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Trump Cheers Exxon’s Plan to Create 45,000 Jobs

Exxon Mobil will spend $20 billion by 2022 to expand its footprint along the U.S. Gulf Coast, creating more than 45,000 jobs. The world’s largest publicly traded oil company said Monday it will invest in refining and chemical-manufacturing projects at 11 proposed and existing sites, located in Texas and Louisiana. Speaking at the CERAWeek conference in

Keystone pipeline won’t use US steel

The Keystone XL oil pipeline won’t use American steel in its construction, despite what President Donald Trump says. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday that’s due to language in a presidential directive Trump issued in January. “The way that executive order is written, it’s specific to new pipelines or those that are being repaired,

Thousands along Gulf Coast brace for Hurricane Hermine’s landfall

People from the Florida Panhandle down to the Tampa area braced Thursday for Hurricane Hermine, as it lashes the area with strong winds and potentially dangerous storm surge. The National Hurricane Center said the storm’s winds ratched up from 75 mph in the afternoon to 80 mph by evening as the former tropical storm gained

Tropical depressions form in Atlantic, Gulf could drench North Carolina, Gulf Coast

A tropical depression churning 400 miles off the coast of North Carolina on Sunday had weather watchers eyeing a potential upgrade to a tropical storm that could impact the Outer Banks as early as Sunday night, while residents along the Gulf Coast are keeping their eyes on another potential system.  Tropical Depression Eight had maximum

Four Florida Reports are Evidence of Local USA Arrival of the Zika Virus

Four people in Miami likely contracted Zika locally through mosquito bites, Florida’s governor said on Friday, the first evidence that the virus tied to a rare but serious birth defect is circulating in the continental United States. Governor Rick Scott said the state believed active transmission of the virus was occurring within an area of

New safety requirements set for Keystone pipeline

 Safety regulators have quietly placed two extra conditions on construction of TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL oil pipeline after learning of potentially dangerous construction defects involving the southern leg of the Canada-to-Texas project. The defects — high rates of bad welds, dented pipe and damaged pipeline coating — have been fixed. But the federal Pipeline and

How the Keystone XL Pipeline is a New Diplomatic Lever

Michael Whatley,  Just last month the International Energy Agency predicted the United States will become the world’s largest oil producer by 2015. That same week, White House officials noted that U.S. oil production outpaced imports for the first time in twenty years. Developments like these led President Obama to declare in late November that, “After