Begich Earmarked Millions for Bankrupt Green Energy Company

Alaska Dem got $4,400 from geothermal company’s lobbyist after earmark, stimulus award
Sen. Mark Begich (D.-Alaska) / AP

As Sen. Mark Begich (D., Alaska) seeks to shore up his energy policy credentials, a now-bankrupt green energy company to which he steered federal subsidies could cloud his message.

A Tale of Two Cities

Texas oil town has lowest unemployment rate in the nation; site of world’s largest solar plant has highest
Midland, Texas / AP

The U.S. metro area with the lowest unemployment rate is a shale oil boomtown. The one with the highest unemployment rate houses the world’s largest solar plant.

Report: Coal Power Plant Shutdowns to Accelerate

Industry, workers blame Obama EPA for layoffs as companies retire larger coal-fired plants
AP

Federal energy regulators are predicting more coal power plant retirements than have yet been announced due to onerous environmental regulations and low natural gas prices.

Six Down, Two to Go

REUTERS

President Barack Obama vowed on Tuesday to bypass a divided Congress and take action on his own to bolster America’s middle class in a State of the Union speech that he used to try to breathe new life into his second term after a troubled year.

CAP Counts ‘Indirect Jobs’ in Green Energy, Ignores Them for Oil and Gas

Group applies more stringent standard for industries it doesn’t like
Gas well in Colorado / AP

The Center for American Progress said on Wednesday that an accurate accounting of jobs created by the oil and gas industry requires excluding “indirect jobs” created by it, but the group has included such jobs in its calculations of green energy employment.

Hacks Lack Facts in Frack Attacks

Analysis: Environmentalists struggle with accuracy in anti-fracking Politico column
Hydraulic Fracturing site / AP

A pair of prominent environmentalists penned a column Tuesday for Politico Magazine attacking hydraulic fracturing littered with dishonest and incorrect claims.