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November 29, 2014

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November 26, 2014

ICYMI: EPA Rules and OPEC

A holiday must be around the corner. As if the smell of homemade pumpkin bread and pie wasn’t enough indication, the administration Wednesday announced a new and much anticipated regulation on ozone emissions. Such announcements have become customary before holiday breaks. Full story

November 21, 2014

ICYMI: Keystone, Tax Extenders & Yucca

The Keystone XL pipeline came one vote short in the Senate, leaving its future in the hands of the administration, Nebraska and another legislative attempt expected under GOP control (subscription). Full story

NSA: Hackers Probing Control of Power, Water & Fuel

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The head of the National Security Agency called for more information sharing to thwart hackers from China and elsewhere who crawl computer systems of critical U.S. infrastructure to access controls that could be used to cut utility services, CQ Roll Call’s Rob Margetta reported Thursday. Full story

November 20, 2014

Murray and Cantwell on Yucca Mountain

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Washington Democratic Sens. Patty Murray, left, and Maria Cantwell. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

With Republicans taking control of the next Congress and Yucca Mountain opponent Harry Reid, D-Nev., losing his perch from which he has fought the project, attention is on the views of other influential members who will be in the new minority. Full story

November 19, 2014

Whitehouse Pitches Carbon Carrot to EPA’s Stick

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Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

Climate issue advocate Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., is once again pushing for a price on carbon dioxide in a bill he introduced Wednesday. Full story

Keystone’s Next Steps

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Sen. Mary L. Landrieu leaves a press conference after defeat of a Senate bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Moments after Senate backers of the Keystone XL Tuesday fell one vote short of moving legislation to approve the pipeline, they were promising a rematch. Full story

November 18, 2014

GAO: Review and Clarify Tritium Agreements

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American Centrifuge Project demonstration cascade (Centrus)

Without a domestic source for tritium, the Energy Department should reevaluate international obligations and make a clear policy determination on weapons use, the Government Accountability Office found. Full story

November 17, 2014

NRC Head Calls for Disposal, Closure Rules

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Outgoing Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane spoke at the National Press Club Monday (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Outgoing Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane said that economic challenges to the nuclear power industry have led to a series of reactor closures, precipitating a need for rules on decommissioning plants rather than continuing the process of case-by-case exemptions. Full story

This Week: Keystone Vote, Policy Outlook

Congress is in full swing to wrap up lame duck priorities and the Senate is expected to vote on a measure to approve the Keystone XL pipeline Tuesday. Here is a schedule of other events on tap. Full story

November 14, 2014

ICYMI: Keystone & LNG

This week saw lots of action on the Keystone XL Pipeline and liquefied natural gas exports. Full story

Petro Industry to House: Pass Senate Permit Bill

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A drilling rig in Colorado (Bureau of Land Management)

As the remaining days of the 113th Congress dwindle, the oil and gas industry is pressing the House to move a measure to expedite drilling permits on federal land, which the Senate passed in September. Full story

November 13, 2014

Lithuania LNG Seen Lowering Prices

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Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite looks at a model of the floating storage regasification unit Independence displayed in Vilnius last year.
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Liquefied natural gas imports into Lithuania are being touted as counterweight to ease Russian energy dominance in Europe. Full story

Democrats Finally Get Keystone Vote


C-SPAN video, June 25, 2014

Wednesday was the seventh time this year that Democrats offered a measure to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, though proposals before last week’s election were tied to a vote on an energy efficiency bill. Full story

GAO: Nuclear Waste Issue Requires Public Buy-in

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Tennessee Valley Authority’s Sequoyah Nuclear Generating Station. (Energy Department)

In response to a request from House Republicans, the Government Accountability Office looked into the challenges of the Energy Department’s handling of spent nuclear fuel – which without a central or interim waste storage facilities has been piling up at reactors in 33 states. The office concluded that no matter which path the administration and Congress take, the department needed to conduct a public outreach program. Full story

November 12, 2014

The Difference Between Two Keystone Bills

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(Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La. Photo by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Sen. Mary L. Landrieu took to the floor Wednesday to call for a vote on a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Full story

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