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March 23, 2012

House to start work on ‘lame duck’ issues next week

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-03-23 11:35:47

While the legislative year is less than half over, some House Republicans already are looking ahead to the post-election “lame duck” session during which Congress will have to quickly decide whether to extend key tax breaks for renewable energy and how to address expiring George W. Bush-era income tax rates. “Some of us have already started thinking about it, and I think you’ll see a proposal next week during the budget debate that accommodates all of the things that would be on our plate in December,” Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio) told reporters today. [ read more … ]

U.S. Inches Toward Goal of Energy Independence

CLIFFORD KRAUSS and ERIC LIPTON, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2012-03-23 11:36:15

The desolate stretch of West Texas desert known as the Permian Basin is still the lonely domain of scurrying roadrunners by day and howling coyotes by night. But the roar of scores of new oil rigs and the distinctive acrid fumes of drilling equipment are unmistakable signs that crude is gushing again. And not just here. Across the country, the oil and gas industry is vastly increasing production, reversing two decades of decline. Using new technology and spurred by rising oil prices since the mid-2000s, the industry is extracting millions of barrels more a week, from the deepest waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the prairies of North Dakota. [ read more … ]

A Tally of Green Jobs

JOHN M. BRODER, NEW YORK TIMES  •    •  Posted 2012-03-23 11:36:41

For the first time, the federal government on Thursday released an estimate of the number of so-called green jobs in the United States economy, saying that 3.1 million people are employed in the production of goods and services that benefit the environment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, a unit of the Labor Department, spent more than a year compiling its report, which found that green goods and services accounted for 2.4 percent of total United States employment in 2010. The study, based on a survey of employers and a relatively broad definition of the term ”green,” will provide a baseline against which future job growth or decline can be measured. [ read more … ]

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