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US Power Co. Cyberattacked 10K Times a Month

Finding comes amid report on vulnerability of our grid

(Newser) - Could foreign hackers take out America's electric grid? A new congressional report says it's a very real threat, with more than a dozen of nearly 100 electric utilities surveyed reporting constant or frequent cyberattacks, Reuters reports. One utility said it was battered by a staggering 10,000 attacks... More »

Scott Brown Will Pass on Senate Run

Democrats now likely to keep the seat

(Newser) - Scott Brown has decided against running for John Kerry's Senate seat in the upcoming special election, he confirmed today in a text message to the Boston Herald . "U are the first to know," his text read. The move all but dashes the GOP's hopes of retaking... More »

Scott Brown: Senate Run Is 'Awfully Tempting'

He takes early jab at potential opponent Ed Markey

(Newser) - Scott Brown is already throwing jabs at Ed Markey, the man Democrats might nominate to fill John Kerry's Senate seat. When WTKK-FM asked Brown if he'd run to replace Kerry, he laughed and replied, "I'll tell you what; they're making it awfully tempting. You got... More »

Lawmakers Want FTC to Investigate Facebook

Letter cites more privacy concerns over tracking of cookies

(Newser) - Two longtime critics of Facebook on Capitol Hill want the FTC to investigate the company over new privacy allegations, reports Politico . Democrat Ed Markey and Republican Joe Barton sent their letter after an Australian blogger reported that Facebook keeps collecting data on users even after they are logged out. Gawker... More »

Attack Ad Rips Wrong Lawmaker

Denver TV station drops 'blatantly wrong' spot

(Newser) - A Denver TV station has dropped a GOP congressional candidate’s ad, saying it got its facts “blatantly wrong." Cory Gardner’s ad attacks Democratic Congresswoman Betsy Markey for voting for the 2010 budget, when in fact she didn’t—Ed Markey of Massachusetts did. The Gardner campaign... More »

Rep: BP Doused Gulf With Dispersants

And the Coast Guard gave them the go-ahead

(Newser) - Despite an EPA directive to use oil dispersants sparingly, BP routinely pumped thousands of gallons a day into the Gulf of Mexico—with the Coast Guard's blessing, reports the New York Times. Though little is known about the dispersants' long-term environmental effects, the Coast Guard approved 64 of 74 waivers... More »

BP: Well Could Gush 100K Barrels a Day

Internal estimates much higher than what it first told Congress

(Newser) - BP's doomsday scenario was that a ruptured well could gush up to 100,000 barrels of oil a day, according to internal documents released today by Rep. Ed Markey—a far cry from the 5,000 barrels at which it pegged the leak at the time it submitted the documents... More »

Oil Giants All Have Same Lame Spill Plan: Dems

Companies argue spill was a fluke

(Newser) - Lord help us if there’s another deepwater spill, because the big oil companies all have a pretty much identical response plan to BP, congressional Democrats complained today, grilling executives from Chevron, Exxon, Shell, BP, and Conoco Phillips. All the companies hired the same third party to draft their plans,... More »

House OKs Renewable Energy Bill

Legislation faces likely presidential veto

(Newser) - The House passed a broad-based clean energy bill yesterday that redirects $16 billion in tax incentives from big oil and gas companies to renewable energy sources like wind and solar power. Democrats hailed the legislation as the first big step toward making the US a more environmentally friendly nation, but... More »

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