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Commentary | Energy Was On The Ballot This November

Two years ago, Democrats won back control of the U.S. House by nominating largely moderate candidates in swing districts who... Read More

Two years ago, Democrats won back control of the U.S. House by nominating largely moderate candidates in swing districts who ignored litmus test issues like the Green New Deal and refused to be defined by extreme economic and energy policies... Read More

2020-11-20 15:08:27
by Dan McCue
Wind Energy Labor Pact Viewed as Sign of What Biden Economy Will Look Like

Ørsted, the Danish renewable energy group, and the North America's Building Trades Unions have entered into a pact to train... Read More

Ørsted, the Danish renewable energy group, and the North America's Building Trades Unions have entered into a pact to train an offshore wind construction workforce as the firm eyes construction of a series of wind farm projects up and down... Read More

Trump Rushes Action on Environmental Issues That Could Handcuff Biden

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is rushing to issue permits, finalize major environmental regulations and even sell the rights to drill... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is rushing to issue permits, finalize major environmental regulations and even sell the rights to drill for oil in Alaskan wilderness before Inauguration Day in a push that could complicate Joe Biden's climate and conservation agenda. The eleventh-hour regulatory race... Read More

2020-11-12 21:18:17
by Sean Trambley
Wyoming Governor Launches Energy Rebound Program to Aid Oil and Gas Industry

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Gov. Mark Gordon will use CARES Act funding to assist Wyoming’s economic recovery and boost employment in... Read More

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Gov. Mark Gordon will use CARES Act funding to assist Wyoming’s economic recovery and boost employment in the oil and gas industry. The Energy Rebound Program will utilize up to $15 million in CARES Act funding to... Read More

2020-09-25 14:48:51
by Tom Ramstack
Democrats Push for Climate Change Bills Similar to Biden’s Proposals

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats used a hearing on climate change Thursday to advocate for pending clean energy bills that would... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats used a hearing on climate change Thursday to advocate for pending clean energy bills that would revamp a big swath of federal regulations. Record-setting wildfires in western states and hurricanes along the Gulf Coast are adding... Read More

2020-09-17 13:56:35
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Seeks a Clean Energy Economy While Recovering from Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON -- Congress discussed proposals Wednesday to switch the United States to 100% clean energy as Western governors confronting out-of-control... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Congress discussed proposals Wednesday to switch the United States to 100% clean energy as Western governors confronting out-of-control wildfires demand action on global warming. A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee is trying to figure out a way to... Read More

2020-09-02 20:34:55
by Dan McCue
Spanberger Urges House to Give Rural Electricity Providers Greater Peace of Mind

WASHINGTON - Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., wants to reduce the barriers currently preventing many Rural Utility Service borrowers from refinancing... Read More

WASHINGTON - Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., wants to reduce the barriers currently preventing many Rural Utility Service borrowers from refinancing their debt to take advantage of lower market rates. Unlike most private lenders, the Rural Utility Service, a division of... Read More

2020-07-06 17:09:33
by Jacob Pederson
Trump Plan Would Open Huge Swath of Remote Alaska to Drilling

WASHINGTON - The White House proposed Thursday to open more than two-thirds of the nation’s largest piece of public land... Read More

WASHINGTON - The White House proposed Thursday to open more than two-thirds of the nation’s largest piece of public land to oil and gas drilling, striking down wildlife protections in the area that have been in place for more than... Read More

2020-06-29 19:45:34
by Sara Wilkerson
Bipartisan Coalition Requests Funding for Plugging Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells

WASHINGTON - A Coalition of Democratic and Republican House members have sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.,... Read More

WASHINGTON - A Coalition of Democratic and Republican House members have sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to request Congressional funding to plug "orphan" oil and gas wells across the... Read More

House Democrats Will Call for 100% Clean Cars by 2035

House Democrats on Tuesday will issue an ambitious plan to combat climate change, a move intended to reassure their base... Read More

House Democrats on Tuesday will issue an ambitious plan to combat climate change, a move intended to reassure their base of supporters but that’s sure to inflame opponents on the right. The proposal will be released at an event at... Read More

