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Apr 1, 2015

Here’s why Obama is approving Arctic drilling again

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For a leader who has made fighting climate change a priority, President Barack Obama’s decision to approve Royal Dutch Shell’s return to oil and gas exploration off Alaska was seen by many environmentalists as a contradiction.

On Tuesday, his administration upheld a 2008 Arctic lease sale, clearing an important hurdle for Shell. The Interior Department will now consider the company’s drilling plan, which could take 30 days. But Shell, which has already spent about $6 billion exploring the Arctic, expects to return to polar waters this summer and is already moving oil rigs to Alaska.

Mar 23, 2015

U.N. watchdog says progress limited on Iran nuclear inquiry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.N. atomic watchdog has had limited progress in its inquiry into possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear activities, the agency’s chief said on Monday, days ahead of an approaching deadline for a framework deal between Iran and world powers over the disputed program.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has a long-standing inquiry into some aspects of Iran’s nuclear program, including allegations that Iran engaged in work that could be used to develop nuclear bombs.

Mar 23, 2015

U.S. faces meager options for further Russia energy sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will struggle to follow through on threats to impose deeper sanctions on the Russian energy sector, as European fears over collateral economic damage leave President Barack Obama’s administration with diminished options.

Energy is the economic lifeblood of Russia, which vies with the United States and Saudi Arabia to be the world’s top oil producer, and the sector is the main target of Western sanctions over Moscow’s role in the conflict in Ukraine.

Mar 23, 2015

Analysis – U.S. faces meagre options for further Russia energy sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will struggle to follow through on threats to impose deeper sanctions on the Russian energy sector, as European fears over collateral economic damage leave President Barack Obama’s administration with diminished options.

Energy is the economic lifeblood of Russia, which vies with the United States and Saudi Arabia to be the world’s top oil producer, and the sector is the main target of Western sanctions over Moscow’s role in the conflict in Ukraine.

Mar 8, 2015

‘Huge gaps’ in Clinton email record, Benghazi probe chief says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Huge gaps exist in the emails former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has provided to a congressional committee investigating the 2012 attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the panel’s chairman said on Sunday.

Republican Representative Trey Gowdy said his committee lacked documentation from Clinton’s trip to Libya after the attack despite a popular photo image of her using a handheld device during a flight to that country.

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.

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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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