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    Donald Trump's Energy Secretary Rick Perry was revealed on Friday to be the person who texted Mark Meadows with an 'aggressive' plan to have Republican-controlled state legislatures overturn Joe Biden's election victory. CNN revealed Perry as the person behind the text, which was read publicly - but anonymously - on the House floor this week during the vote on holding Meadows in contemp of Congress. A spokesman for the former Texas governor, however, denied it was Perry's number to the network. But CNN said that 'multiple people' who know Perry confirmed that the phone number the committee associated with that text message is Perry's number.  The cell phone number the text was sent from also appears in databases as being registered to a James Richard Perry of Texas, the former governor's full name. The number is also in a second database as registered to a Department of Energy email address associated with Perry when he was secretary.   The Nov. 4, 2020, text message was read on the House floor Tuesday night by Rep. Jamie Raskin: 'HERE's an AGRESSIVE (sic) STRATEGY: Why can...
    Republicans ridiculed President Biden's energy secretary on Wednesday after she admitted she did not know how many barrels of oil were consumed each day in the United States. 'How incompetent is the Biden administration?' asked Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee. 'Biden’s energy secretary doesn’t even have a rough idea of how many barrels of oil the U.S. uses in a day.' A day earlier Jennifer Granholm appeared in the White House briefing room to trumpet the administration's moves to release 50 million barrels of oil from the nation's strategic reserve as it sought to ease crippling gas prices. But Biden's energy secretary was stumped by a simple question.  CBS News reporter Ed O’Keefe asked: 'I’m curious if you know, how many barrels of oil does the US consume per day?” Granholm replied: 'I don’t have that number in front of me. Sorry.'  Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm was forced to admit she did not know how many barrels of oil were consumed in the U.S. every day - an embarrassing flub for an official addressing journalists about how...
    Republicans knocked Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Friday for laughing when asked about the 'Granholm plan to increase oil production' in response to rising gas prices.  'That is hilarious,' Granholm told Bloomberg's Tom Keene. 'Would that I had the magic wand on this.'    Granholm went on to explain that the higher gas prices are thanks to OPEC.  Republicans knocked Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Friday for laughing when asked about the 'Granholm plan to increase oil production' in response to rising gas prices
    The Department of Energy announced a new "earthshot" initiative Friday aimed at scaling up the technology to remove gigatons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in support of President Joe Biden's goal of cutting emissions 50% by 2030. The initiative, dubbed the "Carbon Negative Shot,” is targeting breakthroughs to enable the removal and storage of carbon dioxide for less than $100 per ton, much cheaper than technology allows now. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm detailed the initiative at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow on Friday, saying that beyond proven clean energy technologies that can currently be deployed affordably and at scale, other technological advancements must be made. METHANE FEE TO SURVIVE IN HOUSE DEMOCRATS' SPENDING PLAN "We know that we do have to make some technological breakthroughs to get fully decarbonized," Granholm said. "We know that we still have to decarbonize in other ways, but this is, as we say, 'It's not a silver bullet. It's silver buckshot.' We have to do all of the above," she added. Carbon removal technology has been...
    U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, April 8, 2021.Kevin Lamarque | Reuters LONDON — U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm has called on oil-producing nations to immediately increase crude supplies to mitigate the surging cost of living. On Thursday, oil cartel OPEC and its allies agreed to continue with their current output plan, deciding against loosening the taps despite U.S. pressure to help cool the market. Oil prices have recently hit their highest levels since 2014, and crude-importing countries are feeling the pain. It's boosted gasoline prices and has added to surging inflation rates around the globe, with consumers already paying more due to supply bottlenecks in the economy. Asked by CNBC about the U.S.'s relationship with Saudi Arabia, the de-facto leader of OPEC, after the output decision, Granholm said: "In some places, we have strong relationships and in some places we wish our allies would move a little faster." "The message is we need to increase supply at this moment so that people will not be hurt during the winter...
