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  • EDITORIAL: The dead-end kid

    Two weeks ago President Obama's nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission tried to walk back an earlier statement that natural gas is a "dead-end" fuel. Ron Binz's flip-flop didn't change any minds, and now it's his nomination that's hit a dead end.

  • Ron Binz (From Ron Binz' Public Policy Consulting website)

    White House concedes defeat on Ron Binz, key energy nominee

    The White House's nominee to a top energy post withdrew on Monday, conceding defeat in a fight that had turned into a major battleground for President Obama's climate agenda.

  • Ron Binz (From Ron Binz' Public Policy Consulting website)

    Obama energy nominee Ron Binz becomes climate change battleground

    President Obama's nominee to head an obscure but powerful energy panel is in deep trouble on Capitol Hill, but the White House said Thursday it's still standing by Ron Binz in what is shaping up to be a major battle over Mr. Obama's climate agenda.

  • Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, could be the swing vote in committee that decides the fate of Ron Binz, the president's nominee to be chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. (Associated Press)

    Energy nominee Ron Binz loses voltage with contradictions, Obama coal rules

    President Obama's nominee to a top energy post is hanging on by a thread after a poor performance last week at a confirmation hearing where he failed to win over key supporters and even appeared to have misled a Senate committee about his record of support for a coal-fired energy plant.

  • Ron Binz (From Ron Binz' Public Policy Consulting website)

    Obama's energy nominee in danger of defeat

    Two key senators said Wednesday they will vote against confirming Ron Binz to be chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, dealing what could be a fatal blow to President Obama's pick for the obscure but powerful panel.

  • ** FILE ** Sen. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat. (Associated Press)

    Energy panel choice sought BP's aid

    President Obama's nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission asked top officials at BP oil company to lobby on his behalf, further expanding the list of lobbyists and former lobbyists Ron Binz has worked with as he's tried to win the chairmanship of the obscure but powerful panel, according to new emails released this week.

  • Ron Binz (From Ron Binz' Public Policy Consulting website)

    Top Obama energy nominee Ron Binz asked oil company employees for confirmation help

    President Obama's nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission asked top officials at BP oil company to lobby on his behalf, further expanding the list of lobbyists and former lobbyists Ron Binz has worked with as he's tried to win the chairmanship of the obscure but powerful panel, new emails released late Monday showed.

  • Ron Binz (From Ron Binz' Public Policy Consulting website)

    Obama energy nominee Ron Binz faces rocky confirmation hearing

    President Obama's nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission apologized Tuesday for what described as inadvertently misleading senators about a team of lobbyists backing his bid for chairman of the obscure but powerful panel, and asked for a chance to meet and clear the record.

  • Energy nominee Ron Binz plots with lobbyists to win confirmation

    President Obama's nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is coordinating his campaign with two lobbyists for energy companies, a Democratic strategy firm and several other green-technology strategists, according to emails that show an unprecedented effort to gain a position on the obscure board.

  • ** FILE ** President Obama pauses after speaking to members of the media during his meeting with Baltic leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Greens, lobbyists and partisans helping Ron Binz, Obama's FERC pick, move through Senate

    EXCLUSIVE: President Obama's nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is coordinating his campaign with two lobbyists for energy companies, a Democratic strategy firm and several other green-technology strategists, according to emails that show an unprecedented effort to gain a position on the obscure board.

  • Binz record on energy in Colorado concerns many

    As Ronald J. Binz heads to Washington to become one of the country's most powerful energy regulators, critics say the former Colorado official leaves in his wake a record of dramatic overreach, an outright hostility to coal and an "anti-business" bent.

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