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Tillerson would bring a portfolio of conflicts to State post

By Laurie Bennett

December 13, 2016 at 7:49am

Donald Trump draws closer to Moscow with his naming of Exxon Mobil CEO Rex W. Tillerson as secretary of state.

Big coal and the federal leasing program

By Laurie Bennett

July 9, 2014 at 2:36pm

The federal government’s coal leasing program, overseen by the Bureau of Land Management, is derided by both Democrats and Republicans.

Cheney joins energy data firm

By Laurie Bennett

June 25, 2014 at 10:58am

WellAware, a San Antonio startup specializing in oilfield data analysis, announced Wednesday that has raised $37 million.

The oil industry and the Obama administration

By Laurie Bennett

March 7, 2014 at 1:10pm

Unlike George W. Bush, who named an energy company CEO as his vice president, Barack Obama has not plucked many appointees from the oil fields.

Aubrey McClendon stages a comeback

By Laurie Bennett

February 7, 2014 at 8:02am

After building a fortune betting on shale fields, then leaving his company under duress, billionaire Aubrey McClendon is again making big gambles.

Why Republicans oppose the sale of the TVA

By Laurie Bennett

April 28, 2013 at 1:35pm

The Obama administration is contemplating the sale of the Tennessee Valley Authority, a government corporation that describes itself as “the nation’s largest public power provider.”

Keystone pipeline lobby fires up

By Laurie Bennett

April 9, 2013 at 6:47am

Interests for and against the Keystone XL pipeline project are girding for the next round in Washington.

California billionaire moves on from hedge fund, to clean energy

By Laurie Bennett

October 29, 2012 at 6:39am

Tom Steyer’s announcement last week that he would step down from the hedge fund he founded, Farallon Capital, came as no surprise to those who have been paying attention to his political and nonprofit activities.

When we say ‘waste dump,’ we don’t mean the 2012 campaign

By Laurie Bennett

October 24, 2012 at 6:36am

Here’s a potentially toxic combination: a billionaire who’s giving millions to political groups, a former congressman turned lobbyist, and a gigantic nuclear waste dump.

New setback for government green energy program

By Laurie Bennett

May 26, 2012 at 4:24pm

More bad news today on the green energy front could mean more fodder for political groups attacking President Obama’s energy policies.

Billionaires tapped Energy Department loans

By Laurie Bennett

November 17, 2011 at 6:46am

Much has been made of George Kaiser’s role in the Energy Department loans to now-bankrupt Solyndra.

Interior plans to split Minerals Management Service

By Laurie Bennett

May 11, 2010 at 7:37am

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is expected to call today for breakup of the agency overseeing offshore oil drilling.


  • The enormity of the U.S. Intelligence Community
    February 16, 2017 at 8:58am

    As it struggles to assemble a cabinet and to replace a national security adviser who has resigned and a labor secretary nominee who has withdrawn, the Trump administration takes on a new challenge: stanching leaks from U.S. intelligence.

    Immigration ban strains Trump relations with Silicon Valley
    January 30, 2017 at 9:06am

    Seven weeks ago, the president-elect made nice with the titans of tech, sitting down with them at Trump Tower and pledging government support.

    Coming together
    January 22, 2017 at 1:25pm

    From above, from the bird’s eye view of helicopters or satellites, the crowd was massive.

    The Davos elite
    January 19, 2017 at 8:22am

    The annual meeting in Davos brings together the elite of business and foreign relations - the supposed antithesis of Donald Trump’s views on governance.

    In a typical cabinet, Elaine Chao would be one of the richest
    January 12, 2017 at 8:37am

    When critics complain about the big-money nominees in Donald Trump’s cabinet, they focus on billionaire investor Wilbur Ross (Commerce), Amway in-law Betsy DeVos (Education), former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson (State) and Goldman Sachs alum Steve Mnuchin (Treasury).

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