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Editorial: Work to keep renewable fuel standards high

An ethanol production plant in South Dakota.

Kudos to the Environmental Protection Agency and Obama administration for increasing preliminary Renewable Fuel Standards, but the new standard still misses the mark. Renewable Fuel Standards — how much biofuel will be produced and blended with traditional gasoline — were initially set by Congress in 2005 and expanded and updated as part of the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act. ...

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U.S. propane stocks hit record despite strong exports: Kemp

(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own) LONDON – Liquefied petroleum gases (LPG) are the fastest-growing category of hydrocarbon exports from the United States, with volumes up almost four-fold since 2012. Exports have grown from less than 200,000 barrels per day in 2012 to an average of 743,000 bpd so far in 2015 and ...

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Editorial: Prioritizing fighting terrorism over climate change is a no-win scenario

The start of the Paris climate summit on Monday should be a moment of glory for President Obama. His administration has instituted the country’s first serious action against climate change by requiring dirty coal plants to drastically lower emissions. He played a key role in China’s dramatic attitude shift on climate. His rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline prompted a ...

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Editorial: Defeating Islamic State — without a U.S. invasion

When President Obama announced an international campaign to “degrade and ultimately destroy” Islamic State last year, the organization was primarily a regional threat, inflicting its savagery on the people of Iraq and Syria and on hostages from other countries who were captured in the Middle East. But the coordinated attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and the downing of ...

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Editorial: Iron Range jobless need the kind of help legislative special session offers

Mention a special session of the Minnesota Legislature, as Gov. Mark Dayton has been doing with some frequency, and suggestions for a variety of agenda items quickly pop onto political radar screens. Minnesotans shouldn’t be surprised. They rely heavily on state-level government for crucial services. Going nine months without legislative activity is proving to be a long and increasingly uncomfortable ...

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Hedge fund short positions and oil prices in 2015: Kemp

(The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a columnist for Reuters.) LONDON – U.S. oil prices have cycled between $40 and $60 per barrel since the start of 2015 and the rise and fall has corresponded with the accumulation and liquidation of hedge fund short positions. There have been at least three cycles in WTI prices and hedge ...

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Editorial: President agenda is anti-shovel-ready

President Barack Obama campaigned on a promise of “shovel-ready” jobs. It was the modern “chicken in every pot” but never quite panned out. “Shovel-ready was not as, uh, as shovel-ready as we expected,” Obama quipped in 2011, conceding the pledge seemed beyond his grasp. Today, his platform can be described as anti-shovel-ready. The president took to a White House lectern ...

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Editorial: Flight of the Keystone XL

There are 2.5 million miles of oil and gas pipelines crisscrossing the United States, but just one proposed stretch, from Canada to Nebraska, has been demonized. Or maybe owlified is a better term. The 1,200-mile Keystone XL oil pipeline would connect the oil sands of Alberta to an existing network of pipelines in Steele City, Neb., for the rest of ...

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All forms of energy are needed for the future

Grace M. Bochenek assumed her post as director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory in October 2014 after spending 25 years at the Department of Defense — most recently as chief technology officer of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. The Dominion Post talked with Bochenek — an engineer by training — about her new role and some of the challenges ...

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North Dakota’s economy is no comedy skit

Anyone who caught the HBO skit on North Dakota could have found humor in the simplistic, slapstick one-liners, but the overall messaging is not funny. I guess I avoided watching it for a couple weeks because as a North Dakota native, I’ve nearly heard it all when it comes to our small state. Like so many in the media, HBO’s ...

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