Department of Energy (DOE) / Energy Department
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October 2006: "The Department of Energy's overarching mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; and to ensure the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex. The Department's strategic goals to achieve the mission are designed to deliver results along five strategic themes:"
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May 2010: 'A White House official said Tuesday that the Energy Department “doesn’t have jurisdiction over the oil spill.” Dr. Chu — who, according to an Energy Department news release was in Houston on Tuesday “to continue engagement on strategies to stop the oil spill” — is “just volunteering because he’s one of the most brilliant scientists around,” the official said. Dr. Chu canceled a trip to China in order to deal with the crisis, the Energy Department said.'http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/26/us/politics/26energy.html
October 2007: The corridors are designed to make it easier for utilities to get approval for power lines in areas where the electric grid is congested. They allow the US Energy Department – not states – to be the final arbiter of where the lines are built.http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1004/p03s02-usgn.html
July 2001: After spending 14 years and $4.5 billion to figure out whether Yucca Mountain is dry and stable enough to entomb highly radioactive waste for 10,000 years, the Department of Energy is shifting its focus from geology to the protective powers of titanium and steel.http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/31/science/earth/31YUCC.html
August 2001: But despite a new law, for thousands of victims there is as yet no money and no procedure in place, because the Energy Department has not finished writing regulations; many will die before receiving compensation, experts say.http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/09/national/09NUKE.html
Role Name Type Last Updated Status/Name Change from Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) Organization Oct 19, 2006 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Energy Information Administration (EIA) Organization Apr 9, 2007 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Energy Information Agency (EIA) Organization Aug 27, 2006 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Organization May 18, 2004 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Organization Jan 16, 2011 Cooperation (past or present) KAPL Organization Jun 21, 2008 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL) Organization May 14, 2010 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Organization Aug 23, 2004 Advised by (past or present) National Petroleum Council (NPC) Organization Sep 28, 2007 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Sandia National Laboratories Organization Jul 9, 2007 Owned by (partial or full, past or present) US Federal Government - Executive Branch Organization Nov 20, 2003 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Spencer Abraham Person Nov 20, 2003 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Samuel W. Bodman Person Oct 21, 2008 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Dr. Steven Chu Ph.D. Person May 26, 2010 Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Prof. Henry "Hank" T. Greely Person Aug 6, 2007 Organization Executive (past or present) Dr. Steven E. Koonin Ph.D. Person May 26, 2010 Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Bruce Marks Person Mar 3, 2008 Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Prof. David M. Michaels Ph.D., MPH Person May 28, 2010 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Hazel R. O'Leary Esq. Person Oct 23, 2008 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Governor William "Bill" Blaine Richardson Person Dec 15, 2005 Organization Executive (past or present) Joseph J. Romm Person Mar 12, 2011 Advised by (past or present) Prof. Emily A. Spieler Esq. Person Jan 8, 2006
Articles and Resources
Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Mar 10, 2011 House Panel Votes to Strip E.P.A. of Power to Regulate Greenhouse Gases
QUOTE: A House subcommittee voted on Thursday to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its power to regulate greenhouse gases, chipping away at a central pillar of the Obama administration’s evolving climate and energy strategy... Republicans and their industry allies accuse the administration of levying taxes on traditional energy sources through costly environmental regulations, threatening the economic recovery and driving jobs overseas.
New York Times May 25, 2010 BP’s Ties to Agency Are Long and Complex
QUOTE: The relationships among Dr. Chu, Dr. Koonin and BP illustrate the complexity of the ties between the company and the government now playing out along the Gulf Coast as they struggle to cope with one of the nation’s worst environmental disasters. Just as the Pentagon and military contractors develop symbiotic business, technical and political interdependencies, the government in this case needs BP’s offshore drilling technology and well-control equipment; the company needs the government’s logistical and scientific expertise, including that of Dr. Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist.
New York Times Oct 18, 2009 Energy Star Appliances May Not All Be Efficient, Audit Finds
QUOTE: The Energy Department has concluded in an internal audit that it does not properly track whether manufacturers that give their appliances an Energy Star label have met the required specifications for energy efficiency. Some manufacturers could therefore be putting the stickers on unqualified products...
New York Times Sep 19, 2009 Plugged-In Age Feeds a Hunger for Electricity (By Degrees)
QUOTE: efforts to cover consumer electronics [in electrical efficiency rules] like televisions and game consoles have been repeatedly derailed by manufacturers worried about the higher cost of meeting the standards.
New York Times Jul 27, 2009 Wanted: Home for 17,000 tons of mercury (60- Second Science)
QUOTE: The U.S. is sitting on a slippery stockpile of toxic material that has nothing to do with the nuclear power industry: thousands of tons of mercury. The question remains now of where to store it.
Scientific American Jul 23, 2009 U.S. Energy Corridors Could Disrupt Climate Change Research
QUOTE: On Tuesday, fourteen conservation groups and a Colorado county sued the federal government, alleging that it violated environmental, property and energy laws in designating "energy corridors" along 6,000 miles (9,650 kilometers) of public land and wilderness areas in the U.S. West.
Scientific American Jul 13, 2009 Marking the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. nuclear meltdown
QUOTE: A reactor in Chatsworth began leaking radioactive gas on July 14, 1959. Some area residents blame the facility for their health issues and say the site remains contaminated.
