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March 13, 2011
America's (slurp) energy policy Re "The high cost of oil," Opinion, March 7 It is easy to agree that our domestic policy has failed to stem a growing reliance on foreign oil. But to find a solution, we must first recognize an "800-pound" fact: Americans own about one-fourth of all the world's cars, each one addicting us to its convenience, privacy and sense of power. Beyond the fact that world oil cannot for long sustain even the current car population (approaching 1 billion)
March 11, 2011 | By James Oliphant and Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON -- President Obama's news conference Friday was intended to reassure Americans about rising gas prices. But the disaster in Japan upset that agenda before it ever got going. And in time, it could also affect the Republican energy strategy on Capitol Hill. Obama pressed ahead with his prepared topic, saying that he was "confident about our ability" to fill in any potential gaps in the nation's fuel supply as a result of the instability in the Middle East, even as gas jumped to about $3.50 a gallon.
February 7, 2011 | By Tom Hamburger, Washington Bureau
When President Obama makes the short trip Monday from the White House to the ornate Hall of Flags at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, it will reflect a rapprochement of sorts in a testy relationship between the Democratic president and the nation's most powerful business lobby. During the first two years of his presidency, Obama fought the chamber on some of the most visible issues on his domestic agenda, including healthcare and tighter regulation of the financial services industry.
October 10, 2010
For as clear a sign as you could want of the nation's haphazard approach to energy policy, look no further than the roof of the White House. In 1979, solar panels blossomed there, installed by President Carter to symbolize his commitment to weaning the country off oil. Seven years later, President Reagan took them down; at the time, a White House spokesman said the panels were in the way of a repair job, but few missed the symbolic significance of...
August 6, 2010 | By Michael Brune and Anne Woiwode
If the BP blowout in the Gulf of Mexico is causing us to reconsider deep-sea drilling, then last week's oil disaster in Michigan should give us pause about constructing new oil pipelines. And taken together, the spills spotlight what's wrong with our nation's energy direction. Patrick D. Daniel, chief executive of Enbridge Inc., apologized last week for "the mess we made." He was referring to the pipeline rupture that dumped about a million gallons of crude oil into Michigan's Kalamazoo River.
June 16, 2010 | By Jim Tankersley, Tribune Washington Bureau
President Obama on Tuesday night capped his Oval Office address on the massive gulf oil spill with a call for new efforts to reduce U.S. dependence on oil, saying "the tragedy unfolding on our coast is the most painful and powerful reminder yet that the time to embrace a clean-energy future is now." In a bow to political reality and the still-troubled economy, however, he stopped short of spelling out specifics for dealing with a problem that has bedeviled presidents since Richard Nixon in the 1970s and goes straight to the heart of such bread-and-butter issues as consumer prices, jobs and the viability of major industries.
May 31, 2010
Oil giant BP, as a devotee of British understatement might say, has something of an image problem. Its environmentally devastating spill in the Gulf of Mexico — and new questions about risky decisions it made in an effort to cut corners and save money — have led to congressional hearings, federal investigations and a 25% drop in the company's stock price. The crisis has also prompted worldwide derision, demonstrations and fury. All perfectly understandable under the circumstances.
May 14, 2010 | Jerry Taylor and Peter Van Doren
Last month's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has reignited the on-again, off-again public angst about our nation's energy policy — or lack thereof. Environmentalists are using the accident as a political club against expanded drilling on public lands. Republicans are using it as yet another reason why we need to do more to subsidize energy production. It is a dispiriting debate that illustrates the profound intellectual poverty animating our public conversation about energy policy.
June 28, 2009 | Jim Tankersley
In mid-spring, when the prospect of a global warming bill passing Congress seemed like an Al Gore pipe dream, President Obama invited Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) down to the Oval Office. "He realized that this was a very tough bill to get through," Waxman remembers.
June 25, 2009 | Paul West
President Obama on Wednesday defended his assertion that a climate-change measure making its way through Congress would greatly reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, even as government figures raised questions about whether he was overstating its effect. Obama has intensified his lobbying effort ahead of an expected House vote Friday on a Democratic energy proposal designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions sharply by 2050.
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