Daily Archives: March 22, 2012

EPA chief: No date yet for power plant carbon rules

Is the environmental Protection Agency’s schedule for proposing power plant greenhouse gas standards slipping yet again? It depends on your definition of “early.”

The agency has for months said the rules — which the White House is currently vetting — would be proposed “early” in 2012 after missing several earlier deadlines.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on Thursday […]

By |March 22nd, 2012|Featured|2 Comments

Boehner not impressed by Obama’s push for southern part of Keystone pipeline

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was unimpressed by President Obama’s announcement that he would order expedited approval for part of the Keystone oil pipeline, saying it would have “no impact on the construction of this pipeline.”

Republicans have been calling on Obama for months to approve construction of the full pipeline, which would bring oil from Canada […]

By |March 22nd, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

Senate to vote on bill killing oil tax breaks

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has scheduled a procedural vote Monday on legislation to repeal billions of dollars in tax breaks for the largest oil companies.

A Senate Democratic aide told The Hill that Reid filed cloture on the bill, authored by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Thursday, setting up a procedural vote on Monday at […]

By |March 22nd, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

Obama heckled during energy speech in Ohio

A heckler interrupted President Obama’s speech on energy policy Thursday at Ohio State University.

The president, looking frustrated, stopped speaking and addressed the man

“Sir. Im here to speak to these folks. You can hold your own rally. You’re being rude,” Obama said, as the crowd applauded.

The heckler was apparently holding up a book for Obama to […]

By |March 22nd, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

Obama closes tour with swing-state pitch for green energy

President Obama closed his four-state energy tour Thursday in Ohio, a crucial battleground state he carried in 2008, with a speech that cast support for alternative energy as an economic driver that his political foes are trying to thwart.

“I want these technologies developed and manufactured here in Ohio, here in the Midwest, here in America […]

By |March 22nd, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

Poll: Majority favor Keystone XL pipeline

A solid majority of Americans are in favor of building the Keystone XL oil pipeline, according to a Gallup poll released Thursday.

Fifty-seven percent said they favored government approval of the project, while only 29 percent said they were opposed.

Earlier this year, the Obama administration rejected a cross-border permit for the project that would carry oil […]

By |March 22nd, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

News bites: Climate change and ‘The Hunger Games’

Slate sees a global warming subtext in “The Hunger Games,” the popular dystopian novel whose film adaptation hits the big screen this week, and other recent young-adult fiction.

The piece argues that Panem, the brutal regime that rules the United States in the book, “is what happens to North America’s democracies in a post-climate-change world.”

The Wall […]

By |March 22nd, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

Obama: Solyndra layoffs ‘heartbreaking’

Solyndra’s bankruptcy is “heartbreaking” for the 1,100 workers who lost their jobs, President Obama said Wednesday, while standing behind his administration’s clean-energy investments.

“Do I wish that Solyndra had gone bankrupt? Absolutely not. And obviously it’s heartbreaking it happened for the workers who were there,” Obama said during an interview with the public radio program “Marketplace.”

But […]

By |March 22nd, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

Romney in 2006 said high gas prices were ‘probably here to stay’

Mitt Romney has slammed President Obama in recent days for the high cost of gasoline, but defended his state’s gas tax while Massachusetts governor and said in 2006 that high gas prices “are probably here to stay.”

Republicans have attacked Energy Secretary Steven Chu for a 2008 comment, since disavowed, that the United States should gradually […]

By |March 22nd, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

Obama to order expedited action on Keystone pipeline’s southern piece

President Obama will issue a memo Thursday telling federal agencies to expedite permitting for an Oklahoma-to-Texas oil pipeline that makes up the southern portion of the Keystone XL project, the White House said.

He’ll also issue a broader executive order demanding faster permitting and review
decisions for energy- and transportation-related infrastructure.

The upcoming memos, to be announced […]

By |March 22nd, 2012|Featured|1 Comment