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Obama To Announce EPA, Energy, Budget Office Nominees

President Obama will announce his nominations of Gina McCarthy as Environmental Protection Agency head and Ernest Moniz as secretary of the Department of Energy, according to a Reuters article. Sylvia Mathews Burwell, head of the Walmart Foundation, is Obama’s choice as the next director of the White House budget office …

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Pentagon Wants to Construct Oil Refineries for Cheaper Biofuels

The Pentagon is moving forward with plans to build refineries that can produce competitively priced biofuels, Reuters reports. The government is preparing to allocate $210 million in matching funds to help construct three refineries that would have the potential to produce 10 million gallons of biofuel annually for the military. …

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GAO: Four Agencies Hold 60% of Federal Energy Initiatives

A majority of the federal government’s renewable energy initiatives stem from four federal agencies, according to the Government Accountability Office. GAO found the Interior, Agriculture, Defense and Energy departments to be responsible for 60 percent of government energy initiatives in 2010. Auditors reviewed energy practices of 23 agencies and 130 …

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White House Proposes $2B More for Federal R&D in FY 2013

The White House has proposed $140.8 billion for federal research and development in fiscal year 2013, according to its budget proposal. The proposal boosts federal R&D by $2 billion and the departments of Homeland Security and Energy National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Department would see the biggest increases. Cumulative …

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USDA, Energy & Navy Team Up for Biofuels Initiative

The Departments of Agriculture, Energy and the Navy have entered a three-year partnership with the private sector to spur production of biofuels, President Barack Obama announced Tuesday. The departments will invest up to $510 million to help produce drop-in aviation and marine biofuels to power both military and commercial transportation. …

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Energy Panel: Disclose Chemicals Used in Natural Gas Drilling

Energy companies should reveal the chemicals used in a drilling technique, known as fracking, that taps previously inaccessible natural gas deposits, an Energy Department advisory panel said. The Natural Gas Subcommittee, an advisory board to Secretary Steven Chu, released its 90-day draft report Thursday on shale gas production. The panel …

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Energy Dept. Awards $175M in Grants for Vehicle Research

More than $175 million in federal grants over the next three to five years will go toward developing more technologically advanced and fuel-efficient vehicles, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced Wednesday. The grants target research in fuels and lubricants, reducing vehicle weight, new prototype materials, advanced electronics, engine technology, tire efficiency …

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