Obama’s Rejection Of Keystone XL Points To Political Motives

By: Brigham A. McCown Pipelines are among the safest modes of transporting hazardous materials across long distances and the rules regarding construction are clearly mandated through regulations. In the case of the Keystone XL pipeline, we have seen a routine infrastructure project turned into a political farce. TransCanada has been waiting over six years to obtain necessary …

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GE Makes Energy Efficiency ‘Current’

It seems as though an “All-of-the-Above” energy strategy is no longer simply for policymakers. General Electric on Wednesday announced a new business, called Current, which will strive to improve energy efficiency for companies around the globe. Connecting GE’s LED, Solar, Energy Storage, and Electric Vehicle businesses with its powerful Predix platform, which identifies and delivers …

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Ambitious LNG Project Could Revive Alaska’s Fortunes

Alaska was long at the vanguard of America’s energy industry. At one time the State of Alaska accounted for as much as one-quarter of the entire country’s domestic oil production. Alaska’s vast fields also served as a source of pride – and the backbone of the state’s economy. As production surged, it was common to hear …

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Southern Buys AGL In $12B Deal To Capitalize On Obama’s Clean Power Plan

Southern Company, America’s third largest utility owner and natural-gas distributor AGL Resources announced a merger agreement on Monday with an enterprise value of $12 billion and a total equity value of $8 billion. The deal, which is expected to close in the latter half of 2016, would make Southern Co. the second largest electric and natural gas …

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Will Clean Power Plan Benefits Outweigh Costs?

President Obama recently announced the most far-reaching regulation for the energy sector in the history of the United States. The new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) clean power rule set the first-ever carbon emission ceiling for power plants. This federal limit will impact the industry at virtually every level from the miners to the consumers and …

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What’s Really Causing Your Delayed Commute?

Emergency repairs and ongoing delays have become a commonality for East Coast railway commuters For example, the New Jersey Transit system recently displaced thousands of commuters, attributing the delay to electrical power difficulties according to The New York Times. Rail repairs in Maryland due to leaks from winter soil erosion and several instances of a stalled …

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Crisis in the Arctic

Last week, Greenpeace activists succeeded in temporarily halting Shell’s icebreaker, MSV Fennica, from starting its voyage out of Portland, Oregon. The vessel was to join the rest of the fleet on its way to the Artic to begin oil exploration. In defiance of a federal court injunction to halt river traffic, 13 Greenpeace activists hung …

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