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 "Dianne Feinstein":

"… n administration decision to significantly shrink these programs in 2015. Dianne Feinstein of California and Jeff Merkley of Oregon were joined by 20 other Democrats …"

Growing number of biosafety labs raises public health concern

By James Arkin

Construction of new biosafety labs a waste of money, possible threat to public health, say reports and experts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Homeland Security":

"… prospective clients named by Los Alamos, the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security. According to the report, both agencies told the IG they had no specific p …"

Energy Department 'bet' on Fisker Automotive ends in bankruptcy

By Ronnie Greene

An Energy Department program meant to spur development of electric cars faces another setback with Fisker Chapter 11 filing.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tesla Motors":

"… and another California electric car maker backed by political powerhouses, Tesla Motors. Tesla paid off its $465 million U.S. loan nine years early, but Fisker’ …"

The mess gets worse at Hanford’s nuclear site

By Rebecca LaFlure

A scientific dispute over cleanup of one of the most polluted sites in the country threatens to ensnare the Energy Department’s leaders.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… ground, leak-prone steel tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Site in southeastern Washington State. But progress has been slow, the project’s budget is rising by bi …"

"… years ago, DOE, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Washington agreed to start turning the waste into glass by 2011. But in 2010, the dea …"

"… tel in January 2012 without comment. Then, Judge Lonny Suko of the Eastern Washington U.S. District Court dismissed his lawsuits against DOE and URS partly beca …"

"… . In her complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, Busche said that she was seen as a “roadblock to meeting deadlines.” …"

More fudging on Energy Department guard force tests

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Another DOE security squad passes performance exams with improper, inside help

Obama proposes shifting funds from nuclear nonproliferation to nuclear weapons

By R. Jeffrey Smith and Douglas Birch

Hundreds of millions of dollars proposed in spending on warheads

Excerpts from this story referencing "Leon Panetta":

"… to provide the additional $7 billion. But then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, after hearing from aides that these overruns were due in part to poor man …"

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 "Tesla Motors":

"… form factories to build fuel-efficient vehicles, and cutting-edge upstarts Tesla Motors and Fisker Automotive develop electric cars and plug-in hybrids. A smaller …"

Cheating on Energy Department guard force tests was widespread

By R. Jeffrey Smith

The reliability of protections at two key nuclear weapons sites is now unclear.

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 "Defense Secretary":

"… d that top government officials be fired, citing the precedent set by then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates in 2008 when he fired the Air Force Secretary and Chief of St …"

How an 82-year-old exposed security lapses at nuclear facilities

By R. Jeffrey Smith

How an 82-year-old has upended the lax regulation of the U.S. nuclear weapons establishment.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush administration":

"… materials across the complex,” NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino, a Bush administration holdover, said on Aug. 28. He promised to hold “our team” accountable …"

FACT CHECK: Green stimulus sending jobs overseas?

By FactCheck.Org

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

Department of Energy knew of Solyndra risks, former FBI agent finds

By Ronnie Greene

Department of Energy knew the risks of backing Solyndra Inc. with a half-billion dollar loan, a former FBI agent found.

Excerpts from this story referencing "San Francisco":

"… criminal investigation continues.Julie Sohn, a spokeswoman with the FBI in San Francisco, said Thursday that “since it’s an ongoing investigation,” she could …"

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 "Energy":

"… igate project risks,” the GAO concluded. …"

"… just how selective the loan pool is.Of 460 applicants, the GAO found, the Energy Department awarded loan guarantees to 7 percent and committed to 2 percent …"

"… GAO scrutinized 13 winning applications in detail. Of those, it found, the Energy Department did not follow its written procedures at least once in 11 of th …"

"… eport said.Yet the process wasn’t always followed, the auditor found.The Energy Department, in a written response to the audit, said it has strengthened i …"

DOE needs better risk management

By Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk

In light of loans to companies like Solyndra, DOE needs better risk management of companies receving loans

Excerpts from this story referencing "official":

"… n energy venture that went bankrupt, Beacon Power Corp.Allison, a longtime official in the public and private sectors who most recently served as Assistant Se …"

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 "George Kaiser":

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

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 "Vice President":

"… ouse energy czar Carol Browner and Ron Klain,  then chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden. Silver resigned earlier this year amid questions over the Solyn …"

Energy Dept. ignored warnings on Solyndra, say treasury emails

By Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk

Officials say DOE was warned about refinancing of loan to solar firm Solyndra

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Kaiser":

"… nds. Those investors — including a major fundraiser for President Obama, George Kaiser — provided $75 million to help prop up Solyndra in February at the time …"

Head of embattled energy loan program, Jonathan Silver, steps down

By Matthew Mosk and Ronnie Greene

Venture capitalist-turned-chief of embattled energy loan program resigns amid Solyndra fallout.

Bundlers on the inside

By Ronnie Greene, Matthew Mosk and Ronnie Greene

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

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 "White House":

"… that, internally, some staffers pushed back against a press even from the White House to move ahead with the loan. Solyndra’s largest private investor is Geor …"

White House kept close tabs on Solyndra loan, internal emails show

By Matthew Mosk and Ronnie Greene

Top officials pushed for half-billion-dollar loan to troubled startup

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Kaiser":

"… ns. One of the largest private investors in the deal, Oklahoma billionaire George Kaiser, was also a prominent fundraiser for Obama’s presidential campaign.In ad …"

Missed warning signs: A Solyndra timeline

By Ronnie Greene

From the start, Energy Department pressed ahead with financial boost to now-failed solar startup.

Congressional hearing to focus on Obama administration loan to failed energy firm

By Matthew Mosk and Ronnie Greene

House focuses on government loan to solar firm Solyndra, backed by Obama fundraiser, which won $535 million before going under

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 "White House":

"… on that front." …"

"… a letter House Energy Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) sent to the White House Thursday night, saying he planned to accelerate efforts to understand an i …"

"… o stop until we get those answers." Thursday's letter, which calls on the White House to turn over correspondence between administration officials, Solyndra and …"

"… Solyndra and its investors, presents the most pointed suggestion that the White House had direct involvement in the financing. "We have learned from our invest …"

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 "George Kaiser":

"… its loan package for the company. One of Solyndra’s major investors was George Kaiser, an Oklahoma billionaire who raised between $50,000 and $100,000 for Obama …"

IMPACT: White House budget office turning over records on loan to politically connected firm

By Ronnie Greene

White House budget office turning over records on loan to politically connected firm

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… al before issuing the prized financial backing. The guarantee benefited a California solar panel maker, Solyndra Inc., whose prime financial backers include a …"

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

IG reports question management of contractors at nuclear sites

By Corbin Hiar

IGs highlight problems with contractor behavior at Sandia and K-25

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bechtel":

"… DOE and the contractor it first hired in 1997 to complete the project, the Bechtel Jacobs Company LLC.The decommissioning and decontamination of the massive …"

"… ling of old contaminated buildings like K-25 until 2002. As it turned out, Bechtel Jacobs did not begin work on K-25 until 2004, a year after it told DOE aud …"

"… . In the months leading up to DOE signing another multi-year contract with Bechtel Jacobs in August 2007, the inspectors found that the Department had only r …"

"… billion, four-year deal to take over all of the ETTP work at end of July. Bechtel Jacobs spokesman Dennis Hill had no comment on the audit, but did confirm …"

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

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