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 "California":

"… ision to significantly shrink these programs in 2015. Dianne Feinstein of California and Jeff Merkley of Oregon were joined by 20 other Democrats, as well as t …"

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 "California":

"… oups, Nuclear Watch New Mexico and Tri-Valley CAREs, located in Livermore, California. In the environmental assessment, Los Alamos’ management said that rese …"

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 "Energy Department":

"… ild a fleet of sleek plug-ins four years ago, the Obama administration’s Energy Department promised cutting-edge cars and thousands of jobs. “We're making a bet i …"

"… Fisker filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection — a symbol of a larger Energy Department electric car program that has yet to fully take off. In October 2011, The …"

"… In October 2011, The Center for Public Integrity and ABC News explored the Energy Department’s risky $1 billion bet on Fisker and another California electric car mak …"

"… loan nine years early, but Fisker’s project never gained traction. The Energy Department earmarked $529 million to Fisker and ultimately dispersed $192 million. Of …"

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 "Bechtel":

"… Sept. 30, DOE’s inspector general issued an audit stating that Bechtel, the project’s prime contractor, had repeatedly made design changes to p …"

"… ineering division director at DOE, told superiors in a memo that Bechtel had made at least 34 technical decisions that were incorrect, infeasible, …"

"… for the company’s removal from its role as design manager. Frank Russo, Bechtel’s plant director at the time, responded that the issues were n …"

"… DOE’s Office of Environmental Management responded with assurances that Bechtel has already started to address these shortcomings, and promised to monitor …"

More fudging on Energy Department guard force tests

By R. Jeffrey Smith

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Energy Department":

"… said. “However, protection operations are not at risk.” …"

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 "Energy Department":

"… propose a deep cut in funding for nuclear nonproliferation programs at the Energy Department largely so it can boost the department’s spending to modernize its stock …"

"… ities reflects an administration decision that nuclear explosives work the Energy Department performs for the military should be both accelerated and expanded. But Dem …"

"… sy and a substantial budget fight this year. Under the 2014 proposal, the Energy Department’s nuclear weapons activities funding — which includes modernization ef …"

"… tor potential illicit commerce in fissile materials. Only one category of Energy Department nonproliferation work would be increased — research and development …"

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 "House subcommittee":

"… e reforms two years ago but pressed for them again in testimony before the House subcommittee this month as it considered the impact of federal spending cuts, known as …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Energy Department":

"… nuclear weapons-grade uranium, according to a new report this week by the Energy Department’s inspector general.Contract officers and supervisors of the force at th …"

"… rendering their responses unreliable. But he put the blame squarely on the Energy Department for mismanaging the facility’s operations.The abuses he cited are not ne …"

"… ce was then organized, but it was suspended in late August when a visiting Energy Department official noticed a copy of written test questions in a patrol vehicle at Y …"

"… the operations there.That person, in turn, got it from an official in the Energy Department’s Health, Safety and Security Office, who had asked the contractor to re …"

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 "Robert Gates":

"… ent 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 Staff over the …"

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.

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 "Virginia":

"… nd states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio and Virginia.– Robert Farley …"

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.

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 Department":

"… 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 more. &nbs …"

"… 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 the 13 cases. …"

"… 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 its manageme …"

"… eleased in 2010, exploring the same loan guarantee program, found that the Energy Department “treated applicants inconsistently, favoring some and disadvantaging oth …"

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 "Congress":

"… ected to perform well and holds less than the amount of risk envisioned by Congress when they designed and funded the program.”“While the portfolio includ …"

"… cans and the oil and coal industries,” Waxman said.Republican members of Congress leading the investigation see things differently.“It would be a stunning …"

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 "Obama administration":

"… onomically.” Jonathan Silver, a former venture capitalist tapped by the Obama administration to run the loan program in November 2009, was not at that late-year meetin …"

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 "George Kaiser":

"… ithered, executives with Argonaut – founded by billionaire Obama bundler George Kaiser — were in contact with Energy Department officials about a pending restr …"

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

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Kaiser":

"… lion for the company – including companies affiliated with Obama bundler George Kaiser – will stand in line before taxpayers in bankruptcy court. In the inter …"

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 "Bank":

"… igation into the handling of the loan to Solyndra by the Federal Financing Bank, which manages taxpayer-backed loans.Investigations already involve the FB …"

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 "Oklahoma":

"… n for political reasons. One of the largest private investors in the deal, Oklahoma billionaire George Kaiser, was also a prominent fundraiser for Obama’s p …"

Missed warning signs: A Solyndra timeline

By Ronnie Greene

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bank":

"… ent Joe Biden says via teleconference. U.S. Treasury’s Federal Financing Bank issues the loan.Dec. 2009: Solyndra files papers with the Securities and E …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… gy firm Solyndra has unleashed a barrage of fresh questions from House and Senate investigators, who want to know why the Obama Administration agreed to inv …"

"… ter for Public Integrity's iWatch News and ABC News have learned that Senate investigators have begun seeking answers from the administration about the …"

"… about the Energy Department loan. That development is significant, as the Senate is Democrat-controlled, and its interest signals that questions about the …"

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 "longtime solar industry analyst":

"… ts have for months questioned the viability of the company. Peter Lynch, a longtime solar industry analyst, told ABC News the company's fate should have been obvious from the start. …"

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 "Oklahoma":

"… 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 during the 2 …"

"… ing to a company whose financial backers include Obama bundler Kaiser. The Oklahoma oil billionaire has declined interview requests. Last month, iWatch News …"

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 "George Kaiser":

"… cial backers include a bundler for the president, Oklahoma oil billionaire George Kaiser. Yet not long after securing the $535 million loan guarantee from Obama’ …"

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 "Cliff Stearns":

"… he committee, led by Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., accused OMB of ignoring many of its document requests, putting a …"

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

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 …"

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