President Barack Obama suffered some lumps and bruises in his first-term battles with the energy industry over environmental regulation. His early forays to address climate change and reduce air pollution -- often tinged with barbs at industry -- earned him a healthy dose of counterattacks accusing the president of killing oil jobs and waging a war on coal.
Early into his second term, the president continues to pursue his regulatory agenda. But he seems to have adjusted the approach: a few less barbs and a little more nuance, one might say.
Despite a focus on green energy in his first term, President Obama could use his nominations for the top jobs at the Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency to focus on the expansion of domestic fossil fuel production, analysts tell Bloomberg.
Urging him to make good on his pledge to deal with climate change, a group of more than 70 green groups called on President Obama to end the Keystone XL pipeline in the United States, The Hill reports.
With President Obama making his final nominations for top security positions, the stage is set for the president to nominate a new Environmental Protection Agency administrator and a new Energy Secretary should Secretary Steven Chu announce his resignation, The Hill reports.
Energy lobbyists in both fossil fuel and renewable fields are preparing for new appeals on industry tax benefits as Congress and President Obama prepare to debate a potential reform of corporate tax structures, Bloomberg reports.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., pledged to push a vote to complete the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste facility in Nevada if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., moves to limit filibusters, Roll Call reports.