2020-05-19 20:21:22
by Gaspard Le Dem
The Coronavirus Is Taking A Toll On The Renewable Energy Sector

The natural world has gotten a boost from the coronavirus pandemic.  With fewer cars on the roads and planes in... Read More

The natural world has gotten a boost from the coronavirus pandemic.  With fewer cars on the roads and planes in the sky, the world has benefited from clearer skies and an unprecedented decline in carbon emissions.  Daily CO2 emissions decreased... Read More

2020-05-05 21:36:40
by Levi Lefebure
Report: Williams CEO Scuttled a Merger Directors and Shareholders Wanted

As a four-year-old court battle over a breakup fee for an ill-fated merger between two energy pipeline companies continues, a... Read More

As a four-year-old court battle over a breakup fee for an ill-fated merger between two energy pipeline companies continues, a new report by the Market Institute details a shocking campaign by Williams Companies CEO Alan Armstrong to scuttle the merger... Read More

2020-04-24 20:28:04
by Dan McCue
Nation's Power Grid Holding Up Well Despite Surge in Remote Work

WASHINGTON - Despite the fact that nearly every working American is doing so from home, necessitating video conferencing and the... Read More

WASHINGTON - Despite the fact that nearly every working American is doing so from home, necessitating video conferencing and the rest, the nation's power grid is doing just fine, according to the not-for-profit regulatory authority tasked with overseeing it. In... Read More

Oil Spirals Below Zero in ‘Devastating Day’ for Global Industry

The day started like any other gloomy Monday in the oil market’s worst crisis in a generation. It ended with... Read More

The day started like any other gloomy Monday in the oil market’s worst crisis in a generation. It ended with prices falling below zero, thrusting markets into a parallel universe where traders were willing to pay $40 a barrel just... Read More

OPEC, Oil Nations Agree to Nearly 10M Barrel Cut Amid Virus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — OPEC, Russia and other oil-producing nations on Sunday finalized an unprecedented production cut of... Read More

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — OPEC, Russia and other oil-producing nations on Sunday finalized an unprecedented production cut of nearly 10 million barrels, or a tenth of global supply, in hopes of boosting crashing prices amid the coronavirus pandemic and a... Read More

2020-03-30 20:28:08
by Dan McCue
Justices Rule Firm Chartering Vessel For Transport of Oil Obligated to Provide Safe Berth

WASHINGTON - In a case with implications to both maritime transportation and international trade, the Supreme Court ruled a firm... Read More

WASHINGTON - In a case with implications to both maritime transportation and international trade, the Supreme Court ruled a firm that contracted for a delivery of oil was obligated to provide “safe berth” for the vessel carrying it. The underlying... Read More

As US Coal Plants Shutter, One Town Tests an Off-Ramp

CENTRALIA, Wash. — Later this year, the first of two burners is scheduled to shut down at the Centralia Coal... Read More

CENTRALIA, Wash. — Later this year, the first of two burners is scheduled to shut down at the Centralia Coal Plant in this rural Washington state community halfway between Seattle and Portland, Oregon. When the second burner is extinguished in... Read More

2020-03-04 21:10:22
by Tom Ramstack
Bills Planned for Vote in Congress to Expand Use of Nuclear Energy

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House and Senate considered proposals Tuesday that would expand production of nuclear energy at a time... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House and Senate considered proposals Tuesday that would expand production of nuclear energy at a time global warming is leaving few alternatives. Lawmakers, scheduled to vote as soon as this week on one of the bills,... Read More

2020-02-19 19:21:02
by Dan McCue
Industry Analysis Finds Trump’s War Restricts Solar Energy Job Growth

President Donald Trump's tariff war with China significantly restricted the growth of the nation's solar energy workforce last year, an... Read More

President Donald Trump's tariff war with China significantly restricted the growth of the nation's solar energy workforce last year, an industry analysis shows. According to a report released Wednesday by The Solar Energy Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to... Read More

Interior Moves to Speed Energy Development on Formerly Protected Utah Land

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump drew the ire of tribes and environmentalists when he issued proclamations in December 2017 significantly... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump drew the ire of tribes and environmentalists when he issued proclamations in December 2017 significantly reducing the size of Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments, two sites designated by previous Democratic Presidents Bill Clinton... Read More

