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Brother of Hillary Clinton's Top Campaign Aide Lobbied for Fracked Gas Export Terminal Co-Owned by Qatar

Steve Horn | Posted 05.01.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Anthony "Tony" Podesta began lobbying in late 2013 on behalf of a company co-owned by ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum aiming to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the global market.

"Carbon Copy": How Big Oil and King Coal Ghost Write Letters for Public Officials, Business Groups

Steve Horn | Posted 04.20.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The Billings Gazette has revealed that coal mining company Cloudpeak Energy ghost wrote protest letters to the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) on behalf of allied policymakers and business groups.

Timothy Geithner's Warburg Pincus May Profit from Tar Sands Exports

Steve Horn | Posted 01.14.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Photo Credit: Wikimedia CommonsCross-Posted from DeSmogBlogSeveral environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of ...

Labor Day News Dump: FERC Hands Enbridge Permit for Tar Sands by Rail Facility

Steve Horn | Posted 11.01.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

On the Friday before Labor Day -- in the form of an age-old "Friday News Dump" -- the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) handed a permit to Enbridge, the tar sands-carrying corporate pipeline giant, to open a tar sands-by-rail facility in Flanagan, Ill. by early-2016.

Judge Nixes Cove Point LNG Zoning Permit as Dominion Says Will Soon Receive Federal Permit

Steve Horn | Posted 10.26.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogCo-Written with Caroline SelleAn August 6 court decision handed down by Calvert County Circuit Court Judge James Salm...

Court: Key Environmental Law Doesn't Apply to Part of Enbridge Keystone XL "Clone"

Steve Horn | Posted 10.19.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

A U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled that Enbridge's 600-mile-long Flanagan South Pipeline, a Keystone XL "clone," is legally cleared to proceed opening for business in October.

Two Dozen Anti-Fracking Protesters Arrested During Sit-In

Reuters | Ayesha Rascoe | Posted 09.13.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON, July 14 (Reuters) - Two dozen protesters were arrested in Washington on Monday while demonstrating against hydraulic fracturing and the ...

Revealed: Heather Zichal Met With Cheniere Executives as Obama Energy Aide Before Board Nomination

Steve Horn | Posted 08.27.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

According to a DeSmogBlog review of White House meeting logs, between 2009 and 2013, the Obama White House held 32 meetings with Cheniere board members and lobbyists.

Recent Federal Court Decision Could Muddy Waters for Keystone XL South, Flanagan South

Steve Horn | Posted 08.25.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

In the Delaware Riverkeeper v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) case, judges ruled that a continuous pipeline project cannot be segmented into multiple parts to avoid a comprehensive National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review. This is what Kinder Morgan proposed and did for its Northeast Upgrade Project.

Heather Zichal, Former Obama Energy Aide, Named to Board of Fracked Gas Exports Giant Cheniere

Steve Horn | Posted 08.20.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogHeather Zichal, former Obama White House Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, may soon walk ou...

Documents: MD County Housing First East Coast LNG Export Facility Signs Non-Disclosure Deal

Steve Horn | Posted 04.14.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog Co-authored by Steve Horn and Caroline Selle DeSmogBlog has obtained documents revealing that the government of Calvert ...

Former Federal Official Claims Silicon Valley Attack Was Terrorism

AP | MARTHA MENDOZA | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman Jon Wellinghoff says he believes an April attack on Silicon Valley's ph...

Shahien Nasiripour

Federal Reserve: Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Is What Scares Us About Banks In Physical Commodities

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

The Federal Reserve took a potential step Tuesday to limit big banks’ activities in physical commodities, publicly outlining concerns with bank inve...

Kate Sheppard

Regulatory Commission Nominee Withdraws Under Fire

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ron Binz, the Colorado energy regulator nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as the head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commis...

Obama Nominee Withdraws After GOP Backlash

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's nominee to be the nation's top energy regulator withdrew Tuesday, conceding he did not have enough support...

Kate Sheppard

Key Republican Senator Opposes Obama Energy Nominee

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), the ranking minority member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, came out against the nominati...

Report: Reid Rebuffed Key Obama Pick

Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Obama's pick to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Ron Binz, is expected to face tough questions at his confirmati...

Kate Sheppard

Koch-Fueled Groups Attack Obama Energy Nominee

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than a dozen conservative groups are taking aim at President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissio...

Blatant Distortion and Manipulation of Oil Prices Laid Bare

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 10.26.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

What transpired on Friday was a brutal movement in the price of oil to the enormous benefit to oil interests. And for no reason that can be explained by either an interruption in supply, direct nor indirect, nor significant change in demand, nor economic data supporting the move.

The Cost of Nearly Everything Is Rigged, Enriching the Bank Fixers

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 10.11.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Hello Congress, Federal Reserve, Commodities Futures Trading Commission, Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, is anybody listening? Or do the Big Boys just get to play while we pay and pay!?

JP Morgan Accused of Rigging Energy Markets. A Feather Duster Anyone?

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 09.16.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

What, pray tell, is a bank doing in the oil, gas, power and electricity business? Is that why we have a Federal Reserve -- to fund their gambling addiction? Should the bank fail because of its gambling excess, we would be left holding the bill and mopping up the mess of Too Big to Fail.

Obama Nominates Colo. Energy Regulator To FERC

AP | Posted 06.27.2013 | Denver

DENVER -- President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated the former head of Colorado's Public Utilities Commission to chair the Federal Energy Regulator...

Obama Administration Energy Official Stepping Down

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 05.29.2013 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is resigning. A spokesman says FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff submitted his resigna...

JPMorgan Facing Crackdown From Unlikely Regulator

Reuters | Posted 07.08.2013 | Business

May 8 (Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co and some of its personnel face a possible enforcement action by the Federal Energy Regulatory ...

A Pathological Moral Environment

Mike Lux | Posted 07.07.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

If this deadly dynamic isn't solved -- if the biggest banks aren't broken up, if the Department of Justice doesn't start prosecuting crime in the financial sector -- our country will in the not too distant future see a financial crisis far worse than in 2008.