President Barack Obama’s nominee for the No. 2 spot at the Energy Department easily advanced through a Senate committee on Thursday, but Republicans lined up in another panel against his two picks to join the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The Senate
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Private contractors for the U.S. Department of Energy have spent at least $3.5 million in legal expenses to battle two critics of a massive construction project at the nation’s most polluted nuclear site, according to a
WASHINGTON (AP) — This year’s Senate races have featured astronomical spending, ceaseless attack ads and innumerable slaps at a president who’s not on the ballot. Largely missing, however, are ideas on how best to govern the nation. Even with control
WASHINGTON (AP) — Big Republican gains on Election Day would be a blow to much of President Barack Obama’s agenda, but one stymied item on his to-do list might get a fresh chance to move forward: trade. That could breathe
HOUSTON (AP) — A poisonous gas leak that killed four workers at a Houston-area chemical plant in November can be traced to the design of a network of pipes and valves inside the facility, federal investigators said Thursday. The DuPont
The Obama administration and automakers Hyundai and Kia announced on Monday they’ve agreed to a record-setting $100 million fine that will end a federal investigation into allegations of inflated mileage claims, the largest ever under the Clean Air Act. The
The machinations the Obama administration has needed to stock two key independent energy oversight bodies haven’t been entirely consistent with the president’s professed “no-drama” approach to governing. Last week it won Senate confirmation of energy markets enforcement chief Norman Bay
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on Thursday threw more cold water on oil industry hopes that the Obama administration will quickly loosen the ban on crude oil exports. Speaking at the Washington Ideas Forum conference, Moniz downplayed the impact of the
The head of the nuclear power industry’s trade group raised questions Tuesday about President Barack Obama’s two nominees to the fill one current and one expected vacancy on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The White House said earlier in the day
The head of the nation’s largest recycler of coal fly ash says the Obama administration has informed him that it will complete new regulations that will continue to treat the power plant waste as a non-hazardous substance. Such a decision,
In the grassroots equivalent of a military invasion, the American Petroleum Institute is unleashing a platoon of veterans on Capitol Hill this week to press Congress for more favorable policies to expand oil and gas drilling. The lobbying effort by
PARIS (AP) — French security officials are investigating a spate of mysterious and illegal flights by drone aircraft over more than a dozen nuclear power stations in France, raising security concerns in a country that largely lives off atomic energy.
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Marcus Jundt moved to Williston from Minnesota almost four years ago and has opened four restaurants there since. Food isn’t propelling his business, though. It’s oil. “Everything I’ve done in Williston is a derivative of oil,”
The talks between a Republican senator and the Obama administration to set deadlines for Energy Department decisions on natural gas exports isn’t leading to fast action on Capitol Hill. Bipartisan-backed legislation by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., reflecting discussions between Sen.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s recommendation to spend $5 million next year on an early earthquake warning system for the West Coast represents a significant breakthrough, congressional supporters of the project said Wednesday. It’s the first time Obama has
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican control of the House and Senate seems tantalizingly close, so leading Republicans are turning to a matter often overlooked in campaigns: how to actually govern. They say it will be crucial to show the GOP can
Hyundai and Kia have agreed to pay a record $100 million civil fine under the Clean Air Act to settle allegations that it overstated the mileage of certain 2012 and 2013 model year vehicles, the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday.
The federal government and a Midwest utility on Wednesday announced a Clean Air Act settlement that would phase out coal use at five plants in Iowa and prevent the restart of a sixth, a development that environmentalists celebrated as marking
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is pushing forward on allowing limited black bear hunting for the first time in decades as part of an aggressive plan to manage the animals after four attacks in the past year. On Thursday, the
The head of the United Nations climate group on Sunday praised the Obama administration’s plan to curb U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, in advance of talks next year that are to yield a new post-2020 international climate change accord. Christiana Figueres,