22 Mar 2012

EPA chief: No date yet for power plant carbon rules

Is the environmental Protection Agency’s schedule for proposing power plant greenhouse gas standards slipping yet again? It depends on your definition of “early.” The agency has for months said the rules — which the White House is currently vetting — would be proposed “early” in...
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22 Mar 2012

Boehner not impressed by Obama’s push for southern part of Keystone pipeline

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was unimpressed by President Obama’s announcement that he would order expedited approval for part of the Keystone oil pipeline, saying it would have “no impact on the construction of this pipeline.” Republicans have been calling on Obama for months...
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22 Mar 2012

Senate to vote on bill killing oil tax breaks

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has scheduled a procedural vote Monday on legislation to repeal billions of dollars in tax breaks for the largest oil companies. A Senate Democratic aide told The Hill that Reid filed cloture on the bill, authored by Sen. Robert Menendez...
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22 Mar 2012

Obama heckled during energy speech in Ohio

A heckler interrupted President Obama’s speech on energy policy Thursday at Ohio State University. The president, looking frustrated, stopped speaking and addressed the man “Sir. Im here to speak to these folks. You can hold your own rally. You’re being rude,”...
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22 Mar 2012

Obama closes tour with swing-state pitch for green energy

President Obama closed his four-state energy tour Thursday in Ohio, a crucial battleground state he carried in 2008, with a speech that cast support for alternative energy as an economic driver that his political foes are trying to thwart. “I want these technologies developed and...
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22 Mar 2012

Poll: Majority favor Keystone XL pipeline

A solid majority of Americans are in favor of building the Keystone XL oil pipeline, according to a Gallup poll released Thursday. Fifty-seven percent said they favored government approval of the project, while only 29 percent said they were opposed. Earlier this year, the Obama...
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22 Mar 2012

News bites: Climate change and ‘The Hunger Games’

Slate sees a global warming subtext in “The Hunger Games,” the popular dystopian novel whose film adaptation hits the big screen this week, and other recent young-adult fiction. The piece argues that Panem, the brutal regime that rules the United States in the book, “is what...
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22 Mar 2012

Obama: Solyndra layoffs ‘heartbreaking’

Solyndra’s bankruptcy is “heartbreaking” for the 1,100 workers who lost their jobs, President Obama said Wednesday, while standing behind his administration’s clean-energy investments. “Do I wish that Solyndra had gone bankrupt? Absolutely not. And obviously it’s heartbreaking it...
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22 Mar 2012

Romney in 2006 said high gas prices were ‘probably here to stay’

Mitt Romney has slammed President Obama in recent days for the high cost of gasoline, but defended his state’s gas tax while Massachusetts governor and said in 2006 that high gas prices “are probably here to stay.” Republicans have attacked Energy Secretary...
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22 Mar 2012

Obama to order expedited action on Keystone pipeline’s southern piece

President Obama will issue a memo Thursday telling federal agencies to expedite permitting for an Oklahoma-to-Texas oil pipeline that makes up the southern portion of the Keystone XL project, the White House said. He’ll also issue a broader executive order demanding faster...
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