Los Angeles Times Jul 06, 2009 Report Faults Performance Bonuses for Contractors: Some Agencies 'Unaware' of Policy
QUOTE: Federal agencies have awarded billions in bonuses to contractors regardless of whether the work was deemed satisfactory...
Washington Post Jun 23, 2009 Deep in Bedrock, Clean Energy and Quake Fears
QUOTE: an American start-up company, AltaRock Energy, will begin using nearly the same method [to extrate geothermal energy that caused an earthquake in Switzerland] to drill deep into ground laced with fault lines...
New York Times May 14, 2009 The Great Ethanol Scam: Not only is ethanol proving to be a dud as a fuel substitute but there is increasing evidence that it is destroying engines in large numbers
QUOTE: the primary job of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect our environment. Yet using ethanol actually creates more smog than using regular gas, and the EPA's own attorneys had to admit that fact....those promoting more ethanol in our gas say there's no scientific proof that adding more ethanol will damage vehicles or small gas-powered engines. With that statement they've gone from shilling the public to outright falsehoods, because ethanol-laced gasoline is already destroying engines across the country in ever larger numbers.
BusinessWeek Nov 01, 2008 Nuclear Deterrence in the Age of Nuclear Terrorism An attack on one of the great cities of the world is almost inevitable. But with better detection technologies, a new international alliance could st
QUOTE: Given current policies and practices, a nuclear terrorist attack that devastates one of the great cities of the world is inevitable. In my judgment, if governments do no more and no less than they are doing today, the odds of such an event within a decade are more than 50 percent.
Technology Review Jun 30, 2008 Pentagon Fights EPA On Pollution Cleanup
QUOTE: The Defense Department, the nation's biggest polluter, is resisting orders from the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up Fort Meade and two other military bases where the EPA says dumped chemicals pose "imminent and substantial" dangers to public health and the environment.
Washington Post Jun 27, 2008 Scientist, Claiming Bias, Sues U.S. Over Revoked Clearance
QUOTE: An Egyptian-born nuclear physicist who worked in a government-financed laboratory here for 18 years filed a lawsuit on Thursday saying the Energy Department had revoked his security clearance because of his ethnicity, his Muslim faith and comments he made criticizing the war in Iraq.
New York Times Jun 25, 2008 White House Refused to Open Pollutants E-Mail
QUOTE: The White House in December refused to accept the Environmental Protection Agency’s conclusion that greenhouse gases are pollutants that must be controlled, telling agency officials that an e-mail message containing the document would not be opened, senior E.P.A. officials said last week. The document, which ended up in e-mail limbo, without official status, was the E.P.A.’s answer to a 2007 Supreme Court ruling that required it to determine whether greenhouse gases represent a danger to health or the environment, the officials said.
New York Times Mar 27, 2008 Supplier Under Scrutiny on Aging Arms for Afghans
QUOTE: With the award last January of a federal contract worth as much as nearly $300 million, the company, AEY Inc...became the main supplier of munitions to Afghanistan’s army and police forces. Since then, the company has provided ammunition that is more than 40 years old and in decomposing packaging...Much of the ammunition comes from the aging stockpiles of the old Communist bloc, including stockpiles that the State Department and NATO have determined to be unreliable and obsolete, and have spent millions of dollars to have destroyed.
New York Times Oct 04, 2007 US trumps states over siting power lines: Designated as part of a national power 'corridor' Tuesday, Virginia could see transmission towers near Civil War sites.
QUOTE: Tuesday's move is certain to spark a fresh round of lawsuits and inject vigor into congressional debates about new energy legislation, critics say, especially over provisions for the new eastern corridor. At stake is the reliability and cost of electric power in the Northeast, its embrace of green energy, and the ambience of hundreds of thousands of rural acres from New York to Virginia.
Christian Science Monitor Oct 04, 2007 Products hyped as 'green' often are not
QUOTE: Natural and "green" products abound -- but with so much green advertising, it's sometimes hard to tell what's for real and who is trying to pull the recycled wool over the eyes of consumers.
Bankrate.com Jul 06, 2007 Secrecy at Nuclear Agency Is Criticized by Lawmakers
QUOTE: After an investigation, the [Nuclear Regulatory Commission] changed the terms of the factory’s license and said the public had 20 days to request a hearing on the changes. But no member of the public ever did. In fact, no member of the public could find out about the changes.
New York Times Jun 19, 2007 Mining revival: a uranium boom for a wary West: Seven mines are open so far in five Western states, including one in Utah.
QUOTE: after two decades of dormancy, the uranium industry is roaring back to life .... [but] "There are concerns because in the past the regulators let the industry get away with murder," says Sarah Fields, chair of the nuclear waste committee of the Sierra Club's Glen Canyon group in southeastern Utah.
Christian Science Monitor May 12, 2007 Billions in Oil Missing in Iraq, U.S. Study Says
QUOTE: Between 100,000 and 300,000 barrels a day of Iraq’s declared oil production over the past four years is unaccounted for and could have been siphoned off through corruption or smuggling, according to a draft American government report. Using an average of $50 a barrel, the report said the discrepancy was valued at $5 million to $15 million daily.
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