Daily Archives: March 8, 2012

Cantor opposes natural-gas vehicles bill, dimming prospects

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Thursday that he opposes legislation that would provide tax credits to spur transition to using natural-gas fuel in heavy trucking fleets, dealing a strong blow to the bill’s prospects.

“I am not supportive of the Nat Gas Act,” Cantor, referring to the bill’s title, told E2 in the Capitol. […]

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Senate kills amendment to expand offshore oil drilling

The Senate on Thursday defeated an amendment offered by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) that would have thrown open the doors for increased oil drilling and exploration along America’s coasts. 

Floor manager for the pending highway bill Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) led the opposition that resulted in the 46-52 defeat, arguing the amendment had the potential of […]

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Senate defeats amendment to roll back EPA boiler rules

The Senate on Thursday defeated an amendment authored by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) to delay and soften the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed boiler regulations.

The legislation, which was defeated in a 52-46 vote, would have given the agency 15 months to propose new “achievable” rules that are the “least burdensome” on industry.

“This is a very […]

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Senate rejects GOP measure to construct Keystone pipeline, 56-42

The Senate has rejected a GOP plan to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline after President Obama made personal calls to Democrats urging them to oppose it.

The 56-42 vote staves off an election-year rebuke of Obama, but will give political ammunition to backers of TransCanada Corp.’s plan to build a pipeline connecting Alberta’s […]

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Senate GOP on Keystone: This isn’t over

Republicans vowed to continue aggressively pushing for approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline Thursday shortly after the Senate narrowly rejected a GOP-backed measure to green-light the project.

The Senate Republicans who authored the Keystone provision told reporters they are working with House GOP leadership to ensure that a measure fast-tracking approval of the project is […]

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Energy for Economic Growth – Energy Vision Update 2012 (World Economic Forum)

March 7, 2012 Library, Studies, Reports Presentations
Energy for Economic Growth – Energy Vision Update 2012 (World Economic Forum)

As the world struggles to emerge from a global financial crisis and its fallout on the real economy, countries are looking for solutions […]

News bites: Republicans advocated for DOE loans

USA Today reviewed hundreds of letters that show Republicans advocating for Energy Department loan guarantees.

Construction of new nuclear power plants dropped after the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant, the Guardian reports.

The Associated Press reports that a major solar storm will hit Earth on Thursday.

Climate change is a factor in the newest version of the […]

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Reid: Senate approaching finish line on highway bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) sounded a positive note on Thursday, suggesting the grueling month-long fight over the pending highway bill might soon be over. 

“We need to push this bill to the finish line and I think the finish line is now in sight,” said Reid. 

Reid announced on Wednesday night he would grant Republicans […]

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Natural-gas tax fight between Koch, Pickens reaches Senate floor

A looming Senate vote on providing tax credits for natural-gas-powered vehicles will test the political sway of conservative groups that are fighting against the measure.

The Senate will vote as soon as Thursday afternoon on an amendment to highway funding legislation that’s aimed at expanding use of natural gas as a transportation fuel, especially in the […]

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Energy chief: We want lower gas prices

Energy Secretary Steven Chu sought to make one thing crystal clear Thursday: the Obama administration wants lower gas prices.

“Both I and the president and everybody in the administration want to do what we can to lower the price of gasoline because it has a severe effect on the pocketbook of Americans and it affects […]

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