Daily Archives: June 6, 2012

Philadelphia: The City of Brotherly, and Clean Energy, Love

Last week, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) hosted a forum in Philadelphia aimed at examining a host of issues surrounding the expanded use of alternative fuel vehicles, including compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) technologies.

Without question, Pennsylvania – and the greater Philadelphia region specifically – is well-positioned to leverage the Marcellus Shale’s […]

House gives another $10M to NRC to keep Yucca Mountain open

The House voted Wednesday to give the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) an additional $10 million for its 2013 appropriation, to ensure the commission can complete a review of the permitting process to use Yucca Mountain in Nevada as a nuclear waste storage site.

Members voted overwhelmingly in favor of the amendment to the Energy and Water […]

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LaHood, Senate committee hammer ‘lousy’ EU airline emission trading rules

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and a panel of lawmakers took turns Wednesday hammering a proposed requirement that airlines operating in European countries trade emissions.

Appearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, LaHood said the proposed European Union emission trading system was a “lousy, bad policy.”

“The United States takes a backseat to no one” […]

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Republican: GOP unlikely to force appearance from official of ‘crucify’ fame

A top Energy and Commerce Committee Republican said the panel is unlikely to force former Environmental Protection Agency official Al Armendariz to testify following his 11th-hour decision not to voluntarily appear at a Wednesday hearing.

Armendariz, the former regional official who likened his environmental enforcement strategy to crucifixion, on Tuesday told lawmakers he would not appear […]

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House Republicans tie jobs push to new energy plan

House Republicans unveiled their latest energy package Wednesday in a bid to keep pressure on the White House over the struggling economy and gasoline prices.

 “The core of what it does is produce more domestic energy,” House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Wednesday on CNBC.

The Domestic Energy and Jobs Act is a package of seven […]

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House approves $32 billion Energy and Water spending bill

The House approved a $32 billion Energy and Water spending bill that increases spending in 2013 above current levels, and includes some amendments that signal House GOP opposition to the Obama administration in several areas.

Members voted 255-165 in favor of the bill, and had the support of 48 Democrats. The bill, H.R. 5325, is the […]

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Natural Gas Industry Wants Philadelphians to Ask their Questions on Marcellus Shale Development

Online Forum Open to the Public June 6 – July 20

Philadelphia, PA – The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) today, at a gathering of leaders from the five counties of southeastern Pennsylvania, launched www.AskAboutShale.org, an online forum designed to better understand the questions residents of greater Philadelphia have about natural gas development in Pennsylvania.

While Marcellus Shale, […]

News bites: Strong lobbying push came before $1.6 billion solar loan

The Wall Street Journal looks at the strong, politically connected lobbying campaign by BrightSource Energy, which won a $1.6 billion Energy Department loan guarantee to build a huge solar power project in California’s Mojave Desert.

From the Journal:

The recipient of the Obama administration’s biggest loan guarantee for solar energy won federal money after an intense push […]

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House GOP to unveil domestic energy plan

House Republicans will unveil a sweeping energy package Wednesday that’s headed for the floor in the coming weeks, signaling that they hope to remain on the political offensive even as gasoline prices have been sliding.

“The core of what it does is produce more domestic energy,” said House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), touting the plan […]

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Ex-EPA official of ‘crucify’ fame won’t appear before House

Al Armendariz, the former regional Environmental Protection Agency official who ignited a firestorm by comparing enforcement of environmental laws to crucifixion, will not be testifying as planned before the House Energy and Commerce Committee Wednesday, committee sources told The Hill.

Armendariz, who was administrator of EPA’s Region 6, resigned in late April over the 2010 comments, […]

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