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."
The announcement of a cutback in production at the Khaji oilfield shared between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait has helped prop up oil prices early Monday. U.S. benchmark crude was 20 cents higher to $82.95 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent crude slipped just 10 cents to $86.06, Reuters reports.
Increased natural gas production, which has almost replaced supplies depleted by last winter’s deep freeze, has sent prices down even as the next cold season approaches, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Some environmental concerns still need to be satisfied, but Freeport LNG can start site preparation as well as construction for liquefaction facilities at its planned export facility at Quintana Island in Texas, under permission granted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Friday, FuelFix reports.
The Natural Resources Defense Council has warned that Congressional investigations can be tools of “intimidation,” according to a blog post from lobbyist David Goldston, who hasn’t yet said whether the group will respond to a letter from Republican lawmakers including Sen. David Vitter, R-La., demanding documents and emails regarding its communications with the Environmental Protection Agency over the EPA’s carbon rule, The Hill reports.
As operators like Exelon, Dominion and Duke Energy apply for extensions to keep older nuclear power plants in service, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be faced with questions about their safety, The New York Times reports.
Officials in New York said they would be quick to restart a Fire Island dune restoration project following a court ruling rejecting a bid from the Audubon Society to stop it, over concerns about its impact on piping plovers, Newsday reports.
Abengoa Bioenergy, which opened a big production plant in Kansas Friday, is pinning its hopes for the success of the project on the use of ethanol in plastics as well as fuel, The New York Times reports.