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Nov 6, 2015

Obama rejects Keystone XL pipeline in win for greens

By Jeff Mason and Timothy Gardner

(Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday rejected
the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada in a victory
for environmentalists who have campaigned against the project
for more than seven years.

“The pipeline would not make a meaningful long-term
contribution to our economy,” Obama told a press conference. He
said Keystone XL would not reduce gasoline prices for drivers,
and that shipping “dirtier” crude from Canada would not increase
U.S. energy security.

Nov 6, 2015

Obama rejects Canada-to-U.S Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday rejected the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada in a victory for environmentalists who have campaigned against the project for more than seven years.

“The pipeline would not make a meaningful long-term contribution to our economy,” Obama told a press conference. He said the pipeline would not reduce gasoline prices for drivers, and shipping “dirtier” crude from Canada would not increase U.S. energy security.

Nov 6, 2015

Obama administration to reject Canada-to-U.S Keystone pipeline -sources

WASHINGTON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – The Obama administration will
reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline that has divided petroleum
interests and environmentalists for more than seven years, two
sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Friday.

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry,
who was charged with making a recommendation on the
controversial project, were scheduled to meet on Friday morning,
ahead of public remarks by Obama at 11:45 a.m. (1645 GMT).

Nov 4, 2015

Obama to rule on Keystone despite builder’s plea for delay

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama wants to rule on the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline by the end of his presidency, the White House said on Tuesday, calling a request by the project’s Canadian developer to delay a review “unusual.”

Obama, who has increasingly focused on environmental issues as his presidency nears its final year, plans to decide on TransCanada Corp’s pipeline before he leaves office in 2017, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.

Nov 3, 2015

Obama to decide Keystone fate before he leaves office: White House

By Timothy Gardner and Bruce Wallace

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama wants to make a decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline by the end of his presidency, the White House said on Tuesday, calling a request by the project’s Canadian developer to delay a review “unusual.”

Obama, who has increasingly focused on environmental issues as his presidency nears its final year, will make a decision on TransCanada Corp’s (TRP.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) pipeline before he leaves office in 2017, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.

Nov 3, 2015

U.S. oil reserve could face another hit after budget deal

WASHINGTON, Nov 2 (Reuters) – The budget deal struck between
President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress that would
sell down the U.S. emergency oil reserve contains a measure to
boost energy security by modernizing the aging reserve created
in the 1970s.

But the deal also leaves the door open to another potential
sale from the reserve, to the ire of some energy experts who
want the reserve to remain as full as possible to reduce
potential damage to the U.S. economy from future global oil
price spikes.

Nov 2, 2015

Porsche, more Audi models pulled into Volkswagen emissions scandal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Volkswagen used devices to cheat air pollution tests in diesel luxury vehicles in model years 2014 through 2016, U.S. and California environmental regulators said on Monday, widening their investigation into the carmaker’s emissions scandal.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it is now looking at 3.0-liter V6 diesel engines used mostly in larger, more expensive models like the Porsche Cayenne sport utility vehicle in addition to the smaller diesel engines whose test-deceiving software were initially targeted by the agency.

Nov 2, 2015

Porsche, more Audi models pulled into VW emissions scandal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Volkswagen used devices to cheat air pollution tests in diesel luxury vehicles in model years 2014 through 2016, U.S. and California environmental regulators said on Monday, widening their investigation into the carmaker’s emissions scandal.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it is now looking at 3.0-liter V6 diesel engines used mostly in larger, more expensive models like the Porsche Cayenne sport utility vehicle in addition to the smaller diesel engines whose test-deceiving software were initially targeted by the agency.

Nov 2, 2015

Senators urge Obama administration to include carbon costs in coal program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. senators on Monday urged the Obama administration to reform the federal coal mine program to include costs of the fuel’s carbon emissions and potentially raise royalties paid by companies that mine the fuel on public lands.

Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington, the top Democrat on the senate energy panel, and seven other senators asked Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in a letter to use the agency’s existing powers to develop a plan on federal coal mining.

Oct 22, 2015

Senator urges Obama admin to detail any oil swaps with Mexico

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One of the U.S. Senate’s top advocates for lifting the ban on domestic crude exports urged the Commerce Department on Thursday to disclose whether any oil swaps with Mexico have actually been finalized after the agency approved the transactions in August.

Administration officials told Reuters in August that the Commerce Department was “acting favorably on a number of applications” to export U.S. crude in exchange for imported oil from Mexico, in a step seen as loosening the ban on most crude oil exports.

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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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