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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.

He can be reached at bwolfgang@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Ben Wolfgang

In this Feb. 1, 2012, file photo, miles of pipe ready to become part of the Keystone Pipeline are stacked in a field near Ripley, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

State Department approves Keystone XL oil pipeline

President Trump signed permits Friday for construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline that had been blocked by the Obama administration, saying the reversal is part of his efforts "to do things right" for American jobs and energy production. Published March 24, 2017

President Donald Trump signs an executive order on the Keystone XL pipeline, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump administration to approve Keystone pipeline Monday: Report

The Trump administration on Monday will formally approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, according to media reports, finally ending a years-long series of starts, stops and delays, and kicking off the kind of massive infrastructure project the president promised during his campaign. Published March 23, 2017

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said Thursday on CNBC's "Squawk Box" program that he does not believe that carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming. (Associated Press)

Pruitt starts steering EPA away from climate change, more toward clean water and air

Scott Pruitt on Thursday made clear he doesn't believe carbon dioxide is the main driver of climate change -- and his declaration touched off a firestorm among critics who interpret the remark as concrete proof that the EPA administrator plans to disregard the past eight years and take the agency in a new direction. Published March 9, 2017

All seafood importers will have to track and report where all fish were caught under the Obama-era Seafood Traceability Rule. (Associated Press)

Green groups hope to argue environmental cases disregarded by Trump administration

Worried that the Trump administration won't mount an effective defense of former President Barack Obama's environmental policies, green groups rushed to court this week begging to intervene in a looming lawsuit, saying they will make the case on their own. It's one of the key ways environmentalists are ramping up their resistance to President Trump. Published March 8, 2017

In this March 1, 2017, President Donald Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Fishermen sue Trump over Obama's New England marine monument

Setting off a legal case that will offer clues as to whether President Trump will revoke some of his predecessor's most controversial national monuments, a coalition of fishermen on Tuesday sued the administration over a sprawling 5,000-mile marine monument off the East Coast. Published March 7, 2017