The White House late Tuesday accused House Republicans of pushing legislation through the chamber that would undercut health protections it says would come with limits on power plant carbon emissions.
In a statement of administration policy, advisers to President Barack Obama said they would recommend he veto a bill to scuttle planned regulations on coal-fired power plants that the GOP intends to pass as soon as Friday, in the unlikely event the measure gets to his desk.
Some Republican lawmakers, including leaders of two congressional energy committees, are calling on President Barack Obama to expand U.S. energy exports, with one criticizing the administration's deliberate pace of liquefied natural gas export approvals given the deepening crisis over Ukraine.
"The Department of Energy's approval process for LNG exports is unnecessarily putting our allies at the mercy of Vladimir Putin," said House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., in a statement late Monday.
Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee issued a report calling on the Energy Department to speed approval for liquefied natural gas export permits, but Upton admitted that the committee doesn't have a draft bill ready to push the issue, National Journal reports.
Backers of the Keystone XL pipeline -- including Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. and Rep. Fred Upton, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee -- are speaking out to defend the project after President Obama failed to mention it in his State of the Union speech, National Journal reports.
House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., criticized the U.S. Export-Import Bank's recent policy to limit financing for coal-fired plants abroad, saying the move will hurt impoverished nations, National Journal reports.
The House Energy and Commerce's Energy and Power subcommittee advanced a bill sponsored by Reps. Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Gene Green, D-Texas, that would speed the regulatory process for approving pipelines and transmission lines that cross U.S. borders, FuelFix reports.
House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders called on EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to withdraw proposed greenhouse gas standards for new power plants, saying they exceed the agency's legal authority, The Hill reports.
Less than 8 percent of the crude contracted to flow through the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would come from the U.S, according to another document from TransCanada to the State Department, made public Tuesday, E&E reports.
The crude supply at the Cushing hub dropped 8 percent to 32.1 million barrels at the end of last month, the lowest since Nov. 2011, according to the Energy Information Administration, which says the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline is draining it, FuelFix reports.
Union leaders joined the American Petroleum Institute in publicly renewing their demand that the Obama administration approve construction of the northern segment of the Keystone XL pipeline, unleashing a blast of anger at the president in the process, The Hill reports.
The Senate Intelligence Committee has just one hurdle left to overcome before reaching agreement on the language of a cyber security bill, regarding liability protection, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., said at a hearing Tuesday, The Hill reports.
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., facing a tough re-election battle this year, stayed away from her party's round-the-clock climate speeches overnight, but got a blast of criticism from the National Republican Senatorial Committee anyway, National Journal reports.
Key bondholder Fidelity Investments may be dragging its heels, but other players involved in trying to get bankruptcy proceedings underway for Energy Future Holdings Corp. are in agreement, and hoping to move quickly on the plans, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.
Industry and even backers of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell are getting frustrated with the slow pace of the rollout of her department's new master leasing plans, intended to balance the interests of companies seeking to mine the mineral wealth of federal land against those of hunters, anglers and wildlife supporters, E&E reports.
Activist investors, already successful at pushing Chesapeake Energy and other companies to cut their debt, are likely to keep up the pressure, and lobby firms to fight climate change as well, according to Moody's Investors Service, FuelFix reports.
The power could run out on the Energizing Indiana program at the end of the year, as the state's Senate has voted to join the house in approving a measure to shut it down, although Gov. Mike Pence hasn't yet decided if he'll go along, the Indianapolis Star reports.