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Opinion: Obama’s OK of Arctic oil drilling surprises environmental groups

Someone must have spliced some of Sarah Palin’s “drill, baby, drill,” DNA into President Barack Obama for his administration to willingly grant even conditional approval for Shell Gulf of Mexico to drill for oil off the Alaskan coast this summer. It’s like a solar energy manufacturer deciding to open a gasoline station in its front lot. The Obama administration shift ...

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Editorial: Fracking decision belongs in Richmond

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Opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas have found a friend in Attorney General Mark Herring, who opined last week that localities can ban it. The opinion, in reply to a question from Republican Sen. Richard Stuart, attempts to balance localities’ land-use powers with state laws. The attorney general leans too far in favor of localities and fracking opponents by ...

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Editorial: Fractivists threaten the poor

Anti-fracking crusaders claim they fight for minorities and the poor. They clearly do the opposite. On the legislature’s last day of the 2015 session, Coloradans Against Fracking set up a mock classroom on the Capitol steps and placed dunce caps on figures portraying Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper and the legislature. Each was given an “F” in “preventing harm to health ...

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Editorial: Pipelines need a faster approval process

During a seven-week period from early January through February of 1942, five German submarines patrolled waters offthe American East Coast and sank 73 ships carrying supplies and fuel for Allied forces. These sinkings severely hurt the U.S. war effort, as valuable crude oil produced in Texas and Louisiana couldn’t get to refineries in the north, where it would be turned ...

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Editorial: Pipeline has anti-NIMBY effect

A new study released last week finds politics on the Keystone XL pipeline are much different near the pipeline route. Suddenly, the liberals become in favor of the pipeline. It’s like the opposite of the NIMBY effect. (NIMBY means: not in my backyard.) The fact is, everyone knows this Keystone pipeline is needed, but the left is against it for ...

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Rising oil prices put U.S. driving recovery at risk: Kemp


(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own) LONDON – U.S. gasoline demand is running around 300,000 barrels per day above last year’s level, as lower pump prices and continued economic expansion encourage motorists to use their cars more. Estimates for gasoline supplied to U.S. customers published by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) show demand ...

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EDITORIAL: No hurry to drill

Gov. Pat McCrory is in a big hurry to develop a hard-to-get resource that’s not going anywhere. “States such as North Carolina are willing to make significant investments now” in building infrastructure for an offshore energy industry, McCrory told a congressional subcommittee April 15. He urged support for faster leasing of more territory off the North Carolina coast. The governor ...

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