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As power companies lobby, future of coal looks dim

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By Mike Stucka Flint Energies CEO Bob Ray said he has about 86,000 customers still paying for the power cooperative’s $109 million share of upgrades at Juliette’s Plant Scherer. This week, he was in Washington, D.C., at a legislative conference, worrying with other electric company chiefs about regulations not yet released. “We’re anticipating it’s going to be very, very negative ...

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Report: Climate change already affecting US


WASHINGTON (AP) — When it came time to deliver a new federal report detailing what global warming is doing to America and the dire forecast for the future, President Barack Obama turned to the pros who regularly deliver the bad news about wild weather: TV meteorologists. “We want to emphasize to the public, this is not some distant problem of ...

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Senator: Ukraine unrest shows need for Keystone


WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee said Tuesday that instability in Ukraine makes the case for building the Keystone XL oil pipeline in the United States. “Progress has been too slow,” said Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. She said the proposed pipeline from Canada to the United States would contribute only marginally to air ...

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Pipeline backers, opponents jockey ahead of vote


By Matthew Daly WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters and opponents of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline jockeyed for position ahead of an expected Senate vote on legislation authorizing immediate construction of the project. An oil industry group that supports the pipeline launched a five-state ad campaign aimed at wavering senators, while an environmental group mobilized activists to urge lawmakers to ...

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White House: We back fracking, U.S. energy boom


By Ben Wolfgang, The Washington Times Republican critics and some in the energy industry have often cast President Obama as hostile to fossil fuels, but the White House on Monday issued a strong endorsement of the domestic oil and gas boom and the controversial drilling technique that has made it possible. During a press briefing at the White House, top ...

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In win for Obama, top court revives cross-state air pollution rule

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By Lawrence Hurley (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court handed President Barack Obama a victory on Tuesday by upholding a federal environmental regulation requiring some states to limit pollution that contributes to unhealthy air in neighboring states. By a 6-2 vote, the court said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency acted reasonably in requiring 28 states to reduce emissions from coal-fired ...

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Pipeline supporters seek quick Senate vote


WASHINGTON (AP) — In a struggle steeped in election-year politics, supporters of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline are seeking a swift Senate vote on legislation to approve construction of the project that environmentalists oppose strongly and the Obama administration has delayed indefinitely. Pipeline advocates in the Senate, who include several Democrats on the ballot next fall as well as Republicans, ...

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Editorial: Keystone XL delays get embarrassing


By Tom Dennis, The Grand Forks Herald The stakes couldn’t have been higher when President Barack Obama faced the “Go/No go” decision to get Osama bin Laden. A disastrous outcome would have haunted his administration. It would have been even more humiliating than the Desert One debacle in 1980, which ended with two U.S. aircraft destroyed, eight servicemembers dead and ...

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U.S. railroads show untapped value from delay in building oil pipeline

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By Dan Burns April 21 (Reuters) – U.S. railroads are obvious winners from the latest delay in the Keystone XL Pipeline approval, and some of the freight operators with the biggest growth in petroleum shipments look undervalued, according to an analysis of Thomson Reuters data. While shares in some railroad companies have recently hit record highs, there may be still ...

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“Solar Summit” honors industry leaders, new funding program announced by White House


Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media Last Thursday ten local leaders from around the United States were acknowledged at the White House to commemorate great achievements in solar energy expansion. This summit is the latest initiative of the president’s Climate Action plan. The “Solar Summit” was the latest summit held under the Champions of Change program. The program honors Americans ...

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