A majority of the National Park Service advisory board members resigned Monday night after what they describe as continued indifference from the Trump administration.
Energy & Environment
The latest updates on energy and environment news, analysis and opinion covering energy policy and its impact on resources and climate.
By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times
A groundbreaking British study throws cold water on the U.N.'s most extreme climate-change scenarios, finding little chance that the planet will heat up by 4 to 5 degrees over the next century. Published January 18, 2018
Jack Gerard, the oil industry's top lobbyist in Washington who spent eight years clashing with the Obama administration over energy policy, announced Wednesday he'll step down this summer, creating a key opening for the sector at a time that it's poised for even greater growth under President Trump's fossil fuel-friendly approach.
The South awoke on Wednesday to a two-part Arctic mess. First came a thin blanket of snow and ice, and then came the below-zero wind chills.
American manufacturers say cheap solar-power materials from China and other countries have undercut them and want stiff financial penalties to level the playing field — but industry leaders fear the booming sector could collapse if President Trump chooses to implement tariffs.
President Trump was briefed Monday on the mudslide disaster in California that has claimed at least 20 lives in Santa Barbara County, the White House said.
At the end of a heartbreaking week that saw deadly mudslides kill at least 20, residents of Montecito gathered to grieve, pay tribute to victims and commit to rebuilding their cherished community on the Southern California coast.
Almost four months since Hurricane Maria leveled Puerto Rico, two realities have taken hold on the island.
On January 10, the city of New York filed suit against BP, Chevron, Conoco-Phillips, ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell. The suit accuses oil companies of causing dangerous climate change and damage to New York City, seeking monetary compensation. But history will rank this action high in the annals of human superstition.
You might have thought that Michael Bloomberg, with his mercifully futile crusades to protect everyone from their guns and their Big Gulps, would have set a record for grandstanding by a New York City mayor that would stand through the ages. Bill de Blasio, his hulking successor, is giving the diminutive Mr. Bloomberg a real run for his money, or, actually, your money. The Bloomberg grandstand was pushed into the shade.
Gov. Rick Scott said Friday that Florida can't risk possible problems from drilling sites damaging beaches and coastal areas
The oldest victim swept away in a California mudslide was Jim Mitchell, who had celebrated his 89th birthday the day before. He died with his wife of more than 50 years, Alice.
The Trump administration took a blow this week from its own Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which ruled against further subsidies to financially ailing coal and nuclear plants. The blow was deserved.
Pot smokers, beware: The northern spotted owl, the bird that brought down the Pacific Northwest timber industry, is circling California's newly legalized marijuana market.
Rep. Brian Mast said Thursday the Florida lawmakers were in talks with the Trump administration about drilling restrictions well before the announcement last week.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday that it's "ridiculous" to exempt Florida from the new coastal drilling possibilities but not other states that also rely on beach tourism.
A series of eight earthquakes hit the Iran-Iraq border area and rattled Baghdad on Thursday, apparent aftershocks of a temblor that struck the mountainous region in November and killed over 530 people. Four people suffered minor injuries in Iran, state television reported.
Opposition to the Trump administration's plan to expand offshore drilling is mounting as Democrats from coastal states accuse President Donald Trump of punishing states with Democratic leaders and a second Republican governor asks to withdraw his state from the plan.
A week after a brutal snowstorm froze New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered a one-two punch Wednesday in the name of climate change, announcing he will seek billions in damages from five major oil-and-gas companies while moving to divest from fossil fuels.
Rancher Cliven Bundy no longer faces federal charges in the 2014 Nevada standoff, but that doesn't mean his legal fight with the Justice Department is over.
One of the strongest earthquakes to hit the Caribbean in modern times struck off the coast of Honduras on Tuesday night, shaking the mainland and setting off tsunami warnings that were canceled about an hour later.
A storm that slammed a California coastal community is over. The search for its victims is not.
The Mississippi gopher frog (or the "dusky gopher frog" in official federal parlance) may soon get his 15 minutes of fame, but the frog deserves better than being a pawn in a case that pits an overreaching government agency against property owners.
ExxonMobil: Calif. localities suing over climate change failed to mention alleged risks to investors
The risks posed by human-caused climate change were apparently alarming enough to prompt seven California municipalities last year to sue ExxonMobil, but not serious enough to disclose in full to their investors.
Heavy snow and the risk of avalanches have stranded 13,000 tourists Tuesday in the Swiss resort of Zermatt at the base of the famed Matterhorn.
Come on now, admit it -- if nothing else, these freezing temperatures have put a damper on the whole climate change logic, the one that goes cars and electric heat are the precursors to humankind's demise and that the only stop is to tax people more and spread the wealth to lower-income countries via the United Nations.
An oil tanker that caught fire after colliding with a freighter off China's east coast is at risk of exploding and sinking, Chinese state media reported Monday, as authorities from three countries struggled to find its 32 missing crew members and contain oil spewing from the blazing wreck.
