A dispute among Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, centered on a pair of 40-year-old Belgian nuclear reactors roughly an hour's drive from large cities across the border, is laying bare a growing European rift over nuclear energy.
Energy and Environment
The latest updates on energy and environment news, analysis and opinion covering energy policy and its impact on resources and climate.
By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times
This week's Keystone pipeline lawsuit may deliver the death blow to a seemingly unrelated Asian trade deal, with environmentalists and labor unions saying a Canadian company shouldn't be allowed to use international trade agreements to force changes in U.S. energy and environmental policy. Published January 7, 2016
The Pentagon is ordering the top brass to incorporate climate change into virtually everything they do, from testing weapons to training troops to war planning to joint exercises with allies.
President Obama will propose a $10-per-barrel fee on oil, paid by oil companies, to cover the costs of his $300 billion "clean" transportation programs in his new federal budget, the White House said Thursday.
Unusually cold weather in eastern Asia has been blamed for more than 65 deaths, disrupted transportation and brought the first snow to a subtropical city in southern China in almost 50 years. Here is a look at the worst cold weather to hit the region in years:
The District of Columbia, like other cities on the East Coast, got to work Sunday digging itself out from under a 2-foot blanket of snow after a colossal winter storm brought activity to a standstill from the mid-Atlantic region to New England over the weekend.
The Obama administration moved Friday to impose new regulations on oil and gas drillers to curb methane emissions on federal lands, a proposal that Republicans said will curtail energy development.
A regional director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency resigned in connection with the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, the same day the agency's chief issued an emergency order directing state and city officials to take actions to protect public health.
Leaders in D.C., Maryland and Virginia declared states of emergency ahead of a winter storm bearing down on the Washington region that could drop up to 2 feet of snow on the nation's capital between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.
A day after doctors reported high levels of lead in Flint children, Gov. Rick Snyder's top aide told him the "real responsibility" for the city's water issues rested with local government officials, emails show.
Federal climate scientists announced Wednesday that 2015 was the hottest year on record, fueling another round in the global-warming debate as climate skeptics challenged the findings.
The South and East are bracing for a nor'easter at week's end with the potential for significant snowfall.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas on Wednesday cast his view on a federal ethanol mandate as a lonely but principled one, saying that Washington should not be in the business of picking winners and losers.
New Mexico is suing Volkswagen and other German automakers over an emissions cheating scandal that involves millions of cars worldwide, the first state to do so but almost certainly not the last.
A prevailing sense of anxiety was in the air in the Swiss ski resort of Davos as the World Economic Forum kicked off Wednesday with delegates fretting about the turbulence in financial markets, slowdown in China and plunging oil prices.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said he had failed Flint residents but pledged to take new steps to fix the city's drinking water crisis, starting with committing millions in state funding and deploying more National Guard members.
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Saudi Arabia Tuesday for the first stop on a closely watched tour that will include visits to Egypt and Iran, as Beijing pushes to widen its access to Middle East oil and potentially supplant Washington as the most influential foreign power operating in the tumultuous region.
Pressed to do more to ease the water crisis in the largely minority community of Flint, Michigan, the Obama administration moved Tuesday to install a water czar to manage the problem while the city's mayor visited the White House.
Cher is donating water to the residents of Flint, Michigan, as the city struggles with a drinking water crisis linked to lead contamination.
President Obama on Saturday declared a federal state of emergency in Michigan, delegating federal financial aid to assist with the public health crisis in Flint, where the drinking water has been contaminated with lead.
The Obama administration announced a moratorium on new coal development on public land Friday while it studies the impact of the U.S. leasing program on climate change, prompting fresh criticism that President Obama is ramping up his "war on coal."
In a new opinion piece, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas lays out his case for doing away with the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), saying Washington shouldn't be picking winners and losers but that the ethanol industry can still thrive in a free market.
Leonardo DiCaprio feels optimistic that the debate over climate change has begun to wane and world leaders are finally starting to take it more seriously.
TransCanada on Wednesday accused President Obama in a federal lawsuit of exceeding his constitutional authority when rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline and, in a separate challenge, said the White House violated a historic trade agreement, igniting an election-year battle over a project that most considered dead -- at least until the next president takes office in one year.
The top executive of the Volkswagen brand worldwide says he's optimistic that U.S. environmental regulators will approve fixes within the coming weeks or months for diesel engines that cheat on emissions tests.
