Monthly Archives: May 2012

Hastings, Interior IG square off over drilling report

House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) isn’t convinced the Interior Department’s inspector general has been playing it straight with his panel.

Mary Kendall, the department’s internal watchdog, says she most certainly has.

Hastings this week launched the latest phase of his investigation of the infamous — in energy circles, anyway — May 2010 Interior report […]

By |May 23rd, 2012|Featured|0 Comments

News bites: Romney energy adviser gave to super PAC

The Associated Press reports that Harold Hamm, an energy adviser to Mitt Romney, is also a big donor to a super PAC associated with the candidate.

More from AP: “Hamm, whose company did not return telephone calls from The Associated Press, is among a group of energy tycoons who have made lucrative donations to Restore Our […]

By |May 23rd, 2012|Featured|0 Comments

Rep. Kucinich: Keystone approval will cause gas prices to rise

Outgoing Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) said Tuesday that the Keystone XL pipeline approval mandate that is currently being debated by a conference committee on a proposed multi-year surface transportation bill will lead to higher prices if it becomes law.

Kucinich, who was ousted in a primary in March by Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), said a study […]

By |May 23rd, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

OVERNIGHT ENERGY: White House touts green energy credits

State of play: The White House is pulling out all stops — or at least, plenty of stops — to build pressure on Congress to extend expiring tax credits that are vital to the wind energy industry.

President Obama will ramp up his call for extension of the production tax credit in a speech at […]

By |May 23rd, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

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 first reported by the Des Moines Register and confirmed […]

By |May 22nd, 2012|Featured|0 Comments

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 the safety of our nation’s nuclear power plants is astonishing,” McConnell […]

By |May 22nd, 2012|Featured|0 Comments

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 because the Senate won’t confirm highly qualified people who […]

By |May 22nd, 2012|Featured|0 Comments

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 commissioners’ behind-the-scenes squabbling over policy and personality matters has tumbled into the spotlight in recent months.

The […]

By |May 22nd, 2012|Featured|0 Comments

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 until the Senate confirms a successor. His term doesn’t expire until the end of […]

By |May 22nd, 2012|Featured|0 Comments

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 re-insurer said,” their story states.

The Associated Press has the […]

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