22 May 2012

Obama to tout renewable energy in Iowa

President Obama will travel to Iowa on Thursday to put pressure on Congress to quickly extend key renewable-energy tax credits, the White House said. Obama will tout the tax credits during a speech at TPI Composites, a wind turbine blade manufacturer in Newton, Iowa. The news was...
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22 May 2012

Sen. McConnell calls for confirmation of Svinicki to nuclear panel

In light of the resignation of Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) urged Congress to confirm Kristine Svinicki to a second term on panel. “The fact that it was allowed to persist at a critical agency that oversees...
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22 May 2012

Obama’s Interior chief blasts ‘crazy’ Senate holds on nominees

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is ramping up political pressure on Senate Republicans to drop the common practice of using legislative “holds” to block confirmation of top officials. “I think it is a crazy situation when the work of the people of the United States can’t get done...
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22 May 2012

Nuke chief to face Congress next week

Outgoing Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko will face his Republican critics next week during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing. Jaczko will testify at the May 31 hearing alongside the other four commissioners, an NRC spokesman confirmed. The...
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22 May 2012

Sen. Reid hints that Jaczko could serve out term at nuke agency

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) suggested Tuesday that he’d be fine with outgoing Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Gregory Jaczko staying around for quite a while longer. Jaczko, a former aide to Reid, announced his resignation Monday but plans to stay...
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22 May 2012

News bites: Heartland Institute struggles, Israel’s energy future, and more

Bloomberg reports on the effects of European oil sanctions against Iran. “The European Union’s ban on Iranian oil shipments that takes full effect July 1 is curbing ship charters now because of the time it takes the vessels to deploy, load and deliver cargoes, the fleet’s biggest...
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22 May 2012

NRC chief says resignation unrelated to bullying claims

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko insisted Monday that his decision to step down had nothing to do with allegations that he bullied staff at the agency. “The timing was right. It was just a feeling that now was the right time to make the announcement,” Jaczko...
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22 May 2012

OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Interior forum to lay groundwork for blowout-prevention rules

State of play: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is gathering experts Tuesday to lay the groundwork for the next wave of rules aimed at improving devices to prevent the kind of catastrophic deep-sea blowout that caused the 2010 BP oil spill. Salazar and top lieutenants will hold a...
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