Biden plan for cleaner power system faces daunting obstacles

NEW YORK (AP) — If the nation is to meet President Joe Biden’s goal of cutting America’s greenhouse gas emissions in half by the end of the decade, it will have to undertake a vast transformation toward renewable energy. And to achieve that, the near-impossible will be required: A broad network of transmission lines will […]

Texas crisis has governor facing big backer: energy industry

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As frozen Texas reels under one of the worst electricity outages in U.S. history, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has blamed grid operators and iced-over wind turbines but gone easier on another culprit: an oil and gas industry that is the state’s dominant business and his biggest political contributor. And as the […]

‘A complete bungle’: Texas’ energy pride goes out with cold

The Golden Hammer Staff and Associated Press Houston and Austin, February 17 – Anger over Texas’ power grid failing in the face of a record winter freeze mounted Tuesday as millions of residents in the energy capital of the U.S. remained shivering with no assurances that their electricity and heat — out for 36 hours […]

Biden stages broad attack on energy industry: ‘We can’t wait any longer’ to address climate crisis

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports and Associated Press Washington, D.C., January 28 – In one of the most sweeping attacks on the United States energy industry in history, President Joe Biden signed executive orders Wednesday to transform the nation’s heavily fossil-fuel powered economy into a clean-burning one, pausing oil and gas leasing on federal land […]

Biden picks left-wing deal-makers, fighters for climate, energy team

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is picking deal-makers and fighters to lead a climate team he’ll ask to remake and clean up the nation’s transportation and power-plant systems, and as fast as politically possible. While the president-elect’s picks have the experience to do the heavy lifting required in a climate overhaul of the U.S. economy, […]

Energy chief Perry asked to testify in impeachment inquiry

WASHINGTON (AP) — House investigators have called Energy Secretary Rick Perry to testify in the impeachment inquiry and issued subpoenas late Friday to a top White House lawyer and another administration official to appear. Perry is the first member of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet asked to appear before the House. His testimony is scheduled for […]

Senate approves $145B spending bill to fund energy, veterans

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Monday approved a $145 billion spending bill to fund the Energy Department and veterans’ programs for the next budget year. The 86-5 vote in favor of the bill sends it back to the House, which approved a similar bill this month. Lawmakers hope to send a unified bill to […]