The House moved toward passage of energy bills that would speed approval of onshore drilling permits and exempt states with hydraulic fracturing regulations from forthcoming Interior Department rules, The Hill reports.
Energy legislation may be off the front burner in the Senate, but Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska isn't giving up her quest to draw attention to looming challenges, including the expected push by oil companies to export U.S. crude.
Murkowski tells EnergyGuardian that she plans in the coming weeks to publish white papers examining issues raised by potential oil exports and electricity grid reliability, which will follow a previous paper on exports of liquefied natural gas.
The electricity reliability review is closer to publication, with final work underway on the integration of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power. But the paper on oil exports could be the more revealing, coming as oil companies discuss whether to push for export authority.
"I want to start guiding the discussion, because I think it is an absolutely fascinating place that we are in as a country," she said in an interview, referring to the fact that U.S. oil production last month started exceeding imports for the first time since 1995.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The fight to revamp Mexico's moribund, state-run oil industry could start as early as this week with a Senate proposal to allow private access to the country's oil, a nationalist symbol that for decades has been fiercely protected by the constitution from possible profiteering by foreign companies.
NEW YORK (AP) — In an epic legal battle pitting Amazon rainforest tribes against energy giant Chevron, a former Ecuadorean judge claims another judge there took a $500,000 bribe. The second judge, however, says it's all a lie.
Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline worry that the naming of project opponent John Podesta as an energy and climate adviser to President Obama could impact a final approval decision, National Journal reports.
OPEC's crude oil production fell below its 30 million barrel-a-day ceiling in November as Saudi Arabia cut output, resulting in the organization's lowest production level since May 2011, Bloomberg reports.
The European Parliament approved a plan aimed at addressing an oversupply of permits in the European Union's carbon market by delaying the allotment of one-third of new permits over the next three years, The New York Times reports.
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, an organization of nine Northeast states cooperating on emissions reduction, moved to lower the existing cap for greenhouse gas emissions from power plants for next year, The Associated Press reports.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy praised the "urgency" of China's efforts to combat climate change and called for cooperation with the U.S., according to her prepared remarks for a speech in Beijing, The Washington Post reports.
Following the example of the World Bank and the United States, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development said it would no longer finance coal-fired energy projects in Europe and Asia except in rare circumstances, Bloomberg reports.
Duke Energy submitted a nearly $1.2 billion decommissioning plan for the shuttered Crystal River plant in Florida to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, projecting the effort will take 60 years to complete, the Tampa Bay Times reports.