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 Senate intends to try to override President Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL pipeline approval this week, while the House plans a vote on measures targeting the Environmental Protection Agency’s use of scientific data, National Journal reports.
Republicans from the Gulf region are angry about Obama administration proposals to cut the money states will get from offshore oil and gas drilling, and Alabama lawmakers Rep. Bradley Byrne and Sen. Richard Shelby say the proposal is "dead on arrival", The Hill reports.
Negotiations between refiners -– represented by Shell Oil. Co. -- and striking workers are set to resume Wednesday, as the walkout by United Steelworkers, now affecting 15 plants, drags toward its second month, Reuters reports.
A strong dollar and an increase in Libyan production helped to pressure oil prices early Monday. U.S. benchmark crude for April delivery dropped 95 cents to $48.81 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent fell $1.28 cents to $61.30, Reuters reports.
The administration of Pennsylvania’s new Democratic governor, Tom Wolf, is set to release plans to update drilling rules to address concerns about the health and environmental impact of natural gas drilling, The Associated Press reports.
Low natural gas prices have suppressed the demand for coal, Duke Energy Progress executive Brett Phipps told the Kentucky Public Service Commission in a filing, predicting that coal prices would remain stable in the short term but could become more volatile in the future as miners cut back production, Platts reports.