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Obama embraces natural gas exports to drive job growth despite likely domestic price hike

By Dave Boyer and Ben Wolfgang - The Washington Times

The Obama administration is warming up increasingly to U.S. exports of natural gas after years of blocking greater access by domestic producers to the international market. Published February 22, 2015

Recent Stories

Cars fill up at the pumps at a Shell station near downtown Detroit, where the sign shows the price at $1.899 a gallon on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. AAA Michigan said that the average cost of self-serve unleaded gasoline in the state was $1.97 a gallon, the first time the price has fallen below $2 a gallon since March 2009 and down 9 cents since the beginning of the week. (AP Photo/David N. Goodman)

Wary consumers not dumping fuel-efficient vehicles

- The Washington Times

Despite steadily decreasing gas prices, potential car buyers say they will still factor in fuel economy and gas mileage for their next vehicle purchase, according to a new survey released Thursday by the Consumer Federation of America.

A fire burns Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, after a train derailment near Charleston, W.Va. Nearby residents were told to evacuate as state emergency response and environmental officials headed to the scene. (AP Photo/John Raby)

Train carrying 3 million gallons of crude still burning

- Associated Press

Oil cars were still burning more than a day after a train carrying 3 million gallons of North Dakota crude derailed in a West Virginia snowstorm, shooting fireballs into the sky.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker laughs as he is introduced prior to his speech at Chatham House in central London, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Walker is leading a coalition of Wisconsin government and business officials on a trade mission in the UK that runs until Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. The trip gives him a chance to bolster his overseas and foreign policy credentials as he considers running for US President in 2016. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Evolution and allegiance to the Church of Global Warming

It is such a high, blessed relief to finally get to the bottom of the most pressing issue here in this age of $17 trillion U.S. debt, barbaric animals burning humans alive in cages, the systematic rounding up, rape and mutilation of young girls around the world and all these inconvenient blizzards and bone-chilling winds blowing giant holes in our faith in the newly founded Church of Global Warming.

Philadelphia firefighters work the scene of an overnight blaze in west Philadelphia on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, where ice has formed from the water used to fight the fire. Bone-chilling, single-digit temperatures have gripped the region, prompting the closure of all parish and regional Catholic elementary schools in the city of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

Philadelphia fights fire, ice as Boston battles snow: 'This is historic'

- The Washington Times

Snowy conditions and sub-zero wind chill factors hit spots north hard in the last 24 hours, leaving firefighters in Philadelphia battling a three-story blaze on a building that houses the Locust Medical Center — that was then encased in ice — while residents in Boston dug out from yet another double-digit-inch dump of snow.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin smiles before delivering the State of the State address in Oklahoma City, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin delivers Republican radio address

Associated Press

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Saturday urged President Barack Obama to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline that would carry oil from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast, in the Republican response to the president's weekly radio address.

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio gestures during his news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington,Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. Boehner announced that Pope Francis will address a joint session of the US Congress on Sept. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Boehner: Obama siding with 'anarchists' on Keystone

- The Washington Times

House Speaker John A. Boehner accused President Obama of "listening to … anarchists" in his threat to veto the bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, ahead of a final vote in Congress later Wednesday on the long-stalled project.

Larry Hogan aims to kill Martin O'Malley's 'rain tax'

- The Washington Times

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan took the first step toward repealing the state's "rain tax," which is levied on property owners for land with impervious surfaces to pay for EPA-mandated programs to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

Recent Opinion Columns

Illustration on impending EPA regulatory takeover of U.S. "waterways" by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A vast land grab to ‘protect’ water

In November, comments closed on a proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to redefine "waters of the United States," as set forth in the Clean Water Act of 1977. While Sen. Edmund Muskie, Maine Democrat, author of the 1977 law, required 88 pages for his entire statute, this spring's Federal Register notice ran 370 pages, not counting appendixes, one of which hit 300 pages alone. Little wonder the new "wetland" rules have generated controversy and a likely Supreme Court case.

Jumping the Tax Code Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Special interest pleading via the tax code is government at its worst

The latest disgrace out of Capitol Hill in this lame-duck session is the "tax extenders" bill. This has become an annual Washington ritual with Congress waiting until the very last minute to approve dozens of expiring tax credits, deductions and loopholes. It is a microcosm of everything wrong with the way Congress operates.

EPA Imposing Expensive Green Energy Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

EPA's goofy green-energy rules

If you think President Obama's unilateral exercise of executive powers granting near-blanket amnesty to illegal immigrants was an abuse of power, get a load of what this administration is doing over at the Environmental Protection Agency.

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