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  • ** FILE ** Associated Press

    Ex-EPA official pleads guilty to $9 million theft

    A former high-ranking official with the Environmental Protection Agency pleaded guilty Friday to stealing nearly $900,000 from the agency over 13 years by failing to show up for work while falsely claiming to be working for the CIA and for filing bogus expenses.


  • President Obama announces his choices (from left) of MIT physics professor Ernest Moniz for energy secretary, Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency, and Wal-Mart Foundation President Sylvia Mathews Burwell to head the Office of Management and Budget during a ceremony Monday in the East Room of the White House. (Associated Press)

    EPA coal rules tighter than expected, will fuel backlash in Congress

    The Environmental Protection Agency's dramatic new power plant emissions standards already have touched off a firestorm within the coal industry and on Capitol Hill, with top Republicans promising to fight tooth-and-nail against President Obama's climate-change agenda.


  • EPA administrator Gina McCarthy testifies before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    EPA's new rules for coal accelerate Obama's agenda on climate change

    Three months after President Obama vowed to get tough on climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday begins that mission by announcing long-awaited rules for new power plants that, while slightly watered down, will be tough on the beleaguered coal industry.


  • ** FILE ** President Obama speaks about speech about climate change at Georgetown University in Washington on June 25, 2013. (Associated Press)

    Obama officials: Rule won't kill coal-fired power

    President Barack Obama's top energy and environmental officials said Wednesday there is a future for coal, despite a pending regulation aimed at limiting global warming pollution from new power plants that Republicans and the coal industry say will doom the fuel source.


  • EDITORIAL: The road to Nowhere

    The Environmental Protection Agency will issue new rules Friday to crack down on power-plant pollution. The rules won't target plants producing the toxic, black clouds of smoke billowing from shabby industrial buildings. Technology has put those unhappy days behind us. The administration is instead going after the very air we exhale — carbon dioxide — as if it were evil.


  • ** FILE ** "Every public official has to use her best judgment in ensuring appropriate use of personal emails," says Environmental Protection Agency ex-chief Lisa P. Jackson. (Associated Press)

    Technology entangles federal officials in open-records quagmires

    Lisa P. Jackson, the former EPA chief who used both secondary and private email accounts to conduct government business, said she never intended to violate open-records laws and said only those who want to "theorize that there is a hidden agenda" would see her actions negatively.


  • ** FILE ** Rep. Nick Rahall, D, W.V. (Associated Press)

    ‘Pro-coal’ Democrat Rep. Rahall employs anti-coal staffers

    A prominent backer of a new group that claims to be a pro-coal voice in the Democratic Party has employed numerous staffers who have also worked for or been associated with environmentalist groups that vehemently oppose the use of coal.


  • Watchdog questions accuracy of EPA's scientific integrity

    Scientific research and calculations done by the Environmental Protection Agency may not be accurate because its employees have trouble doing science, according to a report from the agency's internal watchdog that says the situation requires quick action to fix.


  • **FILE** Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson (Associated Press)

    Investigators ask former EPA chief to turn over private emails

    Top congressional Republicans sent a letter Thursday to Lisa P. Jackson asking her to justify an email she sent during her time as chief of the EPA in which she told a lobbyist to contact her using a private, personal email account rather than her government email — a move that appears to contravene open-records laws.


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