The Senate plowed through a laundry list of amendments this week and is set to vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline Monday. CQ subscribers can read more about how the process devolved Thursday and about pending amendments.
In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama gave a nod to – or threw shade on – the pipeline, but folks seemed more interested in Ernest J. Moniz’ hair, which as the energy secretary has explained is more related to groovy fashion than founding fathers. Obama’s push for more trade authority got a reaction from environmental groups that want to put the brakes on fast-tracking deals. Groups are also pushing the EPA to move faster on carbon dioxide regulations for aircraft.
The oil price plunge may dampen the drive toward increased exports.
Researchers detailed the issues arising from increased dependence on natural gas to generate electricity.
Oil spilled in Montana and millions of gallons of fracking water poured into a creek that feeds the Missouri River in North Dakota.