    President Joe Biden had yet another 'senior moment' after confusing Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm a day after he ignored Secret Service agent directing him into the White House. Biden, 78, made the latest gaffe during a virtual event hosted the White House relating to the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, which passed through the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. 'I think we're making some real progress, but thank you again Jennifer for what you've done and continue to do,' Biden said. Whitmer, whose name had appeared on the screen where Biden had been looking,  had just thanked Biden for his leadership leading to the passage of the bill in the Senate, the Detroit Free Press reported. She is one of the United States' most recognizable Democrat governors, after clashing with Donald Trump and anti-lockdown protesters in her home state last year, amid claims the FBI foiled a plot to kidnap her.   President Joe Biden had yet another 'senior moment' after confusing Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, left,...
    U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm suggested on Tuesday that climate change could have caused the Miami building collapse where sea level has risen about 7 to 8 inches in 40 years. Granholm was asked by CNN if climate change could have played a part in the tragic collapse of the Champlain Towers South condo building in Surfside, near Miami Beach, which suddenly collapsed around 1:30am last Thursday. Her comments come as Brian McNoldy, a climate and weather researcher at the University of Miami, revealed to CNN that the sea level in Surfside has risen about 7 to 8 inches in the past 40 years primarily from human-caused climate change.  'Obviously, we don't know fully, but we do know that the seas are rising,' Granholm said on Tuesday. 'We know that we're losing inches and inches of beaches, not just in Florida but all around. Michigan, where I'm from, we've seen the loss of beaches because the waters are rising, so this is a phenomenon that will continue.' Biden “wants both bills, as he said, and he’s...
    The United States' energy grid is vulnerable to an enemy attack, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said on Sunday. CNN's Jake Tapper asked Granholm point blank on 'State of the Union' if the nation's adversaries have the capability of shutting the energy grid down.  'Yeah, they do,' she said in ghastly warning to the country.  'There are thousands of attacks on all aspects of the energy sector and the private sector generally. It's happening all the time. This is why the private sector and the public sector have to work together.'  Granholm's statement comes at a time when cyberattacks are on the rise.  Late last week, the U.S. Department of Justice elevated the priority of ransomware attack investigations to a similar priority as terrorism in the wake of the Colonial Pipeline hack, a senior department official told Reuters. Scroll down for video.  Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm (right) on CNN's 'State of the Union' on Sunday said the nation's enemies have the capabilities to shut down the energy grid  Aerial view of Colonial Pipeline fuel tanks. On May 7th, cyber-criminal group,...
    Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm warned that United States's adversaries have the potential to tamper with the country's power grid. Granholm confirmed the threat after being asked if adversaries have the capabilities to shut down the power grid, during an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday. "Yeah, they do. I think that there are very malign actors who are trying. Even as we speak, there are thousands of attacks on all aspects of the energy sector and the private sector generally," the secretary said. UPTICK IN RANSOMWARE ATTACKS SHARES 'A LOT OF PARALLELS' WITH 9/11: WRAY Granholm's comments follow two major cyberattacks, including the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline, the largest U.S. oil pipeline, which went dark for six days in May after suffering a ransomware attack. Earlier this month, JBS USA, the world's largest meat supplier, also shut down all of its U.S. beef plants after being hit with a cyberattack. The Biden administration has been working toward solutions as to how to shore up vulnerabilities in cyberware, following a rise in such attacks, many of which have been...
    Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” the administration will continue to push for a bipartisan deal on infrastructure, but “the clock is ticking.” Granholm said, “You know, Jake, this has got to be done soon. Without putting a specific date on it. You noted they talked on Friday. They’re going to talk on Monday. The thing is, it’s just a bit perplexing why the Republicans haven’t moved further on critical pieces. And I’ll just say this. In my world, in the energy space, Republicans have pushed for pieces of the energy infrastructure that the president had put into the American jobs plan that are not in their counter offer. For example, they’ve been talking about investing in the transmission grid. That’s infrastructure. Both making it more resilient, making it cyber-proof, expanding capacity. That’s not in their counter offer. They’ve been talking about expanding and supporting nuclear. That was in the president’s plan.” “It’s not in their plan,” she continued. “They’ve been talking about — I just came from West Virginia, touring West Virginia with...
