19 Apr 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...
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19 Apr 2012

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...
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19 Apr 2012

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...
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19 Apr 2012

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...
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19 Apr 2012

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.  “Unfortunately, Gov. Romney once wrote that ‘I believe that climate change is...
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19 Apr 2012

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...
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19 Apr 2012

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 gas prices. “This is just about waving...
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19 Apr 2012

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...
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19 Apr 2012

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...
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19 Apr 2012

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...
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