Energy & Fuel

Senate Panel OKs Oil Export Bill, But Party Split Signals Trouble

"Legislation authorizing crude exports advanced through another congressional panel on Thursday with a mostly party-line vote that underscored some senators’ deep skepticism of making a big trade policy change to benefit oil producers without new environmental safeguards or taxes."

Source: FuelFix, 10/02/2015

"New Regulations on Smog Remain as Divisive as Ever"

"In August 2011, as President Obama prepared to unveil a major new environmental regulation on smog, his political advisers issued a warning: The rule would affect power plants and factories throughout the Midwest, slowing the economy in states like Ohio that would be crucial to the president’s re-election."

Source: NY Times, 10/01/2015

"Loopholes in National Railroad Policy Take Communities By Surprise"

Trains carrying hazardous liquids have recently caused more than a dozen explosions, fires, and spills around the country. But communities have little say over hazardous rail facilities in their midst. The rail industry is exploiting obscure historic exemptions from state and local laws protecting communities.


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