Policy

GOP in charge, eager to move on Keystone XL, taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans' resounding victory gives them an opportunity to push legislation that's been bottled up in the Democratic Senate, from targeting elements of President Barack Obama's health care law to constructing the Keystone XL oil pipeline to rolling back environmental regulations.

Democrats suffered an electoral drubbing in Tuesday's midterms, and Republicans regained control of the Senate and widely expanded their majority in the House. In command in both chambers in January, Republicans maintained that they have to show they can govern or else voters will show them the door.

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Spotlight turns to Murkowski to push GOP energy agenda

The plan by Senate Republicans to pass a Keystone XL pipeline approval bill will put Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska onto the national stage, a role that she has been preparing to take on for more than a year.

Murkowski is in line to become the next chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee under the new GOP majority. The post will take on additional importance with incoming Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell's vow to pass bills to advance the U.S. fossil energy boom and pressure the Obama administration over its environmental regulations.

Boehner holds post-election press conference

Washington, November 6, 2014, 1:15 pm

House Speaker John Boehner holds post-election press conference.

Wilson Center Canada Institute forum on North America energy renaissance

Washington, November 6, 2014, 10:30 am

The Woodrow Wilson Canada Institute holds forum, "The Energy Security Renaissance in North America." EIA senior adviser Shirley Neff, former State Department official David L. Goldwyn among speakers. 

Associated Press

Obama, McConnell gird for fight over energy and climate

Approval of the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline and spending language to shut down carbon regulations will be among bills the new Republican majority will send to President Barack Obama next year, Sen. Mitch McConnell said Wednesday, in a move to fulfill two top campaign promises.

Obama sidestepped the threat of the Keystone bill getting to his desk, however. Asked at a news conference if he would veto an approval bill, Obama said only that he won't intervene in the ongoing State Department review of TransCanada's permit application.

NERC pushes delay in carbon rule over reliability worries

Source: 
Bloomberg

The North American Electric Reliability Corp. is urging the Environmental Protection Agency to put off implementing its rule limiting carbon emissions from existing power plants because it doesn’t provide enough time to replace coal-fired generation that would be forced offline, Bloomberg reports.

Texas tops in generating oil field jobs

Source: 
FuelFix

Texas produced 19,000 new oil and gas production jobs last year, more than any other state, according to data released by the Energy Information Administration Wednesday, FuelFix reports.

French police arrest 3 men with drone near nuke site

PARIS (AP) — Three men in their 20s have been arrested in possession of a drone near a French nuclear reactor, the first such arrests since a spate of mysterious drone overflights of reactors began in early October.

There have been at least 15 sightings of drones over nuclear reactors around France, raising security concerns in a country heavily dependent on atomic energy for electricity. The zone around nuclear plants is off limits.

Oil

Obama to let Keystone XL review continue

President Barack Obama said Wednesday he won't shortcut the ongoing State Department review of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline project, minutes after incoming Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said it would be among energy bills he would attempt to pass.

"There's an independent process, it's moving forward, and I'm going to let that process play out," Obama said at his post-election press conference. "I'm just going to gather up the facts."

Obama said he will still evaluate the project on a number of factors, including its impact on global warming and the outcome of a court case in Nebraska. He did not say, however, whether he would veto an approval bill sent to him by congressional Republicans. 

McConnell, R-Ky., earlier Wednesday included the estimated $8 billion project in energy bills he said the new Senate Republican majority will send to Obama in the next Congress. 

GE purchase of Alstom energy unit wins French nod

Source: 
The New York Times

General Electric’s purchase of Alstom’s energy business for $13.5 billion got official approval from the French government Wednesday, The New York Times reports.

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