Daily Archives: August 1, 2012

Lawmakers urge EPA to lower ethanol target amid drought

A bipartisan group of 135 lawmakers signed a letter Wednesday asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to adjust a rule that requires corn ethanol production for transportation fuel.

The lawmakers want EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to temporarily reduce the amount of corn ethanol that gets blended into gasoline under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). They say […]

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Sen. Bingaman proposes nuclear waste management bill

Chairman of the Senate Energy Committee Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) introduced a bill Thursday to revamp federal oversight of nuclear waste, although he acknowledged partisan disagreements would prevent it from passing Congress this session.

Bingaman’s bill would implement recommendations from a January report by the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future. President Obama created the commission in 2009 to […]

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Stearns says GOP leadership pledges September vote on post-Solyndra bill

Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) said he has secured a commitment from House GOP leadership to bring legislation to the floor in September that’s designed to curtail the Energy Department’s embattled loan guarantee program for clean-energy projects.

Stearns is a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which approved the GOP’s “No More Solyndras” bill […]

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Senate Appropriations markup will reconsider Navy biofuels program

Navy biofuels spending might be preserved in a $604.5 billion defense appropriations bill scheduled for a Thursday markup, according to a Reuters report.

The Senate Committee on Appropriations Defense subcommittee on Tuesday approved alternative fuel spending that includes money for a hotly contested Navy biofuels program. The full Senate Appropriations Committee will now determine whether that […]

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Fate of ‘extenders’ markup, wind credit in flux

The Hill’s On The Money blog has the latest on fluid Senate talks over extension of a suite of expired or soon-to-lapse tax breaks — including the wind energy production tax credit that the industry calls vital.

A major wrinkle: Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has indicated he is willing to prevent the
Finance Committee from marking […]

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What They’re Saying: American Natural Gas Drives “Economic Growth and Prosperity”

Pittsburgh, Pa. – It’s difficult to go an entire day – or hour – without a reminder of the economic difficulties facing America, especially for the millions looking for work. This week, the Associated Press reports that “As U.S. hiring as declined, so has consumer and business confidence.” The Associated Press also recently reports that […]

News bites: Romney, Obama steer clear of climate change

Don’t expect many heated climate change debates on the presidential campaign trail, writes The Boston Globe. The paper says climate talk is taking a backseat to the economy, which polls show voters believe is the most important issue this campaign cycle.

Loose credit from Chinese banks is subsidizing that nation’s solar panel industry, in turn fueling a […]

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Wind credit out of Senate tax package – for now

The broad tax extenders package a Senate panel will debate Thursday does not extend expiring tax credits for wind energy projects, but supporters are planning an effort to add the incentives that the wind industry calls vital.

“Senator Baucus will fight hard for it,” said an aide to Max Baucus (D-Mont.), the chairman of the Senate […]

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Administration orders new sanctions on Iran

President Obama announced new sanctions on Iran on Tuesday just as lawmakers of both parties in the House and Senate ran out of patience and introduced their own legislation.

In his first action, Obama signed an executive order that imposes new sanctions on the Iranian energy and petrochemical sectors to block the country from circumventing existing […]

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OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Showdowns on climate change, drilling and Solyndra

STATE OF PLAY: Wednesday will bring Capitol Hill collisions on global warming, offshore drilling and the Energy Department’s embattled loan guarantee program.

Here’s what’s ahead:

In the Senate, the Environment and Public Works Committee will convene a hearing about climate science. Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has noted that the hearing has long been in the works.

But […]

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