Pope Francis warned Thursday that it would be "catastrophic" for world leaders to let special interest groups get in the way of a global agreement to curb fossil fuel emissions as he brought his environmental message to the heart of Africa on the eve of make-or-break climate change talks in Paris.
Energy and Environment
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By Ben Wolfgang - The Washington Times
If you were wondering what the Spanish word for "Solyndra" is, this week provided the answer: "Abengoa." Published November 25, 2015
New national guidelines are being developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to protect swimmers and kayakers from the growing threats posed by toxic algae in lakes and rivers.
Hurricane Sandra has strengthened to a powerful Category 4 storm in the eastern Pacific off Mexico's coast.
President Obama will head to a historic climate change summit in Paris next week with a fragile U.S. commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and analysts say the president is limited in terms of concrete promises and instead will act as little more than a "cheerleader" in the fight against global warming.
Hurricane Sandra has strengthened to a Category 2 storm as it swirls off Mexico's Pacific coast.
A former CIA director said the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State has been reluctant to attack oil wells controlled by the extremist group due in part to environmental concerns.
Because of man-made global warming and a strong El Nino, Earth's wild weather this year is bursting the annual heat record, the World Meteorological Organization announced on Wednesday.
An expanded version of America's annual Thanksgiving travel saga has begun with gas prices low and terrorism fears high.
Frank Stupak got his start in the coal business just as it was beginning its steep decline, and while there's little chance the industry will ever return to its glory days, the 27-year-old safety manager isn't giving up hope.
Charles, Prince of Wales, has blamed Syrian instability and the subsequent refugee crisis on climate change and the global community's lack of action during the last few decades.
In a Nordic-inspired building tucked in a corner of the Bayer CropScience North American headquarters, high school students wander through 6,000 square feet dedicated entirely to the specialness of bees. Children taste different types of honey and examine the differences between honeybee and carpenter bee specimens.
The global warming movement is reeling in the aftermath of last week's horrific terrorist attack in Paris -- because it threatens to step on its message ahead of the much-anticipated United Nations climate change summit in the French capital.
In response to last week's devastating terrorist attacks in Paris, the French government has banned large public marches and demonstrations during an upcoming United Nations climate-change conference.
Late in the afternoon of Nov. 12, Robert Murray got the news he had been waiting for -- a judge said his company's lawsuit to stop the Obama administration's central climate change policy would move forward, and ordered Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to sit for a deposition in the case.
The White House said Tuesday that President Obama would veto a Senate measure aimed at blocking his administration's plan to force steep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders doubled down Sunday on his insistence that climate change leads to terrorism, a connection he called "pretty obvious."
Democrats increasingly have cited climate change as the top threat facing the world today -- even above the war against terrorism -- but Friday's deadly attacks in Paris surely will remind lawmakers and candidates of all stripes that the fight against radical Islamists is by no means over and represents a more immediate danger to people around the world.
Using everything from a customized DC-8 jetliner to ground radars to four-inch rain gauges, scientists are fanning out across one of the soggiest places in the United States this month to measure raindrops and snowflakes like never before.
Republicans insist the smoldering debate about the Keystone XL oil pipeline isn't over, but both sides concede the project will remain in limbo until the next president takes office in January 2017.
President Obama said Monday that the Keystone pipeline and other such fossil-fuel development projects would make Earth "uninhabitable."
Tourists and animal lovers hoping to see a bear in Sequoia National Park this fall probably stand a better chance of spotting one in this tiny town at the park's entrance.
President Obama's relationship with blue-collar unions has hit an all-time low, with several powerful labor groups ripping into the administration -- and the Democratic Party as a whole -- for its rejection of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and its promotion of the highly controversial trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
A powerful labor union lashed out at President Obama on Friday after the administration rejected the Keystone XL oil pipeline, calling the president "cowardly," "shameful" and saying he harbors "disdain and disregard" for the middle class.
France will reinstate controls on its borders - normally open to other countries in Europe's free-travel zone -- for the period around a major U.N. climate conference in Paris, the interior minister said Friday.
It didn't take long for Thursday's House committee hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency's role in blocking the Pebble Mine to start sounding less like a congressional probe and more like the plot of a Michael Crichton thriller.
Gov. Jerry Brown last year directed state oil and gas regulators to research, map and report back on any mining and oil drilling potential and history at the Brown family's private land in Northern California.
President Obama on Wednesday retained his authority to make the final call on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, rejecting pleas to delay the State Department's review of the project and sparking a backlash among critics who say the administration's decision-making process has been corrupted by politics.
The Environmental Protection Agency is coming under increased scrutiny over accusations that it rigged its own review process to block the Pebble Mine project in Alaska.
Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernard Sanders on Wednesday proposed halting all fossil-fuel development on federal lands as part of a broader plan to fight global warming -- but the Vermont independent remains stunningly silent on whether he'll go "carbon neutral" and take steps to curb his own campaign's greenhouse-gas emissions.
President Obama won't order the State Department to reach a decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline because he wants to "shield" the issue from politics, the White House said Tuesday.
The future of the Keystone XL oil pipeline is in doubt after the company proposing the project, TransCanada, asked the Obama administration Monday to indefinitely halt its ongoing review process.
New York Gov. George Pataki took a swipe Wednesday at Republicans over climate change, describing human-caused global warming as "incontrovertible."
The American Lung Association -- formerly best known for its highly successful antismoking initiatives -- in recent years has undergone a dramatic transformation and now lends its respected voice and identifiable brand to President Obama's climate change agenda, often acting in lockstep with environmental activists and liberals on Capitol Hill.
How scary are your jack-o'-lanterns? Scarier than you think, according to the Energy Department, which is claiming the holiday squash is responsible for unleashing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
An Ohio-based energy company is suing the Obama administration over new ozone standards it says will harm the coal industry.
A plan to make sure an underground St. Louis-area landfill fire doesn't reach a cache of Cold War-era nuclear waste buried nearby will come before the end of 2015, an Environmental Protection Agency administrator said Monday.
The battle over the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan heated up Monday as pro-business groups staked out their case against the newly published rule that mandates a massive reduction in carbon emissions in the next 15 years, arguing that it will jack up energy costs and slash jobs without making a dent in greenhouse gases.
For any Democrat anxious to see the unpopular Iran nuclear agreement fade from public view between now and November 2016, it's been a rough couple of weeks.
The White House defended President Obama's so-called "Clean Power Plan" Friday after 25 states sued the administration in hopes of defeating the far-reaching energy regulations.
A coalition of 24 states and a power company are suing to stop the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, calling it an unlawful federal bid to control state power grids.
A wave of heavy rain is expected to intensify over the middle third of Texas as a major Pacific hurricane jets moisture into the state.
Residents of a stretch of Mexico's Pacific Coast dotted with resorts and fishing villages boarded up homes and bought supplies ahead of Friday's arrival of Hurricane Patricia, a monster Category 5 storm that forecasters say is the strongest ever recorded in the Western hemisphere.
The Environmental Protection Agency botched the cleanup effort at the Gold King Mine by rushing to complete the job instead of taking precautions that would have prevented the disastrous toxic spill into the Animas River.
German automaker Volkswagen says it is trying to determine whether even more of its cars may have been fitted with software that was used to cheat on U.S. emissions tests.
Almost 30 years ago, President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev met in a historic summit here that heralded the beginning of the end of Soviet communism.
President Obama said Monday that an increasing number of business leaders are taking action on climate change and proving that it isn't just "tree-huggers" who care about the issue.
The Obama administration on Monday announced new commitments from a host of private companies to fight climate change, the latest example of the White House nudging big business to get on board with its environmental agenda.
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton is holding up the failed Copenhagen global warming summit as proof that under her leadership, the U.S. can bring other nations on board an international effort to curb emissions and fight climate change.
Citing "low industry interest," the Interior Department announced a freeze Friday on oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska until at least 2017.
Emergency crews shoveled mud from a section of Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles after flash flood debris blocked the important roadway, stranded hundreds of vehicles, and forced some motorists to take refuge on top of their cars.
As his environmental regulations wipe out jobs in the coal industry and potentially drive up the price of electricity, President Obama on Thursday doled out more than $14 million to communities in Kentucky, West Virginia and other areas in the hopes of moving displaced coal workers into other lines of work.
By threatening to veto a bill greenlighting oil exports, President Obama last week sent a powerful message to Congress and to the American public: The administration is unlikely to sign off on any measures expanding fossil fuel production and sales, even if those measures carry economic benefits for the U.S. and national security benefits for key allies around the world.
After four dry days, rain has returned to South Carolina -- but not in the record-breaking amounts seen last week that caused devastating floods.
Swimming with rare sea creatures, exploring a lonely oasis in Egypt or the Nordic tundra: Ecotourism in distant and remote spots around the planet is popular indeed with tourists and tour guides alike. The animals, not so much perhaps.
The Environmental Protection Agency has spent millions of dollars over the last decade on military-style weapons to arm its 200 "special agents" to fight environmental crime.
A federal appeals court dealt the Obama administration's environmental agenda a major blow, halting a water rule and saying more time is needed to determine whether the regulations are legal.
The Environmental Protection Agency took flak Thursday for reports of another spill from a clean-up project at a Colorado mine, this time a relatively small discharge at the Standard Mine near Crested Butte.
President Obama on Wednesday threatened to veto a House bill that would end the nation's 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports and open international markets to abundant American fuel.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.