National Public Radio – When a state representative discovered a GPS tracker on his pickup truck late last year, he immediately suspected that he may have been targeted because he was writing legislation to increase taxes on the wind industry.
AP News – A new proposal to store nuclear waste underground in southern New Mexico has cleared an initial regulatory hurdle and can now be vetted for detailed safety, security and environmental concerns, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Thursday.
Houston Chronicle – Energy Secretary Rick Perry attacked climate change policy, arguing global efforts to shift away from fossil fuels were "immoral" by denying developing nations the plentiful, cheap energy needed to lift people out of poverty.
Utility Dive – The Department of Energy wants the private sector to help it develop small modular coal-fired power plants, a senior DOE official told reporters at a Houston energy conference this week.
The Denver Post – Interior Secretary Zinke says his agency should be a partner with oil and gas companies that seek to drill on public land and that long regulatory reviews with an uncertain outcome are “un-American.”
In this week's Energy SciPol Weekly, government scales back on help to Puerto Rico; Hawaii's largest solar and storage system begins construction; and lower oil prices could cause problems for Saudi Arabia.
The Washington Post – Energy Secretary Rick Perry will fly to London this week to discuss a nuclear cooperation agreement with senior officials from Saudi Arabia, which is planning to build two reactors along the Persian Gulf.