Economy & Business

August 10, 2014 to August 13, 2014

Renewable Energy Leaders Debate Critical Issues in Aspen at 11th Annual Summit

Billionaire philanthropist Democrat Tom Steyer meets Republican Conservationist Teddy Roosevelt IV at the 11th Annual American Renewable Energy Day Summit in Aspen.  They are among 135 clean energy world leaders from the public and private sectors who will converge on Aspen, Colorado to present and discuss new and innovative environmental concepts throughout this four-day event.

"Lobbyists Use Secretive White House Office To Block Gov't Regs"

"When Washington lobbyists fail to derail regulations proposed by federal agencies, they often find a receptive ear within the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, an arm of the White House Office of Management and Budget that conducts much of its business in secret."

Source: ProPublica, 08/04/2014

Fresh Secret Reports from the Congressional Research Service

Here are some recent explainers of interest to environmental journalists from the CRS, which Congress does not allow to be released to the taxpaying public who paid for them. The WatchDog thanks those who leaked them and the Federation of American Scientists' Project on Government Secrecy for publishing them.

Group Says Poll Shows Small Business Owners Support Clean Water Rules

"WASHINGTON — A progressive business advocacy group said that small business owners from around the country support greater efforts by the federal government to protect the nation’s water, according to a poll the group commissioned."

Source: McClatchy, 07/28/2014

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