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'Embarrassing' Fed Program Kills Green Automaker

The Huffington Post | Sharon Silke Carty | Posted 03.01.2012 | Business

Another company has cried uncle and withdrawn from a federal program designed to help green companies invest in U.S. manufacturing. Start-up auto ...

Arun Majumdar Should Be Confirmed as Undersecretary of Energy

James M. Gentile | Posted 04.24.2012 | Science
James M. Gentile

The Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved the nomination on December 15. More than two months later, Dr. Majumdar's confirmation has gone no further.

Chrysler's Surprising Move On Fuel Efficiency

The Huffington Post | Sharon Silke Carty | Posted 02.16.2012 | Business

Chrysler has decided to pull out of its bid for a $3.5 billion loan from the Department of Energy, one which would have helped the automaker reconfigu...

White House: Energy Department Loan Oversight Needs Overhaul

Reuters | Posted 04.11.2012 | Green

* Struggling to fill key positions to manage loans * Did not evaluate failed loan to Solyndra * Chu: will review ideas, ...

Hydrokinetic Power: The Next Wave in Renewable Energy?

Peter Hanlon | Posted 04.10.2012 | Green
Peter Hanlon

Imagine expanding the number of tidal turbines in NYC's East River over the next ten years -- enough to ultimately generate about 1 megawatt of electricity, enough to power 9,500 New York homes.

Lucia Graves

Solyndra Audit Release Prompts Republicans To Run Victory Laps

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 02.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) took a victory lap on Thursday when it was announced that Herb Allison, the man tasked with reviewing th...

Sarah Palin, as Energy Secretary, Would Be in Charge of Our Nuclear Program

Paul Abrams | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Romney, Santorum and Paul should be asked whether they would consider Governor Palin for such a post. A "yes" even to a question as benign as"consider?" is enough not only to doubt their judgment, but more than enough to be frightened for our future.

Keystone Fight Continues as Obama Administration Touts Need for Energy Policy

Stefanie Penn Spear | Posted 03.24.2012 | Green
Stefanie Penn Spear

With the decision to deny the pipeline permit, it was fitting that Secretary of Energy Steven Chu spoke of Obama's plan to reduce oil imports by one-third by 2025, modernize the electric grid, support fuel-efficient vehicles, and invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Problems Plague Cleanup At Hanford Nuclear Waste Site

USA Today | Posted 01.18.2012 | Green

HANFORD SITE, Wash. – Seven decades after scientists came here during World War II to create plutonium for the first atomic bomb, a new generation i...

Perry Names A New Government Agency He Would Cut, Leaving Out One

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 01.13.2012 | Politics

Texas Gov. Rick Perry named a different government agency he would cut as president in an interview on a Savannah, Georgia radio station Friday mornin...

Ryan Grim

Nuclear Power Play Reveals Washington's 'Ugly Underbelly'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A feud at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, where five presidentially appointed commissioners oversee the safety of the nation's nuclea...

What Nuclear Weapons Cost Us -- It's the Right Time for a Debate

Joel Rubin | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
Joel Rubin

An open, transparent debate is essential to ensuring that citizens and policymakers alike have the right information in their hands when deciding about our country's future spending on both nuclear weapons and their related programs.

Ryan Grim

Beyond Solyndra: Goldman Sachs Profited Off Energy Loans

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Goldman Sachs' decision to handle the doomed Solyndra loan earned the investment banking giant, along with a nifty payday, bad press tha...

Taxpayers Left in the Dark When It Comes to Nuclear Weapons Spending

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

So, how much does the U.S. spend on nuclear weapons? The only way to know for sure is for the administration to be more transparent about its nuclear spending, and to make a complete, detailed budget available to the public.

Lucia Graves

Report Reveals Risks Of Energy Department Loan Program

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new independent report on the Department of Energy's 1705 loan guarantee program found it to be in good financial health, with the maj...

The High Price of Nukes: Weapons We Don't Need at a Cost We Can't Afford

William Hartung | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics
William Hartung

It is outrageous that our government will not tell us exactly how much we're spending on nuclear weapons -- and may not even be keeping track.

Solyndra!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 01.29.2012 | Green
Rick Horowitz

Call it an ode to not-so-clean energy. Or call it a poetry slam. ...

Solyndra: An Ode to Not-So-Clean Energy

Rick Horowitz | Posted 01.21.2012 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

So it's nice to be inventive when you gaze into the sky. When those warming rays inspire you, give the power cell a try. Just make sure you're well connected if you want your piece of pie. So big... so fast... Solyndra!

Nuclear Turkeys

Joe Cirincione | Posted 01.20.2012 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Washington is planning to spend over $700 billion on nuclear weapons and related programs over the next ten years. Some programs are necessary, some ...

Budget Now To Offset Holiday Spending

Jason Alderman | Posted 01.16.2012 | Business
Jason Alderman

If you sometimes fall prey to holiday overspending, you might want to look for ways to make small spending cuts in other areas of your life -- year round -- that, when added together, can result in big savings.

Energy Dept. offered to put private investors ahead of taxpayers if Solyndra went bankrupt

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 01.16.2012 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Ronnie Greene, iWatch NewsAs solar panel maker Solyndra sunk deeper into debt last year, a top Department of Energy official pulled the company's...

Perry To Formally Propose Shuttering Agencies

The Texas Tribune | Jay Root | Posted 11.14.2011 | Politics

BETTENDORF, Iowa -- Rick Perry will famously remember the three federal agencies he wants to shut down in a key policy speech in Iowa on Tuesday, but ...

Jordan Howard

Americans Favor One Energy Option Above Others

HuffingtonPost.com | Jordan Howard | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A majority of the public still supports government funding for alternative energy research, although the degree of enthusiasm has decrea...

Solyndra To Auction Off Assets

AP | Posted 01.01.2012 | Green

FREMONT, Calif. — The bankrupt solar company Solyndra Inc. is auctioning off surplus assets this week as part of its bankruptcy proceedings. St...

Rebuilding the 20th Century: It's Time for Kids

Susanna Murley | Posted 12.27.2011 | Green
Susanna Murley

Universities need to be thinking forward and figuring out how to prepare both their own campuses for the future and their graduates for the future. Luckily there are a few programs that are already doing that.