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Oct 7, 2011

Analysis: Jobs and energy security seen swaying U.S. on Keystone

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A show of strength by angry ranchers, landowners and green groups against a proposed Canada-to-Texas pipeline is unlikely to sway the U.S. government’s imminent decision on whether to back the project.

The State Department on Friday wrapped up a series of hearings into TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline that would take crude from Alberta’s oil sands to Texas refineries, with the issue having become a flashpoint in a debate over energy security and jobs versus environmental degradation.

Oct 7, 2011

Analysis: Jobs and energy security seen swaying U.S. on Keystone

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A show of strength by angry ranchers, landowners and green groups against a proposed Canada-to-Texas pipeline is unlikely to sway the U.S. government’s imminent decision on whether to back the project.

The State Department on Friday wrapped up a series of hearings into TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline that would take crude from Alberta’s oil sands to Texas refineries, with the issue having become a flashpoint in a debate over energy security and jobs versus environmental degradation.

Oct 5, 2011

Green groups sue to stop work on Keystone oil pipeline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Green groups sued the U.S. government on Wednesday to stop the clearing of grasslands and other work on a pipeline to bring Canadian oil sands crude to Texas, opposed by environmentalists for the petroleum’s high greenhouse gas emissions.

The Center for Biological Diversity, the Western Nebraska Resources Council and Friends of the Earth sued the U.S. State Department and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stop work they called “illegal construction” on the 1,700 mile pipeline.

Oct 4, 2011

U.S. unlikely to hit advanced biofuel goal: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will likely fail to reach its long-term mandate for making advanced ethanol from trees, grasses and crop waste unless producers innovate significantly, a scientific advisory group said on Tuesday.

The National Research Council’s comments are the latest sign that backers of alternative fuels must wait longer for “next-generation” ethanol. Touted as the motor fuel of the future, it has struggled with high production costs and other setbacks.

Oct 3, 2011

Oil pipe lobbyist, State Dept too close: group

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As Washington edges closer to deciding the fate of a pipeline to bring crude from Canada’s oil sands to Texas, emails between the company’s lobbyist and the State Department show a cozy relationship that indicates a U.S. bias toward the project, an environmental group says.

The department rejects the charge, saying it has met with both industry and environmentalists on the project and is committed to a fair process. The company, TransCanada Corp, says its lobbyist, Paul Elliott, is simply doing his job and broke no law.

Sep 28, 2011

US watchdog: EPA missed steps on climate finding

WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency may not have met White House guidelines in
laying the groundwork to regulate carbon emissions, a
government watchdog said in a report that could fuel Republican
efforts to block the agency’s new rules on climate.

The EPA’s Inspector General on Wednesday accused the agency
of not following White House procedures in peer reviewing its
so-called “endangerment finding” issued in 2009 that found
greenhouse gas emissions were harming human health.

Sep 28, 2011

US watchdog: EPA missed steps on climate finding

WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency may not have met White House guidelines in
laying the groundwork to regulate carbon emissions, a
government watchdog said in a report that could fuel Republican
efforts to block the agency’s new rules on climate.

The EPA’s Inspector General on Wednesday accused the agency
of not following White House procedures in peer reviewing its
so-called “endangerment finding” issued in 2009 that found
greenhouse gas emissions were harming human health.

Sep 28, 2011

U.S. watchdog: EPA took shortcut on climate finding

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took a shortcut in laying the groundwork to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, a government watchdog said on Wednesday in a report that could fuel Republican efforts to block the agency’s new rules on climate.

EPA’s Inspector General said in report the agency met requirements making rules on emissions blamed for warming the planet and followed rules to ensure the supporting technical information was qualified.

Sep 28, 2011

Analysis: Snags lurk for Keystone XL even after U.S. approval

By Jeffrey Jones and Timothy Gardner

(Reuters) – Winning State Department approval for the Keystone XL oil pipeline is not likely to be the last hurdle TransCanada Corp faces in its efforts to build the controversial project.

Even if it gets the State Department’s green light, legal and regulatory snags lurk at federal and state levels and each could mean more costly delays to the $7 billion project, which is intended to move more than half a million barrels of oil sands-derived crude oil a day to Texas from Canada.

Sep 26, 2011

SolarCity latest to see U.S. loan loss post-Solyndra

LOS ANGELES/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Solar panel installer SolarCity said on Friday it was the second company in as many days that will not get finalization of U.S. government loan aid by a September 30 deadline.

The Department of Energy informed SolarCity of its inability to close the loan 48 hours ago, blaming increased paperwork resulting from a Congressional investigation into the DOE’s $535 million loan guarantee awarded to bankrupt solar company Solyndra, SolarCity said in a letter to the Republican lawmakers heading the probe.

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