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Cleaner Air Could Mean Higher Electric Bills

Electricity prices are probably on their way up across much of the U.S. as coal-fired plants, the dominant source of cheap power, shut down in response to environmental regulations and economic forces.

05/21/2014

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Obama Touts Fuel-Efficient Trucks in Prince George’s County

Drawing a link between reduced fuel consumption and climate change, President Barack Obama said Tuesday that his administration will issue tougher fuel-efficiency standards for delivery trucks by March 2016.

02/18/2014

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Home Electricity Use in U.S. Falling to 2001 Levels

The average amount of electricity consumed in U.S. homes has fallen to levels last seen more than a decade ago, back when the smartest device in people’s pockets was a Palm pilot and anyone talking about a tablet was probably an archaeologist or a preacher.

12/30/2013

Henrik Fisker, former executive chairman and founder of Fisker Automotive testifies before the Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee during a hearing on Capitol Hill April 24, 2013 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony on Fisker's collapse after receiving a $529 million federal loan in 2009. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Energy Department To Sell Fisker Loan

The Energy Department says it is selling a $192 million loan made to struggling electric car maker Fisker Automotive Inc.

09/17/2013

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Nation’s Bloated Nuclear Spending Comes Under Fire

At Los Alamos National Laboratory, a seven-year, $213 million upgrade to the security system that protects the lab’s most sensitive nuclear bomb-making facilities doesn’t work.

09/13/2013

President Obama addresses the audience before presenting the 2012 National Medals of Arts and Humanities during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on July 10, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

House Defies Obama Administration In Energy Budget Bill

The House on Wednesday voted to slash money for renewable energy research and defy the Obama administration’s decision to close the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in a bare-bones annual spending bill for energy and water programs.

07/11/2013

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., reportedly made a comparison between “boatloads of Jewish immigrants” turned away from the U.S. as they attempted escape from Nazi Germany during World War II and the current influx of illegal immigrants coming across the border today. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Senate Dems Reject House GOP Limits, Push Billions In Additional Domestic Spending

Democrats controlling the Senate are pushing to spending billions of dollars more than their House GOP rivals on transportation and housing programs despite tough budget limits that promise to roll the increases back.

06/25/2013

An internal investigation has found that a senior Energy Department official was actively involved in securing summer jobs for his three college-aged children. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

Senior Energy Dept. Official Gave Jobs To 3 Of His Own Children

An internal investigation has found that a senior Energy Department official was actively involved in securing summer jobs for his three college-aged children.

06/10/2013

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Senate Confirms Physicist Moniz As Energy Chief

Physicist Ernest Moniz won unanimous Senate confirmation Thursday to be the nation’s new energy secretary.

05/16/2013

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Obama Administration Had Advance Warning On Electric Car Failure

Newly released documents show that the Obama administration was warned as early as 2010 that electric car maker Fisker Automotive Inc. was not meeting milestones set up for a half-billion dollar government loan, nearly a year before U.S. officials froze the loan after questions were raised about the company’s statements.

04/24/2013

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