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Energy developments abound despite ongoing budget, deficit issues Posted on 06 Nov 2012 in the Current Issue categories.

The election is almost over and the results are almost in. I hope your candidates win. I also hope there is a clear electoral mandate for the president and not... Read more»

Automatic spending cuts, pending tax hikes strike new recession fears Posted on 05 Oct 2012 in the Current Issue & News categories.

On the campaign trail, members of Congress, President Barack Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney are doing everything they can to deny responsibility for the economic buzz saw about... Read more»

Everybody has an agenda this election year, but not one that will pass Posted on 01 Mar 2012 in the Current Issue categories.

Last year’s policy fights might look like mere skirmishes compared to this year, an election year for the White House, the whole House of Representatives and two-thirds of the Senate, with control of the government at stake. Read more»

Congress appears out of touch with everyday world realities Posted on 06 Jan 2012 in the Current Issue categories.

Call it legislative brinksmanship. Call it gridlock. Call it stalemate. Call it a standoff. But please, whatever you do, call the year over for this Congress. Read more»

Growing energy issues give rise to heated political debate Posted on 02 Nov 2011 in the Current Issue categories.

While energy issues have not generally been leading the headlines across America, there are several issues within the energy debate that illustrate the current state of our country’s political debate. Read more»

Energy, environmental interests watching deficit-reduction committee Posted on 05 Oct 2011 in the Current Issue categories.

With over 9 percent national unemployment, a weak U.S. economy perhaps on the verge of another recession and the backdrop of the 2012 presidential election, Congress’ energy agenda has been overtaken by the issues of government spending and job creation. Read more»

All energy resources play important role in America’s future Posted on 03 May 2011 in the Current Issue categories.

Every time I think I’ve reached a conclusion about the value of any fuel, some new calamity happens that changes everything and causes me to reconsider how I really feel about risk and our country’s energy security. Read more»

Congress must show courage, address long-term financial stability Posted on 10 Mar 2011 in the Current Issue categories.

Our funding and budgeting process focuses Congress on the short term, but our government’s long-term budget outlook is more important. Read more»

GOP-controlled House complicates Obama’s agenda on climate change Posted on 09 Feb 2011 in the Current Issue categories.

President Barack Obama’s carrot-and-stick approach to climate change policy highlighted a year ago in this column continues on course and sets an important part of his administration’s energy and environment policy agenda for the 112th Congress. Read more»

Tax agreement reached with no regard for nation’s mounting debt Posted on 11 Jan 2011 in the Current Issue categories.

As December unfolded, a warning went up in Washington – hold on to your hats and wallets. Read more»