The oil and gas industry, under siege from OPEC and the climate-change movement, notched a much-needed win late Tuesday in an unlikely location: liberal Boulder County, Colorado.
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By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times
Democrats successfully blocked the Keystone XL pipeline Monday, launching a filibuster in the Senate that keeps the long-delayed project on ice for at least the near term while Republicans try to figure out whether they can revive the bill. Published January 26, 2015
By Dave Boyer - The Washington Times
President Obama announced a tentative agreement Sunday with India's prime minister to open the country to U.S. firms investing in commercial nuclear power, a step that they said underscores improved bilateral relations. Published January 25, 2015
TV's Bill Nye "the Science Guy" cut a video spot for Funny or Die to test the deflation rate of footballs in various temperatures, veering at one point to discuss what he called as a genuine issue — and dropping an F-bomb in the process.
A Georgetown University panel has come out in favor of divesting from coal but not all fossil fuels, rejecting a student proposal that called for the university to pull its investments from the top 200 oil, gas and coal companies.
The Obama administration proposed Tuesday to open the Atlantic coast to offshore drilling from Virginia to Georgia.
Three powerful accidents in recent years show systemic weaknesses in how natural gas providers maintain the largest pipelines in their networks, accident investigators said Wednesday as they issued more than two dozen safety recommendations.
Senate Democrats on Tuesday backed away from a bipartisan push for immediate new sanctions on Iran, bowing to President Obama's call not to undercut international talks to get Tehran to curb its nuclear programs in the coming weeks.
National Weather Service meteorologist Gary Szatkowski apologized on Twitter Tuesday after predictions for a record-setting blizzard failed to materialize.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo lifted the travel ban on New Yorkers during a Tuesday morning press conference, but warned that while Winter Storm Juno seemed to have rolled past the state to more northern points, residents should still exercise caution and restraint before taking to the roads.
President Obama on Tuesday urged the world's third-largest carbon polluter to embrace clean energy, saying the broader international fight against climate change hinges on how developing countries address the problem.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a travel ban on residents in the face of Winter Storm Juno, which threatens to dump up to 3 feet in areas of the state.
Seven states on the Northeast are in watch mode as a potentially record-setting storm is churning up the coast, threatening to dump up to 3 feet of snow in parts.
President Obama cautioned Indian and U.S. business executives Monday that increasing economic growth must benefit India's middle class while adhering to clean-energy standards.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, California Republican, said that while President Obama might preach bipartisanship, Mr. Obama eventually "finds a way not to come to a solution."
BP struggled for 87 days to contain the millions of gallons of crude that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, but an expert witness on Monday called its cleanup response exemplary.
Forced to finally vote on climate change, a majority of senators have signaled that they believe the phenomenon is real and that humans have at least some role to play. But how much, and what to do about it, remains murky.
San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer announced Thursday that he will not run for California Senate seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, saying that he wants to focus his efforts on electing a Democratic president in 2016.
Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, who's contemplating another White House run, said climate change was real, that humans helped it along and that it was the responsibility of the world to turn back the environmental tide.
President Barack Obama has chosen Brian Deese, a veteran White House aide and a deputy director in his budget office, to replace John Podesta as a senior adviser and presidential whisperer, White House officials said Wednesday.
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists says Earth is now closer to human-caused doomsday than it has been in more than 30 years because of global warming and nuclear weaponry. But other experts say that's way too gloomy.
President Obama's trip to India this weekend is meant to foster closer ties with the country's new prime minister on issues ranging from climate change to counterterrorism, White House officials said this week.
San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer announced Thursday that he will not run for the California Senate seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, saying that he wants to focus his efforts on electing a Democratic president in 2016.
President Obama didn't even mention the Keystone XL oil pipeline by name in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, but leading environmentalists are reading between the lines and believe they heard clear indications the White House is prepared to kill the project.
Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday declined again to take a position on the Keystone XL pipeline, telling an audience in Canada that she would not express her views because of an ongoing review by the State Department.
A poll has found that New York voters support Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision to ban shale gas development using high-volume hydraulic fracturing.
A swift plunge in the price of crude is sending shockwaves across West Texas oil country.
The new Republican-controlled Congress is facing an old problem: where to find the money for highway and transit programs.
The U.S. Department of Energy and the contractor that runs the federal government's troubled nuclear waste repository say it could be more than three years before all operations resume at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico.
Pope Francis said Thursday that climate change is due primarily from human activities.
U.S. retail sales unexpectedly tumbled nearly 1 percent in December, the Commerce Department announced Wednesday, sending U.S. stock markets lower and leading at least one analyst to says it's time to pump the brakes on talk of a strong U.S. economic rebound in 2015.
The economy is improving, but the nation and its lawmakers must stay vigilant, advised U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue in his annual state of American business address on Wednesday. And never forget that free enterprise is the linchpin that holds things together.
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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.