The Obama administration contains to wrestle with the issue of approving the Keystone XL pipeline which would transport oil from the huge Alberta oil sands reservoir (it's oil not tar) to refineries in Texas, Oklahoma and Illinois.
Little noticed in legislative debates over taxes and budgets, House File 956 (HF 956), an Omnibus Energy bill, is quietly working its way through committee hearings, on its way to the floor of the Minnesota House of Representatives.
In his Second Inaugural Address the President described the science proven threat to "our children and future generations" from global warming. He pledged that America would "lead on the path toward sustainable energy sources.
The continuing drought in much of the U.S. has raised real concerns about long term fresh water supplies. 2012 was one of our country's driest years since official records began in 1880. Barges are now scraping bottoms on a shrinking Mississippi River.
By ROLF WESTGARD
The new 2012 World Energy Outlook from the International Energy Agency (IEA) leads with the statement that "The global energy map is being redrawn . by the resurgence of oil and gas production in the United States.