Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's proposals for energy reform has drawn opposition from the nation's Party of the Democratic Revolution including a rally of thousands of party members in Mexico City, Reuters reports.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar plans to make a formal statement as soon as Wednesday morning about his departure from the Obama administration, according to an Interior Department source.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed reports that Salazar has submitted his resignation to the White House and will return to his home in Colorado by the end of March. Another administration official, also speaking on background, confirmed the departure.
As speculation continued to mount over the future of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, two leading Democrats on Tuesday refused to say whether they expect him to remain on the job in President Barack Obama's second term.
Former Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D. brushed off questions about whether he would accept an offer to lead the department. Separately, the incoming Democratic chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee would not say whether he wants Chu to stay.
House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns went into Tuesday's Florida Republican primary declaring himself "Obama's Biggest Headache" largely on the basis of his Solyndra investigation.
But the GOP voters in the new Third District decided they'd rather have tea party-backed neophyte Ted Yoho run this fall than the 12-term Stearns, regardless of his badge as an opponent of President Barack Obama.
The Energy Department on Thursday argued its successes in helping boost clean energy have been overlooked because of the Solyndra bankruptcy, offering a fresh defense of its controversial loan guarantee program.
The department's public affairs director, Dan Leistikow, said the department deserves credit for the U.S. overtaking China last year as the No. 1 clean energy investment market.
National Journal forum, "Perils and Prospects of an 'All of the Above' Approach to the Energy Future. House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., White House energy and climate change advisor Heather Zichal among speakers.
A new report from the Congressional Budget Office said a carbon tax could bring in significant revenues and help reverse climate change at the cost of higher prices and lower incomes, The Hill reports.
The House Appropriations Committee proposed giving $24.3 billion to the subcommittee that finances the Interior Department, EPA and similar agencies, an 18-percent cut from fiscal 2013 levels, E&E News reports.
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, called on the Forest Service to drop its plans to withhold funds from rural timber communities.