WASHINGTON, April 30 (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer
said on Tuesday she plans to investigate the explosion at a
Texas fertilizer plant earlier this month that killed 15 people
and injured scores more.
California’s Boxer, the head of the Senate Environment and
Public Works Committee, said the panel will hold a hearing “in
the near future” on the disaster and will probe whether there
are any gaps in the enforcement of U.S. chemical safety laws.
WASHINGTON, April 30 (Reuters) – The oil minister of Saudi
Arabia, the world’s top crude oil exporter, welcomed the U.S.
energy renaissance on Tuesday but added that the boom in new
global output may hold the kingdom’s production at current
levels until the next decade.
“This is good news,” Ali al-Naimi said about the U.S. oil
and gas production boom at the Center for Strategic and
International Studies in Washington, in a speech billed as his
first on energy in the United States in four years.
(Reuters) – Republican lawmakers said the U.S. government missed early warning signs that its loans to electric carmaker Fisker Automotive could be in trouble, and kept money flowing even after the startup missed a key 2011 production deadline.
Members of the House Oversight Committee cited Department of Energy documents at a hearing on Wednesday as showing Fisker got $32 million in payments, even after it failed to launch the Karma vehicle in February of 2011 as planned.
(Reuters) – Fisker Automotive Inc, which has not built a vehicle since July, has the potential to succeed and repay nearly $200 million in government loans if the “green” car maker is able to find the right “financial and strategic resources,” according to former CEO Henrik Fisker.
Problems with the parts suppliers, delays in regulatory approval and recalls of its flagship Karma plug-in hybrid sports car were among the issues that dogged the automaker over the last few years, Fisker plans to tell lawmakers during a congressional committee hearing later on Wednesday.
April 24 (Reuters) – Fisker Automotive Inc, which has not
built a vehicle since July, has the potential to succeed and
repay nearly $200 million in government loans if the “green” car
maker is able to find the right “financial and strategic
resources,” according to former CEO Henrik Fisker.
Problems with the parts suppliers, delays in regulatory
approval and recalls of its flagship Karma plug-in hybrid sports
car were among the issues that dogged the automaker over the
last few years, Fisker plans to tell lawmakers during a
congressional committee hearing later on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON, April 23 (Reuters) – The Obama administration
may be just weeks from announcing decisions on whether some of
more than a dozen companies will be allowed to export U.S.
natural gas, the chief executive of one of the applicant firms
said on Tuesday.
Thomas Farrell, the head of Dominion Resources,
expressed confidence that the Energy Department would move
forward on applications to export liquefied natural gas in the
WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) – The Obama administration on
Monday renewed an interagency agreement that backs the
development of biofuels for the aviation industry and reiterated
its support for embattled federal renewable fuel targets.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Transportation
Secretary Ray LaHood signed a pact extending a program that has
worked with the private sector and rural communities to create
an alternative to fossil fuels for aviation.
WASHINGTON, April 12 (Reuters) – The chairman of the Senate
Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Friday questioned
whether the United States would be able to meet federal biofuel
targets and pledged to take a closer look at the mandate’s link
to gasoline prices.
Democrat Ron Wyden of Oregon said the panel plans to spend
“a lot of time” examining the nation’s renewable fuel mandate,
especially as it relates to the gasoline costs Americans pay at
WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) – U.S. ethanol producers are
taking their case for protecting the nation’s biofuel mandate
directly to lawmakers this week, as the latest Congressional
push to revamp federal renewable fuel targets kicks off on
Growth Energy, a pro-ethanol trade group, said producers
from Illinois, Colorado, Iowa and other Midwestern states would
meet with their representatives in Congress to parry what they
called a “desperate” attempt by oil companies to stamp out
renewable fuel use.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s picks to lead energy and environmental policy face scrutiny this week as Senate panels try to tease out details of the administration’s agenda, which had been maligned by Republicans and some Democrats during Obama’s first four years.
Both nominees are Massachusetts natives with Washington experience. Nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz, Obama’s nominee for energy secretary, will appear before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Tuesday.