Lobbying Rift Brewing Over Oil-export Ban

Washington’s mounting debate about whether to lift the decades-old ban on crude-oil exports is threatening to create a rift between petroleum producers and refiners. If Congress eliminates or significantly alters the ban, which has been in place since the mid-1970s, the financial

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When A 2nd-Term President And A Divided Congress Made Magic

The modesty of last month’s federal budget deal, and the difficulty of achieving even that, make Washington’s more ambitious 2014 goals appear out of reach. Could a divided government possibly overhaul the tax code and immigration system in a single year, not to mention with a lame-duck

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Plan To Protect ‘extraordinary Places’ Unveiled

BISMARCK, N.D. _ Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem on Thursday outlined a proposal to provide extra protection to “extraordinary places” in the oil patch. He told the North Dakota Industrial Commission that recognition of those sites is overdue, as is the need for improving ways for people to

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Budget Vote Passes The Details To Two Panels

WASHINGTON — The Senate’s final passage Wednesday of a two-year, bipartisan budget plan handed the nuts-and-bolts task of funding the government to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, a mixed blessing for Republican appropriators who relish the chance to direct billions of dollars

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Obama Said To Pick Montana Democrat As China Envoy

WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to nominate Senator Max Baucus, the Montana Democrat and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, as his next ambassador to China, according to three officials familiar with the pending announcement. Read more here.

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Applying Creativity To A Byproduct Of Oil Drilling

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Viewed from outer space, the 1,500 blazing oil well flares burning off excess natural gas illuminate the plains of western North Dakota more brilliantly than Minneapolis hundreds of miles away. The gas being burned in the Bakken field is a byproduct of a frenzy of oil

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John Podesta Will Dig Into Energy And Climate Policy

By DARREN GOODE | 12/12/13 5:07 AM EST John Podesta may not limit his efforts to only the marquee energy and climate-change tasks when he returns to the Obama administration. The White House has said energy and climate policy would be a particular focus for Podesta during his one-year stint as

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Blowback Over Wind Farm Eagle Rule

By ALEX GUILLEN | 12/9/13 5:06 AM EST For once, Republican Sen. David Vitter and the green community are birds of a feather. Wildlife groups and the Senate GOP’s top environmental lawmaker are both irate over a new Interior Department rule allowing 30-year permits for wind farms to accidentally

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