More than 100 days since Hurricane Maria, recovery efforts on the island run on two parallel planes. Rebuilding efforts are underway -- FEMA said it has completed over 700,000 home inspections and distributed $80 million in aid -- but emergency response efforts are continuing, almost unheard of this long into a disaster.
President Trump will highlight his administration's efforts to help rural communities, including expanding broadband service and cutting regulations on farmers and ranchers, in a speech Monday to the 99th annual American Farm Bureau Federation convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
The cannabis industry is outpacing many other areas of the economy in energy use, racking up massive electricity bills as more and more Americans light up.
Former Vice President Al Gore is taking heat for his claim that the icy nor'easter blanketing the eastern seaboard with snow and freezing temperatures is "exactly what we should expect from the climate crisis."
The brutal cold weather making everybody miserable almost everywhere -- the mercury has fallen to the low 70s even in Southern California and into the low 60s in Miami. It has to be blamed on something or somebody, so why not blame it on global warming?
East Coast residents are bracing for a deep freeze a day after a massive winter storm slammed the region with heavy snow, hurricane-force winds and coastal flooding.
Meteorologist Joe Bastardi had a decidedly unscientific term for the effort to link Thursday's frigid winter storm to human-caused climate change: "witchcraft."
In a massive rollback of the Obama administration's energy policy, President Trump's Interior Department on Thursday released a draft proposal that would open nearly all of the nation's coastal waters to offshore drilling, sparking yet another battle with environmental groups and states that say they'll fight the plan at every turn.
Residents across a huge swath of the U.S. awakened Thursday to the beginnings of a massive winter storm expected to deliver snow, ice and high winds followed by possible record-breaking cold as it moves up the Eastern Seaboard from the Carolinas to Maine.
President Trump's Dec. 18, 2017, National Security Strategy identified a top priority need to counter vulnerabilities of our critical infrastructure to "existential threats" from "electromagnetic attacks." He should urgently counter the existential electromagnetic pulse (EMP) threat that Kim Jong-un has identified as a "strategic goal." Note the Great Leader recently threatened to use the "nuclear button on his desk."
Thanks to the fracking revolution, America is rapidly and significantly increasing its oil and gas production and this is having far-reaching consequences. By the mid-2020s, according to the IEA, the United States will become the world's largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter and a few years later a net exporter of oil as well. Last time America was a net oil exporter was in the 1950s.
Brutal winter weather that's brought subzero temperatures to parts of the U.S. is threatening to dump snow and ice across parts of the South that rarely see flurries, much less accumulation.
Don Blankenship said the Environmental Protection Agency has become "the biggest polluter in the world" by forcing U.S. jobs to carbon-spewing countries like China.
On climate change, President Trump's most dangerous foe could prove to be a bunch of kids.
The Obama administration's 2015 fracking rule was never actually implemented, thanks to an ongoing court battle, and it apparently never will be.
The Weather Channel threw shade at President Trump on Friday for conflating a spate of cold weather in the eastern U.S. with the broader effects of climate change in his tweet about "that good old global warming."
President Donald Trump says the East Coast "could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming" as bitterly cold temperatures are expected to freeze large swaths of the country this holiday weekend.
After President Trump announced his new National Security Strategy (on Dec. 18) -- that for the first time gives deservedly high-priority to protecting the nation's critical infrastructures from electromagnetic attack -- the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) launched a media campaign promoting their bogus studies grossly underestimating threats from electromagnetic pulse (EMP).
The federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which mandates that ethanol and other biofuels are mixed into nearly every gallon of gasoline sold in the United States, is the perfect example of how a government program can attract the kind of swamp creatures President Trump vowed to eliminate.
Climate change got its close-up in 2017. A gaggle of films either name-checked Al Gore's biggest fear or built their narratives around it. Yet audiences stayed away from films influenced by eco-concerns. Far, far away.
Five months into the Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency was supposed to complete a study looking at ethanol's effect on American air quality.
If you are parent like me, you have probably been with your kids to see the latest "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" film that debuted recently. Believe it or not, Georgia and the Jedi Order have a lot in common, and it has something to do with nuclear energy.
Earle Naval Weapons Station, where the Navy loads some of America's most sophisticated weapons onto warships, suffered $50 million worth of damage in Superstorm Sandy. Now the naval pier is fortifying itself with some decidedly low-tech protection: oysters.
Three days before Christmas, Doris Martinez and daughter Miriam Narvaez joined their neighbors in a line outside city hall in Morovis, a town of 30,000 people still living without electricity in the mountains of central Puerto Rico more than three months after Hurricane Maria battered the U.S. island.
Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is one of the bright lights of the Trump administration. He acted forcefully to get the runaway agency under control and then refocused it on its actual core mission.
The good news for many in the Northeast and Midwest is that it's a white Christmas. The bad news is a blizzard swept into parts of New England and bitter cold enveloped much of the Midwest.
