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    House Committee Launches Document Probe Into DOE, Abound Solar

    Bankrupt solar module manufacturer Abound Solar, recipient of a Department of Energy loan guarantee of $400 million, and the subject of an official investigation in its home state of Colorado, now faces additional scrutiny in the form of a document probe from the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The letter … More

    Changing the Definition of "All of the Above" Energy Policy

    The Heritage Foundation has been making the case against energy subsidies for years. This research eventually led to a letter written in March 2011 by our sister organization, Heritage Action for America, and signed by numerous other organizations calling for the dismantling of energy subsidies. Up until then, both Republicans … More

    Leaked Emails Fuel Perception of Cronyism in Solyndra Loan

    In a move that is sure to intensify the already testy exchanges between the White House and congressional investigators, the House Energy and Commerce Committee today released a series of emails showing that Obama donor and Solyndra investor George Kaiser explicitly mentioned the now-bankrupt solar company in talks with administration … More

    Congressmen Ask White House for Documents on Solyndra's Federal Loan

    One day after solar company Solyndra closed its doors, two U.S. congressman are asking the White House for all documents related to the federal government’s $535 million loan guarantee. The probe also seeks correspondence between administration officials and the company’s investors, seeking to uncover if the White House engaged in … More

    Washington in a Flash: GOP takes on Iowa

    Republican presidential candidates are gearing up for the first Iowa presidential debate tonight. FOX  News and The Washington Examiner are presenting the debate, which will take place at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. The event leads into Saturday’s Iowa Republican Party Ames Straw Poll, which can be a pivotal moment … More

    VIDEO: Rep. Fred Upton Blames EPA for Obstructing Alaska Oil Drilling

    Shell spent five years and more than $3.5 billion while waiting for the Environmental Protection Agency to grant a permit for drilling in Alaska. Now lawmakers in Congress hope to force the hand of EPA bureaucrats by mandating a six-month deadline to review permit applications. The Jobs and Energy Permitting … More

    Upton Expects Bipartisan House Vote to Reaffirm Support for Yucca Project

    House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) said there is bipartisan support in Congress to move forward with the nuclear-waste repository at Yucca Mountain, noting that lawmakers could reaffirm that decision in a vote this summer. Upton, speaking at The Bloggers Briefing this afternoon, criticized the actions of Nuclear … More

    Watch Live: Rep. Fred Upton Speaks at The Bloggers Briefing

    Video chat rooms at Ustream Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, visits Heritage today for The Bloggers Briefing at noon. Watch it live here on Scribe or click through to Ustream.tv. You can also listen at BlogTalkRadio.

    Daily Notes

    Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), left, visits Heritage today at 10 a.m. to talk about her plan to save Social Security, which faces $6.5 trillion in unfunded obligations over the next 75 years. She’ll sit down afterward with me to talk about why Social Security reform should be part of … More