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Energy and Environment
The latest updates on energy and environment news, analysis and opinion covering energy policy and its impact on resources and climate.
By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times
After spending more than $22 million on the Dakota Access pipeline protest, North Dakota wants to make sure any paid activists remember to submit their state income taxes. Published January 30, 2017
California's decision to extend drought restrictions despite historic rain and snow has met with splashback from some waterlogged residents.
Scott Pruitt will take the helm at the Environmental Protection Agency this week facing questions about his relationship with fossil fuels companies and a workforce that, at least in part, seems skeptical about his plans for the agency.
Holding the Senate floor for a talk-a-thon that will last into Friday afternoon, Democrats are demanding that the chamber delay its planned vote on Scott Pruitt's nomination to head the EPA, saying lawmakers can afford to wait a few days and learn more about his ties to the oil and gas industry.
The ground troops populating the latest left-wing protest movements? Some of them are actually former ground troops.
Saying he's keeping the promise he made to coal miners during his campaign, President Trump on Thursday afternoon nixed regulations on the coal industry implemented during the waning hours of Obama administration.
Scott Pruitt cleared his first test in the Senate Thursday morning, with two Democrats joining Republicans in advancing the former Oklahoma attorney general one step closer to becoming administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
A Dakota Access pipeline executive lashed out Wednesday at protesters who have wreaked havoc for months in their campaign to halt the project, comparing those who shut down pipeline operations to terrorists.
Pope Francis insisted Wednesday that indigenous groups must give prior consent to any economic activity affecting their ancestral lands, a view that conflicts with the Trump administration, which is pushing to build a $3.8 billion oil pipeline over opposition from American Indians.
President Trump approved Tuesday disaster relief for California, putting an end to speculation that the bad blood between the White House and Gov. Jerry Brown would jeopardize the state's plea for emergency aid.
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum announced Tuesday the federal government is moving in to accelerate the cleanup at the Dakota Access protest camp before the snowmelt turns the area into an "environmental disaster."
President Trump advanced his deregulation agenda Tuesday by signing legislation that canceled a rule from the Wall Street reform law that required oil and natural gas companies to disclose taxes and other payments to foreign governments.
There's an imminent environmental threat to water quality in southern North Dakota from oil leaks, but not from the Dakota Access pipeline.
The flood danger from the Oroville Dam receded Monday, but California was hit by a wave of criticism for failing to heed warnings about risks to the spillway at a time when the state spent generously on illegal immigrants and high-speed rail.
A federal judge denied Monday a request by American Indian tribes to block construction of the Dakota Access pipeline's final leg, dealing a major setback to opponents as the project nears completion after months of delays.
Nearly 200,000 people remained under evacuation orders Monday as California authorities try to fix erosion of the emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam that could unleash uncontrolled flood waters if it fails.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he would consider divesting from banks that lend to the Dakota Access pipeline, following in the footsteps of last week's decision by the Seattle City Council to cut its financial ties to Wells Fargo.
Five Dakota Access pipeline activists have been indicted on federal charges, accused of setting fire to a bridge in order to stop authorities from reaching a protest camp illegally built on private property.
Go to the website of any leading environmental group, and you'll find ominous warnings that President Trump may soon destroy the planet -- often accompanied by scary photos of the chief executive.
A powerful, fast-moving storm swept into the Northeast on Thursday with the potential for more than a foot of snow along the heavily populated Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor, making for a slippery commute and giving millions of people weather whiplash a day after temperatures soared into the 50s and 60s.
Brittany Ross was savoring the smell of her aunt's simmering white beans when a tornado lifted their trailer into the air and slammed it back down.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers confirmed Tuesday that it will grant the easement needed to complete the Dakota Access pipeline, but the outcry surrounding the project is far from resolved.
The men charged in connection with the 2014 armed standoff at the Bundy ranch are hoping that a Bureau of Land Management agent with a taste for Burning Man will derail the government's case against them.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday it will review a whistle-blower's allegations that the agency manipulated climate data in order to eliminate the global-warming "pause" for political reasons.
He has vowed to slash environmental regulations and promote U.S. oil and gas development, but President Trump is under intense pressure to make an exception for the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, which has spawned the country's attachment to ethanol.
Clean-up crews are racing to clear acres of debris at the largest Dakota Access protest camp before the spring thaw turns the snowy, trash-covered plain into an environmental disaster area.
Congress nixed an Obama-era anti-coal regulation Thursday, erasing the first of what's expected to be a long series of rules the former president rolled out in his final days in office.
Senate Republicans on Thursday suspended committee rules to break a Democratic boycott, approving Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the new Environmental Protection Agency administrator with no participation from the minority party.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers moved Wednesday to rein in reports that the Dakota Access pipeline easement has been granted, saying the project isn't yet a done deal.
Senate Democrats on Wednesday boycotted a committee vote on Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President Trump's pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.
Former Exxon Mobil chief Rex Tillerson, President Trump's pick to be secretary of state, cleared a key hurdle on Capitol Hill on Monday night as Senate Republicans easily mustered the majority needed to head off a Democratic filibuster and pave the way for his confirmation this week.
