Barack Obama

Kiran Stacey

Earlier, I promised you the reaction of the oil industry to the call by Barack Obama to end its subsidies.

Well, here is the API’s full reaction, courtesy of Jack Gerard, the organisation’s chief:

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Kiran Stacey

Yesterday I blogged on what Carol Browner’s departure could mean for green policies under the Obama administration. Environmentalists were worried that this showed a shift by the White House away from tackling climate change and towards appeasing business.
They needn’t have worried. In the president’s State of the Union Address last night, he spent a considerable amount of time stressing his commitment to clean energy, and making some important and concrete pledges at the same time. Read more

Kiran Stacey

Carol Browner has been a polarising figure within the Obama administration. Environmentalists were delighted at her appointment, given her background in the EPA, where she was described as, “the greatest administrator [the] EPA has ever had,” by Bill Clinton’s former chief of staff John Podesta.  Read more

Kiran Stacey

Here’s an interesting story from the States with potentially serious political implications.

The US interior department’s inspector general has carried out an investigation into why the government’s moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, implemented in the wake of the BP oil spill, looked like it had been peer-reviewed, when it had not. Read more

Sheila McNulty

Is oil sands (or tar sands, as environmentalists like to call the fuel from Canada’s tar-like bitumen) really not as bad for the environment as traditional crude oil? Read more