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Protesters, security forces clash in Charlotte

September 5, 2012 Rowdy protesters and stepped-up security wreaked havoc in uptown Charlotte on the first day of the Democratic National Convention. For several hours in the afternoon, a standoff between police and protesters identifying themselves with the Occupy movement blocked roads that were originally not expected to be closed. This exacerbated traffic ...

Cops, cameras and copters keep eyes on Charlotte

September 3, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Watch out, convention-goers, because most of the time you’re going to be watched. To ensure the Democratic National Convention is as safe an event as possible, local and federal security forces are employing 4,000 police officers, 500 cameras, and two helicopters. The Charlotte police force, about 1,700 officers strong, is ...

Isaac prompts loan from petroleum reserve

August 31, 2012 The Obama administration is loaning 1 million barrels of oil to Marathon Petroleum in the wake of Hurricane Isaac, the Energy Department announced on Friday. The oil loan, which will come out of the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve, is not the same thing as an official release of oil from ...

Science, politics collide over extreme weather, climate change

July 3, 2012 According to some environmentalists and scientists, climate change was knocking down Washington’s door—and its power lines—this past weekend. About 4.3 million people throughout the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic lost power over the weekend in the wake of a series of unusually severe and long-lasting thunderstorms—known as a “super derecho”—that hit the ...

Sierra Club hires EPA official felled by 'crucify' comments

June 29, 2012 The Environmental Protection Agency official who recently resigned for saying the government should “crucify” bad actors in the energy industry will go to work for the Sierra Club to help its campaign against coal. The Sierra Club announced on Friday that it was hiring Al Armendariz, who resigned on April ...

Utility executive blasts EPA

June 1, 2012 Republicans in Congress complain that President Obama is trying to ban coal -- the nation’s most prevalent source of electricity -- through a flurry of rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency. Nick Akins, the new CEO of American Electric Power, one of the country’s biggest coal utilities, paints a ...

EPA proposes first-ever climate rules

March 27, 2012 The Environmental Protection Agency proposed limits on greenhouse-gas emissions from new power plants on Tuesday, taking the first major regulatory action to address climate change as promised by President Obama's administration soon after he took office in 2009. “We’re taking a common-sense step to reduce pollution in our air, protect ...

Energy secretary backtracks on high gas prices

March 13, 2012 Energy Secretary Steven Chu on Tuesday retracted his now-infamous quote from 2008: “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” “I no longer share that view,” Chu said in response to questioning from Sen.Mike Lee, R-Utah, at a Senate Energy ...

EPA faces third straight year of cuts

February 13, 2012 President Obama’s environmental agenda, under political attack and on the back burner in a sluggish economy, will face budget cuts for the third straight year. The proposed Environmental Protection Agency budget for fiscal year 2013 is $8.3 billion, down from $9.0 billion last year. This year’s request represents a 1.2 ...

Obama rejects Keystone pipeline

January 18, 2012 In a decision that quickly re-ignited a fierce energy debate, the Obama administration on Wednesday rejected the controversial Keystone XL pipeline because the 60-day deadline imposed by Republicans did not allow adequate time to review an alternate route through an ecologically sensitive area in Nebraska. Deputy Secretary of State William ...