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John Boehner eyes agenda if GOP captures Senate

By Seth McLaughlin - The Washington Times

House Speaker John A. Boehner on Thursday promised tax reform, an intense focus on boosting energy production and creating U.S. jobs, and even hinted at action on immigration, if the GOP wins control of both chambers of Congress in November's elections. Published September 18, 2014

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FILE - This June 12, 2014 file photo shows an oil rig and pumps as traffic drives by in Watford City, N.D. Oil patch towns, outposts of oil production now struggling to become livable cities, are trying to keep up with the oil boom. And housing, from apartment blocks in front of oil wells and flares to sprawling trailer parks on bluffs, are popping up across the countryside. North Dakota Republicans are slated to unveil a spending plan to address funding problems tied to the oil boom in the western part of the state. North Dakota's newfound oil riches have resulted in unprecedented demands for spending on roads, schools, public works, law enforcement and emergency medical services.  (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

US rig count unchanged at 1,931

Associated Press

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. was unchanged this week, holding at 1,931.

This July 11, 2014 photo shows a house in Mandaree, N.D., on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. An underground pipeline several miles from Mandaree spewed 1 million gallons of saltwater, an oil production byproduct, into North Dakota's badlands in early July. For reservation residents, there is a difficult balance between the potential prosperity of oil and gas and the conservation of a land regarded as sacred by cultural beliefs. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)

ND tribal candidate: Oil industry could be slowed

- Associated Press

One of two remaining candidates running to be the next leader of an oil-rich North Dakota American Indian nation says he will work to slow oil development if environmental protections there cannot be met.

FILE - In this April 6, 2011 file photo, actor Alec Baldwin speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Alec Baldwin, speaking at a reception Thursday Sept. 18, 2014, says he is passionate about green energy. And he's hoping next week's United Nations climate summit brings home to Americans that the United States has fallen behind other countries in promoting wind and solar power.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Alec Baldwin passionate about green energy

- Associated Press

Alec Baldwin says he is passionate about green energy and is hoping next week's U.N. climate summit brings home to Americans that the United States has fallen behind other countries in promoting wind and solar power.

Liquefied natural gas vapors continue to leak leaving a frosty coating, Tuesday, April 1, 2014 on the damaged storage tank at the Northwest Pipeline facility near Plymouth, Wash. State and federal regulators looking for what caused the explosion at the liquefied natural gas facility began interviewing injured workers as an evacuation order covering hundreds of nearby residents was lifted. (AP Photo/Tri-City Herald, Bob Brawdy)

Cheniere boosting natural gas export plant by $6B

Associated Press

Cheniere Energy is boosting its investment in its Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas export facility in Cameron Parish by $6 billion to build two production units in addition to the four already under construction.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a press conference, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of the city of New York. Mayor de Blasio discussed preparations for the opening of the city's universal pre-kindergarten program one day after Comptroller Scott Stringer said the city is far behind schedule in submitting contracts for providers. (AP Photo/Vanessa A. Alvarez)

NYC Council announces climate-change legislation

Associated Press

New York's City Council is proposing a package of bills to slash greenhouse gas emissions, take cars off the road and shrink the carbon footprint of city operations.

Activists dressed as polar bears stage a protest at the U.N. Climate Summit in Copenhagen on Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, on behalf of humans who are being hit hard by climate change. (AP Photo/Heribert Proepper)

More than 1,000 Vermonters head to climate march

- Associated Press

More than 1,000 Vermonters are planning to attend the New York version of what is expected to be a series of world-wide marches calling for solutions to the threat of climate change, organizers said.

State commission orders shutdown of oil company

Associated Press

The Kansas Corporation Commission this week ordered its staff to shut down and seal wells belonging to an oil company officials said reaped more than $1 million from illegal drilling operations.

ExxonMobil CEO Rex W. Tillerson (left) and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin appear together Tuesday in Sochi, Russia, at a signing ceremony for a deal between Russia's Rosneft oil company and ExxonMobil to develop oil fields in the Russian Arctic. Rosneft will gain some U.S. oil-field access.

Exxon to wind down Russian drilling project

- Associated Press

Exxon Mobil said Friday that it will stop drilling an exploratory well in Russia's Kara Sea in compliance with U.S. sanctions against Russia over Russia's involvement in the Ukraine.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, left, and Utah Gov. Gary Richard Herbert, center, listen as Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the National Governors Association convention Friday, July 11, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Governor: Mont. can cut carbon, keep energy jobs

- Associated Press

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says the state can comply with the Obama administration's climate pollution reduction proposal while protecting energy sector jobs and keeping coal plants open.

