Democrats Continue to Push Speculation Angle on Gas Prices

By: Thursday April 5, 2012 10:34 am

House Democrats have continued their efforts to keep the notion of oil speculation driving the run-up in gas prices at the head of the national conversation. Yesterday, the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee held a hearing on over-speculation and its impact on the market, attended by, among others, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. In remarks [...]

Florida Congresscritters Look to End-Run Rick Scott on High Speed Rail

By: Thursday February 17, 2011 1:28 pm

I noted yesterday that Rick Scott returned $2.4 billion in high speed rail money to the federal government, which would halt a planned project for an intercity link between Tampa and Orlando. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has dealt with this before with respect to Ohio and Wisconsin (there are those two states again), and he [...]

Obama Administration Eases Travel, Remittance Restrictions With Cuba

By: Saturday January 15, 2011 9:10 am

The White House announced last night a series of changes to travel and remittance policies with Cuba, that will allow more visitation and transfer of funds to the island 90 miles off the coast of Florida. The changes fall under three basic categories: 1) Purposeful travel: This enables more travel for religious, educational, cultural and [...]

White House Reverses Course, Will Ban Offshore Drilling in Eastern Gulf and Atlantic

By: Thursday December 2, 2010 6:23 am

The White House has reversed their position on offshore drilling, opting not to expand on exploration in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Coast, closing off millions of acres. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who made the announcement, said that the BP oil spill taught them the need to create a more robust regulatory [...]

Inside the 1099 Reporting Requirement, the First Piece of the Health Care Law Under Threat Today

By: Tuesday September 14, 2010 7:25 am

Around 11am et, the Senate will begin a complicated series of votes on the small business bill. First an amendment from Mike Johanns (R-NE), then from Bill Nelson (D-FL), then a substitute amendment on the whole bill from Max Baucus will get cloture votes. If the Johanns amendment clears cloture, there will be 30 hours [...]

Shift Away From Drilling, End to Subsidies Only Long-Term Solutions to BP Disaster

By: Wednesday May 26, 2010 9:05 am

Last night, BP readied their “top kill” solution to plug the underwater oil gusher, taking 50,000 barrels of mud and attempting to just bury the well. It has never been tried at this depth, so success is far from assured. If it doesn’t work, we’re looking at basically waiting until the completion of drilling relief [...]

Live Feed of Oil Gusher Up; Leak Much Bigger Than Initial Claim

By: Thursday May 20, 2010 11:25 am

Bill Nelson is now running on his website a live feed of the BP oil gusher on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. You can clearly see that there’s a much greater volume of oil coming out of that gusher than what BP has claimed, and that the pipe siphoning off oil, which BP [...]

Climate Bill To Include State Opt-Out For Offshore Drilling

By: Tuesday May 11, 2010 1:42 pm

This video from Alabama’s John Wathen, taken at the site of the BP oil disaster, shows the massive scope of the oil slick. “For the first time in my environmental career, I find myself using the word hopeless,” Wathen said, despairing. “We can’t stop this. There’s no way to prevent this from hitting our shorelines… [...]

Giant Oil Spill Threatens Alternative Energy Legislation. Wait, What?

By: Wednesday May 5, 2010 8:47 am

I believe I wrote how the BP oil disaster would doom the climate bill yesterday, but the rest of the world is catching up today (arm breaks while patting self on back). The Wall Street Journal explains today how an environmental disaster based on drilling for dirty energy means a less likely road for an [...]

Gov. Schwarzenegger Withdraws Support For Offshore Drilling Project In CA After BP Oil Debacle

By: Monday May 3, 2010 1:49 pm

This is a pretty big deal, with a sitting Governor affirmatively canceling a proposed offshore drilling project in the wake of the oil gusher spewing black sludge into the Gulf of Mexico. Arnold Schwarzenegger just withdrew his support of the controversial Tranquillon Ridge project, which would have allowed new drilling off the coast of Santa [...]

New Bill Would Raise BP’s Liability Limit To $10 Billion

By: Monday May 3, 2010 10:45 am

I noted earlier today the insanity of the statutory limited liability of just $75 million for oil companies whose drilling operations result in oil spills that damage economic activity. Three Democratic Senators just noticed as well, and crafted legislation to change the standard. Authored by New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, and co-signed by fellow Garden [...]

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