The House approved, 255-165, their fiscal year 2013 Energy and Water Development appropriations bill (H.R. 5325) on June 6, providing $32.1 billion for the Departments of Energy, Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and other independent agencies. The bill includes amendments prohibiting the Department of Energy from enforcing light bulb efficiency standards, delaying the agency’s new efficiency standards for battery chargers and external power supplies, preventing the agency from issuing any new Section 1705 loan guarantees, blocking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from implementing Clean Water Act guidance on which waters fall under federal protection, and putting into place limitations on federal agency purchases of transportation fuels from unconventional sources, including fuels derived from oil sands, oil shale, and coal-to-liquid processes. The House also approved an amendment from Representative Cliff … [Read more...] about Energy and Environment Update – June 10, 2012
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As a place to work, NASA still measures up against the corporate world, where venture capital comes and goes, big contracts are lost, funders get impatient. Even SpaceX, Elon Musk's private space travel company, recently announced it was laying off around 10 percent of its workforce. There are pensions and benefits in government work, and there is job stability. Or at least there used to be. … [Read more...] about Shutdown spotlights the fading allure of public service
“The majority of people will concede that yes, Marc was a good man. He worked hard for the county and the state,” Collier said. “But he already has miles of highway named after him. ... There’s no shortage of homage paid to Marc Basnight.” … [Read more...] about The Marc Basnight Bridge? Not so fast, say Hatteras Island residents.
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: President-elect Donald Trump embraces son in law Jared Kushner (R), as his daughter Ivanka Trump, (L), stands nearby, after his acceptance speech at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. Donald Trump defeated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) … [Read more...] about The road ahead of Jared Kushner doesn’t look like it’s going to get any better