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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

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Donald Trump taps Rep. Ryan Zinke to head Interior Department

President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday officially tapped Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana to head the Interior Department, finalizing a team that will be tasked with rolling back much of President Obama's environmental agenda. Published December 15, 2016

President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump shake hands following their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) ** FILE **

Energy Dept. rebuffs Trump's request for list of climate-change workers

In another sign that the transition isn't proceeding as smoothly as President Obama professes, the Energy Department refused Tuesday to provide President-elect Donald Trump's team with a list of federal employees who have worked on climate-change programs. Published December 13, 2016

Workers tend to a well head during a hydraulic fracturing operation outside the town of Rifle in western Colorado, on March 29, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

EPA's final report on fracking raises more questions than it answers

The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday it could not definitively determine whether fracking is a "systemic" threat to drinking water supplies across the country in an exhaustive report that does little to settle the debate around the drilling technique. Published December 13, 2016

Congress fails to pass energy bill

Continuing a decade of futility on the issue, House and Senate negotiators fell short yet again last week in crafting a comprehensive energy bill, and punted the issue to the next Congress and the incoming Trump administration. Published December 12, 2016

In this Thursday, March 10, 2016, photo, Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma Attorney General, gestures as he speaks during an interview in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) ** FILE **

Donald Trump selects Scott Pruitt to head EPA

President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday officially announced his plans to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Published December 8, 2016

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt arrives at Trump Tower in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump to tap Scott Pruitt for EPA chief: Report

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a report by Reuters. Published December 7, 2016

The Obama administration claimed more than 1 million acres in California, Texas, and Nevada, designating the land as new national monuments. The new monuments include the Berryessa Snow Mountain in California. (Image:

Lands activists urge Trump to revoke Obama's national monuments

Western lands activists are urging Donald Trump to test the limits of executive power by revoking millions of acres that President Obama set aside as national monuments, setting up a landmark legal battle over one of the nation's most frequently used environmental protections. Published November 24, 2016

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2014 file photo, an American Ethanol label is shown on a NASCAR race car gas tank at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. The Obama administration is proposing to reduce the amount of ethanol blended in the nation's gasoline, a blow to renewable fuel companies that have pushed to keep high volumes of their product flowing into drivers' gas tanks. The move is unlikely to mean much for consumers or prices at the pump.  (AP Photo/Randy Holt, File)

EPA hikes ethanol blend requirement in gasoline

Over the objections of many lawmakers who say the entire program has failed, the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday hiked the amount of ethanol that must be blended into the nation's gasoline supply next year. Published November 23, 2016