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.
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.
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.
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 (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.
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.
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.
North Dakota lawmakers, including Sen. Heidi Keitkamp, D-N.D. and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., were among those launching criticism at the Obama administration for delaying a decision on the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, the Williston Herald reports
China, the world’s largest investor in renewables, will continue to boost spending on solar and wind projects as well as starting construction on some nuclear power plants, Premier Li Keqiang said in a website posting, Bloomberg reports.
The decision by Minnesota regulators to back Geronimo Energy’s $250 million proposal for a solar project is the latest example of how the company, which didn’t exist 10 years ago, is continuing to grow, the Star-Tribune reports.
The company behind the proposed $2 billion Rock Island Clean Line, the transmission line which would bring 3,500 megawatts of wind energy from Iowa to Illinois, claims the project could bring Chicago residents electricity savings, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Suncor Energy, one of several Canadian companies that backs the Keystone XL pipeline project, said over the weekend that one of its employees died after being hurt at an oil sands site, The Globe and Mail reports.