The 2015-2016 session is now in officially in full swing. With the pomp and circumstance of Governor Wolf’s swearing in behind them, legislators started to get down to the nitty-gritty this week. The first order of business was committee reorganization; members were given their assignments, and committees held their inaugural meetings to adopt rules for the upcoming session. Between Wednesday and Thursday, some of the committees met to report out substantive legislation, with most of the action happening in the Senate.
Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge regained national attention over the weekend when the Obama administration announced plans to prevent oil and gas drilling along the coastal plain, which is expected to contain considerable hydrocarbon resources. Senator Lisa Murkowski and state officials vehemently oppose the action and are digging in for a fight. Murkowski, Gov. Bill… Keep reading →
An amendment to the Keystone XL Bill aims to eliminate the corn ethanol mandate in the Renewable Fuel Standard. On January 16, 2015, Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) introduced the “Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015” as an amendment to the Keystone XL Pipeline Act (S1) introduced on January 6. The… Keep reading →
Energy News Roundup: U.S. Gasoline Price Drop Diminishing, Exelon-Pepco Merger, Pres. Obama Visits Saudi ArabiaBy Conor O'Sullivan
The down surge in U.S. gasoline prices following the fall in global oil prices may finally be abating, according to Lundberg Survey Inc. “Prices are $1.2422 lower than a year ago, according to the survey, which is based on information obtained at about 2,500 filling stations during the two weeks ended Jan. 23 by the… Keep reading →
Gasoline prices have been falling steadily for months. Now a gallon may be purchased for substantially less than three dollars in many regions of the country. That’s welcome news for consumers, but environmentalists, regulators and first responders have been asking whether there are risks associated with this happy development that may not be obvious and which should be addressed.
In a State of the Union address that mostly skimmed over energy issues – remarkable, given the generational opportunities stemming from America’s ongoing energy revolution – President Obama still underscored the yawning disconnect between his all-of-the-above energy rhetoric and his administration’s failure to put that rhetoric into action. Talking about the need for infrastructure investment,… Keep reading →
Ahead of the new European Commission’s highly anticipated publication of “proposals on a more closely-linked single energy market” in the first quarter of 2015 as part of a drive to loosen Europe’s energy dependence on Russia, leaked non-papers drawn up by governments of EU member states on the topic are being circulated in Brussels, according… Keep reading →
News that Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud passed away sent oil prices sharply higher on Friday, but analysts dismissed the move as a knee jerk reaction, noting the recent trend remains intact. “It’s not an extraordinary move in oil prices, given the recent volatility and turmoil in the oil markets,” said Michael Levi,… Keep reading →
Happy New Year, and welcome to the 114th Congress! As Congress returns this month to a changed political landscape with the Republican Party now in control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, ML Strategies is pleased to continue our tradition of offering an Outlook for the new Congress. In addition to the… Keep reading →
As the Texas legislative session begins ramping up, I am reminded of smart policies from sessions past that holistically benefit Texas, had bipartisan support, and brought unlikely allies together. As we head into the session, it’s important to remember that no matter which side of the aisle you are on, clean energy solutions make sense… Keep reading →