Obama to hold off on announcing carbon standards for older power plants
February 12th, 2013
02:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama to hold off on announcing carbon standards for older power plants

(CNN) - As environmentalists wait to hear what President Barack Obama will say about climate change Tuesday night, they may be disappointed that one popular proposal won't be mentioned in his State of the Union address.

A senior administration official said the president will not announce regulations on carbon emissions for existing power plants, a standard already in place for new plants and a policy change sought by many environmental activists.

Watch CNN's comprehensive coverage of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address starting Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET on CNN TV and follow online at CNN.com or via CNN's apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. Follow our real-time State of the Union live blog at cnn.com/conversation.
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Filed under: Energy • President Obama • State of the Union
Cabinet secretary responds to electrifying Onion story
February 7th, 2013
05:38 PM ET
2 years ago

Cabinet secretary responds to electrifying Onion story

(CNN) - Outgoing Energy Secretary Steven Chu wants you to know he isn't stepping down because of a saucy scandal.

Especially not one "reported" this week by the sarcastic mock newspaper The Onion.
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Energy secretary resigning from Obama Cabinet
February 1st, 2013
11:40 AM ET
2 years ago

Energy secretary resigning from Obama Cabinet

Washington (CNN) – Energy Secretary Steven Chu will resign from President Barack Obama's Cabinet in coming weeks, he told Energy Department staff in a letter on Friday.

Chu, who turns 65 this month, was a leading advocate in the Obama administration for alternative energy development, making him a target of the fossil fuel industry and its conservative supporters in Congress.

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Other nuggets in the fiscal cliff bill: Rum, electric vehicles and motor sports
January 1st, 2013
02:58 PM ET
2 years ago

Other nuggets in the fiscal cliff bill: Rum, electric vehicles and motor sports

Washington (CNN) - So what is really in the fiscal cliff legislation?

Of course, there are the widely-known sticking points the two sides have been haggling over for weeks: extensions of the income tax cuts for middle and low-income earners, the current estate tax rate, and the alternative minimum tax.
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Filed under: Energy • Fiscal Cliff
Protestors call on Obama to reject Keystone XL pipeline
November 18th, 2012
09:10 PM ET
2 years ago

Protestors call on Obama to reject Keystone XL pipeline

Washington (CNN) - Less than two weeks after Barack Obama won his re-election campaign, protesters gathered Sunday to call on the president and his administration to reject the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, and to act on climate change.

While Republican candidate Mitt Romney said he would support construction of the 1,700-mile pipeline, for the jobs he said the pipeline would create, Obama in the past has rejected rapid approval, citing what he called the "arbitrary nature" of the deadline Republicans proposed for passage and the need for sufficient time for the State Department to gather information necessary for a project that crosses into the American border.

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Why Obama's win won't help renewable energy
November 13th, 2012
07:28 AM ET
2 years ago

Why Obama's win won't help renewable energy

New York (CNNMoney) - Barack Obama's re-election may have seemed like a sure win for solar and wind power, given the President's history of supporting green energy.

But the optimism quickly darkened in the aftermath. In the days following the election, renewable energy stocks fell, along with the broader market.

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Filed under: Energy • President Obama
Obama's alternative energy bankruptcies
October 22nd, 2012
07:19 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama's alternative energy bankruptcies

New York (CNNMoney) - President Obama is getting hammered for funding renewable energy companies that have since gone belly up.

During the first presidential debate, Mitt Romney said half of the companies Obama funded in the first two years through the program that supported Solyndra went bankrupt. That is true, in terms of that specific program, for just those two years.

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Filed under: 2012 • CNNMoney.com • Energy • President Obama
CNN Fact Check: Wind power, electric cars and the stimulus
October 12th, 2012
06:46 AM ET
2 years ago

CNN Fact Check: Wind power, electric cars and the stimulus

(CNN) - There was no shortage of wind or electricity at Thursday night's debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican contender for that office. But federal support for wind power and electric cars was one of the early flashpoints between the two.

"Was it a good idea to spend taxpayer dollars on electric cars in Finland or windmills in China?" Ryan asked Biden as he defended the Obama administration's economic stimulus measures. "Was it a good idea to borrow this money from China and spend it on these interest groups?"

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Filed under: 2012 • Energy • Environmental policy • Fact Check • Joe Biden • Paul Ryan
What we got for $50 billion in 'green' stimulus
October 3rd, 2012
03:08 PM ET
2 years ago

What we got for $50 billion in 'green' stimulus

New York (CNNMoney) - Over 770,000 homes weatherized. A doubling of energy from wind and solar. Cleaning 688 square miles of land formerly used for Cold War-era nuclear testing.

These are just some of the 'green' benefits from money spent under 2009's $787 billion stimulus package. Whether it was worth it is an open question, and one sure to come up in greater frequency as the presidential campaign enters its final weeks.

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Filed under: Congress • Energy
Obama calls miners in Romney ad 'props'
October 3rd, 2012
12:22 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama calls miners in Romney ad 'props'

(CNN) – The latest salvo in the battle for coal country is an ad from President Barack Obama's campaign, which accuses Mitt Romney of using miners as "props" at a campaign rally that was subsequently used in a television commercial.

The spot, which CNN's ad tracker CMAG identified as airing in the Youngstown, Ohio media market, slams Romney for a commercial released last month.

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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Energy • Mitt Romney • President Obama
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