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    Morning Bell: Remember the Economy? It's Still Bad

    According to a poll earlier this year, voters have a higher opinion of cockroaches than Congressmen. President Obama’s personal popularity remains solid, but his job approval rating is going down. Why are our elected officials unpopular? It might just be because they are not listening. In poll after poll, the … More

    Keystone XL Pipeline Hearing Tuesday

    President Obama has been holding up the Keystone XL Pipeline. Could Congress go ahead and clear it for construction–and prevent environmental activists from tying the project in litigation if it gets the green light? That’s the question at tomorrow’s Energy and Commerce Committee Energy and Power Subcommittee hearing. The subcommittee … More

    Keystone XL: Parallels to the Alaska Pipeline

    As the U.S. commemorates the 40th anniversary of passage of the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline Authorization Act of 1973, it is worth remembering the challenges the project overcame and how they mirror the challenges facing the Keystone XL Pipeline today. An 800-mile engineering marvel, the Alaska Pipeline was completed in two years … More

    Morning Bell: Obama Administration Buries Good News on Keystone Pipeline

    In Washington, a presidential Administration releases news it doesn’t like at 5 p.m. on Fridays. So it pays to pay attention when everyone is leaving work for the weekend. Late last Friday, the State Department released a positive environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline. President Obama has been delaying … More

    Keystone XL Pipeline Déjà vu

    Today the State Department released yet another positive environmental review for the northern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline project. The State Department approved the original pipeline route through Nebraska, which was supposedly less environmentally friendly, without any problems. It is no surprise, then, that the State Department also seems … More

    Gas Prices: There Are Things the Government Can Do

    Gas prices have been consistently climbing across the country, up 46 cents per gallon in the past month and 20 cents higher than they were a year ago today. The pain at the pump appears to be on everyone’s front burner, except in Washington, D.C., where all the attention is … More

    Coal Exports: Comprehensive Environmental Review Could Set Dangerous Precedent

    Anti-coal politicians want to use the environmental process to more comprehensively analyze the greenhouse gas impact on coal exports. This would not only reduce coal production in the U.S. but it would also set a dangerous precedent for all exports. The Army Corps of Engineers is analyzing the environmental effects … More

    Keystone XL—A Matter of First Importance

    Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman (R) sent a letter approving the rerouted Keystone XL pipeline to President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the first day of President Obama’s second term—a measure of the letter’s importance. The President initially denied approval of the pipeline in January 2012, even after … More

    A Year Later, Keystone XL Still a Good Decision

    After being sworn-in this weekend, President Obama will soon receive a second shot at approving the Keystone XL pipeline that will bring oil down from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries. Last year the President rejected the permit application at a time when America desperately needed jobs, and when his own … More

    Energy: America Delays, China Advances

    The Canadian government just approved the $15.1 billion acquisition of integrated oil and gas producer Nexen by China’s third-largest oil company, state-owned China National Offshore Oil. The deal is an important step forward (or two) for Chinese investment, but a step back is probably soon to follow. Chinese outward investment … More