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Troopergate: Nothing to See Here, People. Move Along….

Article: Troopergate: Nothing to See Here, People. Move Along….

For a brief but interesting period of New York State history, the term “Troopergate” referred to Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s alleged use of New York State troopers to dig up dirt on Republican State Senate majority leader Joe Bruno. Then, in one of the most spectacular flameouts in NY history, Spitzer was caught red-handed patronizing hookers,…

Congress Could Pass Renewable Energy Tax Credits This Week

Article: Congress Could Pass Renewable Energy Tax Credits This Week

WASHINGTON, DC, September 22, 2008 (ENS) – “There is an old saying,” said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus on Thursday, “If it were not for the last minute, a lot of things would not get done. Well, God willing, we are nearing the last minutes of this Congress. And, God willing, we are close…

Free-Wheeling Talks Mark National Clean Energy Summit

Article: Free-Wheeling Talks Mark National Clean Energy Summit

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, August 18, 2008 (ENS) – “Who would have thought last year that me and T. Boone Pickens would be in the same boat pulling the same oar the same way,” U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada marveled to reporters on a teleconference last week to promote the National Clean Energy…

U.S. Lawmakers Reject Plan to Tax Back Oil Company Profits

Article: U.S. Lawmakers Reject Plan to Tax Back Oil Company Profits

By J.R. Pegg WASHINGTON, DC, June 10, 2008 (ENS) – Senate Republicans today derailed a Democratic plan to revoke tax breaks for big oil companies and impose a tax on excessive profits, arguing the proposal would do little to help Americans suffering from record-high gasoline prices. Debate over the measure reflected deep and long-standing partisan…

Climate Action Central to Earth Day Celebrations

Article: Climate Action Central to Earth Day Celebrations

WASHINGTON, DC, April 16, 2008 (ENS) – American Idol Jordin Sparks is headlining the free Earth Day on the Mall concert on Sunday with a jam-packed roster of stars – The Roots, Will.i.am, Doug E Fresh, O.A.R., Warren Haynes, Thievery Corporation, Umphreys McGee, Toots & The Maytals, DC Boys Choir, Talib Kweli, Chrisette Michele, Mambo…

Senate Majority Leader Promotes Renewable Energy

Article: Senate Majority Leader Promotes Renewable Energy

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, February 20, 2008 (ENS) – The federal government should set aside large tracts of federal land that are environmentally appropriate for renewable energy production, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada told a renewable energy conference here Tuesday. “Every time our country has faced a daunting challenge, we have risen to…

New York Capital Region Cities Funded to Restore Riverfronts

Article: New York Capital Region Cities Funded to Restore Riverfronts

ALBANY, New York, January 20, 2008 (ENS) – The state of New York’s Restore NY grant program has awarded millions to Capital Region cities to support the redevelopment of waterfront areas and decaying urban blocks. The city of Troy will receive $2.5 million to demolish City Hall and begin work on the north waterfront area…

U.S. Senate Approves Scaled Back Energy Bill

Article: U.S. Senate Approves Scaled Back Energy Bill

Rush hour in Denver, Colorado. Increasing traffic, air pollution and fuel consumption, are becoming major problems. (Photo by Warren Gretz courtesy NREL) WASHINGTON, DC, December 14, 2007 (ENS) – The U.S. Senate approved a landmark energy bill Thursday night that requires the first increase in vehicle fuel economy standards in more than 30 years. But…

Drought-Stricken Colorado River States Agree to Conserve

Article: Drought-Stricken Colorado River States Agree to Conserve

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, December 13, 2007 (ENS) – The seven Colorado River Basin states and the federal government today signed an agreement to peacefully meet the challenges of the current nine year drought in the basin as well as future low water conditions. The new rules, which take effect immediately, will be in place through…

U.S. Energy Bill Sails Through House, Stalls in Senate

Article: U.S. Energy Bill Sails Through House, Stalls in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC, December 7, 2007 (ENS) – Senate Democrats failed to force a vote today on sweeping energy legislation approved Thursday by the U.S. House of Representatives, as critics balked at provisions that repeal oil industry tax breaks and create a national renewable electricity standard. The vote will force Senate Democrats to allow changes to…

Nevada Lawmakers Urge Yucca Mountain Conflict of Interest Probe

Article: Nevada Lawmakers Urge Yucca Mountain Conflict of Interest Probe

WASHINGTON, DC, December 6, 2007 (ENS) – A law firm that has represented the nuclear industry in cases concerning the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada, now has been hired by the U.S. Energy Department to fight in favor of the proposed facility. This is a conflict of interest, says the Nevada congressional delegation,…