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Energy Nominee Blocked Over Cuts at S.C. Nuclear-Waste Plant

April 24, 2013 In his recent confirmation hearing, Ernest Moniz told senators that one of his very first trips as Energy secretary would be to Hanford, the troublesome nuclear-waste site in Washington state. But Moniz might be wise to detour down to South Carolina on his way in light of a move Tuesday ...

Besieged Regulator Appointed to Nuclear-Weapons Panel

April 18, 2013 Late in the evening on Wednesday, one of the busiest and most unnerving times Washington has seen in a long while, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid quietly appointed a controversial former nuclear-energy regulator to a key but obscure panel. Reid appointed Gregory Jaczko, the beleaguered former chairman of the Nuclear ...

Senator to Grill Obama's Energy Nominee on Nuclear-Waste Site

April 8, 2013 On Tuesday, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Ernest Moniz, President Obama’s nominee for Energy secretary, are going to square off like it’s 1998. Wyden convenes Moniz’s confirmation hearing Tuesday morning, but the history between the two men goes back to the 1990s when Moniz ...

Democrats Oppose Flexibility in Sequester Cuts

February 27, 2013 Top lawmakers spent Tuesday searching for leverage points in the coming public-relations war over the automatic spending cuts that almost everyone agrees will now occur even though they were never designed to go into effect. For Senate Republicans, one such potential spot is in crafting an alternative to the so-called ...

After the Sequester, Government Shutdown Looms

February 26, 2013 Congressional leaders are already shifting their focus to the next spending battle after the automatic budget sequester takes effect on Friday -- how to keep the government running -- but the Democratic strategy on this fight is far from set. House Republicans are gearing up for a bill spearheaded by ...

Senate Democrats Prepare to Defend Obama's Climate-Change Rules

February 21, 2013 When offense fails, try harder on defense. That’s the mindset of Senate Democratic leaders, led by Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer of California, as they prepare for an intensifying battle with Republicans over President Obama’s climate-change rules. “My No. 1 job is to make sure that nobody ...

Super Bowl blackout could add momentum to energy policy, lawmaker says

February 4, 2013 The Super Bowl blackout could provide the momentum for energy policy like the Hispanic vote has done for immigration reform, according to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. “This issue of immigration: Why are we all focused on that? Well, it’s because the Republicans lost the ...

Democratic senators pass torch to EPA on climate change

January 23, 2013 After years of trying—and failing—to get climate-change legislation through Congress, top Senate Democrats are publicly ready to hand over the power to President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency. “A lot of people don’t recognize that EPA has huge authority to reduce carbon in the air,” Senate Environment and Public ...

What you need to know about EPA's carbon rules

December 28, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congress has voted on the Environmental Protection Agency’s rules controlling greenhouse gas emissions around 10 times over the past few years, and next year the agency is wading into the most controversial parts of the rulemaking. The politically charged debates conflate facts and myths, and important points with superfluous ones. ...

Utilities and generators are powerless against Sandy

October 29, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Major storms like Hurricane Sandy reveal one of the biggest public-perception gaps with energy: You don’t notice it until it’s gone. Over the next few days, millions of people living along the Eastern Seaboard stretching from the Carolinas to Canada are expected to find out the hard way just how ...