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Dec 27, 2012

Jackson to step down as Obama’s environmental chief

WASHINGTON, Dec 27 (Reuters) – U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency chief Lisa Jackson, who spearheaded the Obama
administration’s crackdown on carbon emissions, said on Thursday
that she will be stepping down after almost four years of
battles with Republicans and big industry over her proposed
regulations.

Under her leadership, the agency declared for the first time
that carbon dioxide was a danger to human health and could be
regulated under the Clean Air Act, leading the EPA to develop a
new regulatory regime to limit carbon emissions.

Dec 17, 2012

U.S. lawmaker calls for new natural gas export study

WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) – A government-sponsored study
that found natural gas exports would benefit the U.S. economy
was deeply flawed and should be repeated with more recent data,
a key Democratic lawmaker said on Monday.

The NERA Economic Consulting study, commissioned by the
Energy Department, gave a resounding endorsement of the economic
benefits of unlimited exports when it was released earlier this
month.

Dec 10, 2012

U.S. says will not give battery maker A123 rest of grant

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Energy Department will not give battery maker A123 the remaining half of its $249 million grant, following the company’s high profile bankruptcy and acquisition by a Chinese auto parts supplier, a department official said on Monday.

China’s Wanxiang Group won an auction for most of the assets of A123, which makes lithium ion batteries for electric cars.

Dec 6, 2012

U.S. study says the more liquefied natural gas exported the better

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. government-sponsored report offered a full-throated endorsement on Wednesday for expanding liquefied natural gas exports, saying that shipping the nation’s surplus gas abroad would clearly help the overall economy even though it will raise energy prices.

The report, commissioned by the Energy Department, is expected to help shape the Obama administration’s response to more than a dozen proposed export projects that have been put on hold over the past year, as a surge in shale gas production upended the market and depressed domestic prices.

Dec 6, 2012

US study says the more LNG exported the better

WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) – A U.S. government-sponsored
report offered a full-throated endorsement on Wednesday for
expanding liquefied natural gas exports, saying that shipping
the nation’s surplus gas abroad would clearly help the overall
economy even though it will raise energy prices.

The report, commissioned by the Energy Department, is
expected to help shape the Obama administration’s response to
more than a dozen proposed export projects that have been put on
hold over the past year, as a surge in shale gas production
upended the market and depressed domestic prices.

Dec 5, 2012

U.S. liquefied natural gas to help economy, government-backed study says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sending surplus U.S. natural gas abroad will benefit the country’s economy more than harming it, a highly anticipated U.S. study said on Wednesday, offering the Obama administration a basis for possibly allowing more exports.

The government-commissioned report, which examined the impact of liquefied natural gas exports in a variety of circumstances, found exports to be positive for the economy under all conditions considered.

Dec 5, 2012

US LNG exports to help economy, govt-backed study says

WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Sending surplus U.S. natural
gas abroad will benefit the country’s economy more than harming
it, a highly anticipated U.S. study said on Wednesday, offering
the Obama administration a basis for possibly allowing more
exports.

The government-commissioned report, which examined the
impact of liquefied natural gas exports in a variety of
circumstances, found exports to be positive for the economy
under all conditions considered.

Dec 1, 2012

Chinese bid for A123 may raise security risks: Senators

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Chinese company’s attempt to take over government-backed battery maker A123 raises serious national security concerns, a bipartisan group of lawmakers said this week, adding to growing congressional opposition to the deal.

China’s Wanxiang Group Corp is currently competing with U.S.-based Johnson Controls Inc to buy bankrupt A123, which makes lithium ion batteries for electric cars.

Nov 30, 2012

US launches new project to develop electric-vehicle batteries

WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (Reuters) – The Obama administration
launched a fresh $120-million research project Friday, aimed at
developing cheaper batteries for electric vehicles, a sector
that has faltered despite billions of dollars of prior
government investment.

The Energy Department will dole out the money over five
years to establish a research hub for batteries and energy
storage, backed by five national laboratories, five Midwestern
universities and four private firms.

Nov 29, 2012

US must assess fracking when weighing natgas exports-Sierra Club

WASHINGTON, Nov 29 (Reuters) – The Obama administration has
the tools to carry out a more extensive environmental review of
the effects of expanding U.S. natural gas exports, but has so
far refused to do so, the Sierra Club said in report released on
Thursday.

The environmental group is pushing the administration to
assess the impact of drilling as the Energy Department weighs
whether to allow more liquefied natural gas exports – a debate
that so far has centered mostly on economic arguments.

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