18 Apr 2012

McConnell pressures White House to re-nominate Republican nuclear official

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) pressured President Obama Wednesday to re-nominate a Republican member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. McConnell’s comments mark the latest effort by Senate Republicans to show public support for Commissioner Kristi...
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18 Apr 2012

Obama campaign ‘honored’ to have green groups’ endorsement

The manager of President Obama’s reelection campaign welcomed endorsements from several big environmental groups on Wednesday. “We’re honored to have the support of the Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters, and Clean Water Action and Environment America, and we...
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18 Apr 2012

BP, plaintiffs ask judge to approve $7.8 billion oil-spill settlement

BP and the attorneys representing thousands of people and businesses harmed by the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill asked a federal judge Wednesday to approve a multibillion dollar settlement. The oil company joined with the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, the umbrella group...
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18 Apr 2012

Romney energy adviser lands on Time’s ‘most influential’ list

If the people on Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 “Most Influential People in the World” are indeed that powerful, it could bode well for Mitt Romney. Harold Hamm, the billionaire oil executive who is backing Romney and heads his energy policy advisory group, has landed on...
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18 Apr 2012

EPA finalizes first-ever air pollution rules for natural-gas ‘fracking’

The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled first-ever regulations Wednesday aimed at reducing toxic air pollution from the natural-gas drilling practice known as “fracking.” The regulations — which would also target emissions from compressors, oil storage tanks and other...
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18 Apr 2012

News bites: Public links extreme weather, climate change

A new poll shows that the public links extreme weather and climate change, The New York Times reports. The Associated Press examines the jobs that are created because of natural-gas drilling. Bloomberg reports that First Solar plans to cut 2,000 jobs. Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.)...
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18 Apr 2012

Four green groups officially back Obama’s reelection campaign

Four environmental groups – including the two with the green movement’s biggest political operations – endorsed President Obama’s reelection on Wednesday, support that was expected but arrives amid tensions between activists and the White House. The Sierra Club, the League of...
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18 Apr 2012

House committee ignores highway bill veto threat

The Republican-led House Rules Committee cleared for a final vote in the lower chamber on Tuesday a bill that would tie an extension of federal highway funding to the controversial Keystone pipeline. The approval came despite a veto threat from President Obama issued by the White...
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18 Apr 2012

White House threatens veto of highway bill over Keystone pipeline provision

The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto House legislation to extend transportation programs because it contains GOP language that mandates approval of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline. The House is slated to vote Wednesday on the bill that keeps the transportation...
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18 Apr 2012

Obama pushes oil market manipulation proposal to counter high gas prices

President Obama, in his latest effort to limit the political fallout from high gasoline prices, on Tuesday challenged Congress to pass legislation to ensure speculators aren’t manipulating energy markets. “We can’t afford a situation where speculators artificially manipulate...
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