    With the clock ticking toward a deadline for an infrastructure deal, President Joe Biden will meet with the top GOP negotiator on Wednesday as the two sides move further apart on the issue. Biden will sit down with Senator Shelley Moore Capito in a rare one-on-one Oval Office meeting as bipartisan negotiations continue. The White House blew past its initial Memorial Day deadline for a deal. The new benchmark is now June. 7.  But the administration is putting pressure on Republicans to concede some of their demands, including keeping corporate tax cuts put in place by President Donald Trump. 'I think that there clearly needs to be some additional movement on the part of the Republicans and I think there can be,' Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm told CNN on Wednesday morning. President Joe Biden holds one-on-one meeting in Oval Office Wednesday with Senator Shelley Moore Capito, the top GOP negotiator on infrastructure The two sides remain far apart on two critical components: its overall cost - Biden is at $1.7 trillion while the GOP proposal comes in at $928 billion...
    Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm admitted during a press briefing on the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack Tuesday the best way to transport fuel across parts of the country is pipelines, despite the fact that the Biden administration has revoked pipeline permits, including Keystone XL. Amid the ongoing fuel shortage throughout the East Coast from the cyberattack, Granholm said “pipe is the best way to go” when transporting fuel, contradicting President Joe Biden’s first day in office on which he revoked the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. “What is the feasibility of using rail cars to transport fuel into the affected areas?” a reporter asked, adding, “I know that’s being looked at.” Granholm admitted, “pipe is the best way to go,” but “we’ll have to wait until their analysis is done” from the Department of Transportation (DOT), which is looking into other options. The Secretary continued: These — these are not easy solutions because there may or may not be the right rail cars; there may not or may not be the deep-water ports available for the Jones Act to be able to respond. So this particular...
    Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, pressed to explain why gas prices are around $0.50 higher per gallon than they were when President Biden took office, said that prices could have gone up "because of the virus."  "Beyond whether or not you think your policies are to blame, are you worried that the prices could impact whether or not Americans travel, which is of course needed to put money back into the economy?" CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Granholm Friday.  "People need to travel, you're right, but we need to get the virus under control first, we need to get to that 70%, we need to get to herd immunity," Granholm replied. "Why have gas prices gone up? Could that be because of the virus itself as well? Everything is tied together."  GAS PRICES SOARING AND COULD GO HIGHER: ANALYST As the pandemic hit last year and the economy contracted, gas prices plummeted. As the coronavirus has receded and the economy picked up, prices have risen. The average gas price in the U.S. is $2.95 per gallon, according to AAA. It’s highest in...
    Only 6% of President Joe Biden's infrastructure bill actually is focused on infrastructure, South Dakota's Republican Senator John Thune claimed Sunday morning. The comments come as Biden's Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg wouldn't rule out adding in a way to get so-called 'dreamers' citizenship in the $2.3 trillion infrastructure package. 'If they are interested in roads, bridges, highways and perhaps broadband, then there is a deal to be had there,' Thune, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, told 'Fox News Sunday' host Chris Wallace. 'Infrastructure in the past has always been bipartisan, when it's confined to infrastructure,' he continued. Thune said that Biden's proposal 'is a massive expansion of the government. 'Only about 6% of the president's proposal actually goes to what the American people – I think everyday Americans – would describe as infrastructure.' South Dakota Senator John Thune said only 6% of Joe Biden's package is focused on hard infrastructure despite the president touting it as an infrastructure bill His claim came as Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg refused to rule out the administration adding in a...
