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As the shipping industry and countries make plans to expand Arctic sea lanes amid shrinking ice coverage, the Army Corps of Engineers is considering expanding and deepening the Port of Nome, Alaska, the Associated Press reported:
Corps spokesman Tom Findtner said by email that the agency in December tentatively selected a plan to modify the Port of Nome. The plan suggests extending Nome’s causeway by 2,150 feet, building a 450-foot dock and dredging the new, protected area and entrance channel to 28 feet.
The lack of a nearby deep-water port has also been cited as an issue for Arctic oil and gas exploration. We will have more on the administration’s proposal to overhaul Arctic drilling regulations on CQ.com.
Among the 24 Republican governors who signed a letter Thursday urging President Barack Obama to reconsider vetoing a bill that would approve the Keystone XL, one name was notably absent, that of Montana Democrat Governor Steve Bullock, who previously strongly supported the pipeline.
• A 41 percent jump the energy efficiency and renewable energy program including big additions for vehicle technologies and geothermal programs.
• Natural gas technologies would see a 76 percent boost to $44 million while the department is looking to pare down overall fossil energy research by 2 percent.
• The department is requesting an 84 percent increase in spending for electricity delivery and energy reliability, doubling smart grid research increasing energy storage technology by 75 percent.
• Funding for the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy would jump 16 percent.
• Nuclear reactor concepts would decrease 19 percent while fuel cycle research would increase 11 percent and fusion research would be down 10 percent.
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After dispatching a slew of amendments, the Senate Thursday passed a bill approving the Keystone Pipeline, falling shy of the support needed to override a threatened White House veto. CQ subscribers can read more on the prospects of a conference with the House. Full story
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All the volatility in the oil market has made the difficult task of divining the future that much harder. The Energy Information Administration’s latest predictions in the monthly Short Term Energy Outlook are already out of step with data from the field. Full story
Those who have been familiar with him for years, even those who have just heard him address a congressional panel or an audience of scientists, know that there is far more to Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz than his hair. He’s an MIT physicist and is known for charming Republicans and Democrats alike. Full story