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The report comes as the Biden administration prepares in the coming months to unveil new safety-related rules to curb methane emissions from pipeline systems that transport gas from production to local distribution.
The president will also call on states to temporarily suspend state fuel taxes, which are often higher than federal rates, and he will challenge major oil companies to bring back idled refining capacity.
Particularly galling to the White House is the jump in industry stock buybacks, returning to investors profits that the administration wants invested in more refining capacity to bring gasoline prices down.
Environmental groups claim company is misleading the public while Enbridge says economic impacts go beyond gas prices

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The EPA is likely to raise ethanol blending mandates for 2021 above a figure it proposed in December to align with actual U.S. consumption levels.
The commitment, published at the end of three days of talks, was weaker than a previous draft of the final communique seen by Reuters, which had included a target to end unabated coal power generation by 2030. Sources familiar with the discussions said Japan and the United States had both indicated they could not support that date.
Some 39 million people will travel 50 miles or more by car during the Memorial Day Weekend, up 8.3% from a year-ago and close to pre-pandemic volumes.
Dane County Circuit Judge Jacob Frost rejected arguments made by the Sierra Club and Clean Wisconsin that the Public Service Commission failed to consider the full environmental impact of the Nemadji Trail Energy Center.
Business Insider reported on Thursday that SpaceX paid $250,000 in 2018 to settle claims by an unnamed private jet flight attendant who accused Musk of exposing himself to her.
The average cost of a retail gallon of gasoline hit $4.374 early Tuesday, according to the American Automobile Association, surpassing the former record of $4.331.

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Airlines, hotels, rental car companies and booking sites all reported a surge in demand for their services in the latest batch of company earnings. But at the same time, many of those companies face a tight labor market and limited volume.
In comments made to state regulator, the Department of Commerce and Office of Attorney General Keith Ellison had vastly different suggestions for the Duluth-based utility's transition away from coal.
The blast injured workers and caused a mass evacuation. Investigators found no evidence key equipment had been inspected by the refinery for years.

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