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The latest updates on energy and environment news, analysis and opinion covering energy policy and its impact on resources and climate.

Actor Mark Ruffalo has been one of the protesters of proposed fracking in New York. At a New Yorkers Against Fracking rally in Albany, the group called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to ban hydraulic fracturing. Mr. Cuomo gave in to the pressure and imposed a ban a month after his re-election. (Associated Press)

Green movement calls Obama fracking rules a 'giveaway' to oil and gas industry

By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times

Anyone in the Obama administration who thought tougher hydraulic fracturing regulations would score points with the green movement was in for a rude awakening. Published March 22, 2015

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy confers with an aide as she prepares to address the Natural Resources Committee session during the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) ** FILE **

Congress subpoenas EPA chief's cellphone records

- The Washington Times

Sensing a cover-up, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology issued a subpoena Wednesday demanding the EPA chief turn over her cellphone records and emails so investigators can try to figure out if she hid or deleted text messages in what one critic called a "cyberbonfire."

**FILE** A polar bear patrols the ice in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. His 2004 observation of polar bears likely drowning in conjunction with global warming has come back to haunt federal wildlife biologist Charles Monnett. (Associated Press)

Alarmism cools: Only 32 percent of Americans still worry about global warming, Gallup says

- The Washington Times

Less than a third of Americans are now concerned about global warming and climate change: 32 percent fret about those environmental factors says the annual Gallup Environmental survey, released Wednesday. Naturally, there's a partisan divide: 13 percent of Republicans are concerned about global warming and climate problems, compared to 52 percent of Democrats.

Former Rep. Bob Inglis, South Carolina Republican, founded the Energy and Enterprise Initiative to seek out free market and conservative answers to problems of energy and climate. (Associated Press)

Bob Inglis breaks from Republican Party, advocates action to fight climate change

- The Washington Times

Former Rep. Bob Inglis' conservative bona fides were about as solid as they come, earning him a 93.5 percent lifetime approval rating from the American Conservative Union over his two tenures in the House — from 1993 to 1999 and again from 2005 to 2011. George H.W. Bush went to bat for him in campaigns in 1992 and in 1994. Rep. Jack T. Kingston was one of his closest friends on Capitol Hill.

Edward Whitfield, Congresswoman KY-01 discusses the impact of big government (TellDC screenshot)

GOP lawmaker targets Obama climate plan

- Associated Press

House Republicans on Monday targeted a key element of President Barack Obama's strategy for fighting climate change, releasing a bill to delay the Obama administration's plan to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants.

This Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 photo shows a number of idle oil drilling rigs in Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Company's yard in Ector County, Texas. Companies are leaning on new techniques and technology to get more oil out of every well they drill, and furiously cutting costs in an effort to keep U.S. oil competitive with much lower-cost oil flowing out of the Middle East, Russia and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Odessa American, Courtney Sacco)

U.S. drillers scrambling to thwart OPEC threat

- Associated Press

OPEC and lower global oil prices delivered a one-two punch to the drillers in North Dakota and Texas who brought the U.S. one of the biggest booms in the history of the global oil industry.

Karen Dike, center, a nurse from Longmont, Colo., talks to anti-fracking activists outside the Colorado Convention Center as the Oil and Gas Task Force meets inside to put the final touches on recommendations for Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to consider in the settlement of disputes over oil and gas drilling Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Denver. The meeting comes as some activists have renewed a campaign to banning the use of hydraulic fracturing in the state. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Scientists launch study of emissions over fracking sites

Associated Press

The Daily Camera reports researchers are taking to the air to measure trace gas emissions over production sites in the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota, the Niobrara shale formation of northern Colorado and Wyoming, and the Four Corners area.

Kelsey Schroeder, front, and Stephanie Sauer work to help free a friend's snow-bound vehicle along West Washington Street in Madison, Wis., Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, after a weekend storm dropped several inches of snow in the region. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart) ** FILE **

15 inches of snow in Midwest; last blast?

Associated Press

Spring came crashing down on winter weary residents in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa with more than a foot of new snow in some areas.

Dayn Brunner, right, and his son Riley Brunner, left, pose for a photo next to a new sign for Steelhead Drive Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in Oso, Wash., as they hold a fragment of the old hand-made wooden sign that used to mark the street. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

A year later, scars of deadliest U.S. landslide remain fresh

- Associated Press

The new sign for Steelhead Drive is fresh green with white lettering. But the road it announces is a mere stub of pavement, ending in a massive gray-and-brown scab of mud, clay and broken timber where a rural Washington state neighborhood once sat.

In this photo taken Wednesday, March 4, 2015, John Rogers displays single-serve coffee pods at the Rogers Family Co. in Lincoln, Calif. The Rogers company, coffee roasters, makes biodegradable single-serve coffee pods for use in the Keurig Green Mountain's single-serve coffee machines. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Keurig coffee share grows; so does environmental controversy

- Associated Press

One measure of how heated the environmental battle has become over coffee giant Keurig Green Mountain's $5 billion-a-year, single-serve plastic pods is how often the company's opponents resort to galactic comparisons.

A car remains buried in snow along a residential street in South Boston in this Feb. 23, 2015, file photo. Boston's miserable winter is now also its snowiest season going back to 1872. The official measurement of 108.6 inches at Logan International Airport Sunday night topped a season record of 107.9 inches set in 1995-96. The final 2.9 inches came in a snowstorm that was relatively tame after a record-setting monthly snowfall of 64.9 inches in February. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Boston breaks seasonal snowfall record

Associated Press

Boston finally has its snow record. With 2.9 inches Sunday, Logan International Airport hit 108.6 inches for the season, topping a record of 107.6 inches set in 1995-96, according to the National Weather Service in Taunton, Massachusetts.

The most egregious examples of government waste, fraud or abuse from TWT staff. (Golden Hammer cropped logo)

Employees at N.J. Naval base misused funds after Superstorm Sandy

- The Washington Times

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, civilian workers at New Jersey's Naval Weapons Station Earle used the base's money to buy ceramic tile, molding and toilet partitions for their personal houses and exploited overtime pay — with some putting in and being approved for 24-hour work shifts during the disaster.

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Illustration on impending EPA regulatory takeover of U.S. "waterways" by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A vast land grab to ‘protect’ water

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.

Jumping the Tax Code Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Special interest pleading via the tax code is government at its worst

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.

EPA Imposing Expensive Green Energy Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

EPA's goofy green-energy rules

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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