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Obama Losing Allies in Climate Groups

But the fossil-fuel industry isn't a big fan right now either

(Newser) - President Obama may be stuck between a melting icecap and a hard place. Environmental groups have grown weary of the administration's "all of the above" energy strategy—which has seen it hold tight to domestic natural gas, oil, and coal production even as it works to limit coal-fired... More »

Nebraska OKs Route for Keystone Pipeline

Obama will have 'stark' choice soon, says one blogger

(Newser) - The controversial and long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline just cleared a major hurdle: Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman says the state is fine with an alternative route that avoids an environmentally fragile area knows as the Sand Hills, reports NPR . (Read his full letter to President Obama here .) Nebraska's... More »

What Bain Capital Taught Me

Mitt Romney on how his time in business prepared him for presidency

(Newser) - If you're shopping for school supplies at Staples this fall, you can thank Mitt Romney, the presidential candidate reminds readers in today's Wall Street Journal . Staples was "one of many businesses we helped create and expand at Bain Capital," he writes. "The lessons I learned... More »

Romney: I'll Make US an Energy 'Superpower'

Candidate tries to shift focus to energy with oil-friendly plan

(Newser) - Mitt Romney will unveil an energy plan today that he says will make the US an "energy superpower," in what the AP sees as an attempt to shift the focus away from issues like rape, abortion, and welfare, and put it back on the economy. Romney's plan... More »

Obama Vows to Speed Up Part of Pipeline

He says he'll cut red tape for Keystone's southern leg

(Newser) - President Obama defended his oil policy yesterday, pledging to speed up approval of the southern leg of the controversial Keystone pipeline project. "Anyone who says that we're somehow suppressing domestic oil production isn't paying attention," he said, adding that boosting production in the US won't... More »

To Drill or Not to Drill

Krauthammer: Obama 'fatuous'; Krugman: GOP 'intellectually bankrupt'

(Newser) - The US president may not directly control gas prices, but Barack Obama's "disdain" for oil is still hurting Americans terribly, writes Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post . Restricting drilling, vetoing the Keystone pipeline, and similar anti-oil moves are killing thousands of local jobs, hurting relations with Canada, and... More »

Senate Kills GOP Measure to Push Keystone Pipeline

But vote was close, a warning for Obama

(Newser) - Looks like a good-news, bad-news result for President Obama today on the Keystone oil pipeline. The good news for him is that a Republican measure to fast-track the controversial pipeline fell short in the Senate, reports the Hill . Obama had personally lobbied against the measure, and passage would have been... More »

Gingrich Pins Hopes on New Theme: Cheap Gas

Just call him 'President Drilling': Politico

(Newser) - Newt Gingrich thinks rising gas prices might just be his ticket to the White House, reports Politico . His new campaign focus is all about how he can fix President Obama's energy policy and make the US less dependent on foreign oil. How? Well, he's begun calling himself "... More »

Obama Mocks GOP's '3-Point Plan' for Cheap Gas

Drill, drill, and drill

(Newser) - With gas prices on the rise and looming as a big campaign issue, President Obama defended his energy policies today, cautioned that no "silver bullet" exists, and made sure to poke fun at Republicans' "three-point plan" to fix things, reports MarketWatch . “Step one is to drill, and... More »

Obama, GOP Already Trading Keystone Criticism

Decision to reject pipeline (for now) turns into political football

(Newser) - As expected , the White House said it won't issue a permit for the Keystone oil pipeline, with President Obama blaming Republicans for setting an impossible deadline to score political points, reports the Hill . The back-and-forth on the election-year issue already has begun:
  • Obama: “As the State Department made
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Obama: Cut Imported Oil by 1/3 by 2020

President wants to boost domestic production, biofuels

(Newser) - President Obama will put energy policy in the crosshairs today, calling for the United States to cut the 9.7 million barrels it imports each day by a third by 2020. But even given the precarious energy situations in the Middle East and Japan, notes the Washington Post, the president... More »

Koch Brothers Wield Influence in New Congress

Change in House Energy and Commerce Committee 'like night and day'

(Newser) - Billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch have been thrust into the spotlight as of late —and though they once ran outside the typical Washington political circles, their increasing influence is now becoming more clear. That influence is most obvious in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, to which Koch... More »

Obama Used Bush Drilling Policies He Slammed

Political expediency caused U-turn on offshore drilling

(Newser) - President Obama and his administration have gone from condemning Bush-era offshore drilling policies to embracing them to blaming them for the mess in the Gulf, a Wall Street Journal look at Obama's energy policy finds. The tough talk about environmental protection heard on the campaign trail gave way to support... More »

Obama Will Use Gulf Spill to Push Energy Bill

Public hungry for action, aides conclude

(Newser) - Barack Obama will call for a clean energy bill in his Oval Office address on the oil spill tomorrow, as part of a renewed push for the once all-but-abandoned legislation. The White House believes that the spill has whetted the public’s appetite for energy reform, top aides tell Politico... More »

Obama Doesn't Really Want to Drill, Baby, Drill

Democrats' energy plans amount to a stalling tactic

(Newser) - Barack Obama’s new energy proposal is less “drill, baby, drill,” and more “stall, baby, stall,” Sarah Palin complains in a blog post on the National Review . Obama today said he’d “consider potential areas for development” while “studying protecting sensitive areas in the... More »

Pundits Skeptical on Obama Drilling Plan

Some doubt that the legislative strategy will pay off

(Newser) - President Obama's plan for more offshore drilling has critics on the left and right quick to weigh in:
  • Rick Klein, the Note : "It has the looks of a classic Obama first step that leaves no one satisfied—and irks some allies."
  • Matthew Yglesias, Think Progress : "I don’
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Five More Lindsey Grahams, and We Have an Energy Bill

GOP senator says party will lose country's youth if it doesn't green up

(Newser) - There's more to the GOP energy policy than just "Drill, baby, drill"—or at least there will be if Lindsey Graham has anything to do with it. The South Carolina Republican is teaming with Joe Lieberman and John Kerry to push hefty carbon-cutting legislation, and he tells Thomas... More »

GOP Challengers Target Democrats' 'War on Coal'

In coal-country, Republicans turn election into vote on Obama policies

(Newser) - Republicans are latching on to the idea of a Democrat-led “war on coal,” hoping to woo anxious residents of coal-country states like West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio by presenting their rivals as hostile to the industry—and it's working, and could lead to the Election Day demise of... More »

Obama Bites Off More Than He Can Chew

Solid first year falls short of president's ambitious agenda

(Newser) - In his first year in office, President Obama has done a more-than-acceptable job—but his own stated ambitions were so numerous and wide-ranging that by his own definition, his performance has been disappointing. The bar was simply set too high, writes Doyle McManus for the Los Angeles Times , "and... More »

Palin: Scrap Cap and Trade; It's Still Drill, Baby, Drill

(Newser) - President Obama's cap-and-trade energy plan is actually a "cap-and-tax" plan that is an "enormous threat to our economy," Sarah Palin writes in the Washington Post. In an op-ed piece she predicts will disappoint "the chattering class," who prefer "personality-driven political gossip," she says... More »

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