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Oct 14, 2011

House votes to delay pollution rules on boilers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday to delay Environmental Protection Agency limits on pollutants from industrial boilers, its latest move to hinder air rules designed to protect public health.

The vote was 275 to 142 for the legislation. All Republicans present voted for the bill as did 41 Democrats. Republicans have a majority in the House.

Oct 13, 2011

US lawmakers say pipeline approval process tainted

WASHINGTON/CALGARY, Oct 13 (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers will
urge Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday to reject the
proposed route of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, saying
they are concerned the approval process has been tainted by
alleged conflicts of interest.

Representative Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat, will send a
letter to Clinton, signed by more than 20 other lawmakers in
the House, criticizing how her department has handled the
review of TransCanada Corp’s $7 billion pipeline
proposal to move crude to Texas from Alberta, Canada.

Oct 12, 2011

Most Republican voters back clean air rules: poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Most Republican U.S. voters oppose congressional efforts to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency’s air pollution rules, according to a survey conducted by two pollsters released on Wednesday.

Republicans in the House of Representatives have fought against EPA rules on emissions of everything from mercury to greenhouse gases, saying the regulations will kill jobs and saddle heavy industry and power plants with billions of dollars in costs at the worst possible time.

Oct 8, 2011

Jobs, 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 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.

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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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