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Dems seek wind tax credit vote on GOP coal bill

Two House Democrats want a vote on an extension of expiring wind energy tax credits when lawmakers battle over GOP legislation that would thwart federal rules that Republicans call anti-coal.

The proposed amendments are more evidence that Democrats are making an extension of the soon-to-expire credit — which the wind industry calls vital to financing new […]

By |September 19th, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

Canadian ambassador will bet beer on Keystone pipeline approval

Gary Doer, Canada’s ambassador to the United States, is confident enough that the U.S. will approve the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline that he’s willing to bet beer on it.

“I will bet a six-pack that it is going to happen,” Doer said Tuesday.

While GOP White House nominee Mitt Romney is a strong supporter of the […]

By |September 19th, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

GOP says coal mine closures underscore Obama ‘war on coal’

Republicans used a large coal firm’s decision to halt mining at eight sites Tuesday to attack President Obama’s regulatory policies that the GOP says targets the coal industry.

Alpha Natural Resources, which possesses the world’s third-largest supply of coal, will cut 1,200 workers. The firm’s CEO blamed the move on a combination of low natural-gas prices […]

By |September 19th, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Job losses intensify Capitol Hill policy battles

Fresh layoffs in the coal and wind industries are fueling congressional battles over energy policy ahead of the elections.

State of Play: Fresh layoffs in the coal and wind industries are fueling congressional battles over energy policy ahead of the elections.

Republicans are seizing on job losses at coal mining giant Alpha Natural Resources as they seek […]

By |September 19th, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

Shell has ‘every intention’ of pushing into Arctic waters despite setbacks

A top Royal Dutch Shell executive says the oil giant is undaunted in its long push to strike oil in Arctic seas despite problems that forced the company to scrap most of its planned exploration this year.

Damage to a crucial piece of spill-containment equipment forced Shell to announce Monday that it won’t be able to […]

By |September 18th, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

Starbucks, Ben & Jerry’s join lobby push for wind credit

Businesses that support wind power are turning up the pressure on Congress to extend a tax incentive for the industry before it expires at the end of the year.

Nineteen businesses outside the energy sector signed a letter sent Tuesday to congressional leaders that argues the 2.2 cent per kilowatt-hour incentive for wind power production “lowers prices […]

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Russell E. Train, former EPA head, dies at 92

Conservationist Russell E. Train, who helped establish landmark public health protections as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in the 1970s, died Monday at 92.

Train was the second head of EPA, a post he held between 1973 and 1977.

He served as the first chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality from 1970 […]

By |September 18th, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

News bites: Europe follows US on oil payments disclosure

Reuters reports that European lawmakers, following U.S. officials, voted for plans to require new oil industry disclosure of payments to foreign governments.

McClatchy Newspapers reports that President Obama and Mitt Romney are battling for the pro-coal mantle.

McClatchy also explores the role of climate change in the White House race.

Bloomberg looks at sliding oil prices.The Wall […]

By |September 18th, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

Markey: GOP’s climate bill revision is like something out of Orwell

A liberal Democrat says House Republicans have summoned the spirit of George Orwell’s 1984 by dropping language about climate change from their bill to thwart regulations that affect the coal industry.

“I am not surprised that House Republicans would decide to throw any reference to climate change down a legislative Orwellian memory hole. This has been […]

By |September 18th, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

Nuclear group likes chances for waste management progress next Congress

A nuclear energy industry group said Monday that it is “optimistic” Congress would move forward on nuclear waste management legislation next session.

Alex Flint, senior vice president of government relations with the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), said the tenor of a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing last week raised hopes for congressional progress […]

By |September 18th, 2012|Featured|1 Comment