Advisory panel tells Congress the nuclear weapons complex is too big and too old

By Douglas Birch

A congressional advisory panel says the nuclear weapons complex can be scaled down and modernized with less regulation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… anelists were selected by the chairmen and ranking minority members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, and by the Senate and House leadershi …"

"… rity members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, and by the Senate and House leadership. The panel’s co-chairman Norman Augustine is the fo …"

Nuclear weapons lab used taxpayer funds to obtain more taxpayer funds

By R. Jeffrey Smith

A government auditor uncovers a textbook case of lobbying by a contractor at federal expense.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Energy":

"… ontinue to do so. Lockheed Martin will cooperate fully with Sandia and the Department of Energy as needed." Sandia spokeswoman Heather Clark said that while the labs are …"

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 …"

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 "Los Alamos National Laboratory":

"… Army’s biodefense lab at Fort Detrick, Maryland. Despite the concerns, Los Alamos National Laboratory is pushing forward a 2001 plan to build labs to work with disease germs li …"

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.

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Gregory H. Friedman":

"… y got passing grades on sections they did not complete. Inspector General Gregory H. Friedman called the 2011 and 2012 performance tests for the unit “compromised” …"

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 "Air Force":

"… stly to finance work on a new nuclear detonation sensor to be placed about Air Force satellites. The priority shift “is going to be a disaster,” said a De …"

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 …"

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 "spokesman":

"… of the government officials described it. “They did the same thing.” A spokesman for Pantex did not return our phone calls.After the break-in at Y-12 by th …"

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 …"

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 "Inspector General":

"… g to arrive after the three triggered numerous alarms.Department of Energy Inspector General Gregory H. Friedman, an increasingly caustic critic of the NNSA, said in a …"

"… by security experts from Sandia National Laboratories and by Friedman’s Inspector General office; he concluded that constructing the aboveground version would cost …"

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 …"

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 "spokeswoman":

"… wrongdoing by Solyndra, the criminal investigation continues.Julie Sohn, a spokeswoman with the FBI in San Francisco, said Thursday that “since it’s an ongoi …"

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 …"

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 "Eric Schultz":

"… rojects that carry different levels of risk,” said White House spokesman Eric Schultz, “today’s report finds that the Department of Energy has been judiciou …"

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 "America":

"… record $243 billion last year. “When it comes to the clean energy race, America faces a simple choice: compete or accept defeat.  I believe we can an …"

"… inistration’s investment in green technology. "It is time to rev up the American innovation machine and reclaim our lead on clean energy," Chu said. "This …"

"… road, aggressive effort to spark a new industrial revolution that will put Americans to work, end our dependence on foreign oil and cut carbon pollution." A …"

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 …"

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 "Justice Department":

"… e clear that the decision to restructure the deal did not have Treasury or Justice Department approval -- despite early suggestions that approval from both agencies may …"

"… Justice to appoint a trustee to oversee the company's bankruptcy case. The Justice Department filed its motion after Harrison and Solyndra's CFO, W.G. Stover, invoked t …"

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 "Jonathan Silver":

"… to drop?” …"

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 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

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 "Energy Department":

"… dquarters in Fremont, Calif.Dec. 2006: Solyndra files an application for a Energy Department loan guarantee just before the New Year.2007: Production begins on the com …"

"… arch 2009: Energy Secretary Steven Chu announces Solyndra will receive the Energy Department's first energy loan guarantee—a $535 million financing to expand the com …"

"… ts subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations launch an investigation of Energy Department stimulus funding, with a focus on the Solyndra loan guarantee. Over the en …"

"… Solyndra was not given special treatment.Sept. 8, 2011:  The FBI and Energy Department’s inspector general conduct a surprise raid on Solyndra’s office, …"

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 "California headquarters":

"… pany so much attention – even sending President Obama to the company’s California headquarters to tour the plant and tout its potential.While Energy Department officials …"

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." …"

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 "Office of Management and Budget":

"… Energy and Commerce launched its investigation this year, it turned to the Office of Management and Budget for answers. OMB had vetted the loan guarantee’s financial risk shortly …"

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 …"

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