05 Jul 2012

Leveraging Marcellus Shale Natural Gas to Power Our Cars…and Rigs

There continues to be a great deal of national debate about how best to strengthen America’s energy security and provide consumers with more access to affordable energy while also identifying ways to protect our environment. Across the Appalachia, the Marcellus Shale continues to...
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05 Jul 2012

Another Obama-backed energy firm may be close to collapse

Another energy firm backed by the Obama administration appears to be headed toward collapse. This time it’s a Nevada geothermal company that benefited from a $98.5 million federal loan guarantee that’s in the spotlight. Auditors for Nevada Geothermal Power have doubts about...
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05 Jul 2012

No apologies from outgoing Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairman

Though his leadership style wasn’t always well received and might have been his undoing, outgoing Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Gregory Jaczko made no apologies Thursday at a media roundtable for the results it produced. Jaczko, whose term is slated to end in June...
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05 Jul 2012

Napolitano on weird weather and climate change: ‘There’s a pattern here’

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano this week linked climate change with the wildfires hitting Colorado. Napolitano said “there’s a pattern here” as she noted the summer wildfires as well as the East Coast heat wave and the high-velocity winds that whipped through the...
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05 Jul 2012

Rural energy programs cut under House panel’s version of farm bill

Five rural energy programs will end while others will be slimmed down if a draft version of the 2012 farm bill released Thursday becomes law. The cuts, made by leaders of the House Agriculture Committee, will total about $500 million, according to the draft legislation, which...
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05 Jul 2012

News bites: Report says ‘collusion’ caused Japanese nuke plant disaster

CNN looks at a major report on the Japanese nuclear plant disaster that was commissioned by the country’s parliament. From its piece: The nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan was a “man-made disaster” that unfolded as a result of collusion...
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05 Jul 2012

House Democrat prods Obama 
to tap oil reserves in wake of Iran missile tests

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) on Thursday called on President Obama to release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) in order to limit Iran’s ability to manipulate oil prices by taking “aggressive actions,” such as recent missile tests. “As you...
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05 Jul 2012

Report: Iran hiding identities of ships that contain excess oil

Iran is repainting its tankers in an attempt to conceal the excess oil that they are now carrying due to sanctions slashing Iranian oil exports, The New York Times reported. The report from Iranian port city Bandar Abbas found that a fleet of 65 tankers have become “floating...
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