Rob Nikolewski is the National Energy Correspondent for Watchdog.org. He is based in Santa Fe, N.M. Contact him at rnikolewski@watchdog.org and follow him on Twitter @NMWatchdog.

Rumor that Obama will nix Keystone has pipeline supporters worried, opponents hopeful

By   /  September 2, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, National, Nebraska, South Dakota  /  No Comments

The State Department report does not recommend whether to proceed with the Keystone XL pipeline or not. AP Photo

Should President Obama reject the Keystone XL pipeline, some counties such as Tripp County in South Dakota will lose potential tax revenue.

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Green energy company fights for life after getting billions from feds

By   /  September 2, 2015  /  Arizona, California, Energy and Environment, Federal Government, Kansas, National  /  No Comments

Photo from Abengoa website

Renewable energy company Abengoa, headquartered in Spain, is fighting for its financial life. The company and its subsidiaries have received nearly $3 billion from the U.S government.

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Solyndra autopsy: Did Inspector General go too easy on Department of Energy?

By   /  August 31, 2015  /  Accountability, California, Energy and Environment, Federal Government, National, News  /  No Comments

AP photo

The Inspector General at the Department of Energy puts most of the blame on the $500 million loss to taxpayers on a loan to Solyndra on the company, not the department.

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Eagles win, wind farms and feds lose in court

By   /  August 27, 2015  /  California, Energy and Environment, Federal Government, National, News  /  No Comments

Photo from Flickr Commons

A court ruling rescinding a 30-year exemption for wind farms that kill birds such as bald eagles may affect the Clean Power Plan promoted by the Obama administration.

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EPA, Obama administration going full speed ahead on environmental regulations

By   /  August 25, 2015  /  Colorado, Energy and Environment, National, West Virginia  /  No Comments

AP photo/Susan Walsh

The Obama administration and the EPA have announced at least five proposed regulations in recent months.

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The week that was: George Soros and Tom Steyer take their lumps

By   /  August 21, 2015  /  California, Energy and Environment, National, News, Politics & Elections, State Government  /  No Comments

Soros: Photo by Wiktor Dabkowski/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images; Steyer:​ AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

The reputations of George Soros and Tom Steyer have taken some hits recently — Soros for investing in coal and Steyer for a green energy proposition in California that has underperformed.

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