2020-01-17 17:02:20
by Dan McCue
Senate Approves Revised USMCA Trade Deal by Huge Margin

WASHINGTON — The Senate handed President Donald Trump a policy victory on Thursday, backing USMCA, the new North American trade... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Senate handed President Donald Trump a policy victory on Thursday, backing USMCA, the new North American trade deal, the same day the chamber turned its attention to the president's impeachment trial. Once it's signed by Trump, USMCA... Read More

Trump Seeks Exempting Some Pipelines and Highways From Environmental Review

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday unveiled a proposed revision of the federal environmental review process, a move that... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday unveiled a proposed revision of the federal environmental review process, a move that would fast-track the construction of some infrastructure projects, including pipelines, highways and airports. The change, which would apply to the... Read More

Site Near Lake Huron One of Two Finalists to Store Canada’s Nuclear Waste

Canada has narrowed to two communities its list of potential hosts for a permanent national repository for its most radioactive... Read More

Canada has narrowed to two communities its list of potential hosts for a permanent national repository for its most radioactive waste — spent fuel from nuclear power generation. And one of those two finalists is on the shores of Lake... Read More

2019-09-20 20:40:21
by Dan McCue
Candidates Expound On Climate Change Fight at Georgetown/MSNBC Forum

WASHINGTON - Andrew Yang could hardly contain himself. A day after he surprised a group of Georgetown University students by... Read More

WASHINGTON - Andrew Yang could hardly contain himself. A day after he surprised a group of Georgetown University students by joining their pick-up basketball game, Yang had taken just three steps onto the stage at the university's Healy Hall Thursday... Read More

2019-09-19 12:43:50
by TWN Staff
New Democrat Coalition Releases Priorities for U.S. Climate Policy

WASHINGTON -  The New Democrat Coalition released policy principles and endorsed legislation to combat climate change Wednesday, seeking to "address... Read More

WASHINGTON -  The New Democrat Coalition released policy principles and endorsed legislation to combat climate change Wednesday, seeking to "address the climate challenge with the urgency the crisis demands" and further their belief the U.S. is best positioned to be... Read More

2019-09-17 21:39:28
by Dan McCue
Federal Appeals Court Tosses Clean Power Plan Challenges

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court Tuesday threw out legal challenges to the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, ending a long-running... Read More

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court Tuesday threw out legal challenges to the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, ending a long-running legal battle involving multiple states and scores of other parties. In a brief order, the U.S. Court of Appeals for... Read More

2019-09-13 21:21:09
by Dan McCue
Appeals Court Upholds Strengthened Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

WASHINGTON -  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Friday upheld an Obama-era update of the Cross-State... Read More

WASHINGTON -  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Friday upheld an Obama-era update of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule designed to protect downwind states from coal plant air pollution that blows across their borders. Congress enacted... Read More

2019-09-11 23:43:20
by Dan McCue
House Votes to Ban Offshore Drilling, Throwing Down Gauntlet for Trump, GOP

WASHINGTON - Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., couldn't be happier that the House Wednesday passed a pair of bills blocking offshore... Read More

WASHINGTON - Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., couldn't be happier that the House Wednesday passed a pair of bills blocking offshore oil drilling in almost all waters around the United States. But in an interview with The Well News, he acknowledged... Read More

2019-09-06 21:08:34
by Dan McCue
House to Vote on Banning Offshore Drilling in Almost All US Waters

WASHINGTON - The House will vote next week on a trio of bills that would effectively block all new offshore... Read More

WASHINGTON - The House will vote next week on a trio of bills that would effectively block all new offshore oil and gas drilling in the waters around the United States. In a letter to House members, Democratic House Leader... Read More

2019-08-30 18:32:09
by Dan McCue
EPA Moves to Revoke Rules on Methane Leaks From Oil and Gas Fields

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Thursday that it intends to revoke regulations on methane leaks from oil facilities, a... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Thursday that it intends to revoke regulations on methane leaks from oil facilities, a decision even some oil industry giants oppose. In announcing the plan, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the proposal... Read More

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