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Jan 10, 2011

EIA may forecast weaker oil demand growth in 2012

WASHINGTON, Jan 10 (Reuters) – The U.S. government
releases on Tuesday its first outlook for 2012 global oil
demand, which analysts said may show weaker crude demand growth
for next year, especially if China cools its fuel consumption.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s report is the
first of three major oil supply and demand forecasts to be
released this month. The Organization of the Petroleum
Exporting Countries is set to release its its monthly outlook
next week on Jan. 17, followed by the International Energy
Agency’s report on Jan. 18.

Jan 5, 2011

Lawmakers protect natgas from new drilling regulations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers pressed the Obama administration on the first day of the new Congress not to impose regulations curtailing drilling technique that taps hard-to-get natural gas reserves but has generated criticism about potential water pollution.

Thirty-two members of the Congressional Natural Gas Caucus called on the Interior Department on Wednesday not to hinder producers who use hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas from underground rock formations.

Jan 5, 2011

US lawmakers protect natgas from new drilling regs

WASHINGTON, Jan 5 (Reuters) – A bipartisan group of U.S.
lawmakers pressed the Obama administration on the first day of
the new Congress not to impose regulations curtailing drilling
technique that taps hard-to-get natural gas reserves but has
generated criticism about potential water pollution.

Thirty-two members of the Congressional Natural Gas Caucus
called on the Interior Department on Wednesday not to hinder
producers who use hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas
from underground rock formations.

Jan 5, 2011

Congress may force W.House to expand drilling – group

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress should pass legislation, if necessary, to force the Obama administration to open more offshore areas to oil and gas exploration, the head of the American Petroleum Institute said on Tuesday.

The administration last month removed from its proposed five-year offshore drilling plan an earlier decision to allow energy exploration off the Atlantic coast and in Florida

Jan 4, 2011

Congress may force White House to expand drilling: group

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress should pass legislation, if necessary, to force the Obama administration to open more offshore areas to oil and gas exploration, the head of the American Petroleum Institute said on Tuesday.

The administration last month removed from its proposed five-year offshore drilling plan an earlier decision to allow energy exploration off the Atlantic coast and in Florida waters. It had pledged to open the areas to exploration shortly before last summer’s BP oil spill.

Jan 3, 2011

EPA gets final E15 test data, decision on fuel soon

WASHINGTON, Jan 3 (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency has received final test results from the
Energy Department on how older vehicles perform using gasoline
blended with 15 percent ethanol, the agency said on Monday.

The EPA said it is now on track to issue a decision this
month on whether so-called E15 gasoline is safe for vehicles
built during the 2001 to 2006 model years. U.S. gasoline now
contains up to 10 percent ethanol.

Dec 22, 2010

Oil industry loses vs EPA on ethanol standard

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected a challenge from U.S. oil companies and refiners against the Environmental Protection Agency for retroactively imposing ethanol blending levels and volume requirements for gasoline sales.

Federal law requires the EPA to set by November 30 each year the amount of ethanol that must make up U.S. gasoline sales for the following year. For 2010, biofuels have to account for 8.25 percent of gasoline sales.

Dec 16, 2010

Government pushes solar power in six western states

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Thursday proposed special energy zones on public lands in six western states deemed good locations to build utility-scale facilities to produce electricity from solar power.

The Interior Department issued a draft environmental impact statement that looked at the effect of solar energy projects able to generate 20 megawatts of power in areas that have the highest solar potential and will do the least harm to the environment.

Dec 16, 2010

U.S. Govt pushes solar power in six western states

WASHINGTON, Dec 16 (Reuters) – The Obama administration on
Thursday proposed special energy zones on public lands in six
western states deemed good locations to build utility-scale
facilities to produce electricity from solar power.

The Interior Department issued a draft environmental impact
statement that looked at the effect of solar energy projects
able to generate 20 megawatts of power in areas that have the
highest solar potential and will do the least harm to the
environment.

Dec 15, 2010

Senate votes to extend ethanol subsidy for 2011

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate on Wednesday voted in favor of a one-year extension of the ethanol tax credit and the tariff on ethanol imports at existing rates, despite complaints the subsidies are wasteful.

The extension was part of a massive bill extending the lower income tax rates imposed during the administration of former President George W. Bush. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives.

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      "I have covered energy issues from the Reuters Washington bureau since 1997. These days I'm writing about the Obama administration's overhaul of U.S. energy policy, which focuses on developing alternative energy sources like wind and solar power and seeks to reduce petroleum use. However, the United States and the rest of world will rely on oil as a major energy source for the forseeable future. That's why much of my reporting still looks at legislation, regulations and White House policies that affect the oil industry, petroleum supplies and fuel demand."
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