On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, President Obama praised the recovery of New Orleans Thursday and said he had kept his promise to help the city rebuild.
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By Dave Boyer - The Washington Times
In a development that incited more opposition in Congress to the Obama administration's nuclear deal, the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency has given Iran the rare benefit of using its own analysts to inspect a site where it is suspected of working on atomic weapons. Published August 19, 2015
President Obama's push to extend the EPA's regulatory hand to ditches and small streams to enforce clean water rules was blocked Thursday by a federal judge, who said the administration had overstepped its bounds in trying yet another end run around Congress.
The sharp drop in oil prices is starting to bite for the world's longtime top oil-producing nation, Saudi Arabia, and could threaten the seemingly unshakable social contract that has seen the kingdom's royal family rule for nearly a century with almost no opposition or oversight from the nation's masses.
Solyndra, the solar panel manufacturer that took more than $500 million from President Obama's stimulus then went bust, sticking taxpayers for the loss, lied to federal officials to secure the loan, the Energy Department's inspector general said in a report released Wednesday.
An EPA internal review released Wednesday concluded that its crew underestimated the water pressure building up behind the debris at the Gold King Mine, but that it would have been "very difficult and expensive" to figure that out.
California-based solar company Solyndra provided false information and misleading reports to the federal government to secure an ill-fated $535 million loan for a solar project, according to the Department of Energy's inspector general.
Massive wildfires in the West have led to poor air quality across the region, causing respiratory problems for people far from the fire lines as well as grounding firefighting aircraft.
While drought-plagued California is eager for rain, the forecast of a potentially Godzilla-like El Nino event has communities clearing out debris basins, urging residents to stock up on emergency supplies and even talking about how a deluge could affect the 50th Super Bowl.
From allowing Iran to keep enriching uranium to abandoning "anywhere, anytime" inspections of Tehran's nuclear facilities, the Obama administration has crossed many of its own red lines in the nuclear deal that will lift tough economic sanctions on America's longtime adversary.
The Environmental Protection Agency came under fire Tuesday for neglecting to turn over most of the documents requested by a House committee related to the Gold King Mine spill.
President Obama accused conservative opponents of his climate change agenda Monday night of carrying out an un-American campaign to protect their fossil fuel interests at the expense of the country.
The chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee wants to hear from the EPA contractor on the Gold King Mine spill after learning that the agency knew about the risk of a blowout in advance.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency managers were aware of the potential for a catastrophic "blowout" at an inactive Colorado mine that could release large volumes of wastewater laced with toxic heavy metals, according to documents released by the agency.
The chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee called Friday on EPA administrator Gina McCarthy to testify before the panel on the Animas River wastewater spill triggered by an EPA-led crew.
The Democratic presidential field is backing a tough crackdown on Americans' greenhouse gas emissions, but their campaigns have clammed up when asked what steps they're taking personally to reduce their own carbon footprint as they jet across the country seeking votes.
The owner of the Colorado's Gold King Mine says he tried to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from gaining access to his property, but that he relented after the agency threatened to pound him with ruinous fines if he refused.
President Barack Obama will visit New Orleans next week to mark the approaching 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
President Obama on Tuesday took yet another step in his ambitious climate-change agenda, hitting the oil and gas industry with a set of unprecedented regulations aimed at limiting methane emissions.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker called for a gradual phase-out of a federal mandate that has boosted Iowa's corn market, saying market access should eventually make such a standard unnecessary.
EPA officials have assured those living along the Animas and San Juan rivers that water quality is back to normal, but some locals can be forgiven if they don't entirely trust the federal government after its monster mining spill.
Imagine an agency charged with protecting the environment, aptly named the Environmental Protection Agency. Because, you see, we need to protect the environment, and we need a government cudgel with which to do it.
Strapped for cash and increasingly frustrated with Baghdad's stingy disbursement of the federal budget, Iraq's autonomous Kurdish government has turned its back on a deal struck last year to patch over a long-standing oil feud between the Kurds and the federal government.
In the latest move undercutting the longstanding ban on exporting U.S. crude oil, the Obama administration has approved a proposal that would trade American lighter sweet crude for heavier crude supplies from Mexico.
Having already imposed new regulations on automobiles, planes, power plants and oil-and-gas drilling sites, the Obama administration on Friday turned its attention to garbage, proposing new rules to limit emissions from solid waste landfills.
Erin Brockovich, the anti-pollution crusader made famous in the eponymous movie starring Julia Roberts, says the EPA's apology for the Gold King Mine spill "just ain't gonna cut it" and urged the agency to "fire people" if necessary.
The EPA said Thursday it is not trying to force Indians to waive their rights to future claims stemming from the agency's Gold King Mine disaster, saying the warnings from Navajo tribal leaders are "inaccurate."
A government watchdog said Thursday that a $335 million power plant in Afghanistan funded by U.S. taxpayers is operating at less than 1 percent of capacity and is falling into disrepair from lack of use.
The environmental left can be counted on to whip up an outcry whenever a private company despoils a gulf, stream or river -- unless the polluter in question is the Environmental Protection Agency.
The EPA is trying to cheat Navajo Indians by getting them to sign away their rights to future claims from the agency's Gold King Mine disaster, tribal officials charged Wednesday, adding more to the administration's public relations problems over the spill that threatens critical Southwest waterways.
For 61/2 years, the White House has had a quick comeback to questions about its yet-to-be-announced decision on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline: Talk to the State Department.
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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.