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  • Trump transition team for Energy Department seeks names of employees involved in climate meetings

    12/09/2016 12:27:04 PM PST · by detective · 65 replies
    MSN News ^ | December 9, 2016 | Steven Mufson, Juliet Eilperin
    The Trump transition team has issued a list of 74 questions for the Energy Department, asking officials there to identify which department employees and contractors have worked on forging an international climate pact as well as domestic efforts to cut the nation’s carbon output. The questionnaire requests a list of those individuals who have taken part in international climate talks over the past five years and “which programs within DOE are essential to meeting the goals of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.”
  • U.S. to build $1.6B Idaho facility for warships' nuclear waste

    12/07/2016 7:58:43 AM PST · by ameribbean expat · 18 replies
    The facility will be built at the Energy Department's 890-square-mile site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory, considered the nation's primary lab for nuclear research.
  • U.S. Education Secretary Says He Is Concerned About Homeschooled Kids

    09/25/2016 11:46:40 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 75 replies ^ | 21SEP2016 | SHANE VANDER HART
    U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King said that he has concerns about children who are homeschooled according to a story published in Politico Pro (paywall) today. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. said today that he’s concerned that homeschooled students aren’t “getting the range of options that are good for all kids.” But King also said he’s aware of homeschooling families “doing it incredibly well” and he knew of students in college who had “very tremendous academic success.” “Obviously, it’s up to families if they want to take a homeschool approach,” King said, when asked about the topic during...
  • Nuclear accident in New Mexico ranks among the costliest in U.S. history

    08/22/2016 1:33:39 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 26 replies
    LA Times ^ | 08/22/2016 | Ralph Vartabedian
    When a drum containing radioactive waste blew up in an underground nuclear dump in New Mexico two years ago, the Energy Department rushed to quell concerns in the Carlsbad desert community and quickly reported progress on resuming operations. The early federal statements gave no hint that the blast had caused massive long-term damage to the dump, a facility crucial to the nuclear weapons cleanup program that spans the nation, or that it would jeopardize the Energy Department’s credibility in dealing with the tricky problem of radioactive waste. But the explosion ranks among the costliest nuclear accidents in U.S. history, according...
  • Yet Another Good Reason To Abolish The Department Of Education

    03/06/2016 4:41:54 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 4, 2016 | George Leef
    Creating the Department of Education in 1979 was certainly one of the worst blunders the nation made in that whole blunder-filled decade. Having neither a constitutional warrant nor any rationale except to reward the teachers’ unions for backing Jimmy Carter, the Department barely made it through Congress. (Even the New York Times thought it a bad idea, as Richard Vedder notes in this Pope Center article in which he explores the damage this agency has done.) Since then, we have wasted billions on the Department but educational results are worse than ever. And now it’s evident that the bureaucrats have...
  • U.S. expected to be largest producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2013

    10/06/2013 12:51:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    US Department of Energy ^ | October 4, 2013 | Hannah Breul and Linda Doman
    Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration Note: Petroleum production includes crude oil, natural gas liquids, condensates, refinery processing gain, and other liquids, including biofuels. Barrels per day oil equivalent were calculated using a conversion factor of 1 barrel oil equivalent = 5.55 million British thermal units (Btu). The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that the United States will be the world's top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2013, surpassing Russia and Saudi Arabia. For the United States and Russia, total petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbon production, in energy content terms, is almost evenly split between petroleum and natural...
  • Bill Ayers: Bringing Down America, Destroying Education ( Common Core )

    08/10/2013 11:46:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 15, 2013 | Mary Grabar
    Larry Grathwohl, who had just come back to Cincinnati from Vietnam, was infiltrating the domestic terrorist group Weatherman, the only one to have done so. Larry saved potentially hundreds of lives when he alerted the FBI to a bomb placed near a Detroit police station and a restaurant. Bill Ayers, Education Secretary of Weatherman, told him that in the revolution, lives would have to be sacrificed. ... My interest in Bill Ayers began a few years ago when I learned about his career as a “Distinguished Professor of Education.” In reality he was working to destroy everything that was good...
  • Shuttered nuclear plant marks retirement milestone

