Enviro nonprofit accused of using taxpayer cash for booze, lobbying, French hotels
The National Science Foundation appears to have allowed a nonprofit environmental group to misuse taxpayer cash to pay for alcohol, employees' Amazon.com purchases, French hotels, an office Christmas party and other prohibited costs, according to two GOP senators.
Obama admin inks 'game changer' deals with biorefineries
The Obama administration's hard-fought effort to use military purchasing power to spur the creation of a commercial-scale biofuel industry took a major step forward this morning with the awarding of three new fuel contracts.
Pallone picks up support in race to lead E&C Dems
New Jersey Democrat Frank Pallone picked up support yesterday in his bid to become ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee next year.
Boxer releases draft TSCA bill after compromise fizzles, lists changes needed to win her support
A key Democratic senator -- and the leading opponent of a bill to revamp the nation's chemical management system that's favored by the chemical industry -- put out her own proposal late yesterday hours after an effort to broker a deal on a new draft collapsed.
University of Calif. punts on fossil fuel divestment but adopts sustainable principles
The University of California board of regents voted yesterday to adopt recommendations from a university task force on environmentally sustainable investing but declined to divest fossil fuels from its $91 billion portfolio, frustrating students who have pushed the university to sever ties from coal, oil and natural gas firms.
U.S. schools quickly climbing learning curve in solar power
America's K-12 schools are among the fastest adopters of solar power in the United States, with an estimated 3,000 new solar installations coming online between 2008 and 2012, a fivefold increase, according to a new study from the Solar Foundation and the Solar Energy Industries Association.
Fla.'s climate scientists send another letter to Gov. Scott as race heats up
Climate scientists are making a renewed push to bring climate change into the Florida governor's race and revamp state policy so it more aggressively addresses sea-level rise and warming temperatures.
Hackers use old-school techniques to infiltrate energy outfits
The strange phone calls trickled into the undisclosed NRG Energy Inc. plant over two days in mid-March. Four separate people -- three men and one woman -- called NRG personnel in two departments seeking access to personal computer passwords and IP addresses. They likely claimed to be from tech support, but their true identities and whereabouts are unknown. Such simple attempts to gain unauthorized network access seem quaint in today's age of advanced cyberweapons and computer-savvy gangs of hackers. But why bother combing through zeros and ones when a cold call often does the trick?
Legendary EPA boss Ruckelshaus stays in political picture
SEATTLE -- U.S. EPA's original boss Bill Ruckelshaus wasn't afraid to stand up to President Nixon when he resigned in the heat of the Watergate scandal. Now, he's standing up to his former political party and challenging policymakers to act swiftly on what he dubs the "quiet crisis" of climate change.
Circuit court judges appear sympathetic to roadless rule challenge
Federal judges today appeared receptive to Alaska's request to allow its challenge to a 2001 Forest Service policy aimed at conserving more than 58 million acres of national forests to go forward.