Economy & Business

Ohio Utilities Seek To Keep Reasons for Public "Bailout" Secret from Public

Three major electric utilities want the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to make ratepayers pay for aging and unprofitable coal and nuclear generation plants in that state. But the ratepayers — the utilities claim — aren't entitled to know whether they might be ripped off.

Foreign Agents May Cloak Environmental Stories

Environmental journalists can find important stories using data about lobbyists registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act to work for foreign firms and governments. The Sunlight Foundation and other groups have compiled some of the information into a searchable online database — a starting point for finding enviro and energy stories.

FOIA Reform Is Dead; Long Live FOIA Reform

Legislation to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act, a key journalist's tool, died in the final hours of the do-nothing 113th Congress — but hopes remain that the coming 114th Congress could pass the bipartisan package. The bill's Senate passage was delayed by a "hold" placed on it by retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), whose reasons were not clearly explained but were apparently due to banking interests' fears.

December 20, 2014

DEADLINE: IWMF's African Great Lakes Reporting Fellowships

The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) is accepting applications until Dec 20th for its African Great Lakes International Reporting Fellowships. Women journalists can apply to participate in one of two expenses-paid reporting fellowships to Rwanda and Uganda, February 13-23, 2015, to cover underreported economic and rural development issues.

"Keystone XL Pipeline May No Longer Make Economic Sense, Experts Say"

"Amid the shouting on Capitol Hill, the wads of campaign cash and the activist careers shaped around the Keystone XL pipeline, the project at the flash point of America's energy debate now confronts a problem bigger than politics. It may no longer pencil out."

12/16/2014
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"In Diplomatic Defeat, Putin Diverts Pipeline to Turkey"

"President Vladimir V. Putin said Monday that he would scrap Russia’s South Stream gas pipeline, a grandiose project that was once intended to establish the country’s dominance in southeastern Europe but instead fell victim to Russia’s increasingly toxic relationship with the West."

Source: NY Times, 12/03/2014

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