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Salazar: National Park Service Criticism 'Wrongheaded'

October 10, 2013 Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar took a swipe Thursday at Republicans who have called out the National Park Service for shutdown closures they claim are politically motivated. "It's wrongheaded and unfair that there are some Republicans who are targeting the National Park Service," Salazar said. "The approach that's being taken...

EPA Wants to Help You Sell Your Used Car

October 2, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Environmental Protection Agency wants to help you sell your used car. But you may not want its help. For almost a year, EPA has required revamped fuel-economy stickers to be plastered on all new cars and light-duty trucks. Now, the agency, along with the Energy Department, is offering the...

National Parks Becoming Flashpoint in Shutdown Debate

October 1, 2013 Republicans are keeping tourists from the grandeur of Yosemite—on its 123rd birthday, no less. Democrats are preventing World War II veterans from visiting their own memorial. No one, it seems, can agree on if or how to fund the government or who's to blame for the shutdown, but everyone wants...

Solar Panels Could Be Next on the Shopping List for British IKEA Shoppers

October 1, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow IKEA, the Swedish furniture company, will soon start offering solar panels at its British stores, AP reports. At roughly $9,200 a system, the company estimates the panels will pay for themselves in seven years. Solar power at the utility scale has increased recently in affordability, but its cost-effectiveness for residential...

Energy Secretary: Obama Not at 'War' With Coal

August 26, 2013 President Obama's climate-change plan isn't a "war" on the coal or oil industries, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said in a Monday policy address, but an incremental approach to reduce carbon emissions while improving the existing energy infrastructure. Moniz, speaking at Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy, touched specifically on...

Appeals Court Shoots Down Obama Administration's Yucca Delays

August 14, 2013 The Obama administration's efforts to abandon Yucca Mountain as a storage site for nuclear waste were dealt a setback Tuesday, as a federal appeals court ruled that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission must issue a ruling on the site's permit application. The 2-1 ruling said the administration's directives "violate the law,"...

House Republicans Fight EPA Bureaucracy With ... Bureaucracy

August 1, 2013 If the Environmental Protection Agency wants to lay down more red tape, it will have to go through red tape to do so. That's the premise of a bill that passed the House on Thursday by a 232-181 vote. The Energy Consumers Relief Act would require congressional oversight for any...

Interior Dept. Cuts Would Hurt Economy, New Secretary Says

July 29, 2013 Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Monday blasted a House Republican bill that would cut environmental and wildlife spending, saying it would have devastating effects on her department and, subsequently, the economy. "[Funding] reductions are shortsighted and could have measurable economic consequences," Jewell said, speaking to reporters on a conference call....