Daily Archives: July 18, 2012

RNC hits Obama on ties between top donors, Energy Dept. officials

Republicans pushed hard Wednesday on their claims the Obama administration gave political payoffs to campaign bundlers and green energy companies at the expense of taxpayers, releasing emails they said showed top donors’ ties to Energy Department officials.

The Republican National Committee (RNC) released a series of emails from 2009 and 2010 in which Silicon Valley investor […]

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Democrat Markey says massive ice break makes case for climate change action

A top Democrat says a massive ice chunk that broke free from Greenland shows that policymakers must take much stronger action to battle global warming.

Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), in a statement Wednesday, cited the new Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” to call for climate action and take a shot at presumptive GOP White House […]

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Wilson lays out attacks on Heinrich in N.M. Senate race

Former Rep. Heather Wilson (R-N.M.) laid out her campaign strategy against Rep. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) on Wednesday, describing him as “out on the extreme of his own party” and promising to hit the longtime enviromental advocate on energy issues.

Wilson is running as a slight underdog in the Democratic-leaning state. Her pollster, Glen Bolger, said she […]

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Hacker evades British cops in ‘climate-gate’ probe

British police say their investigation of the 2009 theft of climate scientists’ emails from a prominent U.K. research institute will end without catching the hacker.

The hacking from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) created a political stir on Capitol Hill, fueling GOP claims that scientists sought to squelch data that undercuts evidence of human-induced climate change.

But […]

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House GOP renews attack on Obama’s drilling policies

House Republicans renewed their attack on President Obama’s energy policies on Wednesday, advancing legislation that would require the administration to offer up more areas for drilling off America’s coasts.

In a 24-17 vote, the House Natural Resources Committee approved a bill that would require the Interior Department to open up parts of the Atlantic and Pacific […]

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News bites: White House weakened soot proposal

The Washington Post reports that the White House forced the Environmental Protection Agency to propose a slightly weaker standard for fine particulate matter, or soot, than the agency was seeking.

“The behind-the-scenes tweaking of the proposed soot standards, which affect particles measuring less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter, sparked criticism that the White House was interfering […]

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Chairmen Issa, Mica probe if wind farm decision was political

Senior House Republicans are asking the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) whether it faced political pressure from Obama administration officials to determine that a planned coastal wind farm off Massachusetts would not pose a danger to airplanes.

Chairmen Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and John Mica (R-Fla.), in a new letter to FAA’s acting administrator, seek copies of communications […]

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Shell’s Arctic drilling plan could go down to the wire

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday that a decision to grant Shell permits to drill in Arctic waters off Alaska’s coast this summer could arrive as late as Aug. 15, giving the oil giant a tight window for the project.

Salazar spoke to The New York Times on Tuesday:

Asked about the window of opportunity for Shell’s […]

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Senate sees stalemate on flame-retardant furniture safety regs

Chemicals pumped into America’s furniture don’t do much to prevent fires and could be poisoning the public, a Senate hearing was told Tuesday.

It also appeared that government agencies are hamstrung to deal with the problem and that Congress will not be able agree on a way to intervene any time soon.

The hearing could add […]

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OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Abound Solar collapse draws GOP attention

State of Play: House Republicans will attack the Energy Department’s embattled loan guarantee program on two fronts Wednesday.

A House committee will delve into the recent collapse of Abound Solar, an advanced panel manufacturer that received $70 million in Energy Department-backed loans.

An Oversight and Government Reform Committee panel is slated to question the bankrupt firm’s CEO, […]

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