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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

The Capitol Dome of the Capitol Building in Washington, Monday, July 17, 2017. The Senate has been forced to put the republican's health care bill on hold for as much as two weeks until Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., can return from surgery. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Nominee for deputy Interior secretary violated disclosure laws, say green groups

Ahead of a contentious vote on his confirmation this week, David Bernhardt has become the latest target of environmentalists' ire, with green groups and other critics charging that the deputy Interior secretary nominee failed to disclose lobbying work he did on behalf of California's Westlands Water District while spearheading the Trump administration's transition team at the Interior Department. Published July 23, 2017

Ethanol bill defeated in Senate

In a major defeat for the ethanol industry, senators of both parties joined forces late last week to sink a controversial bill that would've allowed gasoline with 15 percent ethanol to be sold year-round. Published July 23, 2017

Companies that offer higher ethanol blends can sell renewable identification numbers to those that provide only E0 gasoline to help them comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's fuel requirement of a 10 percent average. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Pro-ethanol bill dead in Senate; no action before August recess

In a major blow to the ethanol industry and its supporters in Congress, a bill to expand the availability of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol has stalled in the Senate and won't come up for a committee vote before the August recess. Published July 21, 2017

Pro-ethanol bill dividing both parties

An unlikely coalition of environmentalists, labor unions, boaters and some of the Senate's most conservative Republicans is mobilizing to fend off a pro-ethanol bill that has divided both parties and, if passed, would mark one of the biggest wins in recent memory for the industry. Published July 19, 2017

California Gov. Jerry Brown (center) said that the Golden State had a moral duty to act on efforts to combat climate change, and applauded the state's bipartisan cap and trade extension. "Tonight California stood tall and once again, boldly confronted the existential threat of our time," Mr. Brown said of the state's initiative. (Associated Press)

California passes cap and trade extension with GOP support

By extending its controversial cap and trade system for another decade, California this week officially replaced the federal government as the nation's most powerful actor on global warming — and in the process got several Republicans to buck their national party leadership. Published July 18, 2017

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on June 2, 2017. (Associated Press) **FILE**

EPA cites 'market realities' in proposal to lower biofuels mandates

The Trump administration on Wednesday proposed to lower the amount of renewable fuels that must be blended into the nation's gasoline supply next year, saying "market realities" have informed its decision and leaving the door open for a much broader overhaul of the entire Renewable Fuel Standard in the near future. Published July 5, 2017

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on June 2, 2017. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Court rejects EPA attempt to halt Obama-era methane rule

A federal court on Monday dealt a blow to President Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, striking down the agency's attempts to delay an Obama-era rule limiting methane emissions from oil and gas wells. Published July 3, 2017

This Sept. 4, 2011, file photo shows the main plant facility at the Navajo Generating Station, as seen from Lake Powell in Page, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Embattled Navajo coal power plant to survive through 2019

A coal-fired power plant partially owned by the federal government and critical to tribal economies in the West will survive for another two years, though its future beyond that remains uncertain. Published June 28, 2017