(CNN) - Van Jones, a former green jobs official in the Obama administration and a CNN contributor, said Friday that if the controversial Keystone oil pipeline is constructed under President Barack Obama's watch, it could become part of his legacy.
"Now it's the 'Obama Pipeline' and it leaks," he said, posing the hypothetical situation of a spill along its 1,700-mile length.
(CNNMoney) - The State Department said Friday that the Keystone pipeline expansion should have no significant effect on the environment along its proposed route, but stopped short of saying whether or not the controversial pipeline should be approved.
If the company behind the pipeline, TransCanada, follows all the rules, its "construction and normal operation" of the pipeline should pose no major risks, the State Department said in its draft environmental impact statement. That statement is now open for a 45-day public comment period, after which the Obama administration will make its decision about the pipeline.FULL STORY
(CNN) – As Washington grapples with how to reduce the nation's deficit, Republicans are again pointing to the Keystone XL pipeline as a project that would boost the economy and ultimately make dents in paying off the federal debt.
Republican Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota called on President Obama to approve the full transnational pipeline that would bring oil from Canada's tar sands down to the Gulf of Mexico.
(CNN) - Environmentalists packed several blocks around Washington's National Mall on Sunday, hoping to spur President Barack Obama to take strong measures against climate change.
Allison Spitz, 16, brandished a sign reading "Oil and Water Don't Mix," as she attended her first political demonstration.FULL STORY
(CNN) - As environmentalists wait to hear what President Barack Obama will say about climate change Tuesday night, they may be disappointed that one popular proposal won't be mentioned in his State of the Union address.
A senior administration official said the president will not announce regulations on carbon emissions for existing power plants, a standard already in place for new plants and a policy change sought by many environmental activists.
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(CNN) - Outgoing Energy Secretary Steven Chu wants you to know he isn't stepping down because of a saucy scandal.
Especially not one "reported" this week by the sarcastic mock newspaper The Onion.
Washington (CNN) – Energy Secretary Steven Chu will resign from President Barack Obama's Cabinet in coming weeks, he told Energy Department staff in a letter on Friday.
Chu, who turns 65 this month, was a leading advocate in the Obama administration for alternative energy development, making him a target of the fossil fuel industry and its conservative supporters in Congress.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - So what is really in the fiscal cliff legislation?
Of course, there are the widely-known sticking points the two sides have been haggling over for weeks: extensions of the income tax cuts for middle and low-income earners, the current estate tax rate, and the alternative minimum tax.
Washington (CNN) - Less than two weeks after Barack Obama won his re-election campaign, protesters gathered Sunday to call on the president and his administration to reject the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, and to act on climate change.
While Republican candidate Mitt Romney said he would support construction of the 1,700-mile pipeline, for the jobs he said the pipeline would create, Obama in the past has rejected rapid approval, citing what he called the "arbitrary nature" of the deadline Republicans proposed for passage and the need for sufficient time for the State Department to gather information necessary for a project that crosses into the American border.FULL STORY
New York (CNNMoney) - Barack Obama's re-election may have seemed like a sure win for solar and wind power, given the President's history of supporting green energy.
But the optimism quickly darkened in the aftermath. In the days following the election, renewable energy stocks fell, along with the broader market.FULL STORY