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President Trump made good on his promise last October to lift the E15 ban in time for the summer driving season. Not mentioned by the Des Moines Register are the downsides to allowing the higher ethanol blend to be sold during the summer, e.g., smog.
April 12, 2019, 11am PDT
The politics of the Department of the Interior under the Trump administration aren't likely to change, but new Secretary David Bernhardt is distinguishable from his predecessor thanks to a long history of oil industry lobbying.
April 5, 2019, 7am PDT
Big Oil companies are not all alike. Royal Dutch Shell is the first one to part ways with a major oil industry trade group over differences on climate change. It's also linking executive pay to goals to reduce the company's carbon footprint.
March 22, 2019, 12pm PDT
During the CERAWeek conference held earlier in Houston, oil companies were not of one mind when it came to the future of their industry, with some saying transportation will be electrified while others maintained oil will continue to dominate.
March 10, 2019, 9am PDT
The auto industry appears to be balking at supporting the Trump administration's plan to freeze vehicle emission standards at 2020 levels even though they initially asked Trump to loosen the rigorous Obama-era fuel efficiency rule that goes to 2026.
December 17, 2018, 7am PST
Conventional thinking is that the auto industry, wanting to sell more fuel-gulping SUVs, are pushing for weaker fuel economy standards, but Hiroko Tabuchi, climate reporter for The New York Times, exposes Big Oil's stealth campaign.
October 14, 2018, 11am PDT
President Trump announced at a campaign rally in Iowa that he would lift the ban on summertime sales of a 15 percent blend of ethanol, expected to increase smog levels. Both environmentalists and the oil industry oppose the action.
October 10, 2018, 12pm PDT
A contentious initiative on the Alaska ballot next month pits protecting salmon habitat protections against the interests of the oil and gas industry and mining companies.
August 13, 2018, 9am PDT
Two market-based programs add about a quarter to every gallon of fuel purchased in the Golden State, but don't expect to see the prices listed anywhere. Furthermore, costs to comply with the Low Carbon Fuel Standard are expected to increase.
June 23, 2018, 11am PDT
The region spanning Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania is claiming a new name.
December 16, 2017, 7am PST
A one-year suspension of an Obama-era rule to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas drilling on Federal and Indian lands will increase global warming and reduce federal revenue. Trump took action after Congress failed to repeal the rule.
August 15, 2017, 11am PDT
A new study from researchers at the International Monetary Fund finds the cost of doing fossil fuel business.
August 1, 2017, 7am PDT
The return of the refinery: after several decades without any new refineries, two plans are moving forward in Texas.
March 13, 2017, 10am PDT
Perhaps there never really was much difference between 'skepticism' and 'denial'. Scott Pruitt certainly proved that on Thursday when he answered CNBC's Joe Kernen's question if carbon emissions are the primary cause of climate change.
February 17, 2017, 7am PST
It's always good to be wary of wishful thinking, but it's also a good idea to consider of what the world might look like ten to 20 years from now.
September 23, 2016, 7am PDT
The Trump Campaign made a big play for the carbon industry's votes this week at an event in Pittsburgh.
May 4, 2016, 6am PDT
Some states relied more on the most recent energy boom than others, and some prepared more for the inevitable bust. A report by the Brookings Institution recommends actions for energy states to build resilience in the face of boom and bust cycles.
April 19, 2016, 12pm PDT
Environmental justice alarms sounded when an oil industry executive made public remarks about how drilling sites get selected.
January 20, 2016, 9am PST
The price of oil has been on a steady decline since 2014, and the housing markets of oil industry towns are on their own, similar slide.
September 12, 2015, 7am PDT
An ambitious energy-climate bill strongly backed by Gov. Jerry Brown was stripped of one of its three goals—to reduce oil consumption in half by 2030. The other two goals, increasing the renewable portfolio and increasing energy efficiency, remain.