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Obama’s offshore drilling ban–“Trump-proof”?

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In a historic move taken a month to the day before he hands over the White House to one of the most fossil-fueled administrations in U.S. history, President Obama answered the call of Native Alaskans, coastal residents and climate activists demanding offshore drilling bans, and stuck it to Donald Trump. Obama banned all future offshore oil and gas drilling from ...

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Obama, world leaders urge action on nuclear security, terror

President Barack Obama and other world leaders meet during the opening plenary session of the Nuclear Security Summit, Friday, April 1, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON (AP) — World leaders declared progress in safeguarding nuclear materials sought by terrorists and wayward nations, even as President Barack Obama acknowledged the task was far from finished. Closing out a nuclear security summit on Friday, Obama warned of a persistent and harrowing threat: terrorists getting their hands on a nuclear bomb. He urged fellow leaders not to be ...

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Obama says climate rule on ‘strong legal footing’

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ATHERTON, Calif. — President Barack Obama says he is very confident his administration is on “strong legal footing” in its defense of a key piece of his climate-change agenda. Obama is telling political donors in California that the Supreme Court’s decision to freeze a new rule reducing power plant emissions is only a temporary setback. The power plant rule would ...

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Obama seeks $10-per-barrel oil tax to fund clean transport

In his latest effort to fight climate change, the Obama Administration announced plans to tax oil companies $10 dollars for every barrel produced. (Image: Joe Crimmings via Flickr)

WASHINGTON —President Barack Obama wants oil companies to pay a $10 fee for every barrel of oil to help fund investments in clean transportation that fight climate change. Obama will formalize the proposal Tuesday when he releases his final budget request to Congress. The $10-per-barrel fee is expected to be dead on arrival for the Republicans who control Congress and ...

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TransCanada launches legal action over Keystone XL rejection

President and CEO Russ Girling of TransCanada addresses shareholders during the company's annual general meeting in Calgary, Alberta, May 1, 2015. REUTERS/Todd Korol

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – TransCanada Corp sued the U.S government in U.S. federal court on Wednesday, alleging President Barack Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline exceeded his power under the U.S. Constitution. Obama rejected the cross-border crude oil pipeline late last year, seven years after it was first proposed. TransCanada also filed legal action with NAFTA authorities saying the ...

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EDITORIAL: Why the federal budget bill is (mostly) good for the environment

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The massive spending bill passed by Congress earlier this month contains myriad provisions. One thing it, fortunately, does not contain is language to block the Clean Power Plan, President Barack Obama’s administration’s policy to combat climate change by reducing pollution from power plants. Overall, the spending package is a mixed bag for the environment. On the plus side — in ...

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Wind-energy credit gives industry stability

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A recently passed federal omnibus spending bill has good news for some groups including those who work in the wind energy industry. When President Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 into law Dec. 18, he signed into law all the amendments and special provisions. Those provisions include an extension of wind and other renewable energy credits. This is ...

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Budget deal bill boosts oil exports, renewable energy

In this Sept. 5, 2015, photo, a pump jack pumps oil on a hill above Alexander, N.D, and the town's school.  The U.S., seemingly awash in crude oil after an energy boom sent thousands of workers scurrying to the plains of Texas and North Dakota, will begin exporting oil for the first time since the 1973 oil embargo. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are hailing the likely demise of a 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports, as well as spending limits imposed on the Environmental Protection Agency, a longtime GOP target. Democrats are cheering five-year extensions of tax credits for wind and solar energy producers and renewal of a land and water conservation fund that protects parks, public lands, ...

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Feds help competing LNG projects, but could now also help Alaska gas exports

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JUNEAU — The U.S. Congress has reauthorized the Export-Import Bank of the United States, in an effort to boost trade by helping finance operations of American companies overseas. Among the projects the bank has assisted with billions in loans and other financing are liquefied natural gas export efforts in Australia and Papua New Guinea, ventures that target Asian LNG markets ...

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Oil export ban in play in final-stage talks on budget deal

FILE - In this May 9, 2012 file photo, a drilling rig is seen near Kennedy, Texas. The four-decade-old ban on exporting crude oil may end up getting lifted in a must-pass year-end spending bill lawmakers are scrambling to complete. Lifting the ban is a top ask for GOP negotiators working on the sprawling legislation. In return, Democrats are seeking various environmental priorities, including making permanent tax credits for solar and wind energy production. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

WASHINGTON — Congressional negotiators and the White House closed in on a deal late Monday on a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill to stave off a shutdown, and a tax package extending dozens of breaks. In a Monday evening conference call among House Republicans, Speaker Paul Ryan said bargainers were close to agreements on the spending and tax measures that he ...

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