A Hanford watchdog group is complaining that a new deal allows a nuclear waste storage tank to continue leaking for more than a year before its contents are pumped out.
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By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times
More Louisianans identify or lean Democratic than Republican, a shift away from the GOP's edge in the past three years, according to Gallup data that offers a potential boon to Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu as she tries to stave off an election challenge from Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy. Published September 30, 2014
The Port of Baton Rouge will get its first natural gas liquefaction and fueling facility in 2015.
U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says more federal money is available to train firefighters and others who must respond to hazardous material emergencies, including oil train derailments.
The political action committee of the Sierra Club environmental group kicked in $1 million for a last-minute ad campaign to defeat Republican Joni Ernst in the Iowa Senate race.
After nearly eight months, the U.S. Department of Energy has formalized a plan for cleaning up the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico.
Gov. Steve Bullock's assertion that Montana can meet the Obama administration's climate goals without shutting down power plants will get its first public test in the heart of coal country.
The Pentagon says that it has crushed most of the oil refineries the Islamic State has been using to fund its terrorist activities.
Visitors to federal rangelands with significant tracts of sagebrush pumped about $1 billion into the economy in 11 Western states last year, according to a study released Tuesday by advocates of protecting sage grouse across the region.
Dominion Virginia Power has found two damaged nuclear fuel rods in a reactor at its North Anna power plant in Louisa County.
The oil and railroad industries are urging federal regulators to allow them as long as seven years to retrofit existing tank cars that transport highly volatile crude oil, a top oil industry official said Tuesday. The cars have ruptured and spilled oil during collisions, leading to intense fires.
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.
Four West Coast senators want the federal government to expand a recent order for railroads to notify state emergency responders about crude oil shipments from the Great Plains.
The Forest Service has changed tune and opted not to charge members of the media $1,500 permitting fees to take photographs on federal lands after all.
Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu leads two Republican challengers in the closely-watched U.S. Senate race in Louisiana but fails to crack the 50 percent barrier that would head off an expensive, high-stakes runoff, according to a new poll
Oil and natural gas company Encana is buying Athlon Energy Inc. for $5.93 billion in an effort to boost is oil production by tapping into Texas's booming Permian Basin.
Federal regulators have signed off on a settlement that calls for shutting down part of a coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico that serves more than 2 million customers in the Southwest.
Scientists looking at 16 cases of wild weather around the world last year see the fingerprints of man-made global warming on more than half of them.
State mining officials are citing Patriot Coal for serious violations during a severe coal burst that killed two miners in May.
Think of yourself as a chicken-size bird standing alone on the desert landscape.
Alaska's senior senator is making no bones about who she is backing in this year's Senate race.
Republican Gov. Sean Parnell clashed with his major rival, independent Bill Walker, on state spending and a gas-line project during a debate in Juneau on Monday.
Dominion Energy received federal approval late Monday to export liquefied natural gas from its Cove Point terminal on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.
Perhaps nowhere in the country is Democrats' orchestrated attack on the Koch brothers more developed than in Iowa, where Senate nominee Rep. Bruce L. Braley and his allies have gone to tremendous lengths to make them an issue for his Republican opponent, Joni Ernst.
When Charlene Warner walks her dog each morning in her neighborhood in upscale Seal Beach, California, she’s terrified she’ll be attacked — not by muggers or gangs, but by coyotes.
Roughly 8,000 people filled a northeast Nebraska farm Saturday to hear Willie Nelson and Neil Young perform at a concert organized by opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
A member of the North Carolina commission that's developing fracking regulations says the panel has received dozens of public comments that have caused them "to really go back and do our homework," but thousands of others offer unusable input such as: "Don't Frack NC."
The gas drilling industry in Pennsylvania is recycling more and more water and one river basin commission now reports drillers there are drawing less freshwater than in the past.
Alaska Republican Dan Sullivan has pulled ahead of Democratic Sen. Mark Begich in four separate polls released in the last few days, lending more drama to a race that could decide control of the Senate.
Having a famous family name is usually a plus in politics, but Republicans are going populist on what they call the “dynasty” candidacy of Colorado Sen. Mark Udall.
President Barack Obama pledged this week to lead the world in the fight against climate change. But his much ballyhooed speech at the United Nations this week skipped past a troubling fact back home: Carbon emissions are rising again in the United States.
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Secretary of State John F. Kerry recently called climate change "the world's most fearsome weapon of mass destruction." The Environmental Protection Agency says it is "happening right now."
Issue du jour? Piece of cake. Two weeks after he stepped before the nation as the hawkish protector of the homeland, President Obama now greets a global audience as the wonkish protector of the planet, showcased Tuesday at the United Nations Climate Summit.
One thing is for sure about Al Gore: It never rains on his global warming parade. The former vice president is not about to let go of his climate change zeal, and he takes to the Internet at high noon Tuesday for a lengthy demonstration. Mr. Gore's "24 Hours of Reality" online broadcast is the kickoff for a series of events with hurricane-force winds leading up to the massive United Nations-led climate change summit in New York City next week. So batten down the hatches, folks, for alarmism is on it way.
Scientific practice is a bit off these days. It seems as if the promoters of man-made climate change only want one answer for the cause of every climate phenomenon.
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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.