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Pulling the Plug on the EPA Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

EPA’s ethanol stupidity

Former German Prime Minister Konrad Adenauer was right: “In view of the fact that God limited the intelligence of man, it seems unfair that he did not also limit his stupidity.”

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2016 file photo, law enforcement officers, left, drag a person from a protest against the Dakota Access pipeline near the town of St. Anthony, N.D. Industry officials say protests like the one involving the disputed pipeline may be commonplace in the future. The opposition by American Indian tribes and others to the recently completed $3.8 billion pipeline was discussed Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at an annual oil industry conference in Bismarck. A panel dissected what was learned from the nearly yearlong protest. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)

Judge allows Dakota Access pipeline to keep running

- Associated Press

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the Dakota Access oil pipeline can continue operating while a study is completed to assess its environmental impact on an American Indian tribe.

The federal government has a standing commitment to cover health care and pensions for retired miners. (Associated Press/File)

American Miners Pension Act sparks regional divide in Congress

- The Washington Times

The latest attempt to secure benefits for tens of thousands of retired coal miners pits Appalachia against the West, with battle lines drawn by region and not by party as Congress seeks to solve a looming crisis by pumping federal loans into failing pension plans.

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Qatar, which hosts Washington's most strategic military base in the Persian Gulf and sits atop some of the word's largest proven natural gas reserves, is the target of an economic and diplomatic blockade from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. (Associated Press/File)

U.S. interests at risk in Arab allies' bitter feud

- The Washington Times

While the Trump administration attempts to cool tempers in the nasty row dividing some of America's closest allies in the Middle East, officials in the United Arab Emirates say the crisis is likely only to escalate.

In this July 26, 2013, file photo, a motorist fills up with gasoline containing ethanol in Des Moines. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

EPA, ethanol industry clash over potential changes to Renewable Fuel Standard program

- The Washington Times

The ethanol industry Tuesday launched a highly coordinated effort to drive a wedge between President Trump and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt charging that the president risks selling out the rural Midwestern voters who helped propel him to the White House if he doesn't step in and stop proposed EPA rules that would punish the biofuels sector and reward oil refiners.

In this March 9, 2010, file photo, a tanker truck passes an oil refinery in Richmond, Calif. A measure that would impose a hefty tax on carbon pollution and use much of the revenue to give money back to taxpayers is scheduled for a hearing in a California state Senate committee Wednesday, May 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Carbon tax may be on table for GOP reform effort

- The Washington Times

The reform plan released this week by President Trump and congressional leaders doesn't mention the highly controversial idea of a carbon tax, but analysts believe there's a real opportunity for Democrats to push for fees on emissions as part of a broader, once-in-a-generation compromise on taxes.

People walk next to a gas station flooded and damaged by the impact of Hurricane Maria, which hit the eastern region of the island, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, September 20, 2017. The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years destroyed hundreds of homes, knocked out power across the entire island and turned some streets into raging rivers in an onslaught that could plunge the U.S. territory deeper into financial crisis. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

A stunned Puerto Rico seeks to rebuild after Hurricane Maria

- Associated Press

Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans stunned by a hurricane that crushed concrete balconies, twisted metal gates and paralyzed the island with landslides, flooding and downed trees vowed to slowly rebuild amid an economic crisis as rescue crews fanned out across the U.S. territory Thursday.