Daily Archives: August 17, 2012

Alaska mine backers seek national profile with promise of economic boom

The group behind a controversial gold and copper mine
proposal in Alaska is conducting a full-scale economic analysis of
the project, hoping the promise of a job boom will grab national
attention and shift the debate away from concerns about potential harm to the
state’s fishing industry.

The effort by Pebble Partnership to emphasize the economic benefits — to both the state and […]

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Republican senator says sea treaty might 
pass after election

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) says she’s hopeful that the Law of the Sea Treaty will pass Congress in the lame-duck session after the election, despite the fierce opposition of some conservatives. 

Murkowski told The Associated Press the sea treaty will have better prospects in the Senate when the fall campaign is over. The global maritime pact would establish […]

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Wyden asks FTC to monitor West Coast oil refineries

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) sent a letter Thursday to the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission requesting that he closely monitor West Coast petroleum producers “to ensure that oil companies are not taking unfair advantage of the situation to jack up prices” on Oregon customers.

A fire last week at the Chevron Oil refinery in Richmond, […]

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Coal group taps GOP power broker as new head

The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) has named the former chairman of both the Republican National Committee and American Crossroads as its new chief.

Mike Duncan will assume responsibilities as president and CEO for the ACCCE beginning Sept. 10. He is currently the chairman and CEO of the Inez Deposit Bank in Eastern Kentucky.

“With […]

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Court approves higher ethanol content in fuel

A court decision Friday that upheld a measure letting U.S. automobiles use gasoline with a higher ethanol content has rankled the oil industry, and likely its Republican allies, even as the biofuels industry claimed a crucial victory.

The U.S. Appeals Court of the District of Columbia ruled gas retailers could offer E15 fuel — a 15 […]

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Report: Obama may release oil reserves

President Obama will consider releasing oil from the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve if increased sanctions on Iran cause costs to rise, according to a report on Friday.

Officials have a plan ready if gasoline prices do not fall after Sept. 3, according to Reuters. Historically, gas prices drop after the Labor Day holiday.

Obama signed into law […]

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Report: Carbon emissions hit lowest levels in 20 years

Carbon emissions have fallen to their lowest levels in 20 years, primarily due to market forces, The Associated Press reports.

The U.S. Energy Information Agency, a part of the Energy Department, said Thursday that carbon dioxide emissions in the United States have fallen close to 1992 levels.

Though the agency credited a large number of factors […]

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GAO: EPA rules pose acceptable "reliability challenges" for utility industry

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released Thursday said the implementation of four environmental rules will likely pose electric “reliability challenges,” though not the full-blown problems Republicans and the utility industry have claimed.

The nonpartisan GAO said the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules studied “are not expected to pose widespread concerns” regarding electric reliability. It estimated […]

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Mike Duncan Named ACCCE President and CEO

WASHINGTON – Robert M. “Mike” Duncan has been named president and CEO of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, effective Sept. 10.

Duncan brings wide experience in energy policy and business to ACCCE.  Working with elected officials at every level and in all political parties, he has served as board member and chairman of the […]