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."
A bill moving through the New Jersey Senate would require the state to get 80 percent of its energy from renewables by 2050, but it is unlikely to win approval from Republican Gov. Chris Christie, NJ Spotlight reports.
An American Petroleum Institute report detailing a drop in crude stocks sent oil prices soaring early Wednesday. U.S. benchmark crude jumped $1.51 to $61.91 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent gained $1.36 to $68.88, Reuters reports.
The changes at the top for Saudi oil company Aramco, alongside a government reshuffle announced by King Salman last week, should help free the company from political interference, analysts have told Platts.
An ethics watchdog has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer’s Super PAC may be improperly obtaining information on voters in Iowa, the Washington Free Beacon reports.
The Alberta New Democratic Party that swept into power in the oil-rich Canadian province in Tuesday’s election favors increasing royalties on oil and gas production as well as higher corporate taxes, The Wall Street Journal reports.