    The Senate voted Monday to confirm Deb Haaland as secretary of the interior, filling a position that will play a critical role in implementing President Biden’s planned shift toward green energy. Lawmakers confirmed Haaland by a 51-40 vote. Haaland is the first Native American woman to lead the Department of the Interior, which oversees federal and tribal lands and the country’s natural resources. DEB HAALAND: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT BIDEN'S INTERIOR SECRETARY PICK Sens. Tom Cotton, Josh Hawley and Mitt Romney were among the Republican lawmakers who voted against Haaland's confirmation.  VideoHaaland, 60, had served in Congress as the U.S. representative from New Mexico’s 1st congressional district since 2019. Prior to that role, Haaland was chair of the New Mexico Democratic Party from 2015 to 2017. She ran an unsuccessful bid for lieutenant governor of New Mexico in 2014. Haaland is a member of Laguna Pueblo, a federally recognized tribe. She is a 35th-generation resident of New Mexico, according to her House bio. Biden’s decision to nominate Haaland drew widespread criticism from Republicans, who cited her outspoken progressive views. Haaland...
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    Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm (D) said Wednesday on ABC’s “The View” that coal miners whose jobs are phased out can “mine the critical materials that go into batteries” in a clean energy economy. Co-host Meghan McCain said, “I thought President Biden was a little tone-deaf when he told coal miners to simply learn to code. John Kerry made a similar comment saying miners could pivot to building solar panels. These just aren’t options for most workers, and these employment retraining programs have a really poor record of leading to actual jobs. What do you say to people worried that the president’s policies will make it hard for them to put food on the table, and what do you say to people that will lose their jobs who think that being told to code is insulting?” Granholm said, “Well, I mean, first of all, if they want to code, of course, that opportunity should be made available to them. However, there are so many jobs in this clean energy space, Meghan, that have skills that are with the skills that they...
    New York (CNN Business)Fossil fuel workers will not be left behind in the Biden administration's push to embrace clean energy. That's the promise from new Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, addressing workers worried their livelihoods will be disrupted."This is our opportunity to build the energy economy back better, in a way that lifts up communities that have felt unseen or abandoned or left behind for too long," Granholm said Wednesday during her first major speech since being sworn in last week.John Kerry has a warning for Big OilThe comments highlight a central challenge facing the Biden administration: how to wean America off fossil fuels while preventing widespread job losses in regions that rely on coal, oil and natural gas for employment and tax revenue.Granholm, the former governor of Michigan, said the Energy Department created a jobs office that will work "hand in glove" with the agency's fossil fuels officials to make sure "we leave no worker behind.""It won't be easy, but it's a battle worth waging and I for one am reporting for duty," Granholm said at the energy conference CERAWeek...
    U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm is entering the job as much of the country rebounds from severe weather that stressed utilities and ultimately crippled Texas' independent power grid.  Granholm, who was confirmed and sworn in Thursday, told CBS News that the crisis in Texas "is one example of what we're going to continue to see over and over." Extreme cold and ice were more than Texas' power grid could handle, paralyzing coal, gas, nuclear, wind and solar plants across the state, leaving more than 30 million residents without power, heat, and running water. The crisis accentuated the reality that Texas's energy infrastructure was not built to withstand arctic cold — the type of extreme conditions that are expected to become more frequent due to climate change.  One estimate predicts accumulated damages from the crisis could cost as much as $295 billion — more than Hurricanes Harvey and Ike combined.  Granholm called it a "climate disaster" and warned that similar events will continue to accelerate in frequency and impact if grids are not adapted and greenhouse gas...
    Former energy secretary for the Obama administration Ernest Moniz said Friday that the record-breaking winter storm in Texas shows “what the stakes are” for U.S. inaction on climate change. Moniz appeared on “MSNBC Live” and was asked by host Hallie Jackson if rejoining the Paris climate deal was a step toward “earning our place back at the table” in terms of working with other countries to address climate change. (RELATED: ‘That’s Nonsense!’: Fox’s Will Cain Blasts Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Claim On Texas Infrastructure Following Winter Storm) “Absolutely. And the almost immediate appointment of John Kerry after the election was a demonstration of the commitment, but, as I said, that international leadership that John hopefully will help restore has to be based on a foundation of what we do domestically,” Moniz responded. In January, President Joe Biden appointed former Secretary of State John Kerry — who recently received criticism for flying private — to be “Climate Czar” and lead U.S. efforts in combating climate change. “We have to walk the talk to have the credibility to bring the world...
