A Department of Energy subcommittee is recommending steps for restoring public trust in the natural gas extraction process known as hyrdaulic fracturing or "fracking," an important part of the Obama Administration's energy policy.
Yesterday, a group of 28 scientists representing 22 universities sent a letter to Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, "expressing concern over the lack of impartiality on the Natural Gas Subcommittee." The group criticized what they called "advocacy based science" and pointed out that six of the seven members of the subcommittee "have current financial ties to the natural gas and oil industry."
The group called for greater impartiality and asked that "at a minimum" subcommittee chairman John Deutch, an MIT professor and former CIA director, leave the subcommittee and be replaced by "a person with no financial ties to the natural gas and oil industry."
A new poll from McClatchy Newspapers shows Governor Perry trailing President Obama 52 percent to 33 percent in a head-to-head matchup. Here are the results of head-to-head match ups between Obama and different Republican candidates:
Earlier today Houston-based U.S. District Judge Gray H. Miller threw out a lawsuit seeking to prevent Governor Rick Perry from participating in a prayer rally he helped organize. The group that brought the suit reacted with disappointment.
"The judge did not say that what Governor Perry is doing is Constitutional," said Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the non-profit organization of atheists and agnostics that brought the First Amendment suit.
We’ve enjoyed Watching and Waiting to see when Rick Perry will jump into the presidential race. After today, however, we will watch and wait not only by blogging on developments in the Perry campaign but by taking a look at some of the major campaign issues likely to confront candidate Perry including the economy, immigration, and a range of social issues. So stay tuned—or logged—in.
One pundit thinks Governor Perry should jump into the ring. A new Gallup Poll shows Perry continues to do well nationally. Perhaps sensing this, the Governor is adding more key electoral state travel to his schedule. At home, however, some of the Governor's opponents are hoping to draw attention to what they say are the bad parts of his record in office.
Over the last few days, it seems as if Governor Perry has sought to distance himself from the co-host of his prayer event, The Response. And in a recent interview, he articulated a states' rights view on the issue of gay marriage. Is the Governor moving towards the center to appeal to moderates? How will these moves play to his conservative base? And finally - the BIG question - Will he run?
We hope you--like us here at Watching and Waiting--had a relatively Perry-free, Potter-filled weekend. You have to take a break from muggle politics every now and then. But, now that (SPOILER ALERT) the Dark Lord has been vanquished, it's back to work for us and for you.