Political Musings February 16, 2015: Boehner willing to let DHS funding expire to force Democrats on immigration

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Boehner willing to let DHS funding expire to force Democrats on immigration

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Although the Republican leadership promised not government shut downs, Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner, R-OH let it be known on his Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 appearance on Fox News Sunday that he is willing to let…READ MORE
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Political Musings January 29, 2015: Senate passes Keystone Pipeline despite Obama veto threat

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Senate passes Keystone Pipeline despite Obama veto threat

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Despite President Barack Obama threat to veto any bill passed by Congress approving the Keystone XL pipeline the Republican controlled Senate passed their bill on Thursday afternoon Jan. 29, 2015 with bipartisan support and a vote of 62 to 36…READ MORE

Political Musings February 26, 2014: Obama and Boehner have rare and constructive White House meeting

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Obama and Boehner have rare and constructive White House meeting

By Bonnie K. Goodman

There was a “rare” occurrence in Washington on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner, R-OH had an hour-long tête-à-tête in the White House…READ MORE

Political Musings February 25, 2014: Obama, Governors have turbulent dinner and meeting over 2016, economy, pipeline

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Obama, Governors have turbulent dinner and meeting over 2016, economy, pipeline

By Bonnie K. Goodman

President Barack Obama spent his weekend with the National Governors Association (NGA) at what were suppose to be bipartisan events, a dinner hosted at the White House on Sunday evening, Feb. 23, 2014 and a White House meeting on Monday…READ MORE

Political Musings July 5, 2013: President Barack Obama hints at fate of Keystone XL pipeline in climate change speech

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Obama hints at fate of Keystone XL pipeline in climate speech

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Last Tuesday, June 25, United States President Barack Obama gave a major address on his plans for climate change. Environmentalists lauded Obama’s policy plan; he was finally fulfilling a long ignored campaign promise. However, Canadians were left parsing…READ MORE

Political Musings June 25, 2013: PM Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama discuss Keystone XL oilsands pipeline on G8 summit sidelines

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Harper and Obama discuss Keystone XL oilsands pipeline on G8 summit sidelines

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Canadian PM Stephen Harper attended the G8 Summit at the Lough Erne Golf resort in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland June 17th and 18th as part of a wider working visit to Europe, where he also addressed the British Parliament on June…READ MORE

Political Headlines February 23, 2013: GOP Weekly Address: Sen. John Hoeven Offers the Keystone XL Pipeline Project to Help Avoid Sequestration

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GOP Address: Sen. John Hoeven Offers the Keystone XL Pipeline Project to Help Avoid Sequestration

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In this week’s Republican address, North Dakota Senator John Hoeven calls for the president to work with Republicans in Congress to avoid sequestration and advises the president to consider the Keystone XL pipeline project….READ MORE

Full Text Political Headlines February 9, 2013: GOP Weekly Address: Senator Lisa Murkowski’s New Energy ‘Blueprint’

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GOP Address: Sen. Murkowski’s New Energy ‘Blueprint’

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Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the ranking member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, delivers this week’s Republican address, in which she discusses her “blueprint” for more “abundant, affordable, clean, diverse, and secure” energy….READ MORE

Hi, I’m Senator Lisa Murkowski from the state of Alaska.  In this new Congress I continue to serve as the lead Republican on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and today I want to discuss the tremendous opportunities that await us in those areas.

Energy has been a source of anxiety for our nation since the 1970s.  And yet thanks to new technologies, an era of scarcity is quickly giving way to one of abundance.  We now have a 90-year supply of natural gas, enough oil to eliminate OPEC imports for decades, and a broad range of promising options for alternatives and efficiency.  There may never have been a time when America has had more potential for energy production—or better ability to use our energy wisely.

But of course, we recognize all is not well.  Energy production on public lands owned by the federal government either stayed flat or fell in recent years.  America’s energy infrastructure has aged, the price of oil is high, and the need for reliable energy has never been more urgent.  Projects are too often hamstrung by burdensome regulations, delayed permits, and overzealous litigation.  Our energy situation has improved in some respects, but we can still demand better.

In fact, we should demand better.

To take full advantage of our energy opportunities—and to face up to our energy challenges—this week I released a report entitled, Energy 20/20: A Vision for America’s Energy Future.  It’s based on a simple insight: energy is good.  Energy provides the basis of modern society and allows us to lead comfortable and productive lives.  It allows us to produce food and manufacture and communicate.  As we found out during the power outage at the Super Bowl, it’s also pretty important to professional football.

Energy is not a necessary evil.  Energy is good.  And that’s why it is in our national interest to make energy abundant, affordable, clean, diverse, and secure.  I believe that there’s a consensus around these five objectives, and our challenge now is to align federal policy with them.

To accomplish that, my blueprint offers some 200 recommendations.  These span the spectrum of resources and reforms, from the immediate approval of the Keystone XL pipeline to a trust fund for energy research that is paid for with the revenues from new production.

Every recommendation in my blueprint is associated with a clear goal for the year 2020.  We can end our dependence on OPEC oil.  We can help make renewable energy more competitive, build on our efficiency gains, and re-establish the supply chain for critical minerals.  We can ensure that research, and not endless regulation, is the force behind technological innovation.  Through sensible regulatory reforms, we can prevent the misuse of environmental laws and allow projects to proceed—and all the while maintaining the highest environmental standards in the world.

The ideas in my blueprint would create new jobs, generate new revenues, and slash our dependence on foreign energy.  They would shore up our security and strengthen our economy.  They would help us minimize the impacts of energy development and reduce the emissions that are blamed for climate change.

Now, it is true that my blueprint does not rely on new mandates or new regulations to achieve these goals.  And it doesn’t drive up taxes or energy prices.  It doesn’t limit choice or lavish subsidies.  Now, there are some who continue to believe that those options represent the best or perhaps the only path forward.  But that’s wrong.  There is a resource that must be protected, left untapped and undisturbed—and that’s you, the American taxpayer.

It’s fair to say that not every member of Congress will support every proposal in my blueprint.  And that’s why I describe it as a conversation starter.  It’s intended to provoke a new and a better discussion about energy, to recognize how bright our future can be, and to provide a prudent alternative to the heavy-handed approaches coming from the Administration and the EPA.

We can do better.  We can renew and reimagine our energy policies. And now that we have a blueprint that can help guide the way.

I want to thank you for listening.  If you’re interested in reading Energy 20/20, it’s available on my committee website at energy.senate.gov. Thanks so much.

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