10:40 AM, Apr 19, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The news that the administration would like kept quiet, and which it therefore announced in the afternoon, on Good Friday is that it has:
... further delayed its decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project ...
This means, as Patrick Rucker of Reuters reports:
The legal process will likely continue past November and might stretch into next year, meaning more delays for the politically-charged issue that has been on the drawing board for more than five years.
If the administration wanted the pipeline built, construction would have long since been underway. We aren’t talking about the Panama Canal and while none would confuse President Obama with TR, when he wants something done, he isn’t deterred by the technicalities. Witness the numerous executive fiats regarding the implementation of Obamacare.
The White House political tacticians probably war-gamed it this way:
* Building it doesn’t buy us anything. Not after five years. No votes and no campaign dough.
* Delay keeps the environmentalists happy and that $100 million of Tom Steyer's money in play.
* This gives Mary Landrieu a handy club which she can apply up the side of our head.
* The unions will complain but where will they go.
* The oil will get here anyway, even if trucks and trains are less efficient.
* It’s a hard shot on the Canadians … but, hey, they don’t vote.
* Now, let’s knock off for the weekend.
1:34 PM, Apr 16, 2014 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
Nobody loved Shai Agassi and his company, Better Place, more than Tom Friedman. Friedman dedicated two slobbering, wide-eyed, wet-kiss columns to Agassi's Better Place in 2008.
10:59 AM, Apr 15, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democratic senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana is in a tough reelection battle because of her support for Obamacare. So its not surprising her latest TV ad focuses on the one high-profile fight she's had with the Obama administration, over oil and gas exploration. The 60-second spot features people watching Landrieu arguing for expanding energy exploration in Louisiana and criticizing Barack Obama for its restrictionist policies. Watch the video below:
2:34 PM, Apr 11, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The Keystone pipeline has been studied longer than just about anything this side of the Dead Sea Scrolls. And, still, the administration continues to weigh its merits. The stall is making certain members of the political class uncomfortable.
12:12 PM, Apr 2, 2014 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
Travelling from Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, to Mostar, a city almost midway toward Dubrovnik on the Adriatic Coast, one drives through a stunningly-beautiful landscape of mountains, forests, and rivers. On a recent trip, however, I observed a surprising sight: four gas stations owned by Gazprom, the Russian energy giant.
12:00 AM, Mar 29, 2014 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
America is a fracking cornucopia of crude oil, independent of the rapacious OPEC cartel. And has an inexhaustible supply of natural gas, putting us in a position to become a major exporter able to use its gas reserves as a geopolitical weapon. Take that, King Abdullah and Vladimir Putin. Too good to be true? You bet.
An individual mandate for electricity meters.8:21 AM, Feb 13, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In the early days of the Obama administration, “smart power” was all the rage—and not just on the foreign policy scene. In April 2009, National Public Radio reported how one Allentown, Pennsylvania, mother was saving more than a hundred dollars each month on her electric bill. Tammy Yeakel’s power company, PPL Energy, had helpfully installed a “smart meter” on her home that could monitor her power usage in real time.
1:33 PM, Feb 3, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The Keystone Pipeline, which has been studied for more than five years, will be studied some more. A State Department study was generally thought to be the conclusive and it has now been delivered. But we are told by the White House chief of staff, Denis McDonough, that there is more studying to be done. McDonough said, on Sunday morning television, that President Obama:
12:00 AM, Jan 25, 2014 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
There is something about the energy business that is conducive to the creation of myths. So Roger Sant, a long-time and highly respected participant in the energy policy game and in the industries that energy legislation and regulation affect, told a group of Houston oil men recently. Energy myths do die, but only to be replaced by new ones.
3:11 PM, Jan 17, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
In a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Canada's foreign minister, John Baird put things plainly:
8:26 AM, Nov 1, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
Although CO2 is considered a "greenhouse gas" that contributes to climate change, if the Energy Department (DOE) finds partners to capitalize on the research of one of its laboratories, someday cars might run on sunshine. Technically, cars would run on the product of sunlight, CO2, and water using a "two-step solar thermochemical cycle" developed by the Albuquerque, New Mexico government lab.
8:26 AM, Oct 15, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
The past two weeks have been filled with stories of government offices, agencies, services, workers, monuments, websites, memorials, and parks that have been closed, suspended, furloughed, and even barricaded.
8:46 AM, Sep 27, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Democratic senator Heidi Heitkamp "is ready to take on President Obama over the long-delayed approval for the Keystone XL Pipeline — and she predicts her side will prevail," according to USA Today.
Sep 30, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 04 • By KELLY JANE TORRANCE
It's not often officials from the nation’s largest business lobby and an AFL-CIO-affiliated union speak to one another, let alone work together. But last week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and North America’s Building Trades Unions held a joint press conference on Capitol Hill in support of the Keystone XL pipeline that would bring oil from Northern Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico. Nearby that same day, exactly five years after Trans-Canada Corp.