Greg Bosscawen, manager of renewable energy for Pacific Gas and Electric Co., walks past solar panels at PG&E's Vaca-Dixon solar energy site near Vacaville, Calif., on Tuesday. Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday that would require California utilities to get one-third of their power from renewable sources. (Associated Press)

PG&E emails may have violated rules, judge says

- Associated Press

California's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. may have violated state rules by negotiating with state regulators earlier this year to have a judge that PG&E preferred appointed to decide one of the utility's rate cases, an administrative judge with the state's public utilities commission said in a notice to PG&E.

FILE - In this June 15, 2010 file photo, a member of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's staff wearing a glove reaches into thick oil on the surface of the northern regions of Barataria Bay in Plaquemines Parish, La. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in New Orleans, La., that BP acted recklessly and bears most of the responsibility for the oil spill. The ruling exposes BP to about $18 million in civil fines under the Clean Water Act. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

2014 already a nasty year for Wyoming oil spills

- Associated Press

This year already is the worst for oil spills in Wyoming since at least 2009, after a series of accidents from the remote Powder River Basin to downtown Cheyenne.

ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY MARCH 9 - This Feb. 17, 2014 photo shows a drilling rig in Howard county, Texas as the sun sets. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration keeps a list of "the worst of the worst" employers in the nation and drilling companies with multiple fatalities should be on it, safety experts say. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, James Nielsen)

Oil, gas drilling creates money for Texas schools

Associated Press

A Texas oil and gas boom fueled by hydraulic fracturing and new horizontal drilling techniques has generated a record $1.26 billion this year to support K-12 public education.

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2012 file photo, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana addresses activists from America's political right at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. Jindal planned to file a lawsuit Wednesday Aug. 27, 2014 against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Panel backs oil lawsuit supporter for flood board

- Associated Press

A supporter of a lawsuit against the oil industry was re-nominated Thursday to a seat on a south Louisiana flood control board, despite Gov. Bobby Jindal's vehement opposition to the lawsuit.

FILE - In this July 25, 2011, file photo, a Chevron logo appears at a gas station in Miami. The American lawyer who advised Ecuadorean residents as they won a $9 billion judgment against Chevron Corp. says Tuesday, March 4, 2014 it's appalling that a New York judge found that the award resulted from fraud. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Chevron meets shale drilling rules

- Associated Press

Chevron has become the first energy company to meet a new set of voluntary shale gas drilling standards that aim to go beyond existing state laws in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, the Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale announced Thursday.

FILE - In this July 13, 2007 file photo, workers with the Pebble Mine project test drill in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska near the village of Iliamma. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing restrictions that would essentially block development of a massive gold-and-copper prospect near the headwaters of a world-premier salmon fishery in Alaska. The Friday July 18, 2014 announcement comes as the EPA is being sued by the group behind the proposed Pebble Mine, the Pebble Limited Partnership, and the state of Alaska for exceeding its authority. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)

EPA extends decision-making on mining proposal

Associated Press

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will take more time to review comments on a proposal that would restrict large-scale mining near the headwaters of a world-premier salmon fishery.

Range Resources to pay $4M drilling waste fine

Associated Press

Energy company Range Resources has agreed to pay a $4.15 million fine for problems at a western Pennsylvania site that handled natural gas drilling waste. It's the largest penalty the state has ever imposed on the shale gas industry.

**FILE** Rep. Bruce Braley, Iowa Democratic Senate candidate, is seen here on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 18, 2014. (Associated Press)

Four Senate Democratic candidates rake in climate-change cash

- The Washington Times

Running for office as the favorites of the climate-change movement has its advantages, starting with cash. The same four Senate Democratic candidates being bankrolled by San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer's NextGen Climate Action PAC were the beneficiaries of Wednesday's 24-hour GreenStorm fundraising drive, coordinated by the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund.

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Former Vice President Al Gore will speak to the United Nations on climate change.

Brace for the climate change mega-storm

- The Washington Times

One thing is for sure about Al Gore: It never rains on his global warming parade. The former vice president is not about to let go of his climate change zeal, and he takes to the Internet at high noon Tuesday for a lengthy demonstration. Mr. Gore's "24 Hours of Reality" online broadcast is the kickoff for a series of events with hurricane-force winds leading up to the massive United Nations-led climate change summit in New York City next week. So batten down the hatches, folks, for alarmism is on it way.

Illustration on the climate change debate by Nancy Ohanian/Tribune Content Agency

Climate science in 'Jeopardy'

Scientific practice is a bit off these days. It seems as if the promoters of man-made climate change only want one answer for the cause of every climate phenomenon.

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