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September 17, 2014

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September 16, 2014

Senators Launch National Laboratory Caucus

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Fermilab’s Wilson Hall (Energy Department)

A bipartisan group of senators are launching an effort to support the work of the national laboratory system. Full story

Sanctions Could Freeze ExxonMobil’s Arctic Exploration

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A Russian oil production platform. (URSULA HYZY/AFP/Getty Images)

The latest round of sanctions on Russia is expected to affect an ExxonMobil project in the Kara Sea that started last month and had skirted previous restrictions. Full story

September 12, 2014

Moniz’s Congressional Straddle

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Moniz fishing for salmon in Alaska with Verne Martell, Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s husband. (Energy Department)

Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz is embraced by members on both sides of the aisle while straddling the contentious divide over energy and environment issues, CQ Roll Call’s Geof Koss reports in the forthcoming copy of CQ Weekly (subscription). Full story

September 11, 2014

Coal Production is Doing What?

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With coal job cuts grabbing the headlines, here are some unexpected facts on coal mining production and employment. Full story

September 10, 2014

Oil and Gas Disputes Central to Scotland’s Independence Move

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Protesters on both sides of the Scotish referendum in Glasgow Wednesday.
(Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Next week Scottish voters will determine if they will cut ties from England, a move motivated in part by a desire to claim a larger share of energy revenue but which could have ramifications for oil and gas companies operating there as well as global markets. Full story

September 9, 2014

Oil Boom Benefiting Everyone But Oil Producers?

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Andrew Burton/Getty Images

The oil boom in North Dakota, Texas and other states has had clear economic impacts as seen in jobs reports and the international trade balance. Full story

September 4, 2014

FERC to Wade Through Market Revisions With Congress on Sidelines

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will evaluate making changes to competitive markets in cases over the next several months, Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur said Thursday. Full story

August 19, 2014

EPA Aims to Get Half the Waxman-Markey Carbon Cuts

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Regulations could obtain half the carbon reductions that were envisioned under a congressional measure that fell apart in 2009, according to a CQ Roll Call analysis. Full story

August 1, 2014

Senators Push for Propane Supply Safeguards

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Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration with Thomson Reuters data.

Midwestern senators introduced a bill Thursday intended to avoid a repeat of the heating situation this bitter cold winter when propane supplies dwindled and prices skyrocketed. Full story

July 31, 2014

The Federal Government’s ‘Shark Tank’ for Small Businesses

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Hosts Robert Herjavec, Lori Greiner and Daymond John of “Shark Tank” speak onstage during the ABC portion of the 2013 Winter TCA Tour Jan. 10 in Pasadena, Calif. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Companies that have energy innovations to peddle can benefit from groups with know-how that the Small Business Administration has organized and calls clusters, according to retired Rear Adm. Steven Smith, now director of the SBA’s Office of Disaster Planning and Risk Management. The process has similarities to the ABC TV show “Shark Tank,” where entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to deep-pocketed moguls. Full story

Running Cars on Human Waste

Eliminating sewage is an energy-intensive process that is a key component of our modern lifestyle — but rather than just processing it, groups and utilities are looking to make energy from what we flush down the toilet.

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July 30, 2014

Reductions in Methane Emissions Sought by Obama Administration

The White House and the Energy Department have announced a number of actions to reduce methane emissions from natural gas systems, as the administration capped off a series of meetings with states, industry and environmental groups as part of President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

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July 29, 2014

A Fix for the Next BP Deepwater Horizon?

The world watched in 2010 while engineers fumbled with a ruptured well, wondering why there was not any technology to stem the millions of barrels of oil spewing from the Gulf of Mexico seafloor. The American Petroleum Institute has published new guidelines for capping stacks to be used in event of another such disaster.

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Marshals to Seize Kurdish Oil, Leaving Questions on U.S. Policy

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A section of an oil refinery is brought by truck to the Kawergosk Refinery east of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on July 14. (Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S. Marshals Service was ordered Monday to seize a shipment of Kurdish oil offshore of Texas, but a former presidential adviser from the George W. Bush era has said the government ought to reconsider its stance on Kurdish oil, given the recent violence in Iraq.

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By Randy Leonard Posted at 10:35 a.m.
Natural Gas, Oil

July 28, 2014

‘Good Ideas’ Are Point of EPA Carbon Emissions Hearings, McCarthy Says

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McCarthy. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

“We expect good feedback from these sessions,” EPA administrator Gina McCarthy told reporters Monday about this week’s listening sessions on the agency’s proposal to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants. “No good ideas should be off the table.”

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