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Who will succeed Jackson as EPA head?

December 27, 2012 After four years in office, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson said on Thursday that she will step down after President Obama’s State of the Union address in January, inviting speculation about who will be named as her successor. Jackson’s four-year tenure at the agency was busy and productive, but ...

Lisa Jackson stepping down as EPA head

December 27, 2012 This story was updated to add comment from President Obama. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson will be stepping down after President Obama’s State of the Union address in January. Jackson, the first black head of the EPA and the fourth woman to hold the job, has spent much of ...

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 ...

What's new in Obama's second-term goals?

September 7, 2012 In his speech at the Democratic convention in Charlotte on Thursday, President Obama laid out a list of goals for his second term, some of which represented new policy ideas and some which were repackaged goals that his administration had announced previously. Here’s a look at Obama’s second-term goals: Manufacturing ...

Arctic drilling might wait until 2013, Interior Secretary Salazar says

August 14, 2012 A delay in getting oil-spill equipment into the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska means that Shell Oil might not be able to start the first offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean this year as planned, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said on Monday. Shell is still working to meet Coast Guard ...

Insiders: GOP won’t stop Pentagon’s green-energy push

July 26, 2012 Republicans in both the House and Senate this year have proposed cutting funds for alternative-energy programs in the defense authorization bill. But these efforts won’t gain much traction, National Journal’s Energy & Environment Insiders say. More than 70 percent of Insiders say that the Defense Department’s move to use more ...

Nuclear agency chairman stepping down

May 21, 2012 The embattled chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory Jaczko, announced on Monday that he is resigning from his post at the NRC, noting that now is the “appropriate time” to step down. His resignation is effective upon the confirmation of his successor. Jaczko, a former aide to Senate Majority ...

New FBI probe of bomb plot highlights administration’s tough stance on leaks

May 17, 2012 The FBI has launched a criminal probe designed to identify the government officials who leaked key details of a foiled al-Qaida bomb plot, the latest indication of the Obama administration’s unrelenting push to find and punish those sharing classified information with the media. FBI Director Robert Mueller, appearing before the ...

TransCanada reapplies for Keystone permit

May 4, 2012 TransCanada announced on Friday that it has submitted a new application for a permit for the northern portion of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline that would bring Canadian tar-sands oil from Alberta to Steele City, Neb., reigniting the divisive political debate over the project. "Our application for a Presidential Permit ...

Power struggle at watchdog agency could undermine nuclear-plant safety

April 10, 2012 Until the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in Japan and a very public internal feud late last year, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission was a fairly obscure federal agency with primary responsibility for regulating the nation’s 104 nuclear power plants. But when the other four NRC commissioners—two Democrats and two Republicans—ganged up ...