Former Obama Aides Cashing In On Public Service

By: Tuesday June 4, 2013 9:45 am

What’s the point of hoping if you can’t snatch some change? Or so seems to be the logic among the Obama supporters who went into government following the election. According to the Washington Post former aides in the Obama Administration are making some serious loot off their public service. Obama came into office promising that [...]

State Department Hid Contractor’s Ties To Keystone XL Pipeline Company

By: Thursday March 21, 2013 8:52 am

Try to act surprised. It seems that the report that claimed the Keystone XL Pipeline would have negligible environmental impact was authored in part by quasi-representatives of TransCanada – the firm who stands to benefit from its construction. The Bush Obama Administration even had the TransCanada connected consultants’ work histories redacted in hopes that no [...]

State Department Clears Keystone Pipeline For Approval

By: Friday March 1, 2013 1:02 pm

The State Department has downplayed the environmental impact of the Keystone XL pipeline Today, the U.S. Department of State released a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) in response to TransCanada’s May 2012 application for the Keystone XL pipeline that would run from Canada to Nebraska. The document is a draft technical review of potential [...]

Civil Disobedience in Climate Action: Eight Climb Into Trees to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline

By: Monday September 24, 2012 9:33 am

A direct action group called Tar Sands Blockade has been harassing TransCanada and their efforts to build the lower half of the Keystone XL pipeline. That portion, from Cushing, Oklahoma to the port at the Gulf of Mexico in Texas, was approved by President Obama as a way to speed through to international markets what [...]

Romney Releases Energy Plan

By: Thursday August 23, 2012 6:33 am

Mitt Romney released an energy plan yesterday that some outlets report sets a goal of energy independence by 2020. That’s not quite right. The goal expressed here is “North American energy independence” by 2020, and when you consider that one of our biggest if not our biggest energy trading partner is Canada, and that Mexico [...]

In Bipartisan Deal, Congress to Package Student Loan, Transportation, Flood Insurance Bills

By: Thursday June 28, 2012 6:15 am

As we await the Supreme Court ruling on health care, two of the other major stories of the week have reached a conclusion. Congress has reached agreement on a compromise package that will avert three separate deadlines and deliver some of the more robust lawmaking of the entire year to date. The first bill averts [...]

Decision Time Nears for Student Loan, Highway Bills

By: Friday June 22, 2012 9:35 am

I’ve been tracking the two deadlines for Congress coming up in just over a week. If no action is taken, new federal student loans will see an interest rate of 6.8%, double the current 3.4%. And there will be no surface transportation bill, meaning that highway projects with federal participation will grind to a halt [...]

Key Democrat: Keystone Pipeline Rider to Be Axed from Transportation Bill

By: Friday May 18, 2012 10:56 am

Right now, talks are continuing on a House-Senate conference committee on the surface transportation bill, which provides federal funding, paid for mostly by the gas tax, to highway and mass transit projects across the country. Congress has kicked this bill down the road many times, and the House and Senate versions of the bill vary [...]

Boehner Maneuvers for Conference Committee on Transportation Bill

By: Thursday April 19, 2012 10:15 am

Yesterday, the House passed yet another extension of the federal surface transportation bill. This one also goes for 90 days and would take the highway trust fund from June 30 to September 30, 2012. As expected, House Republicans attached some riders to the bill, including one that drew a White House veto threat. The extension [...]

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