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Fight over LGBT rights scuttles energy spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A $37 billion bill to fund the Energy Department and water projects has crashed in the House, scuttled by a fight over LGBT rights. Many Republicans opposed the measure over a provision designed to bar discrimination against LGBT employees by federal contractors. And Democrats opposed language to make sure federal funding isn’t yanked from North Carolina over ...

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Senate approves $37.5B measure to fund energy, water

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday approved a $37.5 billion measure to fund energy and water programs next year, the first of the 12 spending bills lawmakers must approve to keep the government operating. On a vote of 90-8, senators backed the legislation that would fund the Energy Department as well as infrastructure projects administered by the U.S. Army ...

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Ex-US scientist sentenced in attempted cyberattack

Ex-US scientist sentenced in attempted cyber-attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Nuclear Regulatory Commission scientist has been sentenced to a year and a half in prison for plotting a cyberattack on federal government computers. Charles Harvey Eccleston was sentenced Monday in Washington’s federal court. He pleaded guilty in February to attempting to insert a virus onto an Energy Department computer network. Prosecutors say Eccleston, who was ...

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Nevada power plant first in world with solar-geothermal mix

STILLWATER, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s governor, the premier of Italy and the director of the U.S. Energy Department’s renewable energy labs on Tuesday formally dedicated the final piece of the only hybrid power plant in the world producing renewable energy by combining geothermal with two kinds of solar power. The Stillwater Hybrid Power Plant built by a U.S. subsidiary of ...

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Energy Department backs power line from Plains to Southeast

Energy Department backs power line from Plains to Southeast

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy said Friday it would partner with a private firm hoping to build a transmission line to carry wind power from the High Plains to the southeastern United States, angering Arkansas politicians who believe the federal government is helping the project bypass state utility regulators. The agency, invoking the infrastructure-improvement Energy ...

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Lead US climate negotiator stepping down

Todd Stern, the Obama administration's Special Enjoy for Climate Change, addressed the challenges and the opportunities of working with China in the context of our broader climate and clean-energy policy. (Image: Center for American Progress via Flickr)

 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration’s lead negotiator for last year’s global climate deal is stepping down. Todd Stern has been the State Department’s envoy for climate talks since 2009. His work culminated with last year’s Paris agreement designed to reduce carbon emissions and stem the effects of climate change. In a statement, Secretary of State John Kerry hailed Stern ...

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Amid coal market struggles, less fuel worth mining in US

Amid coal market struggles, less fuel worth mining in US

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Vast coal seams dozens of feet thick that lie beneath the rolling hills of the Northern Plains once appeared almost limitless, fueling boasts that domestic reserves were sufficient to power the U.S. for centuries. But an exhaustive government analysis says that at current prices and mining rates the country’s largest coal reserves, located along the Montana-Wyoming ...

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A look at Obama’s final budget proposal for 2017

A look at Obama's final budget proposal for 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama proposed a record $4.1 trillion budget on Tuesday. Here’s a look at each agency and department: ENERGY DEPARTMENT Up or down? Up 6.8 percent Highlight: — As part of a pledge following the 2015 Paris climate summit to double spending on clean energy research and development by 2021, the budget would spend $7.7 billion ...

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Manhattan Project national park formally established

WASHINGTON — With a couple of pen strokes, two top officials in President Barack Obama’s administration signed an agreement formally establishing the Manhattan Project National Historic Park. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Energy Secretary Moniz signed a Memorandum of Agreement on Tuesday establishing the park, which will have locations in Oak Ridge; Los Alamos, New Mexico; and Hanford, Washington. National ...

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