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Budget reflects scaled-back vision for clean energy

February 13, 2012 President Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget proposal asks Congress to increase spending on renewable-energy projects by about $500 million – almost the same amount the Energy Department lost on its loan guarantee for the bankrupt solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra. The proposed spending increase, which would take the Energy Department’s renewables spending up ...

White House budget to expand clean energy programs through Pentagon

February 10, 2012 The White House believes it’s figured out how to get more money for clean energy programs touted by President Obama without having it become political road kill in the wake of the Solyndra controversy: Put it in the Pentagon. While details are thin on the ground, lawmakers who work on ...

Will Energy Secretary Steven Chu stay or go?

November 15, 2011 When Steven Chu, a Nobel physicist who had lately devoted his career to climate change and clean-energy research, was nominated by President Obama for Energy secretary in December 2008, it seemed like a perfect match. Until then, the Energy Department had actually played very little role in energy policy. Despite ...

Interior Department plan will include more Gulf, Alaska leases

November 8, 2011 The Obama administration on Tuesday is set to release its first five-year offshore drilling plan, opening up the Beaufort, Chukchi seas, the Cook Inlet off the coast of Alaska as well as more areas in the Gulf of Mexico, sources familiar with the announcement told National Journal. By expanding drilling ...

White House orders independent review of Energy-loan program

October 28, 2011 White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley said on Friday that the administration is ordering an independent analysis of the Energy Department program that gave a $535 million loan guarantee to Solyndra, the bankrupt solar-energy company that is already facing an FBI probe. The move is one of the most ...

EPA chief: Agency feeling heat from right and left

October 14, 2011 The Environmental Protection Agency faces an "unprecedented … overreaction" as Republicans put Clean Air Act rules at the center of their political attack on so-called "job-killing" regulations, EPA administrator Lisa Jackson said on Friday. But Jackson noted that several Obama administration moves also have angered environmentalists and some Democrats. The ...

Key Romney environment official now at Obama's EPA

September 23, 2011 President Obama can thank Republican Mitt Romney for more than the Massachusetts health care law that helped shape Obama's national health care plan. One of Romney's former top state environmental officials during his tenure as Massachusetts governor now oversees air quality at Obama's Environmental Protection Agency, playing a key role ...

Promise of jobs from solar, wind power a hard sell in the desert

August 30, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow SEARCHLIGHT, Nev.-- It's easy to find Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's house in his tiny desert mining hometown. "You looking for Dirty Harry? Just look for the house with the wind turbine in the yard and the big solar panels on the roof," said a patron at the Searchlight Nugget ...

Canada-Texas oil pipeline gets preliminary State Department nod

August 26, 2011 The Obama administration on Friday took a key step toward approving construction of the controversial Keystone XL project, a 1,700-mile, $7 billion pipeline that would bring 700,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada to Texas. The State Department, which has final say over whether the project is in the ...

Environmentalists hail Grand Canyon ruling

June 20, 2011 In a move hailed as a major victory by environmentalists, the Obama administration on Monday set in motion a plan to ban uranium mining on more than one million acres around the Grand Canyon in Arizona for 20 years. At a press conference held on the canyon rim, Interior Secretary ...