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Ben Wolfgang

Ben Wolfgang

Ben Wolfgang covers the White House for The Washington Times.

Before joining the Times in March 2011, Ben spent four years as a political reporter at the Republican-Herald in Pottsville, Pa.

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Articles by Ben Wolfgang

President Barack Obama speaks about his Clean Power Plan, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in the East Room at the White House in Washington. The president is mandating even steeper greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. power plants than previously expected, while granting states more time and broader options to comply. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Obama blasts 'lazy' critics of carbon rules

President Obama on Monday strongly defended his plan to limit carbon emissions from power plants and said critics of the proposal are "lazy" and unwilling to do what's necessary to save the planet. Published August 3, 2015

Key pieces of President Obama's environmental plan, including proposals to increase ozone standards, limit carbon emissions from power plants and continue mandating more ethanol in U.S. gasoline supplies, will bring with them serious side effects in the coming months and years, critics and some analysts say. (Associated Press)

Obama climate change plan to kill jobs, raise electric bills; could pose health risk

President Obama argues that his policies will result in cleaner air and will mitigate the effects of climate change, but unintended consequences of the administration's environmental agenda seem all but certain -- possibly even including higher mortality rates across the country, according to at least one scholar. Published August 2, 2015

Obama's climate change policy driven by outside forces: report

The Obama administration's controversial climate change agenda is being driven largely by outside forces in the environmental community, and powerful activist groups have played a major -- and perhaps illegal -- role in crafting key Environmental Protection Agency policies, a detailed report released Thursday charges. Published July 30, 2015

FILE - In this March 16, 2011, file photo, exhaust rises from smokestacks in front of piles of coal in Thompsons, Texas. A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants they can't control.  (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Obama ordered to rewrite pollution rules

President Obama's environmental agenda suffered another loss in court Tuesday when a federal appeals panel ordered the administration to rewrite rules limiting cross-state pollution. Published July 28, 2015

President Obama wipes his forehead April 22, 2015, while meeting with the crowd after touring Everglades National Park in Florida on Earth Day. Obama used the visit to warn of the damage that climate change is already inflicting on the nation's environmental treasures. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama recruits top companies in climate change fight

The Obama administration said Monday it will partner with Apple, Alcoa, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Wal-Mart, and other leading American businesses to reduce U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions and fight climate change. Published July 27, 2015

A Nigerian soldier walks at the scene of an explosion suspected to be set by a Boko Haram extremist in Abuja, Nigeria, on June, 25, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

U.S., Nigeria will defeat Boko Haram, Obama vows

President Obama on Monday reaffirmed his commitment to destroying the terrorist groups Boko Haram and the Islamic State, which have ramped up attacks in Nigeria and the Middle East, respectively, in recent days. Published July 20, 2015