WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. Energy Department
will tell lawmakers on Tuesday that it is wading through nearly
200,000 comments it received in response to a report on the
impact of natural gas exports, as the debate over sending more
U.S. gas abroad continues.
Released in December, the department-sponsored report gave a
resounding endorsement of the economic benefits of exporting
liquefied natural gas, saying the more exports, the better.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Republican senator from Missouri on Monday said he will place a hold on President Barack Obama’s nominee to head up the Environmental Protection Agency until it moves forward with a project to repair a levee on the Mississippi River.
At the same time Senator Roy Blunt announced his move on the Gina McCarthy nomination as EPA administrator, a Senate energy committee hearing said it would consider nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz’s nomination to head the U.S. Energy Department.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.