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  • GOP's Solyndra probe threatens to ensnare Energy Secretary Chu

    09/29/2011 4:17:59 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/29/11 | Andrew Restuccia
    GOP's Solyndra probe threatens to ensnare Energy Secretary ChuBy Andrew Restuccia - 09/29/11 05:00 AM ET The controversy over a $535 million loan guarantee to the now-bankrupt California solar firm Solyndra is threatening to dim the star of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, a physicist and Nobel Prize winner who has rarely been thrust into the political spotlight. Republican lawmakers have set their sites on Chu, who for three years has managed to avoid being dragged into a litany of political battles waged by Republicans and the White House on energy and environmental issues. The GOP has for weeks lobbed a...
  • Video: Energy Sec. Chu claims government played ‘intimate role’ in all U.S. tech development

    08/31/2011 10:08:07 AM PDT · by NevadaPolicyResearchInstitute · 11 replies
    Write on Nevada ^ | August 30, 2011 | Victor Joecks
    No joke. Here's what Secretary Steven Chu, a top official in the Obama administration who's in charge of the U.S. Department of Energy, claimed today at Sen. Harry Reid's National Clean Energy Summit: So the government played an incredibly intimate role in all the technologies that led to prosperity in the United States, and we must not lose sight of that fact. And if you don't believe he said that — and given how ludicrous that statement is, I wouldn't blame you — here's video of his comment (30:50 mark). Browse through these lists of 10 popular inventions and the top...
  • Gov. Brown calls for action on clean energy

    08/30/2011 6:41:11 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 26 replies ^ | 30 Aug 2011 | Dana Hull
    LAS VEGAS -- In his first out-of-state trip since taking office in January, California Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday that he plans to forge ahead with aggressive renewable energy policies amid growing evidence of climate change. "Climate change has become more obvious, and we see great opportunity in investing in wind, solar and energy efficiency, or 'negawatts,'" Brown told a gathering here of 700 clean energy advocates. "This is like the computer industry when it first started. It starts small and it keeps growing. We're not going to ever not need energy." Brown was one of several high-profile speakers at...
  • Investor Interest in U.S. Biofuel Production Set to Soar

    08/25/2011 4:15:15 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 6 replies ^ | 25/08/2011 | John Daly
    On 16 August President Obama announced that the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy and Navy will invest up to $510 million by 2014 in partnership with the private sector to produce advanced “drop-in” aviation and maritime biofuels for military and commercial use. This builds on a directive Obama issued five months ago as part of his “Blueprint for A Secure Energy Future,” his administration’s policy for reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil imports, which now cost more than $300 billion. The plan envisages the three federal departments to invest a total of up to $510 million, which will require substantial...
  • Biden to give keynote speech at energy summit

    08/07/2011 10:36:03 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 23 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 8/04/11 | Andrew Restuccia
    Vice President Biden is slated to deliver the keynote address at a Las Vegas energy summit hosted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) later this month. The fourth annual National Clean Energy Summit will also feature remarks from Center for American Progress President John Podesta, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and California Gov. Jerry Brown (D), among others. “The Obama administration has proven time and again it understands the importance of building a competitive 21st-century economy through clean energy investments and policies that are focused on putting people back to work, reducing costs for consumers and...
  • Waxman calls for national climate-change-education push

    07/20/2011 10:19:12 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 46 replies
    Waxman calls for national climate-change-education push By Andrew Restuccia - 07/20/11 10:16 AM ET The top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday urged Energy Secretary Steven Chu to launch a national climate-change-education campaign. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), in a letter to Chu, said the public’s understanding of climate change is “diminishing” in part because there are “powerful vested interests in the oil and coal industries successfully fanning disbelief.” “I ask you to investigate the disconnect that appears to be growing between the scientific and the public understanding of climate change,” Waxman said. “I hope you will...
  • Light motif

    07/11/2011 9:32:22 AM PDT · by radioone · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 7-9-11 | Mark Steyn
    I think we ought to be harder when minor functionaries of a failed leviathan reveal themselves to have a defective understanding of the role of government in free societies. Steven Chu, the Energy Secretary who came into office saying “we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe“, has now offered up another soundbite for our times. On Friday, he defended the ban on Edison’s iconic incandescent in economic terms: "We are taking away a choice that continues to let people waste their own money".So what? I waste my own money on...
  • First Solar nabs $4.5 billion in DOE loan guarantees

