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Energy Department to Approve Billions in Nuclear Backing

February 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will announce Wednesday that he is giving final approval for a multibillion-dollar loan guarantee for the first nuclear reactors to be built in the U.S. in more than 30 years, according to a source familiar with the news. The licensee for the reactors, Southern Company, received...

With Staff Changes, EPA Sharpens Climate Focus

December 13, 2013 The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is shuffling the agency's staff to put greater focus on President Obama's climate agenda. In an announcement issued last week and obtained Thursday by National Journal Daily, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy named Joel Beauvais to be associate administrator for EPA's policy office, a...

Bill Could Stifle EPA Power-Plant Regulations

October 28, 2013 A coal-state duo floated legislation Monday that would require congressional approval of President Obama's rules aimed at slashing carbon emissions from the nation's existing fleet of coal-fired power plants, according to a draft of the bill obtained by National Journal. The pair of lawmakers—House Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed...

Navy’s Use of Biofuels Could Trigger Private-Sector Adoption

August 16, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Navy's use of advanced biofuels could help spur private-sector investment, said Dennis McGinn, President Obama's newly confirmed assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations, and environment. "The private-sector benefits are the military's ability to do some pretty good analysis, to manage risk, and to introduce innovative materials and...

Why and How Obama Will (Probably) Approve Keystone XL

July 2, 2013 Gazing into my columnist's crystal ball on a steamy summer day when many in the Obama administration have climate change on their minds, I see a decision coming on the Keystone XL pipeline on a cold December day when most people have holiday shopping on their minds. Based on conversations...

Analysis: Can We Regulate Our Way Out of Climate Change?

July 1, 2013 Bypassing Capitol Hill, President Obama is throwing his political power behind his administration’s actions to combat global warming. “For the sake of our children, and the health and safety of all Americans, I’m directing the Environmental Protection Agency to put an end to the limitless dumping of carbon pollution from...

Obama's Last Hope for Climate Change: EPA

June 25, 2013 President Obama is ready to take one more shot at combating global warming with the last, least-popular, and messiest tool he's got left: regulations administered by the politically besieged Environmental Protection Agency. It won't be popular, it might not work, and it could cost him his pick to head EPA....

Energy Department Weighs Permits for Exporting Natural Gas

May 21, 2013 Christopher Smith, the Energy Department official in charge of shaping the Obama administration’s policy on exporting natural gas, recalls working for Chevron on an import facility during the first part of the last decade. At the time, U.S. reserves were thought to be scarce and fuel prices were accordingly high....

GOP Forces Gridlock Over Obama’s Nominees for EPA, Labor

May 9, 2013 Senate Republicans are forcing partisan debates about the role of the executive branch and its commitment to transparency by blocking the confirmation of two of President Obama’s nominees to top positions within his administration. There doesn’t yet seem to be any clear resolution to the stalemate, which is holding up...

What the Senate Energy Panel Would Look Like Under Chairwoman Landrieu

April 30, 2013 If Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., takes over the gavel of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee next Congress, she is in a prime spot to lead on an issue that’s critically important to her state—energy—and finally get past the finish line her signature policy issue: energy revenue-sharing for coastal states....

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