Daily Archives: July 13, 2012

News bites: Delays, cost woes hit new nuclear projects

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports on delays and cost overruns facing construction of the nation’s first new nuclear reactors in decades.

From the story:

Despite promises from the nuclear industry to regulators and consumers that they learned from mistakes of the past, the nation’s first two nuclear reactor projects built from scratch in 30 years are headed toward […]

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Murkowski, Begich press White House on Arctic strategy

Alaska’s bipartisan Senate delegation says the White House doesn’t quite have the vision thing down yet when it comes to planning for development in the Arctic.

Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R) and Mark Begich (D), in a cordial letter to the White House this week, applaud several administration actions but say an “overall national U.S. strategy” for […]

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Dems use wildfires to call for hearings on climate change

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), a top House Democrat, is urging the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Republican majority to hold a hearing that explores links between climate change and extreme weather.

The request, spelled out in a letter Friday, is a sign that Democrats and environmentalists hope to translate the recent record-setting heatwaves into political momentum for […]

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95 (at least) Killed for Gasoline in Nigeria

More poor, desperate people died today trying to get gasoline from an overturned tanker than in the history of nuclear power.

At Least 95 Killed in Nigeria Tanker Truck Fire

A truck carrying fuel veered off the road into a ditch, caught fire and exploded in Nigeria’s oil-rich delta on Thursday, killing at least 95 people who […]

Oil reps blast Obama, champion Romney at DC event

Energy policy wonks and oil industry representatives butted heads Thursday on President Obama’s record on gas and oil, as industry officials voiced support for Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

At the New America Foundation event in Washington, D.C., Robin West, chairman and CEO of PFC Energy, claimed Obama has targeted oil and gas industries with government intervention, […]

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Natural-gas boom could isolate US on climate change

The domestic national-gas boom might thin the ranks of climate change advocates and put the United States at odds with the international community on the issue, an expert said Thursday.

America’s insistence that natural gas will play an important role in easing the effects of climate change runs counter to European views and will likely invite […]

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Left-right climate group quietly weighing proposals for carbon tax

A broad coalition of advocates has been meeting quietly to discuss a path forward on climate and fiscal policy, including proposals for a carbon tax.

The ad-hoc, left-right group has held several closed-door meetings since 2011, most recently gathering on Wednesday afternoon at the conservative American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, D.C.

The meetings follow the 2010 collapse […]

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State of Play: The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing Friday in Oklahoma, titled “America’s Energy Future Part I: A Review of Unnecessary and Burdensome Regulations,” that’s sure to feature criticisms of White House energy policies that are common on Capitol Hill.

t’s “Part I” because on Saturday the panel will hold […]

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