31 Dec 2012

Rep. Markey joins lawsuit in defense of SEC oil payments rule

Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) is entering the legal fray over new Securities and Exchange Commission rules that will force petroleum and mining companies to publicly disclose payments to foreign governments. Markey told a federal appeals court Monday that he plans to file an amicus...
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31 Dec 2012

Gas prices hit record high in 2012

Annual gas prices hit a record high in 2012, the AAA motor club said Monday. On average, the national gas price for the year was $3.60 per gallon, eclipsing last year’s record of $3.51 per gallon. AAA attributed the increase to weather events and global turmoil. “Record high gas...
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31 Dec 2012

Observers ponder impact of Markey’s Senate bid on Energy and Commerce

Rep. Ed Markey’s (D-Mass.) run for Sen. John Kerry’s (D-Mass.) seat may leave the House Energy and Commerce Committee without one of its longest-serving members and fiercest advocates for online privacy rights. Markey announced this week that he plans to run in the...
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31 Dec 2012

News bites: Railroads propel US oil boom, the latest on Chesapeake Energy, and more

The Associated Press looks at how oil is getting from booming wells in North Dakota and Montana to refineries. “Energy companies behind the oil boom on the Northern Plains are increasingly turning to an industrial-age workhorse — the locomotive — to move their crude to refineries...
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31 Dec 2012

Energy From Thorium Top 10 Attributes

Here is a resource paper/technology sell sheet from Flibe Energy on the top ten basic attributes/reasons why LFTRs (Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors) should be pursued. This is a very easy to use resource to have handy when you are talking to a legislator or talking to a friend,...
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30 Dec 2012

EPA nominee would face uncertain path

Senate Republicans are in no mood to allow easy confirmation of any replacement for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson, who announced Thursday that she’ll leave the agency’s top job early in 2013. Several said they want evidence a new administrator...
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29 Dec 2012

Wind credit proponents prepare for ‘fiscal-cliff’ agreement without extension

An energy security group told The Hill on Friday that it does not expect the one-year wind credit extension it has supported to make it into a “fiscal cliff” deal. The Truman National Security Project’s Operation Free campaign is preparing to fight for a retroactive...
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29 Dec 2012

Democrats line up behind Markey in bid for Senate in Mass.

Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) received the support of three big names in Massachusetts and national Democratic politics for his Senate bid on Friday, an early sign that Democrats are aiming to clear the field to provide for an easy nominating process for the dean of the...
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29 Dec 2012

Democrats line up behind Markey in bid for Senate

Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) received the support of three big names in Massachusetts and national Democratic politics for his Senate bid on Friday, an early sign that Democrats are aiming to clear the field to provide for an easy nominating process for the dean of the...
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28 Dec 2012

News bites: Jackson’s EPA successor to inherit fracking fight

Resigning Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson’s successor will have to guide the agency through regulation of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, Reuters notes. New York Harbor oil terminals will continue to operate through a potential Gulf and East...
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