Latvia’s gas challenges

    August 21, 2015 1:12 PM by NickS

    Latvia reclaimed its independence when the Soviet Union broke up in 1991. Like its Baltic Sea neighbors Lithuania and Estonia, it now would like to become less dependent on Russia for its natural gas. . . .

    Interior, EPA budget battles

    August 14, 2015 11:19 AM by NickS

    White House Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan did not mince words on July 7 when he described problems the Obama administration saw in the House of Representatives’ fiscal 2017 Interior Department appropriations bill. . . .

    Costs matter, Supreme Court tells EPA

    August 6, 2015 11:30 AM by NickS

    Oil and gas groups did not respond immediately when the US Supreme Court ruled on June 29 that the EPA acted unreasonably when it said costs weren’t relevant in regulating mercury and air toxics emissions from coal-fired power plants. . . .

    Arguing for biofuel quotas

    July 30, 2015 10:19 AM by NickS

    With Republican majorities in both the Senate and House, EPA officials should be used to members saying it is moving ahead too aggressively. A June 18 Senate Homeland Security subcommittee hearing on the federal Renewable Fuels Standard program was notably different. . . .

    Change in Saudi Arabia?

    July 16, 2015 4:17 PM by NickS

    International observers are still considering the extent, if any, of changes since Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud became Saudi Arabia’s king in January. Most aren’t ready to issue declarations just yet. . . .


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