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Aug 30, 2013

U.S. consults oil experts as it weighs action against Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Obama administration officials have contacted energy experts in recent days to discuss oil market conditions as the president weighs a military strike against Syria, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

There are no signs the government is preparing to tap emergency oil reserves soon in a bid to tame rising prices, according to the sources who spoke with Reuters this week, though the administration is closely monitoring the situation.

Aug 15, 2013

U.S. nuclear power plants vulnerable to 9/11-style attacks: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. nuclear power plants are not adequately protected from threats, including the theft of bomb-grade material that could be used to make weapons and attacks intended to cause a reactor meltdown, a University of Texas report said on Thursday.

Not one of the country’s 104 commercial nuclear reactors or three research reactors is protected against an attack involving multiple players such as the ones carried out by 19 airplane hijackers on 9/11, said the report by the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project, or NPPP, at the University of Texas, Austin.

Aug 9, 2013

Analysis: Obama’s Keystone stand deepens impasse with Canada

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With his blunt assertion that Canada could do more to cut emissions, President Barack Obama raised doubts about whether the United States will approve the Keystone XL pipeline. The question is: What exactly does Canada need to do?

As Obama seeks to revitalize his climate agenda, he has said he will evaluate TransCanada Corp’s oil pipeline project on whether it will significantly raise greenhouse gas emissions.

Aug 9, 2013

Obama’s Keystone stand deepens impasse with Canada

WASHINGTON, Aug 9 (Reuters) – With his blunt assertion that
Canada could do more to cut emissions, President Barack Obama
raised doubts about whether the United States will approve the
Keystone XL pipeline. The question is: What exactly does Canada
need to do?

As Obama seeks to revitalize his climate agenda, he has said
he will evaluate TransCanada Corp’s oil pipeline
project on whether it will significantly raise greenhouse gas
emissions.

Aug 5, 2013

Senate majority urges Obama to press Iran over nuclear program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A majority of senators have urged President Barack Obama to raise pressure on Iran over its disputed nuclear program by toughening sanctions and renewing the option to use military force while also exploring diplomatic solutions.

The senators’ letter to Obama came as Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, who has cast himself as a moderate and pledged to pursue less confrontational policies abroad, took office.

Jul 31, 2013

House passes Iran sanctions bill to slash oil exports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives easily passed a bill on Wednesday to tighten sanctions on Iran, showing a strong message to Tehran over its disputed nuclear program days before President-elect Hassan Rouhani is sworn in.

The vote also highlighted a growing divide between Congress and the Obama administration on Iran policy ahead of talks on the nuclear program in coming months. Iran insists the nuclear program is purely for civilian purposes.

Jul 28, 2013

U.S. House set to vote on tough Iran sanctions bill this week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are due to vote on a tough Iran sanctions bill this week that seeks to squeeze the Islamic Republic’s oil exports to a trickle.

The Republican-led House is due to vote on Wednesday on the bill that seeks to cut Iran’s oil exports by another 1 million barrels per day within one year, congressional aides said.

Jul 18, 2013

Senate confirms McCarthy as chief environmental regulator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate confirmed Gina McCarthy on Thursday to head the Environmental Protection Agency, a long-awaited move that could help President Barack Obama revive his plans to fight climate change.

The Senate voted 59 to 40 for McCarthy, who oversaw rules on mercury and soot pollution from power plants in her prior job as the EPA’s top air official, a position she has held since 2009.

Jul 10, 2013

U.S., China agree to cut emissions from vehicles, coal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and China, the world’s top emitters of greenhouse gases, agreed to five initiatives on Wednesday to cut carbon output from the largest sources, including heavy duty vehicles, manufacturing and coal-fired plants, the State Department said.

The U.S.-China climate change working group, which officials from both countries formed in April, will work with companies and non-governmental groups to develop plans by October to carry out the measures aimed at fighting climate change and cutting pollution.

Jun 25, 2013

In Keystone boost, U.S. study sees no added risk from Canada oil

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Keystone XL pipeline got a boost on Tuesday as a landmark U.S.-mandated report said heavy Canadian oil is no more likely to cause pipeline leaks than other crudes, knocking back one of the biggest objections to the project.

Following a series of high-profile pipeline leaks over the past three years, environmental groups raised the alarm over the prospect that Canada’s growing stream of heavy bitumen crude, which is diluted with light fuel to flow through pipelines, could corrode the lines due to its acid and mineral content.

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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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