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Debate at BP Raises New Questions About Protest Rights of U.S. Investors


A decision by British oil giant BP to head off a shareholder resolution proposed by environmentalists on oil exploration in the Arctic is raising new questions about the ability of U.S. advocacy organizations to use such resolutions -- already a familiar tactic on the domestic front -- to protest policies of international companies.

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Lawmakers Seek to Reverse Bush Cut in DOE Cleanup Funding

A bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers is pressing to significantly increase the Department of Energy's (DOE) fiscal year 2002 cleanup budget in the wake of the Bush administration's proposal to cut the department's environmental management (EM) program by $354 million. The lawmakers and state officials are warning that the cuts will prompt lawsuits from states over the department's failure to meet legally binding cleanup requirements at DOE nuclear waste sites.

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Panel, Including Bush Confidants, Endorses Energy Conservation

A 51-member panel of industry, political, and academic energy experts -- including several close to the Bush administration -- has called on the White House to increase energy conservation measures including a renewed emphasis on efficiency, along with a call for better supply-side policies, most notably infrastructure improvements.

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Dingell Presses Bush Administration To Take Stance On California Energy Legislation


The senior Democrat on the House Energy & Commerce Committee, Rep. John Dingell (MI), is pressing the Bush administration to take a position on "emergency" legislation to address California's energy crisis before Congress moves on a bill that is likely to be formally introduced next week.

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Rep. Dingell Challenges EPA To Defend Use Of Air Act Waivers To Boost Energy Supplies


A senior Democrat in the House is challenging EPA to provide evidence that a GOP "emergency" energy bill that proposes short-term Clean Air Act waivers for power plants would actually help California generate more electricity this summer.

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Bush Energy Advisors Urge Streamlining Environmental Requirements

A panel of energy policy experts with connections to the Bush administration has issued a call for reexamining and possibly streamlining environmental regulations to minimize their impact on energy prices. The recommendations are laid out in a major report that offers a comprehensive national energy strategy.

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Energy Regulators Stalemate On Price Caps

BOISE, Idaho -- Federal energy regulators appear headed for a showdown over price caps following a meeting yesterday attended by energy officials from western states faced with rising power costs. The move is opposed by the Republican chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), but the group's two other members, both Democrats, see increased support for price controls as a way to ease the region's energy crisis.

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Congressional Road Trip Examines Environmental Burdens On California Power Generation


SACRAMENTO, California -- Federal lawmakers came this week to examine in part the impact of environmental requirements on the state's power crisis. At the first of a three-hearing tour through the state, lawmakers heard from agricultural business representatives who argued that potential blackouts threatened the economic viability of many farms.

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Energy Regulators Meeting In the West Split Over Price Controls

BOISE, Idaho -- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Western energy regulators meeting April 10 struggled to find a near-term solution to skyrocketing energy prices in the West, with observers saying they sense a move toward some form of short-term price restrictions for electricity and natural gas.

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PG&E Bankruptcy May Fuel Opposition To Price Caps

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The decision last week by Pacific Gas & Electric to file for bankruptcy is being jumped on by key Republicans in Washington in opposing efforts by Democrats to impose price controls on wholesale power in California. The announcement also has raised doubts about Gov. Gray Davis' (D) ability to manage the California power crisis, according to informed sources in Sacramento and in Washington.

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