Department of Energy

CD218: Minerals are the New Oil

Rare earth minerals are essential ingredients for many of the technologies that are important today and will be key in the future. In this episode, we learn about a new global economy being created around rare minerals and how the United States can catch up to the commanding lead that China has established in dominating the mineral dependent industries.

Executive Producer: Coffee Infused Nerd

Executive Producer: David Dear

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CD205: Nuclear Waste Storage

For 38 years, the United States government has been trying to figure out what to do with the radioactive nuclear waste that was created when the Defense Department developed nuclear weapons and the nuclear waste that continues to be created by nuclear power generation. In this episode, learn the history of this on-going dilemma and listen in on the debate as it currently rages in the 116th Congress.  Read More

CD173: War & Prairie Chickens

The law that funded the government for 2018 is 2,232 pages and Jen has finished reading a quarter of it. In this episode, learn about the most interesting provisions she found in the Department of Defense and environmental sections of the quickly passed funding law. Read More

CD035: Energy & Water


Most of this episode is dedicated to the Energy & Water funding bill that passed the House of Representatives; however, the House also pulled a fast one this week, passing a 608-page agriculture bill that was available for public-reading for less than one day. Read More

H.R. 2609: Energy & Water Funding Bill

On July 10, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2609, their version of the 2014 Energy and Water funding bill. Fossil fuels and nuclear power are supported; renewable energy and energy efficiency are dramatically underfunded.  Read More