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Feb 26, 2015

Green groups divided on Hillary Clinton’s oil interest ties

WASHINGTON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton’s
connections to oil and gas interests has created a dilemma for
some environmental groups, troubling activists for whom she
would be the natural candidate to support for president.

The presumptive Democratic presidential candidate’s
environmental record has come under renewed scrutiny after the
Wall Street Journal reported that the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea
Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative have
accepted large donations from major energy companies Exxon Mobil
and Chevron.

Feb 24, 2015

Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline, leaving it in limbo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday, as promised, swiftly vetoed a Republican bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, leaving the long-debated project in limbo for another indefinite period.

The U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, after receiving Obama’s veto message, immediately countered by announcing the Republican-led chamber would attempt to override it by March 3.

Feb 18, 2015

U.S. lawmakers push Commerce Dept. to allow crude exports to Mexico

WASHINGTON, Feb 18 (Reuters) – The chairman of the U.S.
Senate’s Energy Committee and 20 colleagues on Wednesday urged
the Commerce Department to allow crude oil exports to Mexico,
saying it would benefit the economies of both countries.

Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, the committee’s chairman,
and Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat, urged Commerce Secretary Penny
Pritzkerto to approve a pending application from Mexico’s state
oil company Pemex to swap heavy Mexican crude oil for light U.S.
crude.

Feb 11, 2015

Congress passes Keystone XL bill, Obama expected to veto

WASHINGTON, Feb 11 (Reuters) – The Republican-led Congress
gave final passage on Wednesday to a bill to approve the
long-pending Keystone XL pipeline, a measure that next goes to
President Barack Obama, who has vowed to veto it.

The bill passed by 270-152 in the House of Representatives,
with only one Republican voting against it and 29 Democrats for
it. The legislation passed in the Senate in late January.

Feb 10, 2015

Obama looks to raise $2 billion in climate change investments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Tuesday set a goal of raising $2 billion in philanthropic investments to fight climate change, including technologies to slash carbon emissions.

The Clean Energy Investment Initiative is seeking investments to try to bridge the “valley of death” – the gap in funding between research and development and commercialization that holds back many clean-energy startup companies – said Brian Deese, deputy director at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget.

Feb 5, 2015

Obama budget request for hi-tech energy office “timid”-Republican

WASHINGTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) – The Senate energy committee’s
head on Thursday said President Barack Obama’s budget request
for an agency that funds projects that could revolutionize
energy markets – like long-range car batteries and turning
bacteria into fuel – was too “timid.”

The White House’s budget for fiscal 2016, released on
Monday, includes $325 million for the Advanced Research Projects
Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E. That represented an increase of $45
million over what ARPA-E was allocated for this year but was
equal to Obama’s original request last year.

Feb 3, 2015

State Department should weigh oil drop in Keystone decision: EPA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. environmental regulator urged the State Department to weigh plunging oil prices in its forthcoming recommendation on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, saying such a drop could mean the project will lead to higher greenhouse gas emissions.

With crude oil prices falling by about half since June, more attention should be paid to the “potential implications of lower oil prices on project impacts, especially greenhouse gas emissions,” the Environmental Protection Agency said in a Feb. 2 letter to the department made public on Tuesday.

Feb 3, 2015

State Dept. should weigh oil drop in Keystone decision -EPA

WASHINGTON, Feb 3 (Reuters) – The U.S. environmental
regulator urged the State Department to weigh plunging oil
prices in its forthcoming recommendation on the Keystone XL oil
pipeline, saying such a drop could mean the project will lead to
higher greenhouse gas emissions.

With crude oil prices falling by about half since June, more
attention should be paid to the “potential implications of lower
oil prices on project impacts, especially greenhouse gas
emissions,” the Environmental Protection Agency said in a Feb. 2
letter to the department made public on Tuesday.

Jan 29, 2015

Keystone XL advances in U.S. Senate, faces Obama veto

WASHINGTON, Jan 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate will likely
pass a bill approving the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline
on Thursday, a measure the White House said President Barack
Obama would veto.

Republicans have made approving Keystone their top priority
of the new Congress after winning control of the Senate in
November. But they are several votes shy of the 67 needed in the
100-member chamber to override any veto.

Jan 29, 2015

Keystone XL likely to pass U.S. Senate Thursday, faces Obama veto

WASHINGTON, Jan 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate will likely
pass a bill approving the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline
on Thursday, a measure the White House has said President Barack
Obama would veto.

Republicans have made approving Keystone their top priority
of the new Congress after winning control of the Senate in
November’s elections, but they are four votes shy of the 67
needed in the 100-member chamber to override any veto.

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      "I cover U.S. energy and environment policy and climate change. Moved to DC in late 2009 after a decade in New York. Author of "Diminishing Resources:Oil," which is one in a series of books for young adults."
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