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Two new bills take aim at EPA authority

January 31, 2011 Two senators are introducing dueling pieces of legislation Monday that will lay down the markers for how aggressively the upper chamber will seek to hamstring the Obama administration's carbon regulations. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., is reintroducing a measure he sponsored last Congress that would delay for two years the Environmental ...

Oil spill panel releases recommendations

January 11, 2011 The national oil spill commission released its long-awaited final report Tuesday morning in a media conference at the National Press Club. The roughly 300-page report analyzing last year's massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill gathers many reforms that the seven-member commission, which President Obama appointed in May, has presented over ...

A gulf between words and actions opens in aftermath of oil spill

October 20, 2010 Six months, 185 million gallons of spilled oil and upwards of 60 congressional hearings after BP's well exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, and what does Washington have to show for it? Not much. The 111th Congress is probably not going to pass any bill addressing the worst oil spill ...

Solar panels to be installed at White House

October 5, 2010 Environmental activist Bill McKibben is getting his wish as Obama administration officials announce the White House will be at least partially powered by solar energy. Earlier this month McKibben met with Amelia Salzman, associate director of policy outreach at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, to discuss installing solar ...

Cyber threat bill clears Senate panel

August 5, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Senate committee on Thursday approved legislation that gives the Energy secretary power to issue emergency orders for imminent cybersecurity threats to the electric grid. The Energy and Natural Resources Committee was initially considering a similar measure that passed the House in June. Sponsored by Global Warming Chairman Edward Markey, ...

Partisan battle looms over oil spill measures

July 26, 2010 With comprehensive climate and energy legislation off the table, the Senate is gearing up to battle over oil spill measures that could prove divisive when Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., brings legislation to the floor later this week. Reid will introduce the Democrats' oil spill package Monday, after Republicans quietly ...

Obama to issue policy for managing oceans and coastline

July 19, 2010 President Obama is expected to issue an executive order on Monday to create a national policy for managing the country's oceans, coasts and Great Lakes. The policy does not change any existing laws or regulations, but it could have helped the federal government better coordinate its response to the Gulf ...

Interior imposes new drilling moratorium

July 13, 2010 Interior Secretary Ken Salazar issued a new moratorium Monday on deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, and it largely resembles one that federal courts have struck down twice. The new order allows production to resume if oil rig owners meet certain safety conditions. "I am basing my decision on ...

Lawmakers issue protest on Yucca decision

July 7, 2010 Nearly 100 lawmakers, mostly Republicans, are urging Energy Secretary Steven Chu to stop moving forward on shuttering the nuclear waste repository site at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. The Obama administration has yanked funding for the project, which has been in the works for more than two decades, and let go ...

Salazar to seek funding for drilling inspectors

June 24, 2010 Interior Secretary Ken Salazar intends to ask Congress in the coming days for more funding to increase more than fivefold the number of inspectors enforcing offshore oil and natural gas drilling rules. "Without a doubt, the need to have a robust agency that can go out and do the proper ...