"A climate change bill working its way through Congress this week has been packed with amendments aimed at giving the coal industry a chance to survive if technology to capture carbon dioxide emissions is eventually perfected and deployed."
In the House climate bill, "consumers would receive around $750 billion in direct and indirect handouts and subsidies through 2030 to offset the higher energy costs."
"The Senate confirmed David J. Hayes as a top Interior Department deputy last night as two Republican senators ended a standoff with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar that had held up Hayes's nomination."
"The Senate yesterday unanimously approved three top-level Energy Department nominees and one Interior Department nominee."
Gasoline prices are creeping back upward, but more American drivers are expected to hit the roads this Memorial Day than last year.
"Railroad companies are pressing federal regulators to cut back on trains carrying hazardous materials through urban areas, saying they fear a catastrophic release of toxic chemicals in a large city."
The House passed a measure that would allow visitors to carry loaded, concealed guns in National Parks. It passed 279 to 147, with 105 Democratic votes.
The browsable report lists the date the request was received, the date a response is due, and the status.
Use this free software tool, downloadable from EPA, to calculate how much injury a chemical spill could cause.
Watchdog groups and the Associated Press report on federal agency foot-dragging in making a reality of Obama administration declarations that it would foster government transparency.