Coast Guard Claim of “No External Participation” Contradicted by Shipping Lobbyist

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 Lobbyist was “Very Engaged” in Anti-Offshore Wind Energy Study In 2009, not long after President Obama declared the creation of an offshore wind energy industry a national priority, shipping industry lobbyists began working to block it. When the U.S. Interior Department began an accelerated leasing process the following year “to facilitate siting, leasing, and construction… Read more »

Text Messages Show Taxpayer-Funded Consumer “Advocate” Conspiring with APS Lobbyist

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“To Shape the Value of Solar Study Before it Starts” For 18 months, we’ve reported to Arizonans the evidence we’ve uncovered that indicates public business between captured regulators and utility lobbyists is taking place via text messages to conceal their communications. Now a small batch of texts between Lon Huber, Arizona’s Residential Utility Consumer Office’s… Read more »

Shipping Industry Lobbyists Influence Coast Guard to Limit Offshore Wind Energy

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Newly uncovered research points toward pervasive influence by shipping industry lobbyists over a U.S. Coast Guard study ostensibly designed to recommend how to safely integrate a new offshore wind energy industry with shipping off the Eastern Seaboard. If the study’s recommendations are codified into policy, a robust offshore wind energy industry off the coasts of… Read more »

Coast Guard Failed to Engage Offshore Wind Energy Developers

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For the last six months, we have attempted to get basic questions answered about the U.S. Coast Guard’s offshore wind energy study and a Working Group that was tasked with determining how offshore wind farms — a priority for President Obama — could be safely integrated with the shipping industry off the Eastern Seaboard. After five… Read more »

Nevada PUC’s “Energy Guy” David Noble Shown the Door

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Turmoil has enveloped the Nevada Public Utilities Commission. And for good reason. Now Gov. Sandoval has pushed out Commissioner David Noble, where he began his career as an administrative attorney in 1997, before being appointed by Sandoval as a commissioner in 2011, and reappointed in 2012. David Noble was the prime mover behind the PUC’s “Christmas… Read more »

Why Did the Coast Guard’s Offshore Wind Energy Study Ignore Europe?

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According to information obtained from a source involved in the Coast Guard study on integrating a proposed offshore wind energy industry and shipping off the Eastern Seaboard, and research conducted by Checks and Balances Project, no one from the Coast Guard had any meaningful engagement during the course of the study with individuals, companies or organizations… Read more »

Who Wrote USDA Secretary Vilsack’s Letter Promoting Wood Pellets as a Power Source?

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Burning forests in the tropics is a major source of carbon pollution, a problem President Obama has pushed to end as recently as during a visit to Indonesia last Fall. Why, then, would U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack undercut that priority by promoting the burning of wood pellets from southern U.S. forests… Read more »

Commissioner Stump’s Curious Role as Fundraiser for School Choice Arizona

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Bob Stump has been development director for School Choice Arizona (SCA) for a decade. During eight of those years, he has also been a commissioner of the Arizona Corporation Commission. Commissioners are allowed to have outside jobs. It’s only when there are legal or ethical conflicts of interest that it becomes a problem. One obvious… Read more »