The Islamic State's main branch in Libya launched attacks Monday near a key oil export terminal on the Mediterranean, the latest in a growing offensive that national security sources say underscores the terrorist group's desire to seize lucrative territory in the war-torn North African nation to fund its global ambitions.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he's "very much grateful" to former President George W. Bush for kick-starting efforts that led to a first-of-its-kind international agreement on climate change.
A tornado touched down in north-central Alabama, including part of Birmingham, in the latest wave of severe weather that's hammered the South during Christmas week.
Instead of doing some last-minute shopping or wrapping gifts, families across the South spent Christmas Eve taking stock of their losses after an unusual outbreak of December tornadoes and other violent weather killed at least 14 people and damaged or destroyed dozens of homes.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced a lawsuit Wednesday challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's ground-level ozone standards, marking yet another Obama administration policy likely to be decided in the courts rather than on Capitol Hill.
Bette Midler is getting into the holiday spirit by blasting climate change deniers for the warm Christmas weather.
President Obama predicted Friday that Republicans eventually will come around and embrace his climate-change agenda, despite GOP opposition to global-warming action being as strong as it has ever been.
House Republicans are calling out the Interior Department for delaying a recent spate of oil-and-gas lease sales, accusing the department of kowtowing to pressure from environmentalists.
He held his own in Tuesday's Republican debate but GOP front-runner Donald Trump was the clear loser after Britain's top court ruled Wednesday an 11-turbine wind farm can be built near his pricey luxury golf course on the coast of Scotland.
The new spending deal reached early Wednesday morning spans more than 2,000 pages, spends $1.149 trillion -- and lawmakers will have only a few days to digest it all before they're asked to vote on the legislation, which lays out Congress's priorities for the rest of fiscal year 2016.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday he's ready to strike a massive funding deal with Republicans that ends the ban on U.S. oil exports, so long as Democrats get something in return.
Flint's mayor has declared a state of emergency due to problems with the city's water system caused by using water from the Flint River, saying the city needs more federal help.
Parts of Arizona more accustomed to sunshine and clear skies will see freezing temperatures this week that come with warnings not to leave pets or sensitive plants outside.
Now will the climate-change swindlers shut up?
The ink had not yet dried on the climate change agreement signed in Paris this weekend when complaints poured in from every direction, including from environmentalists who assailed the accord backed by President Obama for being nothing but empty promises.
U.N. climate talks reached a milestone Saturday when more than 190 countries adopted the first accord asking all countries to join the fight against global warming. Here are some of the key elements of the deal.
President Obama said the climate agreement reached in Paris by the United States and nearly 200 nations Saturday offers "the best chance to save the one planet we have."
Thousands of protesters in Paris, under the close watch of riot police, are holding hands beneath the Eiffel Tower and denouncing a burgeoning Paris climate accord as too weak to save the planet.
Nearly 200 nations adopted the first global pact to fight climate change on Saturday, calling on the world to collectively cut and then eliminate greenhouse gas pollution but imposing no sanctions on countries that don't.
High-stakes climate talks outside Paris will not end Friday as planned but will continue at least one more day as diplomats try to overcome disagreements over how -- or even whether -- to share the costs of fighting climate change and shift to clean energy on a global scale.
Hillary Clinton's claim that she is not beholden to her wealthy donors will come under renewed scrutiny Friday when the Democratic front-runner raises fresh cash for her presidential bid at the home of George Kaiser, a billionaire whose firm was the biggest investor in the troubled Solyndra stimulus project -- and who managed to walk away with a lucrative profit at the expense of taxpayers.
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is being mocked for recent comments he made confusing Canada's warm chinook winds with the "terrifying" effects of climate change.
The 2016 Democratic presidential candidates have proclaimed climate change to be one of, if not the, greatest threat facing the U.S. today, and the White House hopefuls reasserted that belief this week even as much of the nation focused exclusively on radical Islamic terrorism.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday she is unaware of anyone being fired, fined or even demoted for the Gold King Mine spill, prompting Republicans to accuse her of taking the EPA off the hook for the toxic blowout.
Colorado's loud public battle over fracking goes before the state Supreme Court on Wednesday when the justices hear arguments about whether local governments can ban the technique.
Even before it began, Sen. Ted Cruz's subcommittee hearing Tuesday challenging the accuracy and objectivity of the science behind climate doomsday scenarios drew a heated rebuke from Senate Democrats.
