The Orlando Sentinel reports that NASA Administrator Charles Bolden wants to quash a $10 million biofuels project whose proponents include his deputy, Lori Garver. According to the story, Bolden consulted on the project's merits with Marathon Oil, where he served on the board of directors and which has competing technology under development. Bolden's actions in light of his relationship to Marathon — he still holds up to $1 million in company stock — have triggered an investigation by the NASA inspector general.
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According to the Orlando Sentinel, the NASA authorization bill to be introduced by Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), who chairs Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation science and space subcommittee, has raised concerns along Florida's space coast about jobs. The bill would direct NASA to develop a heavy-lift rocket and the Orion crew capsule while deferring plans to fund development of commercial crew taxi services to low Earth orbit.