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The Essence of a Deal

The Hon. Charles D. McConnell and Fred H. Hutchison Although we’re not even a full quarter into 2016, this year is shaping up to be the most momentous in decades, and we’re not talking just about the elections. We’re also talking about American energy exports. Since the beginning of the year, tankers laden with U.S. […]

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Senate Energy Bill Remains Stalled

Having failed to reach accommodation on the Flint, Mich., drinking water issue, the U.S. Senate has not resumed debate on S. 2012, the bipartisan energy bill, with its provisions to expedite the Department of Energy’s (DOE) decisions on U.S. LNG export licenses. The Senate is off this week for the President’s Day recess. The following short […]

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Progress on Energy Bill Slows (Slightly)

As reported in our last issue, the U. S. Senate has been debating S. 2012, the bipartisan energy bill over the last two weeks. A number of amendments to the bill have been discussed and some voted upon. However, an attempt to bring discussion on the bill to a close failed today when the sponsors could not […]

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Why Set LNG Permitting Deadlines?

Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act prohibits the export of natural gas — including liquefied natural gas (LNG)—to a foreign country without prior approval from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE): Applications to export U.S. LNG to nations with Free Trade Agreements with the United States that “include the national treatment of natural gas” must be […]

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Senate Debate on Energy Bill Resumes

Despite the blizzard that paralyzed Washington, DC, last week (we’re “paralyzed” by an inch of snow, so two to three feet triggered lots of chaos), the U. S. Senate began debate on S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act, aka the Bipartisan Energy bill. Floor action resumes later today and the Senate leadership has announced that […]

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Energy Export Measures Gain Momentum

As Congress wraps up its final days of activity prior to the August recess — which runs from July 30 (House) or Aug. 7 (Senate) to Sept. 7 — both the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee are developing broad bipartisan energy packages. The Senate bill, which has been released in draft […]

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Moniz Fields More Energy Export Questions

Following yesterday afternoon’s session at the House Energy and Commerce, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz appeared before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this morning (Feb. 12) to consider the administration’s F.Y. 2016 budget request for DOE and related policy matters. As happened yesterday, Moniz had several exchanges with both Republican and Democratic members of […]

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Senate Energy Committee Holds LNG Hearing

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and her colleagues on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing this morning on S. 33, The LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act. Sponsored by Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and a bipartisan group of ten other senators (five Democrats and five Republicans). Following opening […]

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Senate Defeats Cruz LNG Amendment

The Senate voted today to reject an amendment offered by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) that would have put LNG exports to World Trade Organization members nations on the same legal footing as those destined for nations that have free trade agreements (FTAs) with the United States. As Jennifer Dlouhy wrote in the Houston Chronicle: “Current […]

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