    07/25/2013 6:50:52 AM PDT · by thackney · 34 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 25, 2013 | Associated Press
    Workers at the San Onofre nuclear power plant have finished removing highly radioactive fuel from its Unit 2 reactor... Southern California Edison announced last month it was closing the twin-reactor plant between Los Angeles and San Diego. That ended a long and costly battle with environmentalists over whether it was safe to operate. Removing the fuel clears the way for operator Edison to formally surrender the plant’s operating license to federal regulators.
  • Special Report: Bad Karma: How Fisker burned through $1.4 billion on a 'green' car

    06/17/2013 6:05:56 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 17, 2013 | By Deepa Seetharaman and Paul Lienert
    Fisker Automotive hasn't built a car in nearly a year. It fired most of its workforce, hired bankruptcy advisers and is seeking a buyer. Co-founder Henrik Fisker resigned in mid-March in a dispute with some of the directors. And despite raising $1.4 billion in private and public funds since its founding in 2007, the company is out of cash. For months, key investors have been footing the car maker's day-to-day expenses to keep it alive in diminished form. The Energy Department has repeatedly defended its handling of the Fisker loan. Nicholas Whitcombe, who previously led the DOE loan program, told...
  • Robert Kennedy, Jr.’s ‘Green’ Company Scored $1.4 Billion Taxpayer Bailout

    11/16/2011 11:30:52 AM PST · by Driftwood1 · 30 replies
    Big Government ^ | Wilton Hall
    President John F. Kennedy’s nephew, Robert Kennedy, Jr., netted a $1.4 billion bailout for his company, BrightSource, through a loan guarantee issued by a former employee-turned Department of Energy official. It’s just one more in a string of eye-opening revelations by investigative journalist and Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer in his explosive new book, Throw Them All Out. The details of how BrightSource managed to land its ten-figure taxpayer bailout have yet to emerge fully. However, one clue might be found in the person of Sanjay Wagle. Wagle was one of the principals in Kennedy’s firm who raised money for Barack...
  • Busted: DOE Altered Solyndra-Related Documents

    10/19/2011 3:03:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/19/11 | Andrew Stiles
    It appears as though the Obama administration has been caught red-handed trying to cover up evidence in relation to the “green” loans programs that helped finance Solyndra. CNBC reports that a number of press releases posted by the Department of Energy have been retroactively altered to remove the name a solar company thought by many to be the next “green” failure: The changes occurred in two press releases from the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program — the same program that has been the center of controversy surrounding the failed solar company Solyndra. Both were changed to remove the name...
  • Solyndra employee to Mark Levin: “Everyone knew that the plant wouldn’t work”

    09/15/2011 6:54:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 09/15/2011 | Allahpundit
    Yes indeed. Everyone knew. That was the point of last night’s post. And in fact, what you’re about to hear isn’t the first case of a Solyndra employee insisting that the whole enterprise was widely known to be a bust inside HQ. Remember this snippet from a recent Mercury News story? One former employee, Mohammed Walahi, who began working as a process technician for Solyndra in 2005, showed up at the company Thursday morning to file a workers’ compensation claim for a repetitive stress injury and was surprised to see FBI agents instead of security guards. Solyndra’s employees were laid...
  • Solyndra to Declare Bankruptcy

    08/31/2011 9:17:46 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 32 replies
    NBC bay Area ^ | August 31,2011 | Scott McGrew
    Solyndra, a major manufacturer of solar technology in Fremont, has shut its doors, according to employees at the campus. "I was told by a security guard to get my [stuff] and leave," one employee said. The company employs a little more than 1,000 employees worldwide, according to its website. Shortly after it opened a massive $700 million facility, it canceled plans for a public stock offering earlier this year and warned it would be in significant trouble if federal loan guarantees did not go through. Solyndra Worker Speaks The company has said it will make a statement at 9am California...
  • title:Video: SWAT team raids house over … unpaid student loans

