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  • Can the Department of Energy Really Spend All That Money?

    Or should the question be how much will they waste? Economist Arnold Kling has a list of risks associated with a large stimulus. Number one on the list is: It is harder to spend larger amounts quickly and cost-effectively. One of Obama’s chief economists, Larry Summers, emphasized that stimulus spending … More

    Calls For Obama to Examine Nuclear Waste Alternative is Step in Right Direction

    According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Nuclear Energy Institute is calling on the Obama Administration to create a blue-ribbon commission to look at alternatives to the nation’s current approach to nuclear waste management. While blue-ribbon commissions are often excuses for doing nothing, a commission in this case has substantial … More

    A Renewable Electricity Standard is Not Stimulating

    In delivering his speech on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M is introducing a plan for even more green energy and more green jobs – on top of the stimulus package. The plan? According a release from U.S. Senator Tom Udall’s office, Tom continued his fight to … More

    The Stimulus, Energy Loan Guarantees, and Opportunity

    Congressional conferees reportedly stripped the $50 billion energy loan guarantee authorization from the final version of the stimulus package. Although most emissions-free sources would have been eligible for the program, removing it disproportionately affects large capital projects like nuclear energy. While this is viewed as a set-back from many in … More

    No Yucca Mountain, No Nuclear Energy in Utah

    Nuclear energy provides the United States with 20 percent of its electricity, but none to Utah. If the state legislature gets their wish, it could stay that way for the Beehive State: Lawmakers on Wednesday introduced a bill in the Utah House that would effectively stop any nuclear power plant … More

    The Unintended Consequences of Global Warming Hysteria

    In what has been an unusually and welcoming warm week in the District and with that comes the “What’s so bad about global warming?” or “I love global warming!” facetious remarks. The funny thing is these comments are made by both global warming alarmists and global warming skeptics. As most … More

    Here They Go Again...Gas Prices Fall = We Don't Need Offshore Drilling

    That seems to be sentiment coming from Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Ken Salazar: President Obama is shelving a plan announced in the final days of the Bush administration to open much of the U.S. coast to oil drilling, including 130 million acres off California’s coast … More

    Green Energy, Green Jobs and Green Guarantees

    It’s no surprise the stimulus bill is loaded with green energy initiatives. Ideally, the bill can kill two birds with one stone by creating green jobs; it can solve our environmental and recessionary concerns in one fell swoop. But what have we learned so far? 1.) A green jobs initiative … More

    Sweden Lifts Ban on Nuclear Energy

    The AP reports: The Swedish government agreed Thursday to scrap a three-decade ban on building new nuclear reactors, saying it needs to avoid producing more greenhouse gases. Sweden is a leader on renewable energy but is struggling to develop alternative source like hydropower and wind to meet its growing energy … More

    Salazar Puts the Kibosh on Oil Leases in Utah

    And so it begins: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he’s scrapping the lease of dozens of parcels of federal land for oil and gas drilling in Utah’s redrock country. Salazar on Wednesday ordered the Bureau of Land Management, which is part of the Interior Department, not to cash checks from … More