping down from his post, an Obama adminisration official said on Wednesday.

The former U.S. senator from Colorado came to office pledging to clean up the “mess” at the Interior Department, but it was the massive 2010 BP (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that ultimately spurred the dramatic overhaul of the nation’s offshore drilling regulator.

Jan 16, 2013

Interior head Salazar to leave administration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who helped lead the government’s response to the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, will announce he is stepping down from his post, an Obama administration official said on Wednesday.

The former U.S. senator from Colorado came to office pledging to clean up the “mess” at the Interior Department, but it was the massive 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that ultimately spurred the dramatic overhaul of the nation’s offshore drilling regulator.

Jan 11, 2013

US LNG exports could help boost allies abroad-former DOE heads

WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) – The United States can help
its allies by selling part of its abundant gas reserves abroad,
and do so without sacrificing the resurgent manufacturing
sector, two former U.S. energy secretaries said on Friday.

The availability of U.S. liquefied natural gas could allow
countries in Europe and Asia to be more selective about their
energy providers, the former officials told Reuters.

Jan 10, 2013

Industry group urges gov’t caution on natgas exports

WASHINGTON, Jan 10 (Reuters) – The tussle over the U.S.
natural gas bonanza intensified on Thursday when corporate
opponents of unlimited exports launched a campaign to promote
domestic gas consumption and attacked a recent
government-sponsored analysis of the issue that was highly
favorable to exports.

The coalition of chemical and heavy industrial companies,
including Dow Chemical and Nucor Corp, said it
wants to ensure that consumers and manufacturers have their
voices heard as the Obama administration weighs allowing more
companies to ship U.S. gas abroad.

Jan 10, 2013

No contamination from fracking found in 2 Arkansas counties-USGS

WASHINGTON, Jan 9 (Reuters) – The U.S. government said it
found no evidence that shale gas drilling had contaminated water
in two Arkansas counties where concerns were raised about the
drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) sampled 127 shallow
domestic wells in Van Buren and Faulkner counties in the
Fayetteville Shale area, where 4,000 wells have been drilled
since 2004.

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