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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

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

Clouds hover over the Lake Champlain waterfront in Burlington, Vt., on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Gov. Peter Shumlin on Tuesday signed into law the Vermont Clean Water Act, designed to clean up the lake by reducing pollutants that run into it. Shumlin said the law is an effort to correct a problem that has been centuries in the making. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

EPA moves to kill Waters of the U.S. rule

The Trump administration on Tuesday began the process of formally rescinding the highly controversial "Waters of the U.S." rule, an Obama-era regulation that gave Washington broad powers over streams and other small bodies of water across the country. Published June 27, 2017

In this photo taken Sept. 23, 2013, a driver passes the small boat harbor in King Cove, Alaska.  A federal judge in Alaska on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, dismissed a lawsuit brought over the U.S. Interior Department's refusal to allow for a road from King Cove to an all-weather airport at Cold Bay. The road has drawn opposition from environmental groups because it would run through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.  (James Brooks(/Kodiak Daily Mirror via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Bill advancing Alaska's long-awaited King Cove road clears House committee

A long-awaited road to connect the isolated Alaskan community of King Cove to a nearby airport is one step closer to becoming reality after a bill authorizing a massive land swap between the state and federal government cleared a key House committee Tuesday morning. Published June 27, 2017

In this Feb. 28, 2015, file photo, John Oliver speaks in New York. Coal company Murray Energy is suing HBO and its Sunday-night host, John Oliver, for what it says was a false and malicious broadcast. Oliver's 24-minute "Last Week Tonight" coal segment on Sunday, June 18, 2017, criticized the Trump's administration effort to revive the industry and ribbed Murray Energy's CEO. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

HBO's John Oliver sued by Murray Energy CEO over anti-coal segment

The CEO of the nation's largest coal company on Thursday filed a defamation suit against comedian and HBO star John Oliver, claiming the "Last Week Tonight" host "demeaned and disparaged" him, his miners, and the entire coal industry during a segment that aired last Sunday. Published June 22, 2017

Rick Perry: Government has 'moral obligation' to revive Yucca Mountain waste repository

Energy Secretary Rick Perry told lawmakers Tuesday that the government has a "moral obligation" to revive the stalled Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository and suggested that unlike other programs on the financial chopping block, the Trump administration is committed to pouring the necessary money into the politically perilous project. Published June 20, 2017

In this photo taken Dec. 8, 2016, the Capitol Building as seen in Washington. Congress wrapped up the 114th session early Saturday, a tumultuous two years marked by the resignation of a House speaker, a fight over a Supreme Court vacancy, bipartisan bills on health care and education and inaction on immigration and criminal justice. The new Congress will be sworn-in Jan. 3, 2017.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

E15 ethanol debate reaches tipping point in Congress

For gasoline retailers, it's an annual tradition: Each summer, federal law requires them to swap out the higher-blend ethanol fuel E15 from their pumps to comply with EPA regulations that limit ground-level ozone. Published June 14, 2017