Gazette Opinion: TransCanada pipeline permit should be issued soon

This Alberta tar sands oil is going to market one way or the other. The best way is through Montana via the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The EIS review will be completed in a couple of months. Then President Obama should approve the pipeline permit in the best interest of the United States.



Senators introfuce bill to approve Keystone XL pipeline

A bipartisan bill introduced in the U.S. Senate on Thursday would give Congress the power to approve TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline project to link Canada's oil sands with refineries and ports in Texas. The measure, unveiled by John Hoeven, a North Dakota Republican, and Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, would take approval of the more than 800,000-barrels-per-day pipeline out of the hands of the Obama administration.



Obama Pressed On Keystone XL Pipeline By Republicans, Remains Noncommittal

Republican lawmakers pressed President Barack Obama on the Keystone XL pipeline in a meeting on Wednesday. Initial reports suggested Obama would approve the pipeline, but he did not offer a definitive answer.



Keystone XL Pipeline Makes for Rare Common Ground in Congress

The partisan line in the sand that we have come to know so well in recent years--on nearly every issue--has not spared the nation's energy policy. Today, as ever, the stark divides that exist between those who desperately want to develop more oil and gas and those who desperately want to stop it remain sharp and pronounced. But as our nation's energy portfolio evolves---as we learn more about how much we can do here at home and with our North American allies to secure our future as an energy production leader--there is an increasing degree of commonality to be found between sides that are traditionally opposed.



Keystone XL pipeline clears hurdle as State report downplays climate impact

A draft State Department report concludes that building the Keystone XL pipeline would not speed up development of Canada's oil sands, dealing a blow to environmentalists who claim Keystone would worsen climate change.



No major objections to Keystone XL oil pipeline, State Department says

The State Department on Friday raised no major objections to the Keystone XL oil pipeline and said other options to get the oil from Canada to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries are worse for climate change. But the latest environmental review stops short of recommending whether the project should be approved. State Department approval of the 1,700-mile (2,735-kilometer)pipeline is needed because it crosses a U.S. border.



Guest Opinion: Obama in squeeze between friends in Keystone pipeline fight

A brief moment Feb. 13 showed why President Barack Obama can't win when it comes to the Keystone XL pipeline. In front of the White House, protesters led by actress Daryl Hannah and the head of the Sierra Club demanded that Obama kill the project. Just a few blocks away, the head of the AFL-CIO's powerful Building and Construction Trades Department joined with the American Petroleum Institute to demand that Obama approve it. Obama's friends in the environmental movement and Hollywood on one side. Obama's friends in Big Labor allied with his enemies in Big Oil on the other. What's a Democratic president to do?



Baucus pushes for Keystone pipeline approval

The Keystone XL pipeline is too important to America's economy not to approve, U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., told a Billings business group Tuesday.Baucus said the pipeline's benefits to the regional and national economies are compelling reasons for Keystone's passage, something he impressed on Kerry, a former Senate colleague. Baucus and Montana's other statewide elected officials are pushing for Keystone's approval, not only to ship Alberta tar sands oil southward but also to ship Bakken crude from Montana and North Dakota



Keystone Supporters Go to Washington to Promote Pipeline

.Just days after thousands rallied in Washington against the Keystone XL pipeline project, supporters of the proposed pipeline showed up to promote it. For more details click here.



Guest Opinion: We must remove barriers to energy exploration

Karen A. Harbert, president of the Institute for 21st Century Energy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20062; website: www.uschamber.com, writes a guest opinion in the Billings Gazette. We know that a competitive, 21st-century energy strategy cannot focus only on oil, gas and coal. Nuclear energy should play a more significant role in providing us with clean, emissions-free energy through the next generation of nuclear power plants. Renewable sources like wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower all have an important role to play. The 21st century has brought America an era of energy abundance. Letís make the most of it for the sake our economy, competitiveness, and national security