Nebraska is getting dueling radio ads for and against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, as landowners and ranchers in the state who are opposed to the project are matching spots put up by TransCanada, The Hill reports.
Increased seasonal fuel demand and the opening of the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline have driven up oil prices in the short term, as well as increased speculators' bets on higher prices in the long term, Bloomberg reports.
More than 3,500 public comments have been filed so far on the State Department's latest environmental report on the Keystone XL pipeline, with the majority appearing to oppose the project, FuelFix reports.
Communications with TransCanada disclosed by a Nebraska landowner suggest that the company may consider altering the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to prevent further delays stemming from the ongoing presidential review of the project, E&E reports.
In an interview with Bloomberg, conducted ahead of the State Department's environmental report on the Keystone XL pipeline, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper expressed confidence that the need for economic development would lead to approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, either by President Obama or his successor.
Alberta Premier Alison Redford said her province wouldn't boost regulations on carbon emissions from oil producers to press approval of the Keystone XL pipeline unless the U.S. agrees to implement similar rules on its industry, Blooomberg reports.
The Sierra Club has filed a lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers alleging that the agency has failed to disclose records from its review of the Keystone XL pipeline related to the project's path, Bloomberg reports.
In the wake of a State Department report finding there would be no significant environmental impact from approving the Keystone XL pipeline, the editorial board of The Washington Post argues that environmental groups should move on to more substantive climate issues.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he believes the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada should be built.
Salazar said at an energy conference in Houston Wednesday that the pipeline could be built safely, as long as conditions are imposed. Those conditions would require the pipeline operator to meet tough environmental standards and even pay for conservation programs along the pipeline route.
Salazar told The Associated Press that the pipeline could be a "win-win" project that benefits U.S. energy security while boosting conservation efforts in Montana, South Dakota and other affected states.
If anyone doubted the White House is intent on distancing the president from the Keystone XL pipeline review, one only had to listen to his press secretary and chief of staff the last two days.
In comments to journalists, both stuck to a script that relies heavily on bureaucratic process to fend off inquiries about when a decision would be made, or even who would make the final call. President Barack Obama, in an interview with Bill O'Reilly of Fox News that aired Monday, said he would get a recommendation from Secretary of State John Kerry, but did not elaborate.
Yet the White House can't escape the political ramifications of the decision, ones that go beyond Republican calls for approval.
The problems in Ukraine are unlikely to trigger faster action by the Obama administration on natural gas exports, a White House spokesman appeared to indicate Friday, as he noted that supplies in Europe are at higher-than-normal levels because of the mild winter there, according to Reuters.
Public Service Enterprise Group plans to spend $12 billion over five years on capital projects to improve reliability, hoping to increase the earnings of its utility business, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Weather-related rail bottlenecks in Chicago are causing higher prices and lower supplies of ethanol on the East coast, while Midwest plants are cutting production because of a shortage of rail cars, an industry representative told a U.S. Surface Transportation Board panel, Platts reports.
Investors will challenge corporations during the upcoming proxy season to make more environmental commitments, according to nonprofit Ceres, which has compiled a list of resolutions up for votes, E&E reports.
Saying President Obama's proposed "climate resilience fund" will help communities prepare better for severe weather might win it bipartisan support, according to Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, National Journal reports.