30 Jun 2012

Senate confirms Svinicki, Macfarlane to Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The Senate adjourned Friday with the confirmation of Kristine Svinicki and Allison Macfarlane to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Macfarlane succeeds outgoing NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko as head of the agency. Both are Democrats. The confirmation of Svinicki, a Republican, to a...
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29 Jun 2012

American Natural Gas is Helping to Save the Economy

The enormous benefits of safe, responsible, tightly-regulated American natural gas development cannot be denied. This fact is proof positive. Indeed, several columns this week further underscore how “Shale extraction represents one of the most important developments for the...
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29 Jun 2012

Democrat needles Romney as ‘visionary’ on cap-and-trade

Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) used a House hearing on climate change Friday to serve up a reminder of Mitt Romney’s past support for cap-and-trade, a policy that the GOP White House hopeful and most other Republicans now repudiate. Markey, a liberal Democrat, noted Romney’s support...
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29 Jun 2012

Congress passes highway funds, extends lower student loan rate

Congress on Friday approved legislation that will extend federal highway programs through 2014, a low interest rate on student loans for one year, and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years. Leaders in the House and Senate negotiated the giant package, leaving...
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29 Jun 2012

Senator: Arctic drilling a political win for Obama

The Obama administration’s expected approval of Royal Dutch Shell’s plan to drill in Arctic waters off Alaska’s coast this summer is a political plus for President Obama, according to Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), an advocate of the project. “I think what he is showing is —...
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29 Jun 2012

EPA official who quit over ‘crucify’ remarks hired by green group

A former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official who resigned earlier this year for comparing his work to crucifixion has found new employment with a leading green group. The Sierra Club on Friday announced that Al Armendariz would be joining the group’s “Beyond Coal”...
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29 Jun 2012

Senate confirms Svinicki, Macfarlane to National Regulatory Committee

The Senate adjourned Friday with the confirmation of Kristine Svinicki and Allison M. Macfarlane to the National Regulatory Committee. Macfarlane succeeds Greg Jaczko as head of the agency. Both are Democrats. Svinicki’s confirmation ends a bitter partisan feud over...
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29 Jun 2012

News bites: Venezuela and Cuba team up on oil, Iran sanctions explained, and more

The Associated Press explains U.S. and European sanctions targeting Iran’s oil exports. AP also reports that Venezuela’s state-owned oil company will join efforts to look for oil in deep waters off Cuba’s coast. From its piece: State-run Petroleos de Venezuela SA, or PDVSA, is...
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29 Jun 2012

Expert: Health ruling could be used to challenge pollution rules

Could the Supreme Court’s landmark healthcare ruling undercut the legal basis for environmental regulations? Probably not, but it could influence policymaking nonetheless, and the question will likely be litigated, writes David Driesen, a Syracuse University law professor...
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29 Jun 2012

OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Climate showdown

On Tap Friday: A House Energy and Commerce Committee panel will hear from Gina McCarthy, the Environmental Protection Agency’s top air pollution regulator, about the agency’s greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations. The Friday hearing arrives three days after a federal appeals court...
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