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Jim Snyder

covers energy policy. He previously wrote about lobbyists' influence for The Hill newspaper.


The Gulf Coast Project, a 485-mile crude oil pipeline being constructed by TransCanada Corp., is part of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project and will run from Cushing, Oklahoma to Nederland, Texas.

Photograph by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

The Gulf Coast Project, a 485-mile crude oil pipeline being constructed by TransCanada Corp., is part of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project and will run from Cushing, Oklahoma to Nederland, Texas.

Keystone Report Disappointing Foes

Written with Mark Drajem and Jonathan Allen The State Department is preparing a report that will probably disappoint environmentalists and opponents of the Keystone pipeline, according to people who have been briefed on the draft of the document. While the...

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Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.

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Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.

Keystone’s Inconvenient Truths: Alberta Meets Al Gore at Davos

Alberta Premier Alison Redford says she’ll try to dispel some “myths” about the oil sands during a panel discussion at Davos with Vice President Al Gore, who once called the Keystone XL pipeline the Canadian province is seeking “an atrocity.”...

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A mock oil pipeline is carried during a Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline demonstration near the White House in this Nov. 6, 2011 file photo.

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A mock oil pipeline is carried during a Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline demonstration near the White House in this Nov. 6, 2011 file photo.

Obama’s Energy Review Seen as Keystone Pipeline Slowdown

A Quadrennial Energy Review ordered by President Barack Obama to study the infrastructure for “transporting, transmitting, and delivering energy” may be dubbed something else by analysts: ”The Delaying a Decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline Until After the Midterm Elections Initiative.”...

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A derrick hand climbs up to the top of the derrick while drilling for oil in the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota.

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A derrick hand climbs up to the top of the derrick while drilling for oil in the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota.

Political ‘Gusher:’ Fracking Boom

Fracking — the drilling that shoots water, chemicals and sand underground to break rock and let oil and gas flow to the surface — has lowered foreign oil imports, padded landowner bank accounts with royalty payments and sparked a mini-manufacturing...

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Three sections of pipe sit on the ground during construction of the Gulf Coast Project pipeline in Atoka, Oklahoma, U.S., on Monday, March 11, 2013. The Gulf Coast Project, a 485-mile crude oil pipeline being constructed by TransCanada Corp., is part of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project and will run from Cushing, Oklahoma to Nederland, Texas.

Photograph by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Three sections of pipe sit on the ground during construction of the Gulf Coast Project pipeline in Atoka, Oklahoma, U.S., on Monday, March 11, 2013. The Gulf Coast Project, a 485-mile crude oil pipeline being constructed by TransCanada Corp., is part of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project and will run from Cushing, Oklahoma to Nederland, Texas.

Building Keystone Pipeline: Relationships First

A lobbyist working to promote the Keystone XL pipeline on behalf of the province of Alberta had 20 meetings with senators and their staff from March through May. The province, a big backer of the $5.3 billion link between its...

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Samples of biodiesel in San Francisco, California.

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Samples of biodiesel in San Francisco, California.

Energy Bill Chances: Next to Nil

Another looming budget fight and deep divisions over climate change rules and the Keystone XL pipeline probably leave little chance a divided Congress will tackle energy legislation of any significance this year. Lawmakers haven’t agreed to a major energy bill...

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Welders David Warner, left, and Brent Mauldin work on a joint between two sections of pipe during construction of the Gulf Coast Project pipeline in Prague, Oklahoma, on March 11, 2013.

Photograph by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Welders David Warner, left, and Brent Mauldin work on a joint between two sections of pipe during construction of the Gulf Coast Project pipeline in Prague, Oklahoma, on March 11, 2013.

Five-Year Keystone Wait Draws Criticism from Lawmakers

Today is the fifth anniversary of TransCanada Corp.’s original application to build the Keystone XL pipeline, a public relations opportunity supporters didn’t let pass unnoted. At a House hearing this morning and at a press conference of Senate Republicans and...

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