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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 second term and Macfarlane’s approval brings to a close what had been a partisan […]

By |June 30th, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

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 economy in the last 60 years. It’s pushing down energy prices and creating many new opportunities for […]

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 for curbing carbon emissions when he was governor of Massachusetts, and […]

By |June 29th, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

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 no doubt that it would have enough support to pass. The bill will […]

By |June 29th, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

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 — and Salazar and the whole team and […]

By |June 29th, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

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” campaign next month as a senior representative.

“As a third generation Texan, I’m proud […]

By |June 29th, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

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 bringing her back as a commissioner on the panel. She had already served a term on […]

By |June 29th, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

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 next in line to drill after Malaysia’s Petronas completes its work, said Rafael Ramirez, […]

By |June 29th, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

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 affiliated with the liberal Center for Progressive Reform.

The
court found that the law’s individual healthcare mandate doesn’t pass
muster […]

By |June 29th, 2012|Featured|1 Comment

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 cast aside industry and state challenges to EPA’s climate rules.

The court decision, a major win […]

By |June 29th, 2012|Featured|1 Comment