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Mar 28, 2013

US to propose rules slashing health-harming emissions from cars

WASHINGTON, March 28 (Reuters) – The Obama administration
will propose on Friday long-awaited rules to slash smog-forming
emissions from gasoline that have been linked to lung and heart
ailments, health groups and a lawmaker briefed on the matter
said on Thursday.

The so-called Tier 3 rules to be proposed by the
Environmental Protection Agency will require refiners to reduce
the sulfur content of gasoline to 10 parts per million from the
current 30 ppm standard.

Mar 23, 2013

US Senate budget plan embraces Keystone XL approval

WASHINGTON, March 22 (Reuters) – The Senate easily passed on
Friday a symbolic measure approving the Canada to Texas Keystone
XL oil pipeline, a move backers said showed strong support for a
bill that would give Congress power to green light the project
later in the year.

The amendment to the budget plan, sponsored by Senator John
Hoeven, a Republican from North Dakota, passed 62 to 37.

Mar 20, 2013

Keystone XL pipeline debate rattles Massachusetts Senate race

BOSTON/WASHINGTON, March 20 (Reuters) – A former hedge fund
manager turned environmental activist who opposes the Keystone
XL pipeline has waded into the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race,
threatening to undermine a pledge by the two Democratic
candidates to reject outside money.

California billionaire Tom Steyer has called on Democratic
Representative Stephen Lynch to abandon his support for the
proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport crude from
Canada’s oil sands to refineries in Texas.

Mar 15, 2013

U.S. lawmakers push bills to approve Keystone pipeline

WASHINGTON/LEMONT, Illinois (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers in both chambers of Congress said Friday they are moving forward with bills introduced this week to pluck the power of approving the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada’s oil sands to Texas, from the hands of the Obama administration.

Republican Representative Lee Terry from Nebraska introduced a bipartisan bill on Friday to approve TransCanada Corp’s 800,000 barrels per day pipeline, which has been held up in the review process for more than four years.

Mar 15, 2013

U.S. places sanctions on Iranian firms that insure oil shipments

WASHINGTON, March 15 (Reuters) – The Obama administration
has imposed sanctions on Iranian companies it says provide
insurance services to the country’s main petroleum shipper, part
of the latest U.S. effort to choke funding to the Iran’s
disputed nuclear program.

The U.S. State Department said on Thursday it had imposed
sanctions on Kish Protection and Indemnity Club, known as Kish
P&I, and Bimeh Markazi-Central Insurance of Iran, known as CII.
Kish provides insurance for the National Iranian Tanker Co, or
NITC, and CII provides the shipper with reinsurance, it said.

Mar 14, 2013

Senators introduce bill to approve Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate on Thursday would give Congress the power to approve TransCanada Corp’s controversial Keystone XL pipeline that would link Canada’s oil sands to refineries and ports in Texas.

The measure, unveiled by John Hoeven, a North Dakota Republican, and Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, would take approval of the more than 800,000 barrels per day pipeline project out of the hands of the Obama administration.

Mar 14, 2013

U.S. extends waivers on Iran sanctions to 11 countries

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States extended 180-day waivers on Iran sanctions to Japan and 10 European Union nations in exchange for their cutting purchases of the OPEC nation’s crude oil, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday.

“Today’s determination is another example of the international community’s commitment to convince Iran to meet its international obligations,” Kerry said in a statement.

Mar 13, 2013

Ripe oil market offers window to amp up pressure on Iran: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Global oil market conditions are ripe for the West to further pressure Iran over its nuclear program, but the window will likely close next year as fuel demand is expected to rise in Asia, a report to be released on Wednesday said.

For most of the past decade, a tight oil market limited the ability of Western countries to use sanctions to dampen the nuclear ambitions of Iran, one of the world’s top crude producers, said the report by the nonpartisan Securing America’s Future Energy and Roubini Global Economics.

Mar 6, 2013

Keystone XL critics now hang hopes on delaying the pipeline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After the Keystone XL oil pipeline cleared an important hurdle last week, critics of the project are searching for ways to force more of the delays that have dogged it for more than four years already.

The State Department said Friday that TransCanada Corp’s pipeline from the Alberta oil sands to Texas would not add to global greenhouse gas emissions because oil sands crude will make it to market whether or not the project is built.

Mar 2, 2013

U.S. review gives boost to Keystone oil pipeline

WASHINGTON, March 1 (Reuters) – The Keystone XL oil pipeline
got a boost on Friday when the U.S. State Department said the
project would not likely change the rate at which Canada’s oil
sands are developed, discounting warnings from environmentalists
that it would lead to a spike in greenhouse gas emissions.

The report is far from the last word on Keystone. The
environmental assessment must be finalized after the public
comment. Federal agencies will then have 90 days to work with
the State Department to determine whether the pipeline is in the
national interest, with U.S. President Barack Obama ultimately
able to approve or block the project.

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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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