    The Secretary of Energy, Rocío Nahle, commented on Wednesday that the population can save energy after the blackouts registered in the north of the country. When asked about what the citizens of the capital and the general public could do, the official stressed that the population has been called to use the electricity. « East efficient savings is, if we are not occupying a room, not having the lights on, if we have a connected equipment and we are not using it, then disconnect it, and make efficient use of energy, « he said in a conference with the head of government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum. Later on Wednesday, the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) reported that the electricity supply was restored to 100 percent to the company’s users who were affected by the scheduled outages and blackouts in the north of the country, which affected mainly to Nuevo León, Tamaulipas, Coahuila, Sonora and Chihuahua. We recommend you AMLO asks Mexico to ‘tighten its belt’ in electricity consumption Do you want...
    The New Mexico House Democrat that President Biden has picked to lead the Department of the Interior will be -- if confirmed -- the first Native American Cabinet secretary, but her views on the hot-button issue of fracking have been met with resistance from conservatives.  Rep. Deb Haaland was announced in December as Biden’s choice to fill the position that oversees U.S. natural resources and tribal lands. The 60-year-old was first elected to Congress in the 2018 midterms and now says she is "honored and ready to serve" as America’s Secretary of the Interior.  "A voice like mine has never been a Cabinet secretary or at the head of the Department of Interior," Haaland tweeted. "Growing up in my mother’s Pueblo household made me fierce. I’ll be fierce for all of us, our planet, and all of our protected land."  Nominee for Secretary of Interior, Congresswoman Deb Haaland, speaks after then-President-elect Joe Biden announced his climate and energy appointments at the Queen theater on Dec. 19, in Wilmington, Delaware. (Getty Images) (Getty Images) BIDEN’S CABINET PICKS: FULL LIST  Biden’s historic pick of Haaland -- a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal -- has...
    (Reuters) - Democratic President-elect Joe Biden has begun nominating members of his Cabinet and White House team, working to fulfill his promise to build an administration that reflects the United States' diversity. Biden said he would nominate retired General Lloyd Austin to be his defense secretary. [nL1N2IO06Q] Biden already has named leading members of his foreign policy and economic teams. Biden is expected to nominate Marcia Fudge, a Democratic congresswoman from Ohio, as secretary of housing and urban development and former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack as agriculture secretary. Here are some recent important picks as well as top contenders for prominent posts, according to Reuters reporting: DEFENSE SECRETARY: LLOYD AUSTIN Austin, who oversaw U.S. forces in the Middle East under President Barack Obama, would be the first Black U.S. secretary of defense if the Senate confirms him. He retired in 2016 and would need a waiver from Congress to take the post, as he has been out of the military less than the required seven years. Austin is known as a shrewd strategist with deep knowledge of the armed forces....
    MONACA, Pa. (KDKA) — United States Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette was in the area on Monday, inspecting progress at the under-construction Shell cracker plant in Beaver County. In an exclusive one-on-one interview with KDKA’s Jon Delano, Brouillette said this region is leading the way in ethane cracker technology. After touring the cracker plant in Monaca, America’s top energy official says he’s impressed. “A fantastic facility being built by Shell and Bechtel Corporation,” Brouillette told Jon Delano. “I think it’s going to be the world’s preeminent natural gas ethylene cracker. It’s just a phenomenal facility out there.” Brouillette says it’s the high-tech quality of the operation that will put this facility on the world stage. “It’s got the most advanced technology anywhere in the world. That’s why we’re so excited about this. They will be leading the world in how to do this.” And products produced from the ethane extracted from the natural gas in this region are familiar. “The products that are going to come out of there are just so important to our everyday lives – everything from the...
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