Daily Archives: April 19, 2012

Sen. Franken chides GOP no-shows at hearing on impact of climate change

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) chided Republicans Thursday over their absence from a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the effects of rising sea levels on energy facilities and other infrastructure.

“But ironically there’s an elephant in the room,” Franken said after noting the lack of GOP members. “Climate change is the elephant, and climate […]

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Obama to nominate nuclear official that Reid accused of lying

President Obama’s decision to re-nominate Republican Kristine Svinicki to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission puts him at odds with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), a vocal critic of the nuclear official.

Reid stressed his opposition to Svinicki’s re-nomination at a press conference Thursday and did not say whether he’d allow a floor vote on the nomination.

“hat’s […]

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House Dems press Holder to probe oil-market manipulation

More than 40 House Democrats pressed Attorney General Eric Holder Thursday to conduct a “vigorous inquiry” into whether speculators are manipulating oil markets, causing gasoline prices to surge.

“We urge you to use every investigatory and law enforcement tool at your disposal to ensure the proper functioning of our oil and gas markets,” the 42 […]

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News bites: Loans for gas-giant CEO under scrutiny

The Wall Street Journal unwraps the “complex web of loans” held by firms controlled by Aubrey McClendon, the CEO of natural-gas giant Chesapeake Energy.

The paper reports that the firms “were in debt to a private equity group for as much as $1.4 billion while Chesapeake was negotiating with the same firm to sell it hundreds […]

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Dem senator: Romney in 1 percent on wealth and 3 percent on climate change

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) accused Mitt Romney, the presumptive
GOP presidential nominee, of joining a small minority questioning
climate science because of the Republican primary. 

Gov. Romney once wrote that ‘I believe that climate change is
occurring; I also believe that human activity is a contributing factor.’
Under the pressure of the Republican primary he […]

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Keystone pipeline developer proposes new route

The Canadian company behind the embattled Keystone XL pipeline project — which is at the heart of the Washington, D.C. energy battles — has proposed a new route through Nebraska aimed at avoiding the environmentally sensitive Sandhills region.

TransCanada Corp. filed the proposal with state environmental officials in Nebraska on Wednesday, the company said. The Omaha World-Herald […]

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Bachmann: Obama ‘waving tar baby in the air’ with oil crackdown

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) blasted President Obama following his proposed “crackdown” on firms found to be manipulating the oil market, saying he is “waving a tar baby in the air” as a distraction from high […]

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Obama to nominate Republican nuke regulator to another term

President Obama intends to nominate Republican Kristine Svinicki to another term at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, a White House official said.

The decision resolves a fight between the White House and Republicans in Congress over the nuclear power official.

Republicans had alleged in recent days that the White House was holding up Svinicki’s nomination because she […]

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House clears highway bill with pipeline mandate, thwarts Obama

Defying a White House veto threat, the House on Wednesday passed legislation that extends transportation program funding through September and mandates construction of a controversial oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

All but 14 Republicans, with support from 69 Democrats, voted 293-127 for legislation that falls far short of Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) earlier […]

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OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Republicans pile on over nomination of nuke official

State of play: Republicans signaled Wednesday that they intend to make the nomination of Kristine Svinicki to a second term at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission a major political issue.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blasted President Obama Wednesday for not yet re-nominating Svinicki, a Republican, and other GOP lawmakers quickly followed suit.

The lawmakers alleged that […]

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