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 "Iraq":

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

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Energy Alliance":

"… ined $317,500 to politically active social welfare nonprofits, such as the American Energy Alliance, a pro-business think tank with ties to billionaire industrialists Charles …"

Corporate cash helps politicians party on

By Michael Beckel

Inauguration, convention-related groups boosted by corporate contributions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Delaware":

"… ntributed to nonprofits linked to gubernatorial inauguration activities in Delaware and Washington state, according to company documents. Paul Breazeale, the …"

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 "California":

"… tomers,” said Rick Hasen, an election law professor at the University of California, Irvine. “When customers can associate a store or company with a particu …"

"… another conservative-leaning beneficiary identified in corporate filings. California-based eBay Inc. paid ALEC $12,000 in 2012, while Google contributed an uns …"

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 "Majority Leader":

"… undlers ahead of the 2012 election, including the leadership PAC of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Money well spent? According to FEC filings, Graham’ …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nissan North America":

"… ve projects. The money, records show, helped stalwarts Ford Motor Co. and Nissan North America transform factories to build fuel-efficient vehicles, and cutting-edge ups …"

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 "Environment":

"… the impoundment into the water supply.The groups filing the notice — the Environmental Integrity Project and Public Justice — praised the state Department of …"

"… l Integrity Project and Public Justice — praised the state Department of Environmental Protection’s action. But they say the settlement came after the agency …"

"… way to tackle this in a comprehensive way and not on a piecemeal basis,” Environmental Integrity Project lawyer Lisa Widawsky-Hallowell said. “It calls atten …"

"… . “It calls attention to the need for federal coal ash regulation.”The Environmental Protection Agency published a proposed rule to address the handling of c …"

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 "Florida":

"… pending $6.1 million to air the ad in eight battleground states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio and Virginia.– Robert Farley …"

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

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 "Middle East":

"… pends on a lot of factors that are often beyond our control. Unrest in the Middle East can tighten global oil supply. Growing nations like China or India adding …"

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 "oil":

"… our own energy."But such complaints don't hold up. The U.S. produced more oil in 2010 than it has since 2003, and all forms of energy production have in …"

"… years ago, before he was president."We've opened millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration," Obama bragged in recent, multiple speeches. "Right n …"

"… oration," Obama bragged in recent, multiple speeches. "Right now, American oil production is the highest it's been in eight years."Data collected by the …"

"… es are killing jobs and making us all poorer."Besides the upward trend for oil, more gas has been produced in each of Obama's three years in the White Ho …"

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 "California":

"… vernment finalized the loan, marking the ceremony with a groundbreaking in California and Vice President Joe Biden beamed in on a giant video monitor. Chu was o …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… al for months. In late August, the company shut the doors at its Fremont, California plant, fired workers and, shortly after, filed for bankruptcy. The federal …"

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 "Energy Department":

"… rs went from soliciting political contributions to working from within the Energy Department as it showered billions in taxpayer-backed stimulus money on alternative e …"

"… d $2.4 million in federal funds for legal fees related to the $535 million Energy Department loan guarantee to Solyndra, a solar company whose financial meltdown has p …"

"… ests to be interviewed. Representatives for Spinner, his wife, and for the Energy Department all told iWatch News and ABC News that Spinner and his wife took elab …"

"… irm’s work with companies that had applied for loans. Damien LaVera, an Energy Department spokesman, described Spinner as someone who had “no role” in evaluatin …"

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'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Office of Management and Budget":

"… en in the closing six months later.On March 10, 2009, an employee with the Office of Management and Budget sent a pointed missive: “This deal is NOT ready for prime time,” the O …"

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 Department":

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

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

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

"… s not a viable business plan." Other flags have been raised about how the Energy Department pushed the deal forward. The Center for Public Integrity's iWatch News and …"

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 "Energy Department":

"… the company’s collapse is sure to rekindle questions about how well the Energy Department vetted the deal before putting taxpayer dollars on the table – and about …"

"… News first reported on questions about the Solyndra loan in May, after the Energy Department disclosed it was being forced to restructure its loan package for the comp …"

"… s. That shortcut drew the attention of government auditors, who feared the Energy Department was putting taxpayer dollars at risk as it rushed to announce Obama’s ma …"

"… hed to announce Obama’s maiden energy loan guarantee in March 2009. The Energy Department itself had boasted of its quick movement in handing Solyndra the highly so …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Office of Management and Budget":

"… million loan guarantee to California solar panel maker Solyndra Inc., the Office of Management and Budget concluded the financing was a greater risk to taxpayers than did DOE, iWat …"

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 "Frank Rusco":

"… d system often allow companies to underpay.An easy target for both parties?Frank Rusco, a director of GAO’s Natural Resources and Environment team, told iWatch …"

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 "Department of the Interior":

"… federal lands and waters. …"

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 "George Kaiser":

"… d a company whose prime financial backers include Oklahoma oil billionaire George Kaiser, a “bundler” of campaign donations. Kaiser raised at least $50,000 for …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "James Mulva":

"… that ranked among the top 50 were James Hackett of Anadarko Petroleum and James Mulva of ConocoPhillips, at $18.8 million and $17.9 million, respectively. CEOs …"

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 "Frank Rusco":

"… n for government auditors.The author of the GAO’s recent energy reports, Frank Rusco, said in an interview that Energy Department officials used an opaque proc …"

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