Zinke, Perry to wait for confirmation
President Trump's nominees to head the Interior and Energy departments appear unlikely to win Senate confirmation this afternoon, when the chamber is expected to vote on at least two members of the new administration's national security team.
Senate Democrats somberly attend inauguration
Somber Senate Democrats sought to put aside bitter policy fights and political skirmishing for another day, as they headed into the swearing-in of Donald Trump as 45th president of the United States this morning, choosing to emphasize respect, comity and tradition for the democratic process.
On Inauguration Day, Trump's energy agenda starts to unfold
A cavalcade of limousines and marchers is ready to usher Donald Trump to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. this afternoon as the 45th president, in a highly secured procession where every minute detail has been scoped and scripted. But the currents of energy and economic actions that will follow Trump's inauguration won't resemble today's clockwork plans, based on the new president's guerilla campaign tactics and the unpredictability of energy markets and politics, policy analysts say.
Perry recants on abolishing DOE, ponders climate action
Former Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry expressed regret yesterday that he ever advocated the elimination of the Department of Energy, telling senators that he has a new appreciation for the work of the agency and its 14,000 employees.
Democrats to oppose Tillerson nomination on climate grounds
Whether or not the Senate Foreign Relations Committee blesses Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp., to become the next secretary of State, the panel's chairman has vowed that the full Senate will get a say on the nomination.
Scientists are 'soul-searching' with Pruitt poised to lead
The future role of U.S. EPA's independent board of scientific advisers is uncertain under the leadership of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt.
6 unanswered questions from the Perry hearing
There were many certainties in yesterday's hearing on the nomination of Rick Perry to lead the Energy Department.
Lawmakers vow to protect DOE from Trump
Senators from both parties signaled yesterday that any efforts by the Trump administration to impose deep budget cuts and major organizational changes at the Department of Energy will get a cool reception on Capitol Hill.
Perry makes no promises on stalled Nev. project
Former Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry — President-elect Donald Trump's pick to lead the Department of Energy — dodged questions at his Senate confirmation hearing today about whether he would advance the stalled Yucca Mountain, Nev., nuclear waste repository.
Murkowski looks to hotline Perry, Zinke
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is looking to confirm President-elect Donald Trump's nominees to head the Energy and Interior departments as early as tomorrow.
Perry vows to defend climate research, scientists
A folksy Rick Perry made a bid for the support of Senate Democrats today by promising to defend the Department of Energy's climate-related science and innovation even if his boss, President-elect Donald Trump, wants to gut the department he's asked the former Texas governor to lead.
Farmers, enviros size up Trump's USDA pick
Farmers are looking for a champion in former Gov. Sonny Perdue, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Agriculture secretary.
Trump to keep more than 50 Obama officials on the job
President-elect Donald Trump has requested that dozens of Obama administration officials to stay on in the new administration.
Moniz assesses his record, offers advice to successor
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz doesn't foresee being a public servant again. His worst day on the job was when an explosion occurred at a nuclear waste site in New Mexico. And he's "gotten over" attention to his hair.
2 Cabinet confirmation votes tomorrow — Schumer
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) today threatened to block Rex Tillerson's path to becoming secretary of State as Republicans prepare to fast-track his confirmation.
Pruitt says he's pursued oil companies; Dems are doubtful
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said yesterday he's pursued wrongdoing by the oil industry, trying to dispel criticism he would be too cozy with industry when running U.S. EPA.
Democrats fail to land fatal blow in Pruitt hearing
Scott Pruitt doesn't think climate change is a hoax and says he believes U.S. EPA has an obligation to regulate planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions. But Democrats and environmental advocates aren't breathing any sighs of relief.
Pruitt shutters PAC — but first transfers money to allies
Two pro-Scott Pruitt political action committees have officially closed, but not before giving money to a third committee that has supported a group now promoting the Oklahoma attorney general's confirmation as U.S. EPA administrator.
Perry skeptical of warming but backed tech to fight it
Rick Perry hasn't been shy about his views on climate change, calling it in his book "all one contrived phony mess that is falling apart under its own weight."
In gentle hearing, Trump pick avoids pledge to protect science
Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross, who will have an outsized influence on the nation's climate change research if confirmed as the next Commerce secretary, stopped short yesterday of guaranteeing he will protect federal scientists.
Perry: 'I regret' calling for agency's demise
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has had a change of heart about wanting to dismantle the Department of Energy — the agency he's been tapped to lead — and his assertion that climate change isn't real.
Pruitt vote likely soon, though Dems aim 'to take every shot'
After more than six hours of heated debate over climate change, potential conflicts of interest and states' rights, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) yesterday emerged bruised but upright after his confirmation hearing — and likely headed for Senate approval as Donald Trump's EPA administrator, possibly before the end of the month.
Ag group behind Pruitt's controversial Humane Society probe
An agriculture-industry-backed group that urged Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) to investigate the Humane Society of the United States for allegations of misleading advertising is thanking him for following through.
Dems decry confirmation process, have few options to slow it
Senate Democratic leaders continue to sharply criticize the Republican majority for rushing hearings of Cabinet nominees but concede they might not be able to stop it.
Pruitt: RFS targets 'need to be respected'
President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head U.S. EPA pledged yesterday to uphold the federal ethanol mandate, without endorsing it as a policy.