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Embattled nuclear agency chairman verbally abused female employees, colleague says

December 14, 2011 Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko verbally abused senior-level female employees at the agency, according to testimony of a fellow commissioner at the NRC. The testimony from Commissioner William Magwood, a Democrat, was submitted for the record for a House oversight hearing on the ongoing feud brewing between Jaczko and...

Navy seeks boost from biofuels

December 5, 2011 The Obama administration announced on Monday the government's largest-ever purchase of biofuels. The U.S. military signed a contract late last week with two biofuels companies to purchase 450,000 gallons of advanced biofuels made out of nonfood sources like algae and animal fats and greases, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Agriculture...

Energy Secretary says politics did not influence Solyndra loan

November 17, 2011 Energy Secretary Steven Chu insisted at a House hearing on Thursday that politics did not influence Energy Department actions on a $535 million loan guarantee to the solar-energy company Solyndra, which defaulted on the federal loan this summer after filing for bankruptcy. "I want to be clear: Over the course...

Emails suggest Energy Department put politics above economics with Solyndra

November 16, 2011 In another email released by House Republicans on Wednesday, the Energy Department was described as putting politics above economics in considering the now-bankrupt Solyndra and its $535 million loan guarantee. "The DOE really thinks politically before it thinks economically and in a conversation today with [name redacted] he confirmed this...

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...

Emails show Obama fundraiser involved in Solyndra

November 9, 2011 Newly released emails show that George Kaiser, an Oklahoma billionaire and key fundraiser for President Obama, was deeply involved in lobbying the administration to provide federal stimulus funds to Solyndra, a now-bankrupt solar-energy firm in which Kaiser was the major investor. Solyndra eventually received a $535 million loan but defaulted...

Energy stimulus money mired in investigations, bad management, IG says

November 2, 2011 More than 100 investigations and overall poor management of almost $40 billion have mired the federal government's efforts to jump-start the clean-energy economy, a top government watchdog testified to Congress on Wednesday. "A combination of massive funding, high expectations, and inadequate infrastructure resulted, at times, in less than optimal performance,"...

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...

House Democrats focus on Solyndra legal memo

October 14, 2011 House Democrats Friday urged Republicans leading the congressional probe into Solyndra to release an Energy Department memo that they say shows the administration's legal rationale for restructuring the $535 million federal loan guarantee of the now-defunct solar manufacturer. A spokeswoman for House Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Henry Waxman, D-Calif.,...

House GOP: Did DOE break the law on Solyndra?

October 8, 2011 House Republicans released new e-mails on Friday evening that they claim show the Treasury Department believed the Energy Department was violating the law when it restructured a $535 million loan guarantee to Solyndra, the defunct solar manufacturer at the heart of an FBI investigation. An Energy Department spokesman said the...

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