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Lucia Graves

Senate Confirms Ernest Moniz As Energy Secretary

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.16.2013 | Green

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday voted to confirm nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz as U.S. secretary of energy. The vote was 97-0. Moniz, a prof...

"Resilience" Expanding Support for Renewable Energy

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 07.15.2013 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

Last week, the wine-making town of Sebastopol became the second California city after Lancaster to require that solar panels be installed in all new b...

GOP Rep. Sought Funds From Loans Program He Probed

The Huffington Post | Lucia Graves | Posted 04.26.2013 | Green

In a contentious House subcommittee hearing more than a little reminiscent of the Solyndra hearings, Republicans on Wednesday attacked the Department ...

GOP's New Solyndra?

The Huffington Post | Lucia Graves | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

Has the GOP found its new Solyndra? On Wednesday the House Oversight Committee held a hearing titled, "Green Energy Oversight: Examining the Departmen...

Cut Nukes Now

William Hartung | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
William Hartung

The Obama administration has a lot on its plate at the moment, from North Korea to gun control to immigration to ongoing budget battles with the Congress. But despite these challenges, it can and must vigorously pursue the president's stated goal of eliminating nuclear weapons.

Ties That Bind: Ernest Moniz, Keystone XL Contractor, American Petroleum Institute and Fracked Gas

Steve Horn | Posted 06.09.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

In other words, the gas industry isn't joking about its desires to export shale gas to the global market, despite paying homage to the necessity to frack for "national security" and domestic energy purposes.

Arthur Delaney

Pink Slips, An Anniversary, And 50 Million Gallons Of Radioactive Sludge

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics

When Travis Stephens first heard the word "sequestration," he thought it was nothing to worry about. "They said the sequestration -- they talked a...

End Daylight Savings Time

Nathan Greenberg | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
Nathan Greenberg

Daylight Savings Time is a considerable inconvenience for parents. Losing an hour of sleep on a Sunday morning -- even once a year -- is tough. Parents have to shift their schedules twice a year. What sort of sane person can explain changing clocks to a toddler?

President Obama Should Abandon the All of the Above Energy Strategy

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.11.2013 | Green
Steven Cohen

The surest sign that President Obama is willing to make renewable energy a priority will be when we stop hearing about "all of the above" and start hearing about the need to set priorities and make choices.

A Lasting Legacy of the Fukushima Rescue Mission, Part 3: Cat and Mouse with a Nuclear Ghost

Roger Witherspoon | Posted 05.05.2013 | Green
Roger Witherspoon

It is the most enduring falsehood of commercial nuclear power, promoted heavily by both the industry and its watchdog, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. It is a myth with two conflicting premises.

New Cabinet Nominees

Al Gore | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Al Gore

If we do not slow our reckless pollution of the atmosphere and invest in new, clean sources of energy, we risk dangerously destabilizing our climate. I hope Obama's nominees will help our nation lead the world through the difficult challenges that lie ahead.

It's Rocky, but Our Transition to Clean Energy Is Well Underway

Clint Wilder | Posted 05.04.2013 | Green
Clint Wilder

Even with all the hype about fracking, natural gas was not the No. 1 source of new electricity generation in the U.S. in 2012. In fact, it was wind power, accounting for over 40 percent of new capacity compared with 33 percent for gas, according to the Energy Information Administration.

Obama To Make Key Appointments

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is announcing his picks for three Cabinet-level jobs – nominees to run the Energy Department, Environmental...

MOX Fuel, Plutonium Proliferation and the Russians

Renee Parsons | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Renee Parsons

Upon scrutiny, the MOX fuel option is an untested nuclear boondoggle with the potential for accomplishing the opposite of the agreement's stated goal: prohibiting the proliferation of weapons-grade plutonium.

Radioactive Metal in Our Homes -- The Nuclear Family Is About to Get a Little More Radioactive

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 04.13.2013 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

Since the 1980s, the DOE and the NRC have been cooking up a scheme to recycle radioactive scrap metals back into a wide variety of products from metal water bottles to your children's braces.

Budget for MOX Program Cut by 75 Percent

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

The beleaguered Mixed Oxide Fuel (MOX) program at the Savannah River Site was targeted for possible cancellation last fall, but ongoing discussions resulted in a recent lifeline offered by a top Department of Energy official, which appears to have been accepted by the White House.

On Energy Secretary Chu's Resignation

Karl Grossman | Posted 04.08.2013 | Green
Karl Grossman

Who will replace Chu when he leaves the DOE helm at month's end? Obama's appointee could be more of the same.

Tom Zeller Jr.

Energy Secretary Chastises Climate Deniers, Clean-Energy Critics In Departure Letter

HuffingtonPost.com | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 02.02.2013 | Green

In a wide-ranging and sometimes defiant letter to staff announcing his resignation on Friday, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, while highlighting his agen...

Smoke and Mirrors: Obama DOE Fracked Gas Export Study Contractor's Tobacco Roots

Steve Horn | Posted 03.31.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

With easily apparent deep-seated roots dating back to the halcyon days of Big Tobacco, the DOE's NERA selection raises the question: Can one view the NERA/Obama DOE economic findings on LNG exports as anything but a deeply cynical PR ploy?

New York City's Newest Power Source Could Be Its Sewers And Reservoirs

Energy drink | Posted 01.22.2013 | New York

More than a billion gallons of water travel through New York State every day, starting upstate and journeying down to the city and the sea, and driven...

Chu Reportedly Leaving Post

Posted 01.17.2013 | Politics

UPDATE -- 5:46 p.m.: Energy Department spokesman Bill Gibbons denied any rumors of Chu's departure in a statement to HuffPost. “Dr. Chu is focuse...

The Promises and Challenges of Wind Power in the US

Swara Salih | Posted 03.11.2013 | Green
Swara Salih

While wind energy can seem like a near-ideal solution to our environmental and energy issues, it has not been without its challenges in the United States. But with sufficient R&D into offshore wind farms, the U.S. energy market could open a new chapter for the wind industry.

John Sununu: We Don't Need No Stinkin' Energy Policy

Bill Chameides | Posted 02.12.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

The oil and gas industry is what it is today thanks in large part to decades of federal support, and America's new and "bright" shale gas-rich future is no exception.

A Silver Lining in Sandy? (Part 3)

William S. Becker | Posted 01.29.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

When it comes to solving problems, elected officials are inclined to support solutions that allow people to keep behaving as they always have, but with less damage. That's how it has been with America's response to weather-related disasters. It's a response that won't work anymore.

The Appointment of Our Next Energy Secretary

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

The Obama administration now has an opportunity to reposition the Energy Department as a force for national energy independence, an economic force for national security, and as a monitor and sponsor of rational energy pricing thereby husbanding a mighty engine of economic growth.