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Aug 18, 2015

Clinton parts with Obama administration on Arctic drilling

By Timothy Gardner and Amanda Becker

(Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday staked out her opposition to Arctic oil exploration, putting her at odds with the Obama administration one day after it approved drilling off Alaska.

“The Arctic is a unique treasure,” Clinton said in a Twitter post. “Given what we know, it’s not worth the risk of drilling.”

Aug 17, 2015

U.S. gives Shell final nod to drill for oil in Arctic

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration granted Royal Dutch Shell final clearance on Monday to resume drilling for oil and gas in the environmentally fragile Arctic Ocean for the first time since 2012, a move green groups vowed to fight.

The U.S. Department of the Interior permit allows Shell to drill in the oil-rich Chukchi Sea off the northwest coast of Alaska. Shell interrupted its drilling program in the region in 2012 after suffering a series of mishaps, including losing control of an enormous rig, from which the Coast Guard had to rescue 18 workers.

Aug 14, 2015

Exclusive: U.S. approves landmark crude oil export swaps with Mexico

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration will allow limited sales of U.S. crude to Mexico for the first time, a senior administration official told Reuters, marking another milestone in loosening a contentious ban on exporting domestic oil.

The Commerce Department is “acting favorably on a number of applications” to export U.S. crude in exchange for imported Mexican oil, the official said. Such oil swaps are one of several possible exemptions allowed in the four-decade-old law that otherwise bans most overseas shipments.

Aug 14, 2015

U.S. approves landmark crude oil export swaps with Mexico

WASHINGTON, Aug 14 (Reuters) – The Obama administration will
allow limited sales of U.S. crude to Mexico for the first time,
a senior administration official told Reuters, marking another
milestone in loosening a contentious ban on exporting domestic
oil.

The Commerce Department is “acting favorably on a number of
applications” to export U.S. crude in exchange for imported
Mexican oil, the official said. Such oil swaps are one of
several possible exemptions allowed in the four-decade-old law
that otherwise bans most overseas shipments.

Aug 11, 2015

U.S. Coast Guard sees added burden in Shell’s Arctic quest

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Coast Guard has been forced to divert resources – including a vessel that fights cocaine trafficking – to the Arctic this summer to ensure that Royal Dutch Shell’s exploratory oil drilling meets its environmental and safety commitments, its top officer said.

    The added Coast Guard presence in the Chukchi Sea off Northern Alaska includes the Waesche, a 418 foot-long (127 m) national security ship, which otherwise would be operating in the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, fighting drug traffickers.

Aug 3, 2015

Obama climate plan stirs cap and trade from deep sleep

WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Dreams that a cap-and-trade
market could become a force for lowering carbon emissions died
in the U.S. Senate in 2010, scuttled by politics and a bad
economy.

On Monday, cap and trade was revived by the president,
acting alone.

President Barack Obama’s climate plan embraces cap-and-trade
markets as a way to cut power plant emissions blamed for warming
the planet.

Jul 30, 2015

U.S. Senate energy panel votes to lift oil export ban

WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate Energy
Committee on Thursday narrowly passed a bill to lift a 40-year
old ban on the export of crude oil, but the measure faces an
uphill battle in getting passed by the full Senate.

The bill to allow the United States to export oil and boost
state revenue-sharing for offshore oil and gas drilling passed
along party lines by a vote of 12-10.

Jul 29, 2015

House Speaker Boehner supports ending U.S. oil export ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday expressed for the first time his support for repealing the 40-year-old ban on domestic crude oil exports, a move that could breathe new life into a bill in his chamber.

“Until recently our nation’s energy policy was rooted in a scarcity mindset that went back to the 1970s,” Boehner, a Republican, told reporters. “But now America is experiencing an energy boom and our policy needs to follow suit.”

Jul 29, 2015

Boehner adds weight to effort to end U.S. oil export ban, but Democrats needed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Speaker of the House John Boehner’s call for an end to the U.S. oil export ban is the latest sign of increased momentum for repealing the 40-year-old restriction, joining a drumbeat of similar appeals ranging from industry groups to Republican candidates for president.

But reversing the law still faces one significant hurdle: lining up enough support from congressional Democrats.

Jul 22, 2015

U.S. says Shell is not yet allowed to drill in Arctic oil zone

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Interior Department on
Wednesday granted Royal Dutch Shell its final two
permits to explore for oil in the Arctic this summer, but said
the company cannot drill into the oil zone until the required
emergency equipment arrives to the region.

The department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental
Enforcement (BSEE) conditionally granted Shell permits for oil
exploration in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska.

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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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