US policy

The moment is coming for a Presidential decision on the Keystone XL project – the extension of a existing pipeline system designed to take over 800,000 barrels a day of crude from the oil sands of Alberta to the refineries on the Gulf coast. A few months ago the betting was that reluctant approval would be given. Now, however, the pipeline looks more likely to be the victim of Washington politics. Read more

 

Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally at American Energy Corporation  in Beallsville, Ohio

Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally at American Energy Corporation in Beallsville, Ohio

The Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney published last week his plan for Energy Independence for the US by 2020.  Critics immediately dismissed the plan as unachievable. But while parts of it certainly look unlikely, many of the proposals could be delivered and by including Canada and Mexico in the calculation, Romney has made “independence” technically possible.   The real challenge, however, is the mindset and beliefs revealed by the plan and its implications for the rest of the world. Read more