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Apr 16, 2015

Obama carbon rules to cut coal-related jobs – conservative group

By Timothy Gardner

(Reuters) – U.S. rules to cut carbon emissions could close
more than 90 coal plants and eliminate jobs that support mining
and power stations that the federal government has not fully
considered, a report by the conservative American Action Forum
research group said on Thursday.

The Environmental Protection Agency this summer is due to
adopt its Clean Power Plan to cut carbon emissions from coal-
fired plants.

Apr 15, 2015

Iraq oil minister says crude exports to hit record in April

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Iraq’s oil minister said on Wednesday his country’s oil exports should hit a record of about 3.1 million barrels per day in April as output from the country’s southern fields stays strong and weather conditions improve.

“In April if nothing disturbs exportations we will hit 3.1 (million barrels per day) Oil Minister Adel Abdel Mehdi told reporters.

Apr 2, 2015

Nuclear deal means more Iran oil – just not this year

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A framework accord to curb Iran’s nuclear program forged on Thursday could eventually allow Tehran to reclaim lost ground in the global oil market. Yet the deal all but guarantees that cannot happen before next year.

By ensuring that sanctions remain intact until Western powers are satisfied Tehran is adhering to the terms, and giving negotiators until June 30 to hammer out a comprehensive agreement, the deal offers little chance for any significant increase in exports until 2016.

Apr 2, 2015

Analysis: Nuclear deal means more Iran oil – just not this year

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A framework accord to curb Iran’s nuclear programme forged on Thursday could eventually allow Tehran to reclaim lost ground in the global oil market. Yet the deal all but guarantees that cannot happen before next year.

By ensuring that sanctions remain intact until Western powers are satisfied Tehran is adhering to the terms, and giving negotiators until June 30 to hammer out a comprehensive agreement, the deal offers little chance for any significant increase in exports until 2016.

Apr 2, 2015

Nuclear deal means more Iran oil – just not this year

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, April 2 (Reuters) – A framework accord
to curb Iran’s nuclear program forged on Thursday could
eventually allow Tehran to reclaim lost ground in the global oil
market. Yet the deal all but guarantees that cannot happen
before next year.

By ensuring that sanctions remain intact until Western
powers are satisfied Tehran is adhering to the terms, and giving
negotiators until June 30 to hammer out a comprehensive
agreement, the deal offers little chance for any significant
increase in exports until 2016.

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.

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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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