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— White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Wednesday downplayed recently revealed e-mails that Congressional Republicans say suggest the White House was pushing for a hasty approval of a $535 million loan to an unstable but politically connected solar energy company. [CNN]
— Even as Rick Perry continues to lead Mitt Romney in the GOP primary, the Bloomberg poll released this morning adds to the pile of evidence that the Texas governor may struggle in a general election. Results include: 45 percent of respondents say they’d be less likely to vote for someone who questions global warming, versus 25 percent who said the opposite, and 66 percent of respondents said they’d be less likely to vote for someone who wants to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency, versus 19 percent who said the opposite. [Politico]
— ConocoPhillips kicked off a nationwide campaign Wednesday to convince policymakers in the nation’s capital and consumers across the U.S. that expanded natural gas production can provide low-cost energy and high-paying jobs. [Houston Chronicle]
— Hard on the heels of the Obama administration’s decision earlier this month to scrap a new rule for ozone emissions, U.S. EPA appears poised to miss another major regulatory deadline — this time for greenhouse gas emissions. [Greenwire]
— BP managers overseeing the Macondo well were distracted by cost overruns and personal conflicts in the weeks before the April 2010 disaster that fouled the Gulf of Mexico with almost 5 million barrels of oil, the U.S. said today. [Bloomberg]