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The latest updates on energy and environment news, analysis and opinion covering energy policy and its impact on resources and climate.

Despite protests from environmentalists, a Senate report has touted the safety of fracking. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

Fracking industry booming despite liberal protestations

By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times

The U.S. oil and gas industry is thriving despite efforts by the Obama administration and liberal environmental groups to undermine fossil fuel development and production, according to a Senate report released Thursday. Published October 23, 2014

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Republican Steve Daines, left and Democrat Amanda Curtis, right, watch as Patrick Hackley with the Richland County Farm Bureau tosses a coin to decide the speaking order in a U.S. Senate debate in Sidney, Montana on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Daines won the toss. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

Daines, Curtis clash on government role in energy

- Associated Press

Republican Steve Daines and Democrat Amanda Curtis clashed over energy and the government's proper role in the industry during the first U.S. Senate debate in Montana's oil patch on Tuesday in Sidney.

Billionaire Democratic fundraiser Tom Steyer. (Associated Press)

Tom Steyer gives $55M to environmental groups

- The Washington Times

Tom Steyer, billionaire hedge-funder and former Obama bundler, has now become the biggest super PAC contributor of 2014, with a recent donation of $15 million to his own super PAC, NextGen Climate Action Committee.

In this July 28, file 2014 photo, two donkeys run through a pasture in front of wind turbines in Calumet, Okla. Tax incentives and subsidies provided by the state to wind energy producers were created when the industry was in its infancy and may need to be re-examined in light of the growing cost to the state treasury, the head of a wind industry trade group told members of a Senate panel on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Trade group head: Wind subsidies may need changes

- Associated Press

State tax incentives for wind energy producers were created when the industry was in its infancy and may need to be re-examined in light of lawmakers' concern over their growing cost, the head of an industry trade group told members of a Senate panel on Tuesday.

Recent Opinion Columns

Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Lame-duck Congress may lay golden eggs for crony capitalists

The lame-duck Congress that will meet after the Nov. 4 election could lay a few golden eggs that will hatch into a new flock of crony capitalist ducklings. The gold would actually come from taxpayers. The politically well-connected are especially eager about an $18 billion giveaway to wind farms, a tax credit that benefits mostly millionaires and billionaires.

General Electric Co. CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

Bring 'regime change' to General Electric

This Friday, Jeff Immelt and the team that leads General Electric Company owe shareholders and the American public answers to a simple question: How will management restore consistent growth in revenues, profits and cash flow to a vaunted enterprise that has floundered since Jack Welch left in September 2001?

FILE - This March 25, 2014 file photo shows perforating tools, used to create fractures in the rock, lowered into one of six wells during a roughly two-week hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. The energy boom is scrambling national politics. Democrats are split between environmentalists and business and labor groups. Some deeply-conservative areas are allying with conservationists against fracking, the technique largely responsible for the surge.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Fracking is the answer to global warming

President Obama raised a lot of eyebrows here and abroad when he declared in his United Nations climate-change speech: "Over the past eight years, the United States has reduced our total carbon pollution by more than any other nation on Earth."

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