White House faces Democratic Senate revolt over nuclear security cuts

By James Arkin

Members of the Senate are asking Obama to increase spending to secure global nuclear weapons stocks

Excerpts from this story referencing "Oregon":

"… hese programs in 2015. Dianne Feinstein of California and Jeff Merkley of Oregon were joined by 20 other Democrats, as well as two Republicans and two inde …"

Saturated with oil money, Texas legislature saved industry from pollution rule

By David Hasemyer, Ben Wieder and Alan Suderman

An effort to impose stricter rules on Texas oil and gas operators in 2011 fizzled after the state legislature got involved.

Exelon amends reports concerning contributions to trade groups

By Michael Beckel

Nuclear giant says its political contribution reports overstated numerous payments to politically active nonprofits.

Corporate cash helps politicians party on

By Michael Beckel

Inauguration, convention-related groups boosted by corporate contributions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "oil":

"… that helped provide support for convention-related activities. Meanwhile, oil company Phillips 66 self-reported a $10,000 contribution to a Florida-base …"

Top U.S. corporations funneled $173 million to political nonprofits

By Michael Beckel

Analysis of company disclosures reveals steady flow of cash from corporations to social welfare organizations, trade associations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Microsoft Corp.":

"… rgy giant Exelon Corp., health insurer WellPoint Inc. and technology titan Microsoft Corp. The millions of dollars in corporate expenditures highlighted by the Cent …"

"… which reported giving $19.2 million to 15 trade associations in 2012, and Microsoft Corp., which doled out $12.5 million to more than three dozen groups between Jul …"

Rail industry, utilities boost 'clean coal' coalition

By Michael Beckel

Norfolk Southern, CSX among companies to voluntarily reveal payments to the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.

Graham's campaign collects bundle from lobbyists

By Michael Beckel

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., collected 10 percent of campaign cash from lobbyists.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Connecticut":

"… aded by his former Senate colleague Chris Dodd, a Democrat who represented Connecticut. During the past two years, the industry trade group spent more than $4 m …"

DOE inspector general recommends consolidating national labs

By Douglas Birch

DOE inspector general recommends the nation's 16 national atomic labs be streamlined or shut down.

Energy Department auto loan program sputters

By Ronnie Greene

A $25 billion Department of Energy loan program has not closed a loan in two years amid the specter of Solyndra.

Break-in forges political consensus for tighter nuclear oversight

By R. Jeffrey Smith

There's widespread anger on Capitol Hill about a security breach at a vault for nuclear weapons-grade uranium.

State settlement boosts monitoring at massive coal ash dump bordering two states

By Chris Hamby

One of the nation’s largest impoundments of the often-toxic byproducts of burning coal must stop accepting waste by 2016.

Excerpts from this story referencing "FirstEnergy":

"… 2016, under an agreement with Pennsylvania regulators.The pact focuses on FirstEnergy Corp.’s impoundment, known as Little Blue Run, in southwestern Pennsylva …"

"… ws into nearby streams and is a source for wells.As part of the agreement, FirstEnergy pledged to increase monitoring of groundwater and air surrounding the dump …"

FACT CHECK: Green stimulus sending jobs overseas?

By FactCheck.Org

Conservative advocacy ad avoids the facts about Obama administration investments into sustainable energy.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government Accountability Office":

"… have filed for bankruptcy, according to a March 12 report by the Government Accountability Office. What, if anything, the U.S. government gets back from the Solyndra deal i …"

EPA proposes first limit on greenhouse gases

By Chris Hamby

EPA proposes caps for new power plants in rule that could move nation away from coal.

FACT CHECK: Bogus oil claims by Crossroads GPS

By FactCheck.Org

Nonprofit group Crossroads GPS gets Obama administration energy policy facts wrong

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… t in U.S. waters in the Gulf in December 2011 than there were prior to the BP disaster.As we noted a year ago, the EIA had been predicting a declin …"

"… been predicting a decline in Gulf of Mexico oil production even before the BP disaster. That’s because production from newly drilled wells wasn’t ex …"

FACT CHECK: More U.S. drilling didn't drop gas prices

By The Associated Press

AP looked at 36 years of gas prices, and found no reliable connection to level of domestic drilling

Excerpts from this story referencing "seen gas prices":

