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...<b>the ad</b>:

“Are you a motivated go-getter who hates to let facts stand in the way of profits? Are you good at making something out of nothing? Do you sleep soundly at night, no matter what you've done? Do you reject the global anti-capitalist science conspiracy? Are you comfortable around unicorns, centaurs, and other so-called mythical creatures? Do you have experience in the tobacco industry?

“If you answered yes to those questions, we want to hear from you.”

The Sierra Club and other environmental groups have long criticized ACCCE, insisting that there is no such thing as clean coal.

But ACCCE says advanced technologies like carbon capture and sequestration — in which carbon dioxide emissions are injected into the ground instead of spewed into the atmosphere — can greatly reduce pollution from coal-fired power plants.

GenOn shuttering coal plants

GenOn Energy said Wednesday it is shutting down plants as a result of Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

Here’s <b>more from Bloomberg</b>:

GenOn Energy Inc. (GEN), the third-largest U.S. independent power producer by market value, expects to shut about 13 percent of its generating capacity by May 2015 because of environmental regulations.

Shutdowns will begin in June at the units, which don’t generate enough profit to cover the costs of complying with the rules, Houston-based GenOn said today in a statement. The plants, located at eight sites in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Jersey, generate 3,140 megawatts in the wholesale market overseen by PJM Interconnection. Except for one unit, all of the plants burn coal, according to GenOn’s website.

GAO loan guarantee report coming soon

The Government Accountability Office will release a report on the Energy Department’s loan guarantee program on March 12, according to a spokesman.

Here’s a summary of the report, via GAO spokesman Chuck Young:

“In July 2010, we reported that DOE had treated applicants inconsistently in its review process. Now we will be looking at loans to which DOE has closed or committed, to what extent has it adhered to its review process and due diligence procedures for loan guarantees. We'll also look at what have been the reasons for and potential effects of any deviations from DOE's review and due diligence process.”

Energy Secretary Chu heads back to Capitol Hill

Energy Secretary Steven Chu will face of with lawmakers for the second time this week Thursday.

He’ll appear before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee to defend the department’s fiscal year 2013 Ramp;D budget plans.

Hoeven sees ‘good chance’ of Keystone pipeline vote

Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) remains hopeful he’ll get a vote on a GOP amendment to highway legislation that would authorize construction of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.

“I am hopeful we will get a vote,” Hoeven said of the amendment he’s backing with Sens. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), David Vitter (R-La.) and others. “I think there is a good chance we will get a vote, but if we don’t we will keep working on it, either stand alone or with other legislation.”

Hoeven is among the senators leading efforts to require approval of the pipeline to carry oil sands from Alberta to Gulf Coast refineries. The pipeline is also envisioned to carry oil from increased production in North Dakota and Montana to market.

Sanders, Whitehouse to focus on insurance climate risks

Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sheldon Whitehouse will hold an event with insurance industry officials to discuss climate change and the growing costs of damage from extreme weather.

Ceres, a group that promotes sustainable investment, will release new data on economic impacts of extreme weather in the United States for 2011, an advisory states.

Sanders and Whitehouse...


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