    06/08/2011 10:52:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 06/08/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Via JWF and Reason, we now present this instructional video from the Department of Education. Now that the government has for all practical pruposes nationalized the student-loan industry, the DoE would like to educate recipients on new loan-collection processes. The banks used to send bill collectors and file claims in court, but the Obama administration doesn’t like those kind of harsh private-sector measures to retrieve lost capital. Instead, they’ll send a SWAT team to kick in your door and frighten your children — even if you don’t live with them anymore: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Kenneth Wright does...
  • Schmitt Named Energy Secretary (NM)

    01/07/2011 6:10:38 AM PST · by CedarDave · 18 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 7, 2011 | Dan Boyd
    Former U.S. Sen. Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, a geologist and Apollo astronaut who bucks conventional theory on human-caused global warming, was named Thursday by Gov. Susana Martinez to head the state's Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department. Schmitt, a Silver City native who was elected to the Senate in 1976 and defeated after one term by current officeholder Jeff Bingaman, is one of the last people to walk on the moon. His appointment drew immediate fire from environmentalists. "We are disheartened to see the selection of a climate change denier," said Sandy Buffett, executive director of the Santa Fe-based Conservation Voters...
  • Energy Secretary Chu's War On Business

    10/12/2009 6:16:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies · 1,837+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 12, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Public Discourse: Our energy secretary applauds and encourages companies to leave the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over its position on climate change. Should any Cabinet secretary, with the powers of government behind him, be threatening U.S. companies? Part of the climate-change mantra is that the debate is over and the science is settled. Just to make sure, environmental groups have sought to pressure businesses to go green or at least keep silent. Now it would appear the whole weight of the federal government is being thrown behind this campaign to coerce and silence real and potential opposition. On Thursday, Steven...
  • Energy Secretary Chu and the Toll of Silly Physics

    09/29/2009 11:22:35 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 1,149+ views
    American Thinker ^ | September 30, 2009 | Claude Sandroff
    Many of us had just the grandest time conducting worthless research for the old monopolistic phone companies.  Dr. Steven Chu, our Secretary of Energy was one of the typical products of that era of unfocused industrial research.  He nurtured his career in what had become the most arrogant and unfocused lab of them all, Bell Laboratories.   If you landed one of those storied jobs as a newly minted Member of Technical Staff, you could expect to conduct research indistinguishable from that of any academic scientist supported by government agencies like the National Science Foundation. That a once glorious Bell Labs...
  • Latest in Stimulus: 'Cash for Refrigerators' (They CAN'T be serious!!!)

    08/24/2009 7:35:21 AM PDT · by wk4bush2004 · 66 replies · 1,711+ views
    A $300 million cash-for-clunkers-type federal program to boost sales of energy-efficient home appliances provides a glimmer of hope for beleaguered makers of washing machines and dishwashers, but it's probably not enough to lift companies such as Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR - News) and Electrolux out of the worst down cycle in the sector's history. Beginning late this fall, the program authorizes rebates of $50 to $200 for purchases of high-efficiency household appliances. The money is part of the broader economic stimulus bill passed earlier this year. Program details will vary by state, and the Energy Dept. has set a deadline of Oct....
  • Energy Secretary Chu warns of climate change

    06/27/2009 9:02:16 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 28 replies · 906+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 6/26/09 | Suzanne Bohan
    U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu warned an audience of 800 at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park that "business as usual" would lead to a dramatically changed world in the coming decades...he described a world with more severe storms and droughts, far more hot summer days exceeding 90 degrees, rising sea levels and species extinctions if carbon emissions aren't markedly scaled back. Chu focused on a chart from a report released this month from the NOAA [that] tracked atmospheric carbon dioxide levels over an 800,000-year period, measured from an Antarctic ice core. In it, a red line ranged between...
  • Energy Dept. to lend $8B to Ford, Nissan, Tesla

    06/23/2009 8:44:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 498+ views
    breitbart ^ | 6/23/09 | KIMBERLY S. JOHNSON and KEN THOMAS
    The Energy Department said Tuesday it would lend $5.9 billion to Ford Motor Co. and provide about $2.1 billion in loans to Nissan Motor Co. and Tesla Motors Inc., making the three automakers the first beneficiaries of a $25 billion fund to develop fuel-efficient vehicles.