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

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 "Shell Oil":

"… ized quickly. The Texas Oil and Gas Association, Marathon, ConocoPhillips, Shell Oil, Chevron and other industry giants lined up to tell Texas legislators to k …"

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.

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 "Leadership Institute":

"…  in December. The Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute was another Democratic-leaning nonprofit that accepted corporate cash, acc …"

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 "American League of Lobbyists":

"… ng campaign cash for federal candidates. Monte Ward, the president of the American League of Lobbyists who is not a bundler himself, says such legislation “would have a hard t …"

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.

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 "SunPower":

"… nrelated facts to create a misleading impression. Here are the facts: SunPower Corp., a company based in San Jose, Calif., applied for a $1.237 bill …"

"… gy to build a massive solar generating facility in San Luis Obisbo, Calif. SunPower later sold the project to NRG Solar, but SunPower company will still help …"

"… San Luis Obisbo, Calif. SunPower later sold the project to NRG Solar, but SunPower company will still help to construct the 250 MW alternating current PV sol …"

"… ility, called the California Valley Solar Ranch, for NRG.Last August, SunPower announced that it was opening a solar-panel fabrication plant in …"

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 "Brooks Jackson":

"… ch Washington can do in the short term to reduce prices at the pump.”– Brooks Jackson …"

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

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 "United States":

"… ndards that are as high or higher than major financial institutions in the United States,” wrote David G. Frantz, acting executive director of the Loan Programs …"

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 and gas":

"… 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 now, Amer …"

"… hese trends, the data certainly make it harder for Republicans — and the oil and gas industry — to substantiate their claim that his policies have dampened e …"

"… bounding later.In the face of rosy production numbers, Republicans and the oil and gas industry focus on federal lands, because that's where the government contr …"

"… of the Western and Central Gulf, and some waters off the Alaskan coast, to oil and gas companies. These steps could help boost production.By Associated Press wri …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jonathan Silver":

"… onth. In the end, it came after the mid-terms. Harrison’s email went to Jonathan Silver, then executive director of the DOE Loan Programs Office, and to Chu‘s c …"

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 "senior advisor":

"… received an ethics opinion involving that connection. Matt Rogers, then a senior advisor to the energy secretary, wrote that Spinner could continue in his duties, …"

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 "inspector":

"… ks and questioning executives. A spokesman for the Treasury Department’s inspector general confirmed to iWatch News and ABC News on Wednesday that it had lau …"

"… executives and former executives last week, and the Energy Department’s inspector general. “We’re going to look at everything the FFB had to do with its …"

"… in this thing,” Rich Delmar, the spokesman for the Treasury Department's inspector general, told the iWatch News and ABC News.Earlier this month, iWatch …"

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

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?

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 "Government Oversight":

"… ated early next year.Mandy Smithberger, an investigator for the Project on Government Oversight, a Washington-based government watchdog group that has examined other issu …"

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":

"… tment of the Interior restructured its oversight and revenue collection of oil and gas leases on federal lands. But the new setup is not problem-free. The Depart …"

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

"… cean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement would oversee offshore oil and gas activities, and the Office of Natural Resources Revenue would concentrate …"

"… Natural Resources Revenue would concentrate on royalty collection for the oil and gas produced on federal leases.The Government Accountability Office has raised …"

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 "Obama administration":

"… out for Solyndra. People are watching very closely from all angles.” …"

"… e energy technology. He joined DOE after the Solyndra financing. When the Obama administration announced financing for Solyndra in 2009, the company was only four years …"

"… he company was the first recipient of an energy loan guarantee through the Obama administration’s $787 billion package of economic stimulus programs. It was the Energy …"

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 "BP":

"… peal tax incentives for the five biggest oil companies: ExxonMobil, Shell, BP, Chevron and ConocoPhillips. And the Senate Finance Committee is scheduled …"

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

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