A coalition of 14 states charged Wednesday that the Environmental Protection Agency is holding up legal reviews of highly controversial restrictions on carbon pollution, essentially leaving states powerless as the climate-change rules move closer to implementation.
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By Ben Wolfgang - The Washington Times
The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday tightened the federal ozone standard, dismissing the concerns of powerful business groups and setting off a regulatory and legal fight that will last for the remainder of President Obama's time in office. Published October 1, 2015
Along South Carolina's coast, residents were preparing for a second round of flooding as rivers swollen from days of devastating rains make their way toward the Atlantic.
Crew members trained regularly in calm waters to handle the lifeboats would instead likely have struggled against buffeting by huge 50-foot waves, a vessel taking on water and listing to one side and winds the Coast Guard estimated reached 140 mph. Life rafts can get torn apart. Lifeboats become impossible to drop into the sea.
South Carolina was expecting sunshine Tuesday after days of inundation, but it will still take weeks for the state to return to normal after being pummeled by a historic rainstorm.
Nuclear facilities across the globe are increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks because of industry-wide cultural and technical challenges that have the potential of proving to be catastrophic, experts told the authors of a new report.
Another day of heavy rain drenched an already inundated South Carolina on Monday as rescue teams went door-to-door to check on people in swamped neighborhoods and authorities surveyed a statewide road system torn apart by historic flooding.
More than five years after a well blowout spilled millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, energy giant BP reached a historic settlement with the Obama administration Monday and will pay the largest environmental penalties in U.S. history.
The White House is announcing the designation of two new National Marine Sanctuaries -- the first chosen in 15 years -- as part of President Barack Obama's efforts to protect the environment.
Hundreds were rescued from fast-moving floodwaters Sunday in South Carolina as days of driving rain hit a dangerous crescendo that buckled buildings and roads, closed a major East Coast interstate route and threatened the drinking water supply for the capital city.
New Hampshire's highest court has ruled that a record $236 million judgment stands against Exxon Mobil in a groundwater contamination case.
Hurricane Joaquin hammered islands in the central Bahamas with torrential rains that flooded homes and forecasters warned that the "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm could grow even stronger as it roared on a path that could take it near the U.S. East Coast.
President Obama on Thursday is expected to take what many expect to be the most costly and contentious step in his ambitious environmental agenda -- the release of a gargantuan set of federal regulations to restrict ground-level ozone in the name of protecting Americans' health.
Joaquin strengthened to a hurricane Wednesday morning as it nears the Bahamas.
The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board will shutter its doors Wednesday, six years after it was created to monitor hundreds of billions of dollars that President Obama doled out in spending and tax breaks under his 2009 stimulus -- and some watchdogs are sorry to see it go.
Royal Dutch Shell's dry hole in the Chukchi Sea may be disappointing to shareholders, but it's potentially devastating to Alaska.
A new scientific model released Monday predicts Earth is still on track to warm 6 degrees over the next century even with the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions pledged by countries ahead of a Paris conference.
Royal Dutch Shell will cease exploration in Arctic waters off Alaska's coast following disappointing results from an exploratory well backed by billions in investment and years of work.
As Pope Francis urged the world to protect the environment and fight climate change, the Obama administration teamed with China Friday to announce a series of steps aimed at rolling back the tide of global warming.
Pope Francis declared Friday that there is a "right of the environment" and that mankind has no authority to abuse it, telling more than 100 world leaders and diplomats at the United Nations that urgent action is needed to halt the destruction of God's creation.
China is preparing to announce plans to launch a national system to limit greenhouse gases and force industries to purchase pollution credits, Obama administration officials said Thursday.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans sweeping changes to the way it tests for diesel emissions after getting duped by clandestine software in Volkswagen cars for seven years.
Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn stepped down Wednesday over a scandal in which the German carmaker admitted to rigging its diesel cars' emissions to pass U.S. tests.
President Obama and Pope Francis on Wednesday morning spoke in unison on the need to confront climate change and save the planet, with both men saying humanity has a moral obligation to act now and not saddle future generations with a growing problem.
President Obama believes "folks like John McCain" are responsible for the 2009 death of cap-and-trade legislation, a political failure by the White House and Capitol Hill Democrats that has ultimately led to a host a new climate-change regulations from the president's Environmental Protection Agency.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Ida is meandering over the central tropical Atlantic.
Volkswagen AG's smog-test scandal escalated Tuesday as the company acknowledged putting stealth software in millions of vehicles worldwide. The crisis has already cost VW more than 24 billion euros ($26 billion) in market value.
Former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton announced Tuesday that she opposes allowing the Keystone XL pipeline to be built.
Billionaire businessman and 2016 Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said if he got some time with Pope Francis, who is in the United States this week, he'd like to talk to him about a lot things, including religion and global warming.
Last week's Republican presidential debate may have provided a window into how GOP candidates will handle the thorny issue of climate change, with a number of White House hopefuls skirting a debate on the science of global warming and instead taking aim at the costs and consequences of President Obama's prescription to save the planet -- a strategy that some analysts say cedes the issue to Democrats.
The chief of the U.N. nuclear agency acknowledged Monday that samples used to determine whether Iran tried to develop a nuclear weapon were collected by the Iranians instead of agency investigators, touching off a fresh dispute between congressional Republicans and the White House over weaknesses in the administration's deal with Tehran.
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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.
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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.
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Several think tanks will hold a conference Thursday linking the Arab Spring to global warming.
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