Exxon Valdez Oil Disaster 15 Years Later

Mounted on the conference room wall of U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Washington, D.C., office is the one that didn’t get away – “Walter,” a 63-pound King salmon that the senator fished out of the Kenai River in her home state a few years ago. In a video tour of her office, Murkowski says just about… Keep reading →

Northern Lights Glow Over Alaskan Pipeline

No other state in our Nation faces climate change as urgently as Alaska. In recognition of this challenge, President Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to travel north of the Arctic Circle. In September 2015, he undertook a trip to communities across the state to see firsthand how they are being impacted, and how they are… Keep reading →

Exxon Valdez Oil Disaster 15 Years Later

FAIRBANKS, AK — At the Rural Energy Conference in Fairbanks, AK, today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced 13 recipients of Remote Alaska Communities Energy Efficiency (RACEE) technical assistance, and released its “Sustainable Energy Solutions for Rural Alaska” report. The RACEE Competition is a $4 million joint effort between DOE’s offices of Indian Energy (IE)… Keep reading →

Northern Lights Glow Over Alaskan Pipeline

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today funding for 24 American Indian and Alaska Native communities to deploy clean energy and energy efficiency projects. DOE plans to invest over $9 million in 16 facility- and community-scale energy projects in 24 tribal communities. As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to partner… Keep reading →

Volkswagen TDI

Citing German privacy laws, Volkswagen has refused to provide emails or other communications among its executives to attorneys general in the United States, impeding American investigations into the company’s emissions-cheating scandal. [The NY Times] Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today awarded $46 million in assistance to the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation to support energy efficiency and… Keep reading →

Working With Alaska To Reduce Energy Use And #ActOnClimate


During my first year as the Deputy Secretary of Energy, I had the privilege of visiting Alaska at the invitation of Senator Lisa Murkowski. Together we flew over the state, above the magnificent Denali National Park, and met with Alaskans to hear about the energy challenges they face. Two facts are very clear: one, remote… Keep reading →

The 70th Anniversary Of The D-Day Landings Are Commemorated In Normandy

A new draft agreement text emerged from the Paris climate meeting late Thursday that brought the process “extremely close to the finishing line,” said French foreign minister Laurent Fabius. [The Washington Post] Royal Dutch Shell waged a behind-the-scenes campaign to circumvent environmental regulations to enable it to drill for oil in the Chukchi Sea. [Alaska… Keep reading →

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Energy stocks rose this Monday morning along with the price of oil. [ABC] One of the most eroded Native Alaskan villages is being considered as a possible national model for moving entire communities whose futures are threatened by climate change. [The NY Times] Suncor Energy is making a $4.3 billion bid to acquire Canadian Oil… Keep reading →

Future Uncertain For Nuclear Energy In California

The UN atomic energy agency has received documents from Iran on its proposed nuclear programme initiating the country’s anticipated international clearance. [UN News Center] The recent Gold King accident has heightened a debate here over the future of the Mountain Region’s old mines, amid the risk of toxic demise that could occur at any of… Keep reading →

Yukos Oil and Gas Company

Bar the Shell-BG merger in April 2015, the value of oil and gas mergers  in the second quarter of 2015 was the lowest since 2008. [EIA] Hawaii Governor David Ige has stated that he doesn’t support the sale of Hawaiian Electric to Florida-based NextEra Energy. [The Huffington Post] A strategy pushed by former Alaska Governor… Keep reading →

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