"… 2-1/2 times what it cost when George Bush took office."But Obama, who has seen gas prices go up 73 percent since he took office, was singing a different tune last w …"

Audit cites risk in DOE loan program

By Ronnie Greene

A new audit of the Department of Energy’s $34 billion loan guarantee program said the agency doesn’t always follow its own rules

FACT CHECK: Obama, GOP spin recent energy stats

By The Associated Press

GOP rendition of U.S. energy production isn't in line with the facts

Excerpts from this story referencing "energy resources":

"… ongress, Republicans have been hammering Obama for locking up the nation's energy resources. GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney, for one, accuses Obama of pursu …"

Energy Dept. offered to put private investors ahead of taxpayers if Solyndra went bankrupt

By Ronnie Greene

Email trail shows Energy Department offered to put investors first if Solyndra collapsed

Emails show Energy Dept. sought to hide Solyndra layoffs until after 2010 elections

By Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk

Energy Department pressed Solyndra to delay layoffs until after pivotal 2010 election

Bundlers on the inside

By Ronnie Greene, Matthew Mosk and Ronnie Greene

Top Obama fundraisers at Energy Department included an overseer of stimulus billions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Steven Chu":

"… who raised at least $500,000 for Obama. He became one of Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s key loan programs advisors while his wife’s law firm represented a n …"

Obama administration agreed to Solyndra loan days after insiders foresaw firm's failure

By Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk

White House committed half-billion dollars days after government insiders warned solar firm would 'run out of cash'

White House had role in federal benefit for failed solar company, House investigators say

By Matthew Mosk and Ronnie Greene

House panel says evidence shows White House played role in decision to provide loan guarantee to politically connected solar firm

Excerpts from this story referencing "Energy":

"… ifornia solar company Solyndra. The revelation surfaced in a letter House Energy Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) sent to the White House Thursday n …"

"… te House officials monitored Solyndra's application and communicated with [Energy Department] and Office of Management and Budget officials during the cours …"

"… by supporters of the president. Yet the administration, from Obama to his Energy Department, has very publicly praised the loan guarantee. In 2009, the Ob …"

"… it would file for bankruptcy and laid off more than 1,100 workers. While Energy Department officials steadfastly vouched for Solyndra -- even after an ear …"

Obama-backed solar firm collapses after big federal loan guarantee

By Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk

Instead of creating jobs, heralded renewable energy firm puts people out of work. For how much will taxpayers be on the hook?

Excerpts from this story referencing "House Committee on Energy and Commerce":

"… ms underlying this as well that we haven't uncovered yet." This year, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce launched an investigation into the loan program – with a sharp focus on …"

White House budget office raised risk on big solar loan guarantee

By Ronnie Greene and Jeremy Borden

OMB assigned a higher risk to Solyndra loan guarantee than Energy Department

Stimulus funds for W. Virginia's handicapped and poor instead goes for lobbying, consulting

By Evan Bush

Stimulus home energy funds spent on shoddy workmanship, consulting, lobbying

Obama administration signals higher gas royalties on public lands — and anticipated industry resistance

By Evan Bush

Big Oil underpays on royalties - and may resist attempts to collect more

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… hasn’t said how much the rate would change. However, in testimony before Congress in April, BLM’s director Robert Abbey predicted the bureau would propose …"

"… s fairly unique for [reform] to come from the Interior Department and not Congress.”Smithberger added that Interior will have to follow through on its earl …"

Interior Department still struggling to collect oil and gas revenues in aftermath of Gulf spill

By Laurel Adams

GAO: Interior is struggling to incorporate changes with existing roles

Skipping safeguards, officials rushed benefit to a politically-connected energy company

By Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk

Did White House hurry to spur jobs - or favor firm backed by fundraiser?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Steve Westly":

"… n guarantees. For instance, the venture firm of another top Obama bundler, Steve Westly, has financially supported companies that won more than half a billion dol …"

Some energy CEOs among highest paid U.S. corporate bosses

By Chris Hamby

As gas prices rise and politicians deliberate, energy execs rake it in

Taxpayer billions could fall short in creating new jobs, more efficient cars

By Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk

Amid questions about whether the Obama administration played favorites with energy loans to green companies, a new audit uncovers lack of ov

Excerpts from this story referencing "Steve Westly":

"… 2008 campaign — such as California politician-turned-venture capitalist Steve Westly — obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in federal grants, loans and …"