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Senate backs 2 nominees to serve on energy panel


Matthew Daly | Associated Press WASHINGTON  — The Senate approved two nominees for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday under an unusual political deal in which a FERC staff member will eventually be promoted to lead the commission. On separate votes, the Senate approved the nominations of Norman Bay and Cheryl LaFleur to serve on the five-member panel, which ...

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Obama announces Deputy Secretary of Energy pick


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media President Obama announced his nomination for a new Deputy Secretary of Energy today. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, currently a nuclear proliferation and defense policy official at the National Security Council, has held several positions in the Obama administration and is an expert on unconventional weapons who oversaw efforts to rid Syria of chemical weapons. The New ...

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Obama sending 200 more US troops to Iraq

By Josh Lederman | Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he’s sending about 200 more U.S. troops to Iraq to protect Americans and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. The announcement will bring to nearly 800 the total number of U.S. forces in and around Iraq to train local forces, secure the embassy and protect American interests. Obama ...

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Obama says US supporting Chilean solar power plan

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States will support the construction of a solar power plant in Chile. Obama was meeting in the Oval Office on Monday with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. He told reporters as the meeting got under way that they will be announcing collaboration on clean energy, including a major solar facility to help ...

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Obama seeks $500M to arm select Syrian rebels

Julie Pace | The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is seeking to bolster America’s efforts to train and arm select members of the Syrian opposition, a move that comes amid increased U.S. concern that the conflicts in Syria and Iraq are becoming an intertwined fight against the same Sunni extremist group. Obama sent Congress a $500 million ...

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Obama: Climate change steps making a difference


WASHINGTON (AP) — Appealing for patience and perseverance from environmental activists, President Barack Obama claimed progress Wednesday in his second-term drive to combat climate change but said more must be done to address a generational problem. One year after unveiling an aggressive plan, Obama said new emissions limits on power plants, renewable energy projects and new incentives for green technology ...

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Obama urges Putin to stop backing separatists

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is urging Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop supporting pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine and the flow of arms across the border. Obama and Putin spoke by telephone on Monday morning. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama urged Putin to use his personal influence with those separatists to promote peace and stability in Ukraine. ...

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Obama: Collaborative effort is key in Iraq

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Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media The conflict in northern Iraq has everyone on the edge of their seats. The level of chaos has risen steadily in the past week, causing apprehension about returning to war and anxiety over the potential for oil to be driven to $200/barrel. With much of northern Iraq under the control of the Islamic State ...

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Battle for Iraq refinery as U.S. hesitates to strike

(Reuters) – Iraqi government forces battled Sunni rebels for control of the country’s biggest refinery on Thursday as Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki waited for a U.S. response to an appeal for air strikes to beat back the threat to Baghdad. Secretary of State John Kerry said President Barack Obama still had “all options” open to him but U.S. regional allies ...

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US forces move into Iraq with security mission

Julie Pace and Lara Jakes | The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 300 armed American forces are being positioned in and around Iraq to help secure U.S. assets as President Barack Obama nears a decision on an array of options for combating fast-moving Islamic insurgents, including airstrikes or a contingent of special forces. The U.S. and Iran also held an initial ...

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