Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Wednesday the Obama administration intends to "redouble" its efforts to target Iranian government support for terrorism and regional destabilization activities — even as nuclear sanctions on Tehran are being lifted under the major accord reached with world powers this month.
Energy and Environment
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By Ben Wolfgang - The Washington Times
President Obama this week has found himself at odds with allies in Congress and in organized labor over lifting the 40-year ban on U.S. crude oil exports, with the White House still blocking efforts to ship American fuel abroad despite growing support for the idea and mounting evidence that exports will drive down domestic gasoline prices. Published July 9, 2015
A new Pentagon report says that climate change is an "urgent and growing threat to our national security" and blames it for "increased natural disasters" that will require more American troops designated to combat bad weather.
President Obama's environmental agenda suffered another loss in court Tuesday when a federal appeals panel ordered the administration to rewrite rules limiting cross-state pollution.
Prince Charles is warning that there are only 35 years left to save the planet from climate disaster, which represents a 33-year extension of his previous deadline.
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton's move to cozy up to the party's environmentalists came up short Monday when she again refused to take a position on the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.
The Obama administration said Monday it will partner with Apple, Alcoa, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Wal-Mart, and other leading American businesses to reduce U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions and fight climate change.
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton entered the climate change debate Sunday, setting ambitious goals to "decarbonize" America and blasting her Republican rivals for ignoring scientists who warn of a looming disaster from global warming.
NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: The lifting of economic sanctions on Iran will open "massive trade" opportunities for Pakistan and could effectively transform the energy markets of South Asia by paving the way for a long-awaited gas pipeline across the Iranian-Pakistani border, said a top Pakistani diplomat, expressing his nation's deep hope that the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Tehran goes into effect as soon as possible.
The latest developments at the Vatican's meeting of mayors on fighting climate change and human trafficking. All times local.
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's team isn't backing down after an interview in which the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate said climate change helped contribute to the rise of the Islamic State terrorist group.
Most of Alabama will be under a heat advisory as temperatures are expected soar to some of the highest marks so far this year.
California Gov. Jerry Brown drew headlines for his proposal to increase the state's renewable energy standard to 50 percent by 2030, but elsewhere, the momentum on mandates is shifting in the opposite direction.
In the latest clash between the Obama administration and the U.S. coal industry, the Interior Department on Thursday released stringent new regulations requiring companies to monitor water quality and plant trees and vegetation in the area around mining sites.
Capitol Hill lawmakers from Louisiana have intervened on behalf of a New Orleans company that has failed to stop a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico but lobbied for a refund of money reserved for spill containment work, according to letters obtained by The Associated Press through public records requests.
When a federal judge ruled last year that trial lawyer Steven Donziger's team engaged in fraud to win a multibillion-dollar environmental lawsuit against Chevron in Ecuador, both moral supporters and investors who funded the legal action began to bail.
Those planning to buy new homes in California will have to make do with less lawn.
President Obama has engaged in unprecedented spending on wind and solar power, and argues they're key to getting the U.S. off of fossil fuels, but recent studies have raised new questions about just how much the so-called green energy sources will cost taxpayers.
A team of European researchers says the Earth is likely to experience a "mini ice age" from 2030 to 2040 as a result of decreased solar activity.
Top Republicans are accusing President Obama of another "surreptitious land grab" after the administration claimed more than 1 million acres in California, Texas and Nevada to designate as national monuments.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has rebuffed the entreaties of Colorado lawmakers urging her to appeal a federal judge's order that threatens to shut down the Colowyo coal mine.
A Nobel laureate who supported President Obama in his first presidential campaign now says the Democratic president is "dead wrong" on global warming.
A hiker injured in a deadly ice cave collapse has been released from a Seattle hospital, while the conditions of two others have been upgraded.
As many as 950 million people worldwide still defecate outside, polluting water sources and spreading potentially fatal diseases as the U.N. approaches a deadline for sanitation standards set in 2000.
It won't be a small, private affair when the Dalai Lama celebrates his 80th birthday this weekend in Southern California.
BP and five Gulf states announced a massive settlement Thursday that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the energy giant's oil spill in 2010.
With Barack Obama's legacy on health care seemingly secure after last week's landmark Supreme Court decision, the president's ambitious environmental agenda will come into sharper focus -- but a host of legal challenges and growing defiance across the country threaten his efforts to fight climate change.
President Obama on Tuesday vowed that the U.S. will nearly triple the amount of electricity generated by renewable fuel sources by 2030, part of the White House's broader plan to phase out fossil fuels.
President Obama's climate change agenda hit a roadblock at the Supreme Court on Monday, but the administration brushed aside the decision and declared victory anyway, saying most utilities already have made the pollution cuts that technically are no longer necessary in light of the high court's ruling.
The Supreme Court won't hear appeals from BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. over Clean Water Act fines for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who has recently called for the United States to be using 100 percent clean energy by 2050, said over the weekend in Iowa that climate change is actually a business opportunity that can spur job growth.
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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.