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Editorial: Maintain momentum for needed pipeline

It was big news in April when an administrative law judge — after listening to five days of testimony and poring over more than 2,000 letters — recommended that the proposed Sandpiper pipeline go ahead and be built, that Minnesota needs it. The state Department of Commerce and staff from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission reached similar conclusions. This week, ...

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U.S. shale and OPEC, the altered balance of power: Kemp

United States and OPEC: The shifting balance of power 1950-2015 chartbook. (The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a columnist for Reuters.) LONDON – Two landmark events this month will underscore the extent to which the oil market’s balance of power has been transformed by the shale revolution. In Washington, Congress will begin considering legislation to permit the ...

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Editorial: Gov. John Hickenlooper right to push back on Sen. Mitch McConnell’s call to ignore new coal rules

Gov. John Hickenlooper is right to push back on a request from Sen. Mitch McConnell that states defy new federal pollution controls on coal-burning power plants. The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rules have become a target for McConnell and other Republicans now that the GOP controls the U.S. Senate as well as the House. The rules, which aren’t yet final, ...

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Editorial: Erie wisely welcomes energy entrepreneur

There is a positive sense of deja vu with the news that an energy company will relocate its headquarters to an Erie mansion. As Ed Palattella reported in his May 18 story, “Historic move,” EmKey Industries will move 20 to 25 employees from its Millcreek Township offices into a Greek Revival building at 558 W. Sixth St. in August. This ...

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Editorial: No secrets in rail safety

With Philadelphia trying to become a major energy hub, the wall of secrecy surrounding the condition of tracks and bridges used by trains carrying highly flammable crude oil through neighborhoods, behind schools, and past commerce centers, must come down. Every week, about 150 million gallons of crude move through the region, but the people who would be most affected by ...

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Editorial: Congress needs to allow crude oil exports

With one action, the U.S. Congress could reduce the nation’s trade deficit, grow U.S. jobs, increase revenue and assure more U.S. influence across the world. But because of Congressional inaction, the export ban remains in place 40-plus years later. The ban was enacted by Congress following the 1973 Arab oil embargo. That embargo created a domestic energy crisis, causing shortages, ...

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Driving is making a comeback in the US: Kemp

(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own) LONDON – California motorists consumed an extra 34,500 barrels of gasoline every day in February compared with the same month last year, state tax records show. The state is just part of a nationwide surge in driving that has pushed U.S. gasoline consumption up by more than ...

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How do you lose 100 million barrels of oil? Kemp

(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own) LONDON – Oil-market watchers are struggling to reconcile the large estimated oversupply in the market with the much smaller buildup of reported inventories and narrowing contango in futures prices. Some blame the barrel counters who compile official statistics on supply, demand and stocks. But the truth is ...

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Editorial: Solar takes a giant step

Tesla, best known for sleek electric cars, is turning the energy industry on its head with news of a battery that stores solar energy. The potential breakthrough solution for accessing solar power after sunset is a welcome step toward reducing human dependence on polluting fossil fuels. The home battery, expected to go into production this year, will sell for up ...

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Opinion: Airing out the ‘Burgh’s air quality

To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, opinions are as various as faces. As can be the interpretation of facts. As the latest clucking, squawking and hissing over Pittsburgh’s supposedly horrid air quality illustrates. Year after year — and with less credibility each year — the American Lung Association (ALA) smears Greater Pittsburgh with a report that typically concludes the region’s air to ...

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