Keystone XL pipeline clears hurdle as State report downplays climate impact

A draft State Department report concludes that building the Keystone XL pipeline would not speed up development of Canada's oil sands, dealing a blow to environmentalists who claim Keystone would worsen climate change.



No major objections to Keystone XL oil pipeline, State Department says

The State Department on Friday raised no major objections to the Keystone XL oil pipeline and said other options to get the oil from Canada to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries are worse for climate change. But the latest environmental review stops short of recommending whether the project should be approved. State Department approval of the 1,700-mile (2,735-kilometer)pipeline is needed because it crosses a U.S. border.



Guest Opinion: Obama in squeeze between friends in Keystone pipeline fight

A brief moment Feb. 13 showed why President Barack Obama can't win when it comes to the Keystone XL pipeline. In front of the White House, protesters led by actress Daryl Hannah and the head of the Sierra Club demanded that Obama kill the project. Just a few blocks away, the head of the AFL-CIO's powerful Building and Construction Trades Department joined with the American Petroleum Institute to demand that Obama approve it. Obama's friends in the environmental movement and Hollywood on one side. Obama's friends in Big Labor allied with his enemies in Big Oil on the other. What's a Democratic president to do?



Baucus pushes for Keystone pipeline approval

The Keystone XL pipeline is too important to America's economy not to approve, U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., told a Billings business group Tuesday.Baucus said the pipeline's benefits to the regional and national economies are compelling reasons for Keystone's passage, something he impressed on Kerry, a former Senate colleague. Baucus and Montana's other statewide elected officials are pushing for Keystone's approval, not only to ship Alberta tar sands oil southward but also to ship Bakken crude from Montana and North Dakota



Keystone Supporters Go to Washington to Promote Pipeline

.Just days after thousands rallied in Washington against the Keystone XL pipeline project, supporters of the proposed pipeline showed up to promote it. For more details click here.



Guest Opinion: We must remove barriers to energy exploration

Karen A. Harbert, president of the Institute for 21st Century Energy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20062; website: www.uschamber.com, writes a guest opinion in the Billings Gazette. We know that a competitive, 21st-century energy strategy cannot focus only on oil, gas and coal. Nuclear energy should play a more significant role in providing us with clean, emissions-free energy through the next generation of nuclear power plants. Renewable sources like wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower all have an important role to play. The 21st century has brought America an era of energy abundance. Letís make the most of it for the sake our economy, competitiveness, and national security



5 things you need to know about fracking

Fracking is short for "hydraulic fracturing," and the catch-all term used to describe the process of extracting oil and natural gas from shale rock formations deep underground. The process goes roughly like this: A company drills down more than a mile deep into the shale rock formations. Then comes what is known as "horizontal drilling" - effectively, the drilling turns 90 degrees, so that the well is exposed to more rock than it would be otherwise.



Guest Opinion: Odds on Canadian tote boards favor Keystone's completion

WASHINGTON --- A few days before President Barack Obama's second inauguration Clark Stevens, deputy White House press secretary, repeated to journalists a shopworn phrase:"the president is committed" to dealing with climate change issues and national energy needs. It is not what he said, but why he said it just then that may be of interest in the Canadian province of Alberta, home to the world's most abundant oil tar-sands reserves. Bogdan Kipling is a veteran Canadian journalist based in Washington. Readers may write to him c/o the National Press Club, 13th Floor, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20045; email: kipling.news@verizon.net.



Cheap Energy Could 'Re-industrialize' America

A new report paints a rosy picture of America's energy future and points to some surprising repercussions for a nation suddenly awash in cheap oil and gas.



What Opportunity Looks Like

The Montana Petroleum Association has recently launched a project called, "What Opportunity Looks Like." Folks all around Montana are benefiting immensely from the oil and gas activity happening in the Bakken and elsewhere in the Treasure State, and [they're] committed to sharing their stories.