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Letter: ND oil story is being told in ‘boom, boom, boom …”

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By: Greg Hodur, Fargo, INFORUM Boom. Boom, boom, boom. What’s that sound? The first boom, of course, is about the beneficial economic impact of all the oil production resulting from outside parties coming into the state to exploit our natural resources. That’s all most Republicans wherever they’re from in the state, and some Democrats, can talk about. No doubt, it’s good ...

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Keystone pipeline will not affect Canada oil sands growth

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WASHINGTON (Reuters)– The proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline is unlikely to increase the pace of Canadian oil sands development, a U.S. State Department study said on Friday, raising pressure on President Barack Obama to approve a project environmentalists see as a major climate change problem. The massive 11-volume environmental impact study released on Friday did not recommend whether President Barack ...

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Keystone report raises pressure on Obama to approve pipeline

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(Reuters) – Pressure for President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline increased on Friday after a State Department report played down the impact it would have on climate change, irking environmentalists and delighting proponents of the project. The agency made no recommendation in its report on whether Obama should grant or deny an application by TransCanadaCorp (TRP.TO) to build the $5.4 ...

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Obama touts ‘responsible’ energy development measures, climate goals

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By Valerie Volcovici Jan 28 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama told lawmakers on Tuesday his energy strategy had boosted the economy and reduced carbon emissions, but he did not address the question of whether he will approve the politically charged Keystone XL oil pipeline. In his annual State of the Union address, Obama touted the role natural gas had played in cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions ...

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Obama orders review of U.S. energy infrastructure

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WASHINGTON Jan 9 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday directed his administration to conduct a broad review focused on infrastructure required for “transporting, transmitting, and delivering energy,” the White House said. In a memo establishing the Quadrennial Energy Review, Obama said a related task force would develop recommendations and submit a report to the president every four years beginning ...

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Bill streamlining oil, gas permits heads for Obama’s desk

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By: Katherine Lymn, Forum News Service, INFORUM WASHINGTON – A bill that will streamline permitting for drilling on federal lands is headed for President Barack Obama’s desk, and congressional sponsors say the White House supports it. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., introduced the bill in the House, and Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and John Hoeven, R-N.D., co-authored the Senate version. Hoeven ...

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Podesta, a Keystone skeptic returns to White House

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By Patrick Rucker and Mark Felsenthal Dec 11 – John Podesta’s return to the White House could dim prospects for the Keystone XL pipeline’s approval, environmentalists said Wednesday, as the Democratic Party elder and Keystone critic crafts policies to curb climate change. Podesta, who was chief of staff under President Bill Clinton, will have the title “counselor to the president” ...

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New Obama adviser will not work on Keystone XL

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says a new senior adviser to President Barack Obama will recuse himself from deliberations on the Keystone XL oil pipeline. John Podesta, a former chief of staff under President Bill Clinton, has spoken out against the pipeline. Podesta founded the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, and has spoken out against the ...

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Obama wants renewable energy boosted 20 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Saying the government should lead by example, President Barack Obama is ordering the federal government to nearly triple its use of renewable sources for electricity by 2020. Obama says the plan to use renewables for 20 percent of electricity needs will help reduce pollution that causes global warming, promote American energy independence and boost domestic energy sources ...

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