Obama administration to open Atlantic coast to drilling, handing victory to governors group

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Administration action a victory for governors group that was subject of Center investigation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… d for the first time in decades open access to a stretch of the coast from Virginia to Georgia, though the department has yet to determine where exactly any l …"

"… hands a major victory to the oil and gas industry and to the governors of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. As the Center reported in November, th …"

Governors and oil industry work hand in hand in offshore drilling group

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Lobbying firm, advocacy organization did much of the work.

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 "Pakistan":

"… Budget Director Shaun Donovan. “The recent spate of terrorism in Iraq, Pakistan, and Kenya is a harrowing reminder of the importance of ensuring that terr …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Occupational Safety and Health Administration":

"… year. Over the years, Robinson Drilling has been penalized by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration for numerous safety violations. Four Robinson Drilling workers have died s …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Exelon":

"… f its “ongoing commitment to transparency and clarity.”     …"

"… ts from some of the nation’s biggest firms, with $26 million coming from Exelon. The company now says it gave $13.6 million, the second largest sum behin …"

"… itically active nonprofits identified by the Center down to $173 million. Exelon officials realized the company’s disclosure forms contained inaccurate i …"

"… of the U.S. tax code have no obligation to publicly reveal their funders. Exelon self-reports this information not once, but twice, a year. In Exelon’s …"

Corporate cash helps politicians party on

By Michael Beckel

Inauguration, convention-related groups boosted by corporate contributions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Minnesota":

"… nal Convention in Charlotte. The recipient of Capital One’s giving? The Minnesota-based Midwest National Convention Fund, which was designed to faciliate …"

"… of ideas between business, community and political leaders while enhancing Minnesota’s and the Midwest’s profile at the Democratic National Convention.” …"

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 "Medicare":

"… the Fix the Debt Coalition calls for dramatic reforms to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the U.S. tax code — positions that might be objectionable …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama administration":

"… voice” in the on-going fight over new energy regulations proposed by the Obama administration, as the Center for Public Integrity’s Kristen Lombardi notes in her new …"

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 "Republican Senatorial Committee":

"… ee times more cash from lobbyist-bundlers ($2.8 million) than the National Republican Senatorial Committee ($1 million). Additionally, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committ …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Nuclear Security Administration":

"… eliminating some administrative offices at the agency’s semi-autonomous National Nuclear Security Administration, which manages the nation’s nuclear weapons, naval reactor and nonprolif …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush administration":

"… either indicated high-level departures were in the offing. D’Agostino, a Bush administration holdover, said he agreed it was inexcusable, and both promised that securi …"

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.

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 "Obama":

"… and 3.3 million jobs) and the overreaching claim that President Obama has “wasted” $34 billion on investments like Solyndra (when in fact on …"

"… ayers dollars spent on green energy went to jobs in foreign countries. The Obama administration admitted the truth, that $2.3 billion of tax credits went o …"

"… and direct labor positions.‘Wasted’?The ad concludes that “President Obama wasted $34 billion on risky investments.” In the background is a banner …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… election. …"

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 "Gulf Coast":

"… e endorsing construction of a portion that will carry more low-cost oil to Gulf Coast refineries.The ad correctly notes that there was a 17 percent decline in o …"

"… leneck that has prevented a glut of lower-cost oil from reaching U.S. Gulf Coast refineries, which have been clamoring for it. On March 21, Obama even said …"

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 "China":

"… est in the Middle East can tighten global oil supply. Growing nations like China or India adding cars to the road increases demand. But one thing we should …"

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 policies":

"… akes no sense." Republican rival Newt Gingrich says Obama's "anti-American energy policies are killing jobs and making us all poorer."Besides the upward trend for oi …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "company executive":

"… ll after elections at doe (sic) request,” says an email sent to a Kaiser company executive. Solyndra’s announcement came Nov. 3. …"

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 "car makers":

"… isor,” focused on financing start-up green energy firms and cutting edge car makers. He held the job for 17 months. The move turned a hearty presidential sup …"

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 "Steven Chu":

"… ment in handing Solyndra the highly sought after backing. Energy Secretary Steven Chu had initially set a target of May 2009 to unveil the department’s first …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Energy":

"… ents with connections to state officials who are doling out the funds, the Energy Department’s inspector general found.In one case, West Virginia paid $25 …"

"… am’s own watchdog had warned at the outset that some of the money in the Energy Department’s weatherization program, part of the Obama administration’ …"

"… mes of disabled and poor people who were supposed to benefit the most, the Energy Department’s inspector general report found. “We found problems in the …"

"… isks of fraud, waste and abuse, remain at unacceptable levels.”While the Energy Department’s inspector general has examined only a handful of states, it …"

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 "Mandy Smithberger":

"… support its proposed regulation on royalties, anticipated early next year.Mandy Smithberger, an investigator for the Project on Government Oversight, a Washington-bas …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "oil and gas production":

"… responsible for oversight and revenue collection for onshore and offshore oil and gas production, was split into two offices. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regula …"

"… d undervaluing lost royalties. The lack of consistent and reliable data on oil and gas production means Interior cannot ensure it is assessing and collecting the appropriat …"

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 "White House":

"… oil magnate hosted a 2007 Tulsa fundraiser for Obama and regularly visits White House staff, visitor logs show. “I don’t think anybody said we didn’t go …"