Daily Archives: August 6, 2012

Defense Dept., Interior seek to speed renewables on military lands

The Pentagon and Interior Department have inked an agreement aimed at developing green electricity projects to feed power-thirsty military bases, a plan that officials said would help ensure energy for bases if the commercial grid is disrupted.

The “memorandum of understanding (MOU),” unveiled Monday, is among the steps that Obama administration officials are taking to promote […]

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Report: Farm subsidies contribute to wetland damage

Crop insurance subsidies from the federal government have contributed to the loss of wetlands, threatening wildlife and water quality, according to a report released Monday.

A “very, very strong correlation” exists between those payments to farmers and the erosion of wetlands, Scott Faber, vice president of governmental affairs with the Environmental Working Group, said Monday in […]

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Obama, Romney battle for pro-coal mantle

President Obama’s campaign hopes to flip the political script on Mitt Romney in Ohio — a coal-reliant battleground state — with an ad highlighting Romney’s 2003 claim that a Massachusetts coal-fired power plant “kills people.”

The new ad follows months of attacks by the presumptive GOP nominee, who alleges Obama administration regulations and policies are hostile […]

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News bites: Shale gas ascendant, oil slides after Friday surge, and more

Reuters reports that oil prices retreated Monday after jumping Friday on the strength of U.S. employment data.

“Oil fell by over $1 a barrel on Monday, retreating from gains last week, as investors awaited more clues on the health of the global economy and the outlook for oil demand,” the news service reports.

The Associated Press provides […]

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Murkowski, Hoeven tour Alaska, press for expanded drilling

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) hosted Republican colleague John Hoeven (N.D.) on a tour of Alaska’s oil-and-gas fields this weekend, as she begins a blitz to convince fellow senators to pressure the White House to expand drilling in the state.

Murkowski, the ranking Republican on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, plans to welcome several […]

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Gibson Guitar agrees to pay $300,000 penalty to settle Lacey Act violations

The Justice Department announced Monday that it has come to an agreement with Gibson Guitar Corp. that will resolve an investigation into whether the company used illegally harvested wood and ebony in its production process, a violation of the Lacey Act.

Under the agreement, Gibson will pay a $300,000 penalty, plus a $50,000 “community service payment” […]

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