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Green energy jobs fall into the red


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media The number of jobs created by clean energy projects has fallen sharply compared to a year ago, thanks to the expiration of a series of tax breaks for clean energy companies. 5,600 new energy jobs were created in the first three months of 2014, compared to 12,000 in the first quarter of 2013, according ...

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Sino-Russian deal leaves Japan in the lurch


John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media Wednesday’s historic energy deal between Russia and China will spell impending trouble for Japan, which has to rely on Russia for its energy needs but maintains close diplomatic relations with the United States. The deal, negotiated by China’s President Xi Jinping and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin during the latter’s diplomatic visit, outlines a 30 ...

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House approves more that $12 billion water bill


By HENRY C. JACKSON for the Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed a $12 billion-plus infrastructure bill authorizing 34 water projects across the country. The bill passed on a 412-4 vote Tuesday after months of negotiations between key House members and senators in both parties. The Senate could vote on it before the end of the week. ...

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NM to get second monument

By Michael Coleman / Journal Washington Bureau WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Wednesday will designate 496,000 acres of federal land in five south-central New Mexico mountain ranges as a national monument, bypassing Congress to ensure the rugged but scenic country is protected for future generations. The White House announcement on Monday was the culmination of more than a decade of ...

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Perry sends Obama letter criticizing energy policy

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By Ramit Plushnick-Masti | Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry has written to President Barack Obama criticizing his administration’s energy policies, EPA regulations and failure to approve the construction of a pipeline to carry tar sands crude from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries. The letter, which reiterates much of Perry’s longstanding opposition to the Obama administration’s energy policies, comes as a bipartisan energy bill is stalled in Congress ...

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White House: Obama will make visit to Cooperstown


President Barack Obama will visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown on Thursday to promote tourism, the White House said in an advisory issued Friday. No other information was released regarding Obama’s schedule. The Hall of Fame has been expecting a banner tourism year, following a reported spike in attendance in April. The state I Love NY program ...

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Editorial: Pointless stalling on U.S. energy bill

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The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Va.) The political gamesmanship that has consumed Washington and paralyzed Congress plumbed new depths this week with the failure of a bipartisan energy-efficiency bill. The measure was nothing groundbreaking; in fact, it was able to draw such strong support from both parties mainly because it dealt with small-ball initiatives, such as boosting efficiency requirements for new construction. ...

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Pipeline, energy bill backers vow to keep up fight


WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of a popular energy savings bill and the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline say they will keep trying to force Senate action on the measures, even after they were defeated amid partisan gridlock in the Senate. The energy legislation would tighten efficiency guidelines for new federal buildings and provide tax incentives to make homes and commercial ...

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Energy bill caught up in Keystone XL dispute

Matthew Daly for The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Days after President Barack Obama touted executive actions aimed at increasing energy efficiency, a bill with similar goals is expected to fall victim to partisan gridlock in the Senate. A bipartisan bill to promote many of the same efficiency goals Obama touted Friday in California is expected to go down in defeat ...

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Obama touts solar strategy


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media The time has come for America to embrace the potential of solar energy, President Obama said today during remarks from a Mountain View, California Wal-Mart. In a speech lasting about 15 minutes, the president outlined the major focus areas of the two or three hundred new regulations and initiatives he has enacted by executive ...

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