A draft bill from the House Natural Resources Committee would drastically reform the Interior Department's corruption-plagued system for collecting oil and gas royalties.
In the quest for billions in federal incentives, industries are trying to redefine technologies as 'renewable' that might once have been considered otherwise.
The Environment Report's Lester Graham interviews Interior Secretary Ken Salazar about problems and challenges he faces.
"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."
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.
EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson is interviewed by Lester Graham of The Environment Report.
"Advocates of gun rights are poised to win a Congressional victory that eluded them under a Republican president." Visitors carrying loaded and concealed weapons in National Parks.
A Texas state senator is seeking documents on meetings between Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Chairman H.S. Buddy Garcia and a lobbyist for Asarco as he was preparing to approve its application to reopen a smelter.
President Obama picks Ignacia Moreno to be the nation's top environmental prosecutor at the Justice Department. Environmentalists criticize her background as corporate attorney for General Electric.