    07/01/2011 9:05:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 7/1/11 | Dana Hull
    The Department of Energy announced Thursday that it has awarded First Solar, America's dominant solar manufacturer, nearly $4.5 billion in conditional loan guarantees to support the construction of three solar power plants in Southern California. With the latest awards, First Solar, headquartered in Tempe, Ariz., has nabbed a third of the $16 billion in loan guarantees the DOE has granted for solar generation to date. In January, First Solar was awarded a nearly $1 billion loan for its 290-megawatt Agua Caliente project in Arizona. First Solar expects the three projects, which should begin delivering electricity in 2014, to create 1,400...
  • Chu Pimps Your Budget at the Pump

    06/01/2011 9:20:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | June 1, 2011 | Bob Beauprez
    Memorial Day normally kicks off the summer vacation and heavy driving season, but with gas prices at the pump more than twice as expensive as they were two years ago, American families are being forced to stay close to home and pull back on normal family expenses.   The cost to fill up the tank is consuming 40% more of the family budget than it did last summer.  According to AAA, 17 cents of every consumer dollar is spent at the pump, up from 12 cents one year ago.  That has consequences, of course.  "Dining, shopping, museums, and gambling are taking...
  • New Issa report goes after Obama administration’s energy agenda

    05/24/2011 2:44:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 24, 2011 | Amanda Carey
    Rep. Darrell Issa of California, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has found another target in the Obama administration’s policy agenda: energy. Late Monday, Issa released a scathing report accusing the White House of being complicit in driving up oil prices to push a move to alternative energy sources. Among other things, the report — “Rising Energy Costs: An Intentional Result of Government Action” — accused the administration of restricting access to domestic energy sources, hindering “fracking” technology and hampering the economic recovery by proposing new taxes on the energy industry.The report also says the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) coordinated...
  • Flashback: Obama Energy Secretary Chu Says We Must Get Gas Prices “to the Levels in Europe”

    05/09/2011 9:10:49 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    The Right Sphere ^ | April 29, 2011 | Brandon Kiser
    read what President Obama’s Secretary of Energy Steven Chu had to say about gas prices back in December: In a sign of one major internal difference, Mr. Chu has called for gradually ramping up gasoline taxes over 15 years to coax consumers into buying more-efficient cars and living in neighborhoods closer to work. “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” Mr. Chu ... the best route for raising gas prices for Chu is to increase taxes and then demonize the oil companies for *gasp* making a profit. And if...
  • Energy Dept. seeks fracking guidelines

    05/08/2011 7:03:22 AM PDT · by Entrepreneur · 28 replies · 1+ views
    UPI ^ | May 6, 2011
    WASHINGTON, May 6 (UPI) -- A panel of experts was named to develop a set of best practices for the use of so-called fracking in natural gas drilling, the U.S. Department of Energy said. The panel of academics and analysts will make recommendations on how to best extract gas using the rock-cracking process while at the same time minimizing the risk of contamination of underground water supplies. "We need to ensure we harness these resources safely," Secretary of Energy Steven Chu said in a statement Thursday. "I am looking forward to hearing from this diverse, respected group of experts on...
  • Obama's War on Oil

    05/05/2011 11:02:39 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 20 replies
    american spectator ^ | 5-4-11 | Peter Ferrara
    Why would President Obama want high gas prices? It's a matter of ideology for him. He thinks it's good for the environment for gas prices to be high. The higher gas prices are, the less you will drive. Also, higher gas prices make his beloved "alternative fuels" more competitive. That is because these alternative fuels are inherently more expensive, and so can't compete with cheaper gas. Note this is not a prescription for easing the financial burden on working people. High gas prices make it more likely you will buy expensive "alternative fuels." But either way, your wallet will still...
  • Professors Gone Wild

    05/02/2011 4:25:24 AM PDT · by radioone · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 5-2-1 | Stuart Schwartz
    Professors gone wild. That is the only conclusion you can come to when you apply Sherlock Holmes' astute dictum to the striking similarities between the widespread failures of American education and government, institutions universally dominated by a self-proclaimed "educated class." Think about what the great fictional detective said: "Once you eliminate the impossible whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth." And so extracting the truth underlying the dysfunction of what the inimitable James Lewis more correctly terms our national corps of "educated idiots" (or, as our Harvard-educated president puts it more accurately, "corpse") one finds...professors. Professors have...
  • Endangered listing of lizard may shut down Texas oil