Climate-change activists are calling on the United Nations to revoke the credentials of global-warming skeptics at the ongoing Paris Climate Conference, or COP21.
Olympic sailor Erik Heil floated a novel idea to protect himself from the sewage-infested waters he and other athletes will compete in during next year's games: He'd wear plastic overalls and peel them off when he was safely past the contaminated waters nearest shore.
Scientist Bill Nye says it's "a very reasonable argument" to credit climate change with the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Wednesday that climate change isn't going to "kill us," that he would not have attended the summit on the topic in Paris, and that he didn't want to say aloud what people outside the United States really think of President Obama.
President Obama called himself an "island boy" Tuesday at the climate-change summit in Paris during a discussion of the impact of rising seas on island nations.
The seams of coal in some of Eddie Asbury's mines in McDowell County are so thin workers can barely squeeze down them. They enter on carts nearly flat on their backs, the roof of the mine coursing by just a few inches in front of their faces. They don't stand up all day.
The Obama administration backed off its so-called ethanol mandate Monday, dealing a blow to President Obama's promise of a green energy revolution just as he and other world leaders opened a new round of historic climate change talks in Paris.
With tensions from terrorist attacks overshadowing a global climate-change summit, President Obama urged world leaders in Paris Monday to reach a deal to curb global warming.
Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa was explicit earlier this year when asked what it would take for developing countries to sign up for the emerging U.S.-led climate deal: "Money."
Pope Francis warned Thursday that it would be "catastrophic" for world leaders to let special interest groups get in the way of a global agreement to curb fossil fuel emissions as he brought his environmental message to the heart of Africa on the eve of make-or-break climate change talks in Paris.
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Farmers are now the bad guys. President Obama's administration last week claimed dominion over all of America's streams, creeks, rills, ditches, brooks, rivulets, burns, tributaries, criks, wetlands -- perhaps even puddles -- in a sweeping move to assert unilateral federal authority.
In November, comments closed on a proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to redefine "waters of the United States," as set forth in the Clean Water Act of 1977. While Sen. Edmund Muskie, Maine Democrat, author of the 1977 law, required 88 pages for his entire statute, this spring's Federal Register notice ran 370 pages, not counting appendixes, one of which hit 300 pages alone. Little wonder the new "wetland" rules have generated controversy and a likely Supreme Court case.
The latest disgrace out of Capitol Hill in this lame-duck session is the "tax extenders" bill. This has become an annual Washington ritual with Congress waiting until the very last minute to approve dozens of expiring tax credits, deductions and loopholes. It is a microcosm of everything wrong with the way Congress operates.
The PTC truly is crony capitalism in its finest form.
If you think President Obama's unilateral exercise of executive powers granting near-blanket amnesty to illegal immigrants was an abuse of power, get a load of what this administration is doing over at the Environmental Protection Agency.
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Claiming a key victory in the fight to escape reliance on foreign fuel, the Obama administration announced Wednesday that domestic oil production surpassed imports for the first time in nearly two decades.
Failing to heed the lessons of the Solyndra debacle, Energy Department officials kept quiet about their knowledge that a government-backed electric car charger company was sliding toward bankruptcy and putting taxpayer money at risk, the agency's chief watchdog has found.
The Keystone XL pipeline has been knocked out of the headlines in recent weeks, but debate over the project found new life on Capitol Hill this week.
The Energy Department's latest biomass plant is seeing plenty of green — it's environmentally friendly and it's costing taxpayers a wad of money.
In a possible sign that New York State won't be allowing fracking anytime soon, drilling giant Chesapeake Energy reportedly has abandoned its fight to retain land leases in portions of the state sitting atop vast natural gas reserves.
BP is seeking to stop paying millions of dollars in what it calls spurious compensation claims stemming from the catastrophic 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
To John LaRue, the renaissance in U.S. manufacturing is no dream. It's already here.
It's been almost 17 years, but educators have called for national teaching guidelines for science in schools around the nation — and they want part of the curriculum to focus on climate change and evolution.
Congress is warning gas prices — already on the upswing, these past few weeks — could go even higher, given an Environmental Protection Agency mandate on renewable fuels that's about to take effect.
Several think tanks will hold a conference Thursday linking the Arab Spring to global warming.
Millions of dollars already have been spent, and much more soon will be dumped into a litany of studies looking at fracking's impact on water and air quality and at possible links to cancer and other diseases.