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Jim Snyder

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

Grain railroad cars in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

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Grain railroad cars in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Railroad Lobby: 15 Percent Boost

Railroads are doing what companies do when they’re faced with a government regulation that could add to the costs of doing business: Spending more on Washington lobbying. The Association of American Railroads, which represents rail lines like Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s...

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Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline join the Cowboy and Indian Alliance in a rally in Washington, D.C., on April 26, 2014.

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Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline join the Cowboy and Indian Alliance in a rally in Washington, D.C., on April 26, 2014.

Keystone Lobby Outguns Protesters

Thousands of people from across the country marched around the White House last year chanting slogans and carrying placards in protest of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, a project to link Canada’s oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries. But in...

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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.

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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.

Steyer: Keystone a Terrorist Target — Study by Retired SEAL

Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer has a new complaint about the Keystone XL pipeline: It’s  a magnet for terrorists. Steyer’s group, NextGen Climate America, commissioned retired Navy SEAL David Cooper to do a security analysis of the controversial, $5.4 billion project...

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Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline join the Cowboy and Indian Alliance in a rally on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on April 26, 2014.

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Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline join the Cowboy and Indian Alliance in a rally on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on April 26, 2014.

Keystone Push Might Mean Delay

The attorney leading the legal challenge to the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska says a push in the U.S. Senate to force approval of the project could end up delaying it even more with another courtroom fight. David Domina, an...

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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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