Germany’s leader, Angela Merkel, has confronted U.S. president Barack Obama over the likely tapping of her communications. The White House has said the U.S. “is not monitoring and will not monitor” her communications, but has not denied doing so in the past.
First the president of Iran has a back-and-forth with U.S. president Barack Obama on the occasion of their historic phone call, then he responds to a question from Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey about free speech in Iran.
In a move that could be a major trigger for the market for emissions reductions technologies for power plants, the Obama administration plans to announce initial limits for new natural gas and coal plants.
The detention of a journalist’s partner and seizure of his electronics, combined with the British government’s threats towards the Guardian for its reporting, make the case that we need something like WikiLeaks more than ever.
Drew Johnson, a columnist for Chattanooga Free-Press newspaper, recently wrote an editorial that blasted President Obama, “Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President: Your policies have harmed Chattanooga enough.” The editorial, which lamented the gigabit fiber network built in Chattanooga, generated a lot of attention, but earlier this week Johnson was fired by the paper for changing the headline of the editorial without permission. The new headline for the editorial is – President Obama’s policies have harmed Chattanooga enough. Johnson later tweeted that he was the first person to be fired for writing the most read article in the newspaper’s history. The episode illustrates the heated debates around municipal funded networks (fiber or otherwise), often fueled by the lobbying dollars incumbent monopolies.
The full backing of the U.S. executive branch is now behind the idea of spectrum sharing, which would split time between federal and commercial users on the wireless airwaves.
The U.S. government has reams of data locked away in agencies and even filing cabinets, but an executive order signed Thursday should make more of it accessible.
After nearly four years as FCC chairman, Julius Genachowski is stepping down in “coming weeks”. President Obama will now get to appoint two new commission members in his second term.
Cleantech investment is not dead, it just requires new approaches and a recognition that the traditional oil and gas industry may very well be the best patron for cleantech development and deployment. At least for now.
The Democratic chairman is stepping down, according to the Wall Street Journal, just as a Republican commissioner is departing, preserving an administration-friendly majority on the commission.