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 "Tennessee":

"… l 2016 budget. The Democrats were joined by Republicans Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and Independents Bernie Sanders of V …"

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 "Texas Commission on Environmental Quality":

"… ] has any real concern about,” said Larry Soward, a former member of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Soward is now president of the board of Air Alliance Houston, an organiza …"

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 "Sheila Krumholz":

"… rney Emmett “Bucky” Mitchell IV, according to state business records. Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, whi …"

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 "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… esearch dropped from $185 million to $173 million. See here for more. The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling in 2010 did not, …"

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 "National Mining Association":

"… e coalition last year, records show. It also gave more than $35,000 to the National Mining Association, which has also voiced concerns about President Barack Obama's push for mo …"

Graham's campaign collects bundle from lobbyists

By Michael Beckel

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

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 "federal government":

"… on contracts — making it the largest civilian contracting agency in the federal government. Michael Lubell, a physicist at the City University of New York and spoke …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "America":

"… om Omaha looked directly at the 82-year old nun who broke into the site of America’s premier vault for nuclear weapons-grade uranium six weeks ago and said …"

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 "green energy":

"… t that’s not what happened. Fact: Billions of taxpayers dollars spent on green energy went to jobs in foreign countries. The Obama administration admitted the t …"

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 "natural gas":

"… in line with what the industry is already doing — shifting toward cheap natural gas being produced domestically. A boom has driven down natural gas prices, bu …"

"… ward cheap natural gas being produced domestically. A boom has driven down natural gas prices, but Jackson said the agency had taken into account what might happ …"

"… t what might happen if those prices eventually rise.  “The price of natural gas has to rise dramatically … for the economics of this rule — which are …"

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 "Oklahoma":

"… e). Open up drilling in continental shelf, drill in North Dakota, drill in Oklahoma and Texas.'"Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said on the Senate floor 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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Solyndra Inc.":

"… of the first three firms to land the government’s green energy funding: Solyndra Inc. and Beacon Power Corp.“What we found was problems in how they followed t …"

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 "Coal mining":

"… om renewables, which include hydroelectric power, solar, wind and biofuels.Coal mining is also on the rebound, after declining in 2008 and 2009 due in large part …"

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 "Oklahoma":

"… , and addressed to “George.” Argonaut’s founder is George Kaiser, an Oklahoma oil billionaire who bundled campaign contributions for Obama’s 2008 elec …"

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'

Excerpts from this story referencing "green energy movement":

"… ration had helped catapult from relative obscurity to poster child for the green energy movement has instead become a symbol for critics to exploit of environmental and ec …"

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 "Obama administration":

"… gy Department, has very publicly praised the loan guarantee. In 2009, the Obama administration hailed the Solyndra loan as the first in a series of federal infusions for …"

"… ded by the government of China to Chinese solar panel manufacturers." The Obama administration has said the loan to Solyndra came only after a thorough review by Energy …"

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 "Solyndra Inc.":

"… It's devastating," Henry told the Mercury News. "There was no compassion." …"

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

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 "Gulf of Mexico":

"… ng many changes being debated since the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, which exposed a raft of regulatory shortcomings.According to the GAO repo …"

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 "iWatch News":

"… loan guarantee to a politically-connected California solar power startup, iWatch News and ABC News have learned. The Energy Department in March 2009 announced& …"

"… cants inconsistently, favoring some and disadvantaging others.” ABC and iWatch News pieced together a fuller picture of the circumstances and identified the c …"

"… ra that March, neither the legal nor marketing reviews had been finalized, iWatch News and ABC have learned. For Solyndra, the marketing review had special relev …"

"… cials dispute taking shortcuts During interviews and email exchanges with iWatch News and ABC News, Energy Department officials and independent government audit …"

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 "Dow Chemical":

"… $21 million; G. Steven Farris of Apache, $19.3 million; Andrew Liveris of Dow Chemical, $17.7 million; and J. Brett Harvey of CONSOL Energy, $16.6 million.The AP …"

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