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Moniz, Pritzker address U.S. Conference of Mayors

Washington, January 22, 2014, 12:00 pm

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker speak at U.S. Conference of Mayors 82nd Winter Meeting. Conference continues through Friday.

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Zichal won't return to White House

Former White House energy and climate change adviser Heather Zichal on Tuesday ruled out a return to the administration, even as she defended President Barack Obama's climate agenda in the face of criticism from environmental groups.

At an event in Washington, Zichal dismissed a recent news report that listed her among potential candidates to succeed outgoing White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley. "I am not going back into the administration," she told reporters.

Europe must bring down energy prices, ministers tell conference

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Bloomberg

The EU must bring its energy prices under control and reduce the gap with the U.S., ministers told a conference in Berlin Tueday, Bloomberg reports.

Energy production one of NC governor's top priorities in 2014

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WRAL

North Carolina will expand offshore oil and gas exploration and push for land-based gas drilling as well in the coming year, Gov. Pat McCrory told a news conference Tuesday, according to WRAL.

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Zichal says she won't return to White House

Former White House energy and climate adviser Heather Zichal on Tuesday ruled out taking a new post in the administration, countering speculation that she might be named to a high-level job as President Barack Obama pursues his climate change agenda.

"I am not going back into the administration," she told reporters at an event in Washington.

Center for New Energy Economy presents climate and clean energy agenda

Washington, January 21, 2014, 9:30 am

The Center for the New Energy Economy presents report, "Powering Forward: Presidential and Executive Agency Actions to Drive Clean Energy in America." Center director and former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter (D), former White House energy and climate adviser Heather Zichal to speak. 

Clean energy through executive action: Experts to present report with suggestions for Obama

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National Journal

Energy experts from around the country will present a report Tuesday suggesting ways President Obama can boost clean energy and fight climate change without involving Congress, according to National Journal.

Tokyo governor poll a referendum over nuke policy

TOKYO (AP) — The surprise entry of a 76-year-old retired prime minister-turned-potter in the Tokyo governor's race is turning the election into a virtual referendum on the future of nuclear power in post-Fukushima Japan.

Morihiro Hosokawa, who led Japan two decades ago, has emerged as a front-runner, backed by another former prime minister, the hugely popular Junichiro Koizumi, one of Japan's longest-serving leaders.

Both are known as opponents of nuclear power, and a Hosokawa victory could deal a setback to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to restart Japan's nuclear power plants and export nuclear reactors.

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Begich declares opposition to Pebble Mine

Alaska Democratic Sen. Mark Begich on Monday announced his opposition to the proposed Pebble copper and gold mine near Bristol Bay, a move that aligns him with environmental and regional tribal groups as he faces voters this fall.

In a statement he called the Pebble Mine "the wrong mine in the wrong place for Alaska," which recalled similar language by then-Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, when he came out against the project in 2008.

Podesta defends Obama's climate record from green attack

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The Washington Post

Senior White House adviser John Podesta wrote a two-page letter to environmental groups defending the Obama administration's record on climate change issues in response to their criticism of his "all of the above" energy policy, The Washington Post reports.

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