Kleiner Perkins partner John Doerr, a California billionaire who made a fortune investing in Google, hosted Obama at a February dinner for high tech executives at his secluded estate south of San Francisco. Doerr and Kleiner Perkins executives have contributed more than $1 million to federal political causes and campaigns over the last two decades, primarily supporting Democrats. Doerr serves on Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness . Doerr has not replied to interview requests since March. … [Read more...] about Energy’s risky $1 billion bet on two politically-connected electric car builders
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The White House has not released details yet on how the proposed Trust would be funded or administered. Unlike Senator Murkowski, the President is unlikely to support opening ANWR for drilling, which environmental groups have long opposed. Yet, some version of an Energy Trust has support on both sides of the aisle. … [Read more...] about Is There Bipartisan Support for an Energy Security Trust?
Transportation Secretary Queried on Airlines and EU Carbon CapsAt a June 6 hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was questioned about whether the Administration would support Senator John Thune’s (R-SD) legislation to prohibit American airlines from participating in the European Union’s Emissions Trading System. The European Union Emissions Scheme Prohibition Act (S. 1956) instructs the Secretary of Transportation to bar American airlines from participating in the EU’s emissions trading system if the Secretary has determined that it would be in the public interest to do so; it also instructs government officials to conduct negotiations so that aircraft operators that fail to comply with the emissions trading scheme are not subject to retaliation or penalties from the EU. Senator Thune is considering offering the legislation as an amendment to other pending legislation. Secretary LaHood, while saying that he wasn’t prepared … [Read more...] about Energy and Environment Update – June 10, 2012
FirstEnergy LawsuitThe Environmental Integrity Project and Public Justice announced plans May 30 to file a citizens’ lawsuit against FirstEnergy Corp. for alleged violations of state and federal pollution control laws at a coal ash disposal facility for the company’s Bruce Mansfield power plant in western Pennsylvania. The notice finds that leaks and direct discharges from Little Blue Run, an unlined 1,000-acre coal ash impoundment in Pennsylvania and West Virginia are pollution groundwater and surface water in violation of the Clean Water Act and the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law. The plaintiffs will ask the court to require the company to isolated the waste from the environment, clean up polluted water, and treat discharges to surface water to remove selenium and boron. … [Read more...] about Energy and Environment Update – June 3, 2012
Challenge to CO2 RuleThe Environmental Protection Agency filed an August 9 motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit requesting that the court dismiss challenges to the agency’s proposed carbon dioxide performance standards for new power plants. The agency argued that because it has not yet taken action on its proposed standards, they are not yet subject to judicial review. The agency argued further that the court forgoing its examination of the case until the agency completes its review of the standards would pose no significant harm to the challengers as they will have the opportunity to resubmit their petitions once the agency takes action on the standard. According to Clean Air Act requirements, the agency must take action on the standards within a year of the date they were proposed, April 13. The new standards would limit new fossil fuel-fired plants to 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per megawatt-hour. … [Read more...] about Energy and Environment Update – August 12, 2012