    04/27/2011 7:05:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/27/2011 | Greg Halvorson
    You can't make this up.  First, a Spotted Owl destroyed the timber industry of the Pacific Northwest, then a minnow turned the most productive agricultural land in the world into a dustbowl, and now, as energy prices spike and the economy sputters, they're going after Texas with a scurrilous reptile.    Specifically, the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard.  That's the latest more-important-than-people critter being used to lock-up resources in the name of planet Earth.  The drilling moratorium didn't cause enough pain, so onto the Endangered Species Act - known at the Sierra Club as "Ol' Reliable" - to make certain Texas has...
  • Energy Secretary Denies Administration is Intentionally Seeking Higher Prices to Push...

    03/31/2011 4:12:29 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    CNSNews ^ | March 31, 2011 | Fred Lucas
    Energy Secretary Denies Administration is Intentionally Seeking Higher Prices to Push Green Agenda Washington ( – On the day President Barack Obama announced his energy agenda, Energy Secretary Steven Chu rejected Republican claims that the administration sought to push up energy prices in order to promote a green agenda. “The price of gas and oil today is so high today and such a hardship to the American people and businesses and the recovery is fragile,” Chu said in response to a question about the claims during a White House briefing Wednesday. “So I don’t think anyone seriously considers – anyone...
  • U.S. businesses not buying President Obama’s rhetoric on energy ‘race’ with China

    03/15/2011 10:41:23 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/15/11 | Dipka Bhambhani
    The U.S. has “raced” to control space exploration, nuclear arms and electronics. Since taking office, President Obama has introduced the idea that the U.S. is now battling China — the world’s largest polluter — in new race for world domination. A clean energy race. “The nation that leads in the creation of a clean-energy economy will be the nation that leads the 21st-century global economy,” the president has said. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has repeated the message several times, creating a frenzy to “go green,” before China does. If America really is in such a race, the Energy and Commerce...
  • Peru inventor 'whitewashes' peaks to slow glacier melt

    06/28/2010 2:02:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/28/10 | Bayly Turner
    LICAPA, Peru (AFP) – In a remote corner of the Peruvian Andes, men in paint-daubed boilersuits diligently coat a mountain summit with whitewash in an experimental bid to recuperate the country's melting glaciers. It's a bizarre sight at 4,756 metres (15,600 feet) above sea level. The man behind the idea is not a glaciologist but an inventor, Eduardo Gold. His non-governmental organisation Glaciares de Peru was one of 26 winners of the World Bank's "100 Ideas to Save the Planet" competition in November 2009. Gold has already begun work while he waits for the 200,000-dollar prize money to fund his...
  • Energy Department Aims To Slash Solar Costs 75%

    02/04/2011 12:28:26 PM PST · by Slyscribe · 29 replies
    IBD's Click ^ | 2/4/2011 | Donna Howell
    Aiming to make the solar industry self-supporting without subsidies in a decade and more globally competitive, Energy Secretary Steven Chu on Friday launched an initiative to try to cut photovoltaic solar energy costs 75% by 2020. And he brought out SunPower(SPWRA) co-founder Dick Swanson to talk about efficiency gains made to date. “In the 1960s President Kennedy launched the moonshot goal, to put a man on the moon within a decade. Today we’re launching what we call a SunShot race,” Chu said on a midday conference call with reporters.
  • Commentary: Where Does Obama Get the Authority to ‘Inform’ a Private Co. to Surrender Its Money?

    06/15/2010 8:59:29 PM PDT · by Qbert · 95 replies · 1,768+ views
    CNSNews ^ | 6/15/2010 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    ( - In his first-ever address from the Oval Office on Tuesday night, President Barack Obama said he was going to “inform” the chairman of BP that he must surrender the company’s money to an independent party that will distribute it to people and businesses determined to have been harmed by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The president’s declaration raises a serious constitutional question about his authority: Where does the president get the lawful power to order any private-sector company—BP or any other—that it must surrender its money? Should not courts and normal legal proceedings determine who is responsible, who has...