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McConnell blasts veto threat, asks Obama to work with GOP

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Barack Obama is obstructing the change American voters want by threatening to veto the first bill introduced in the new, Republican-controlled Senate. Despite that disagreement over approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, McConnell held out hope Wednesday that Republicans could work with Obama on issues such as trade agreements, infrastructure ...

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Trade association leader urges changes to U.S. oil, gas regulations

WASHINGTON — Renewable fuel standards, ozone regulations and a ban on crude oil exports all made sense when they were instituted, but it’s 2015 now and the shale gas boom has so changed the U.S. energy landscape that the old rules are outdated. That was American Petroleum Institute president Jack Gerard’s message Tuesday during his annual “state of energy address” ...

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White House issues veto threat on Keystone XL pipeline bill

WASHINGTON — The White House says President Barack Obama would veto legislation approving construction of the long-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline. A bill that would have forced Obama’s hand on the issue failed to clear Congress in its final days last year. But the Congress that convened Tuesday is Republican-controlled and new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the ...

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China’s Xi proves keen student of U.S. power: Kemp

LONDON, Jan 6 – Xi Jinping is China’s first U.S.-style president. Many commentators have noted Xi is the most powerful leader since Deng Xiaoping and even Mao Zedong. But a better comparison might be with the style and powers of the American president. He wields enormous personal power, in contrast to the more collective leadership style of Hu Jintao and ...

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Exports could fuel a new fire in the Eagle Ford Shale

On the tail end of 2014, the Obama Administration gave hinted at a major breakthrough for U.S. petroleum exports when the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) told oil companies that they should consider exporting a lightly processed form of crude oil called condensate without formal permission, according to a recent Reuters report. The impact of America becoming ...

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In Keystone pipeline case, what might Nebraska court do?

Jan 2 – Nebraska’s Supreme Court could help settle the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline when it decides whether state lawmakers were right to clear the way for the project to help carry oil from Canada’s oil sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast. The ruling by the seven-judge panel could either clear a bureaucratic hurdle or send the TransCanada ...

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Strain: La. farmers would benefit by Cuba trade

BATON ROUGE, La. — Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says restarting trade between the U.S. and Cuba would be of enormous benefit to Louisiana. President Obama on Wednesday said his administration would work toward resuming diplomatic relations and trade with Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years. Strain, a Republican, tells The Advertiser resumed trade would be a ...

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Obama withdraws Alaska’s Bristol Bay from drilling

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he’s removing more than 52,000 square miles of waters off Alaska’s coast from consideration for oil and gas exploration or drilling. The president said in a video announcement that Bristol Bay and nearby waters, covering an area roughly the size of Florida, would be withdrawn from consideration for petroleum leases. He ...

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Old oil camp is now nation’s largest family immigration detention center

On Monday, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was in South Texas to tour a previous oil field workers’ camp which will now operate as a new family immigration detention center. The Obama administration revealed the 50-acre facility in Dilley, Texas anticipating the possible rush of mothers and children coming acorss the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. According to a report from ...

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