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Nov 17, 2014

Keystone U.S. Senate vote hangs in balance after Obama remarks

WASHINGTON, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Supporters of the Keystone XL
pipeline in the U.S. Senate scrambled on Monday to gather votes
to pass a bill that authorizes the project to help send Canadian
oil to the U.S. Gulf, a task made harder after President Barack
Obama made his toughest comments yet on the topic.

With her chamber stuck at 59 votes in favor of Keystone XL,
Senator Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, worked hard to
gather one last vote needed to pass a bill that the House of
Representatives approved on Friday. The Senate
is expected to vote as early as 6:15 p.m. EST (2315 GMT) on
Tuesday on TransCanada Corp’s project that would
transport more than 800,000 barrels per day of oil.

Nov 17, 2014

Keystone in doubt in U.S. Senate after Obama comments

WASHINGTON, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Supporters of the Keystone XL
pipeline in the U.S. Senate on Monday scrambled to gather votes
to pass a bill that authorizes the project to help send Canadian
oil to the U.S. Gulf, a task made harder after President Barack
Obama made his toughest comments yet about the duct.

With her chamber stuck at 59 votes for Keystone XL, Senator
Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, worked hard to gather one
last vote needed to pass a bill that the House of
Representatives easily approved on Friday. The
Senate is expected to vote as early as 6:15 p.m. EST (2315 GMT)
on Tuesday on TransCanada Corp’s project that would
transport more than 800,000 barrels per day of oil.

Nov 15, 2014

Obama, in latest climate move, pledges $3 bln for global fund

BRISBANE, Australia/WASHINGTON, Nov 15 (Reuters) – President
Barack Obama on Friday pledged a $3 billion U.S. contribution to
an international fund to help poor countries cope with the
effects of climate change, putting the issue front and centre of
the G20 Leaders Summit in Australia.

The large size of the contribution took climate policy
watchers by surprise and doubles what other countries had
previously pledged ahead of a Nov. 20 deadline. It would be the
second major move on climate change taken by Obama after big
Democratic losses in last week’s midterm elections.

Nov 15, 2014

U.S. House passes Keystone bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives approved the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, but a similar measure struggled to get enough support in the Senate and President Barack Obama indicated he might use his veto if the bill does get through Congress.

The legislation, approved by 252 votes to 161, circumvents the need for approval of TransCanada Corp’s (TRP.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) $8 billion project by the Obama administration, which has been considering it for more than six years. No Republicans voted against the measure, while 31 Democrats voted for the bill.

Nov 14, 2014

U.S. House passes Keystone bill, but prospects unclear in the Senate

WASHINGTON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – The Republican-led U.S. House
of Representatives approved the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday,
but a similar measure struggled to get enough support in the
Senate and President Barack Obama indicated he might use his
veto if the bill does get through Congress.

The legislation, approved by 252 votes to 161, circumvents
the need for approval of TransCanada Corp’s $8 billion
project by the Obama administration, which has been considering
it for more than six years.

Nov 14, 2014

U.S. House set to pass Keystone, but Senate a vote shy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives prepared to approve the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, but a similar bill struggled to get enough support in the Senate and President Barack Obama indicated he might use his veto if the bill does get through Congress.

Republicans were confident of passing the House bill, which would circumvent the need for approval of TransCanada Corp’s $8 billion project by the Obama administration.

Nov 14, 2014

Obama, in latest climate move, to pledge $3 billion for global fund

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will announce a $3 billion U.S. contribution to an international fund to help poor countries cope with the affects of climate change, an administration official said on Friday.

The large size of the contribution took climate policy watchers by surprise and doubles what other countries had previously pledged ahead of a Nov. 20 deadline. It would be the second major move on climate change taken by Obama after big Democratic losses in last week’s midterm elections.

Nov 14, 2014

Keystone bill expected to pass House, but Senate in doubt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives prepared to vote on Friday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline that will help transport oil from Canada to the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, but a companion bill in the Senate may lack votes to pass next week.

The bills would circumvent the need for approval of TransCanada Corp’s $8 billion project by the Obama administration, which has been pending for more than six years.

Nov 13, 2014

Keystone pipeline approval bills advance in U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Legislation to approve the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline began racing through the U.S. Congress on Wednesday as Democrats and Republicans appeared to be coming together in a challenge of President Barack Obama’s oversight of the project.

In a series of rapid developments that unfolded just hours after Congress returned from a seven-week recess, there were indications the measure could pass and be sent to Obama sometime next week.

Nov 7, 2014

New Senate Energy head will need time to lift U.S. oil export ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As incoming head of the Senate Energy Committee, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski will gain more clout in January to reverse the 40-year ban on most U.S. crude oil exports, but she is unlikely to rush into legislative action.

The Republican senator has fought to relax the ban all year by issuing a series of papers detailing how such exports have been allowed in the past, holding a private meeting on the subject with Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, and hinting that 2015 could be the time to introduce ban-ending legislation.

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