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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.

Our Nuclear Insecurity Complex

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

Back in July, an 82-year-old nun and two fellow peace activists breached the security at the Y-12 nuclear weapons facility in Tennessee. Since then, it's only gotten worse for the Department of Energy and its National Nuclear Security Administration.

Reports of Clean Energy's Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Stephen Cowell | Posted 10.26.2012 | Green
Stephen Cowell

Have we forgotten about the dangerous summer heat waves that threatened dozens of states? Or the hurricane that affected the schedule of the Republican Convention? What about the tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and massive droughts we experienced all too recently?

Solyndra All Over Again?

Reuters | Posted 10.16.2012 | Business

* A123 had received $249 million grant from U.S. government * Romney gets another reason to blast green energy subsidies * A123 to sell automoti...

Reading in Dim and Dimmer Legislative Light

Paul Stoller | Posted 11.25.2012 | Education
Paul Stoller

In America there seems to be an increasingly widespread aversion to the act of reading. In support of that aversion voters have elected public officials whose profound ignorance and boundless stupidity threaten our society.

U.S. Poised To Hand Over Millions To Another Solar Panel Start-Up

Reuters | Nichola Groom | Posted 11.23.2012 | Green

LOS ANGELES, Sept 24 (Reuters) - A tiny solar company named SoloPower will flip the switch on production at a U.S. factory Thursday, a major step to...

The Obama Administration and the Environment: Real Progress (Change You Can Believe In)

Jerry Cope | Posted 10.22.2012 | Green
Jerry Cope

The environmental and renewable energy communities in particular are being courted as the president's environmental record has been criticized for not achieving his campaign promises of four years ago.

Where's the Oversight at Nuclear Labs? Hands-Off Approach Is Recipe for Disaster

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 10.10.2012 | Green
Project On Government Oversight

As the saying goes, "The fish rots from the head down." This is certainly the case at the Y-12 National Security Complex, where an 82-year-old nun and two accomplices recently broke in, raising serious questions about the DOE's security strategy.

Report: Obama Administration Approached Arnold Schwarzenegger About Cabinet Position

The Huffington Post | Patrick Svitek | Posted 08.10.2012 | Politics

The White House talked with former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger about a possible cabinet position in the Obama administration halfway through...

Mission Impossible? Not for 82-year-old Anti-Nuclear Weapons Activist

Mia Steinle | Posted 09.29.2012 | Green
Mia Steinle

When a nuclear weapons facility can't stop infiltration by an octogenarian nun, it's time to reassess its security standards.

Wasting Time With Nuclear Waste

Elliott Negin | Posted 08.22.2012 | Green
Elliott Negin

Haste makes waste--unless you're talking about nuclear power. In that case, delay makes waste--tens of thousands of tons of it.

'Green News Report' - June 7, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 08.07.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Congressi...

Knocking the Wind Out of U.S. Energy Options

Elliott Negin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

Renewables currently generate only about 5 percent of U.S. electricity, but by 2030 they have the potential to produce more than 40 percent, half coming from wind. And yet, unless Congress acts soon, the wind industry will have to trim its sails.

'Green News Report' - May 22, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 07.22.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Republica...

Former U.S. nuclear commander startles with proposal to cut weapons arsenal by 80%

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 07.18.2012 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By R. Jeffrey SmithiWatch NewsThe chairman of a House subcommittee that helps shape the nation's nuclear arsenal, Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio), has bee...