New York Times, GE Throw Energy Industry a Party; You Were Not Invited

By: Monday April 16, 2012 4:05 pm

Rubbing elbows at exclusive, industry-sponsored “forums” might make sense for corporate bottom lines, and it might make life a little easier–or at least a little more fun–for stressed-out scribes, but it does nothing, really, for the consumer. And that would be for the consumer of the energy product or the news product.

 

Energy Secretary Chu Uses Fallacious Argument to Support Keystone XL Pipeline

By: Thursday September 1, 2011 9:50 am

Energy Secretary Steven Chu is a scientist and a scholar. He surely knows the effects of production of tar sands oil on climate change. He knows that it takes a massive amount of energy to do the strip mining necessary to extract tar sands oil. He knows about the potential for environmental damage from a 1,700-mile pipeline to distribute that tar sands oil from the source in Alberta, Canada to refineries in Texas. He’s a smart man.

But he happens to work for an Administration that supports the tar sands pipeline.

Secretary Chu Tries to Spin Away from Obama’s Careless LIHEAP Cuts

By: Saturday April 2, 2011 7:52 am

Energy Secretary Steven Chu spoke to a Christian Science Monitor event yesterday and was asked why the Obama Administration was willing to propose/accept major cuts in LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistant Program, for fiscal year 2012. His response suggests the Administration does not have a principled or coherent answer.

Our Industrial Policy Needs to Do More than Arm Dictators

By: Monday January 31, 2011 8:30 am

President Obama may really believe that we will “Win the Future” by out-innovating, out-building, and out-educating our competitors. Good. Because it’s increasingly clear the way to “Win the Future” is not by brutalizing other countries’ mobs through our investing unlimited amounts in military technology.

Deficit Hysteria Likely to Kill Climate Bill, Too

By: Thursday July 8, 2010 1:25 pm

The Senate can’t even get unemployment benefits extended because of deficit concerns. You think a climate bill will somehow be a lighter lift?

Racing Against Time? Rising Estimates of BP’s Gusher May Be More Than Just Better Measurements

By: Wednesday June 16, 2010 12:55 pm

The increased estimates of oil/gas flows suggest we’re in a terrifying race against time, in which BP is continually unable to keep up with a gusher expanding faster than they can assemble capture and recovery techniques. Instead of making progress by capturing more, matters could be getting worse.

Energy Secretary Chu Favors Broad Moratorium on ALL New Drilling

By: Tuesday May 25, 2010 7:30 am

Reponding to a question from Maddow about Monday’s New York Times story that MMS was still issuing new permits despite the supposed moratorium announced by the President and Secretary Salazar, Energy Secretary Chu said that if it were up to him, he would impose a moratorium on all new offshore drilling activities whether or not they already had existing permits.

Early Morning Swim: Rachel Maddow Talks to Dr. Steven Chu about BP Oil Disaster

By: Tuesday May 25, 2010 4:45 am

People seem to be unhappy about the government’s, shall we say, cooperation with BP.

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