02 Aug 2012

GOP probe: Solyndra a ‘cautionary tale’

A House GOP report capping a probe of the Obama administration’s backing for Solyndra calls the solar firm’s collapse a “cautionary tale” of political pressures and misguided policy leading to the loss of about a half-billion taxpayer dollars. House Energy and...
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02 Aug 2012

Democrats fight GOP report on Solyndra, ask how much investigation cost

Democrats are fighting a Republican report on the GOP investigation of solar firm Solyndra with plans to release their own report and call attention to how much the investigation cost taxpayers. On Thursday House Republicans made public their report from 18 months of...
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02 Aug 2012

Dem lawmaker proposes carbon tax legislation

Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) introduced legislation Thursday that would tax carbon emissions, sparking criticism from the GOP. The price on carbon would ramp up over time to incentivize greenhouse gas emission reductions, McDermott said in a statement. He said the bill would...
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02 Aug 2012

Ethanol groups to Congress: Try not to ‘out-guess’ markets

A pair of ethanol industry trade groups on Thursday accused lawmakers and livestock groups of spreading misinformation to kill a rule that promotes corn ethanol production. Some lawmakers critical of ethanol have called for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) renewable...
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02 Aug 2012

Murkowski, Wyden plan Alaska visit with energy gavel uncertain

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) wants to get very far away from Capitol Hill to talk strategy with fellow Energy and Natural Resources Committee member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). Murkowski is hoping to host Wyden in Alaska at some point in August, she said. She will probably chair the...
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02 Aug 2012

New Survey: Western PA’s Natural Gas-Producing Communities Overwhelming Support Marcellus Shale

Safe, tightly-regulated, job-creating Marcellus Shale development is supported by a clear majority of western Pennsylvania communities where natural gas production actually occurs. That was among the key findings in the recently released Pittsburgh Regional Quality of Life...
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02 Aug 2012

Report: White House budget analysts feared Solyndra loan risks

A GOP report shows that White House budget analysts had concerns about the financial risks of the Energy Department’s early 2011 restructuring of the federal loan for Solyndra, the solar panel company that collapsed last August, according to a news account. The Washington Post...
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02 Aug 2012

Senators: Arab Spring shows need for strong oil-disclosure rule

A bipartisan Senate duo says uprisings in Libya and other nations underscore why U.S. regulators must end delays and issue tough rules that force oil companies to disclose their payments to foreign governments. Sens. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), in a Huffington...
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02 Aug 2012

Wind-energy credit resurfaces in Senate tax plan

Senate legislation to extend various tax breaks now includes a one-year renewal of tax credits for wind energy projects that were omitted from an earlier version of the plan. The Senate maneuvering is occurring in the shadow of a presidential race in which Mitt Romney’s...
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