Daily Archives: March 14, 2012

Oil spill commission reuniting to press for drilling reforms

Members of the national oil spill commission are reuniting to monitor the federal government’s progress in implementing a series of drilling safety recommendations put forward by the panel last year.

The seven-member commission, which was tasked by President Obama with investigating the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, is forming what it calls “Oil Spill Commission […]

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World Resources Institute names new president

The World Resources Institute named Andrew Steer, the World Bank’s special envoy for climate change, as its new president Wednesday.

“Andrew is a dynamic and gifted leader, with a deep knowledge of sustainability issues and on-the-ground experience in the world’s most rapidly developing economies. As these issues become more urgent, Andrew is ideally suited to lead […]

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Interior official defends oil program amid federal lands production dip

A top Interior Department official is rebutting GOP allegations that the agency is throttling oil-and-gas development, calling the recent dip in oil production from federal lands the result of industry decisions, not a lack of permits or leases.

“Where the industry decides to produce or where they decide to develop is up to them,” Bureau of […]

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Schumer: Saudi Arabia’s plan to increase oil supply will lower gas prices

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y) applauded Saudi Arabia’s plans to increase oil output to make up for potential losses from Iran, arguing the move will lower gas prices.

“I was pleased that Saudi Arabia declared that it would fill any oil gap as a result of an Iranian embargo,” Schumer said Wednesday during a speech on the […]

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News bites: Global warming’s coastal toll, Saudi’s may boost oil supply, and more

The New York Times reports on the dangers that global warming creates for coastal regions.

“About 3.7 million Americans live within a few feet of high tide and risk being hit by more frequent coastal flooding in coming decades because of the sea level rise caused by global warming, according to new research,” their piece states.

Reuters […]

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Report: Solar installations surged in 2011

The solar industry installed 1,855 megawatts of capacity in 2011, more than twice what it installed in 2010, a new report says.

The report, commissioned by a major solar industry group, is welcome good news for solar power, which has taken a beating from House Republicans in the aftermath of Solyndra’s collapse.

Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) […]

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Stabenow’s green-energy tax break plan falls short

The Senate on Tuesday rejected plans to extend a host of lapsed or soon-to-expire tax breaks for renewable fuels and power sources.

Lawmakers voted 49-49 for Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s (D-Mich.) amendment to transportation legislation, but 60 votes were needed for approval.

The vote signals political hurdles facing advocates of green-energy tax breaks, notably the production tax credit […]

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Natural-gas vehicles plan sputters in Senate

Plans to spur the conversion of heavy trucking fleets to natural gas with billions of dollars in tax credits fell short in the Senate on Tuesday despite backing from Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and energy magnate T. Boone Pickens.

Senators voted 51-47 on an amendment by Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) to sweeping […]

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OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Secretary Chu heads back to Capitol Hill

State of play: Energy Secretary Steven Chu delivered his strongest statement yet Tuesday disavowing 2008 comments about increasing gas prices to European levels.

Wednesday will be a key test of whether he was successful in tamping down GOP attacks over soaring prices at the pump.

Republicans had pounced on the remarks, arguing that the administration wants to […]

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Obama energy chief disavows 2008 remark in favor of raising gas prices

Energy Secretary Steven Chu on Tuesday disavowed his 2008 comments about increasing gas prices to European levels, remarks that Republicans have pounced on in recent weeks.

“I no longer share that view,” Chu said during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, adding that he wants to lower gas prices. 

Chu, who four years ago talked […]

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