House Science Committee Energy and Environment Subcommittee hearing, "Tapping America's Energy Potential Through Research and Development." Witnesses include DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory Director Anthony Cugini, Texas A&M petroleum engineering professor Daniel Hill, Idaho National Laboratory director Michael Hagood.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal agency needs illusionist David Copperfield to help escape from criticism over now-canceled plans to hire a speaker to train agency leaders using "magic tools."
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is in hot water because on May 1 it posted a notice seeking a magician motivational speaker for a June leadership conference in suburban Maryland. The agency said presentations should include "physical energizers, magic tricks, puzzles, brain teasers, word games, humor and teambuilding exercises." It asked for the performer to create "a unique model of translating magic and principals of the psychology of magic, magic tools, techniques and experiences into a method of teaching leadership."
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and nine Republican senators wrote Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., to urge him to abandon attempts to renew the federal wind Production Tax Credit set to expire at year's end, The Hill reports.
The Senate unanimously approved a bill that would block the Environmental Protection Agency from applying lead-free pipe rules to new fire hydrants, a day after the agency said it would reconsider the guidance, the New York Daily News reports.
Oil industry analysts say average gasoline prices are on track to fall to their lowest levels all year in the final weeks of 2013 due to high refining rates, lower deamand and increased supplies, Bloomberg reports.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz discussed his desire to take a leadership role in international discussions on climate change and nuclear weapons and some of his hobbies and interests.
Researchers at the Energy Department's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a process that turns algae into refinable bio-crude oil within an hour and generates recoverable methane gas, NBC News reports.
The Defense Department said in a new report that its reliance on China for rare earths necessary for military manufacturing has fallen in the past few years as new markets have opened, Reuters reports.
The NAACP launched a campaign to press for greater state commitment to renewable energy and increased minority employment in the energy industry, releasing a report highlighting ways in which the current energy market disproportionately hurts minorities, USA Today reports.
Statoil and General Electric have joined forces to attempt to convert natural gas flared from drilling sites in North Dakota into compressed natural gas usable to power machinery and petrochemical production, The New York Times reports.
Japan's central government said it would take a leading role in developing a location to store the nation's nuclear waste after regional governments failed to offer any suggestions over the past decade, The Wall Street Journal reports.