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Pentagon unveils sweeping Energy strategy

June 14, 2011 The Pentagon on Tuesday unveiled its first Operational Energy Strategy," a plan to fundamentally transform the way fuel is used in the theater of war. Clean-energy advocates have heaped praise on the plan, saying it could also drive major energy innovations in the commercial sector. The strategy is a formal...

Pentagon wants to spur a revolution in clean energy

May 31, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For American drivers, $4-a-gallon gasoline is painful: It bites deeply into household incomes at a time when millions of people are stretched to a breaking point. But for the U.S. military, the cost of fuel is a magnitude greater--and a matter of life or death. Fuel shipments account for the...

Boehner signals willingness to look at big oil's tax breaks

April 26, 2011 House Speaker Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, said on Monday that Republicans should consider President Obama's proposals to cut tax breaks for oil and gas companies. In each year of his administration, President Obama has proposed rolling back the approximately $4 billion in annual tax incentives enjoyed by the oil companies-an...

Chu says Japan crisis may top Three Mile Island

March 16, 2011 Energy Secretary Steven Chu told Congress that the explosions at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear-power plant "actually appear to be more serious than Three Mile Island," referring to the 1979 meltdown near Harrisburg, Pa., that led to a three-decade freeze on nuclear-plant construction in the U.S. "To what extent [it's worse],...

Tea partier wants to scrap Energy Department

February 7, 2011 As this year's stormy federal budget battle kicks off, the Energy Department is becoming a political football. For tea party Republicans with a bloodlust for slashing government spending, Energy is a top target. In January, GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky introduced a bill to slash $500 billion in government...

Senate confirms Lew as OMB director

November 19, 2010 The Senate confirmed Jack Lew as director of the Office of Management and Budget by unanimous consent late Thursday after Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., lifted a hold that had stalled the nomination since September. Landrieu's hold was a protest against the White House's moratorium on deep-water oil and gas drilling...

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