Ten months after her husband was killed in a standoff with the federal government, Jeanette Finicum was driving her cattle to their winter range in Northern Arizona when she received a message from the Bureau of Land Management: Keep off.
Seven Greenpeace protesters are facing charges after climbing a 270-foot tall construction crane blocks from the White House and unfurling a massive orange and yellow banner with the word, "RESIST."
Top Republicans are shifting the climate change debate away from the human role and toward a more pragmatic discussion over what government can do about it -- but it's increasingly clear that President Trump, not his Cabinet nor lawmakers, will be setting the environmental agenda.
A purported "resistance team" of National Park Service employees is battling it out with President Trump on his home turf: Twitter.
Seemingly defying the Trump administration's new social media policy, the Badlands National Park went rogue on Tuesday and tweeted several scientific facts related to climate change -- but the tweets were deleted after a just a few hours as the White House apparently reeled in the wayward park.
Michigan environmental officials say Flint's water system no longer has levels of lead exceeding the federal limit.
President Trump resurrected the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines Tuesday, thrilling labor unions and advocates for domestic energy but outraging environmentalists and American Indians whose protests persuaded the Obama administration to kill both projects.
President Trump plans to sign executive orders Tuesday that will revive the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipeline projects that were blocked by the Obama administration, according to sources.
The death toll from an avalanche in central Italy climbed to 14 on Tuesday as hopes began to fade that any of the 15 people still missing might be found alive under a mountain resort buried by tons of snow and rubble.
Sen. Ben Cardin, Maryland Democrat and ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced Monday he will not support the nomination of Rex Tillerson, who is President Trump's pick to be the next secretary of state.
First there was the roar of the wind, then mere seconds to scoop up her grandson and run: Bridgit Simmons and her family knew the weekend storms that claimed more than a dozen lives around the South were threatening.
On Friday morning, WhiteHouse.gov included a section dedicated to President Obama's efforts to fight climate change.
Five people were found alive in the rubble of an Italian hotel Friday, two days after an avalanche tore through the mountain resort and trapped an estimated 30 people inside, rescue crews reported.
The Obama administration exits with an ugly environmental blot on its record after failing to hold itself financially accountable for the Gold King Mine spill, but Republicans are hoping President-elect Donald Trump will clean up the mess.
As he tries to convince the Senate to put him in charge of the Energy Department, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry told lawmakers Thursday that he was wrong to recommend eliminating that same department and stressed that it plays a vital role in energy development, scientific research, nuclear security and in other areas.
An avalanche buried a four-star spa hotel in a mountainous earthquake-hit region of central Italy, leaving at least 30 people missing, authorities said Thursday.
Amid scattered protests, Democrats on Wednesday morning turned their full fire on Scott Pruitt, seeking to derail the Oklahoma attorney general by zeroing in on his past legal clashes with the Environmental Protection Agency and his ties to the oil-and-gas industry.
Global warming is going to steal away some of those postcard-perfect weather days in the future, according to a first-of-its-kind projection of nice weather.
Donald Trump's Interior secretary pick tells Dems climate change is real: 'Man has had an influence'
Pushed by Democrats on whether he shares President-elect Donald Trump's skepticism on climate change, Rep. Ryan Zinke on Tuesday told a Senate panel that global warming is real and that man has contributed to it.
The Baltimore Orioles are installing new energy-saving LED floodlights, the ball club announced Friday via Twitter.
Just days before President Obama leaves office, his Environmental Protection Agency on Friday finalized fuel economy standards that call on cars and light trucks to get an average of 36 miles per gallon by 2025.
For hundreds of environmental activists, fighting to put the Dakota Access pipeline project on ice was only the beginning.
The Justice Department announced Wednesday that Volkswagen will plead guilty to three felonies and pay $4.3 billion in civil and criminal penalties for its long-running violations of emissions standards and that six high-level VW officials have been indicted on charges connected to the deception.
Former ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump's choice for secretary of state, took a tough line on Russian hacking, praised Mexican immigrants and acknowledged the problem posed by global climate change -- drawing repeated accolades from Democrats during his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday, but setting up some potentially awkward moments with his future boss.
The Obama administration warned Monday that polar bears may disappear unless something is done about climate change, despite recent research indicating that the bears are actually thriving.
It was the determination of workers over nearly three years and pure ingenuity that allowed the nation's only underground repository for low-level nuclear waste to recover from a radiation release, the head of the U.S. Energy Department said.
A massive winter storm that could be the biggest to slam the region in more than a decade prompted the evacuation of hundreds of homes in northern Nevada and triggered flooding and mudslides that blocked major highways and stranded motorists in Northern California.
The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday that water quality in Colorado and New Mexico rivers has returned to normal since the massive Gold King Mine spill unleashed by an EPA-led crew.
Of all of his campaign promises, President-elect Donald Trump's vow to resuscitate the struggling U.S. coal industry may prove the most difficult to keep.
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When taxpayers lost more than a half-billion dollars on the failed solar manufacturer Solyndra, they were understandably upset. But Solyndra isn't the only corporate body in the graveyard of green bankruptcies. And more are surely on the way.
Now will the climate-change swindlers shut up?
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.