Tens of thousands of villagers in the southern Philippines spent their Christmas morning in emergency shelters Monday as the region dealt with the aftermath of a powerful storm that left more than 150 people dead.
Scott Judd trained his camera lens on the white dot in the distance. As he moved up the Lake Michigan shoreline, the speck on a breakwater came into view and took his breath away: it was a snowy owl, thousands of miles from its Arctic home.
Former Vice President Al Gore should have used this month's "24 Hours of Reality" internet broadcast to encourage the Trump administration to withdraw all carbon-dioxide emission rules on future power stations. Then the United States could replace its old, inefficient coal-fired power plants with modern, clean, efficient coal stations, just as they are doing in Europe, India and China.
Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has long maintained that the federal government is persecuting him, and Wednesday's mistrial over prosecutorial misconduct did nothing to dispel that notion.
Pepco is requesting a rate hike for its D.C. customers in 2018 -- to the tune of $66.2 million.
Greenpeace, perhaps the world's most iconic environmental organization, is standing by bitcoin, even as others in the conservation community worry about catastrophic effects, saying the energy it takes to "mine" the cryptocurrency could be hastening climate change.
A study released Tuesday in the journal Scientific Reports found that snowfall on the highest peak in the Alaska Range has more than doubled since the start of the Industrial Revolution in the mid-19th century, which researchers attribute to climate change.
Already under fire for spending $25,000 on a soundproof phone booth, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt also reportedly spent $9,000 to sweep his Washington office for bugs and to install biometric locks.
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Predicting tomorrow's weather is often a crapshoot. Predicting the weather on a day a century from now is obviously throwing money away. Shoveling cash into schemes for regulating climate patterns generations far in the future is an investment in a fool's gold mine. President Trump vows that Americans won't be fooled again.
The Keystone pipeline is inching slowly forward. After more than a decade of back-and-forth bickering between Republicans and Democrats, between business interests and radical environmentalists, the State Department of the Trump administration has finally given its permission, as required by law, to let the oil flow. TransCanada, the company that is building Keystone, praises the new president for clearing the stones, stumps and twigs remaining in the way.
President Trump's boisterous press conferences sometimes cast a shadow over one of his most important achievements so far: his executive order suspending runaway Environmental Protection Agency rules that all but bankrupted the American coal industry. Three of America's largest coal companies declared Chapter 11 in recent years largely as a result of rules like the Clean Power Plant Act, a gift of Barack Obama.
Imagine an agency charged with protecting the environment, aptly named the Environmental Protection Agency. Because, you see, we need to protect the environment, and we need a government cudgel with which to do it.
Farmers are now the bad guys. President Obama's administration last week claimed dominion over all of America's streams, creeks, rills, ditches, brooks, rivulets, burns, tributaries, criks, wetlands -- perhaps even puddles -- in a sweeping move to assert unilateral federal authority.
If you think President Obama's unilateral exercise of executive powers granting near-blanket amnesty to illegal immigrants was an abuse of power, get a load of what this administration is doing over at the Environmental Protection Agency.
From The Vault
Besides achieving the fastest average rowing pace in the Arctic Ocean, the Polar Row crew was the largest to row across the Arctic and the first to row from south to north across it. They also reached the northernmost latitude by a rowboat in a proper ocean crossing and broke the world record speed for rowing across the whole Arctic Ocean.
The White House's plan to revive a nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain has pushed President Trump into an all-out war with Las Vegas, as powerful casino owners and city economic leaders vow to fight the administration tooth and nail over the proposal.
Quick: what was the number one source of electricity production in the U.S. during the first half of 2017? If you answered renewable energy, you are wrong by a mile. If you answered natural gas, you were wrong by a tiny amount.
Microsoft President Brad Smith announced recently a broad, sustained, cooperative initiative among private industry and federal, state and local governments to extend broadband access ultimately to all Americans, focused in particular on rural America, where broadband has been most lagging. He discussed the issue at a Media Institute luncheon in Washington, D.C., on July 11.
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.
A federal appeals court ruling has cleared the path for Maryland to move ahead with a light rail project.
A frustrated former President Obama chided President Trump Thursday for canceling U.S. involvement in the Paris climate agreement, and insisted the rest of the world is still headed toward lower greenhouse gas emissions even without American leadership.
President Trump usually prefers to blaze his own path through the thicket of global diplomacy — "globaloney" a wit once called it -- much to the dismay of the scented-handkerchief crowd. He softened his skepticism of NATO, and that's a good thing, and postponed a final decision on whether to keep his promise to withdraw the United States from the Paris treaty on global warming. He wanted to keep the good feelings intact at the G-7 summit.
Republican senators on Thursday morning warned President Trump that remaining in the landmark Paris climate pact will essentially guarantee that a host of Obama-era environmental regulations remain on the books for good.
Our nation's aging infrastructure is in significant need of investment and care if we want to ensure a secure future for coming generations.
The United States has some of the most robust and reliable energy infrastructure in the world. It allows us to harness energy and move it from where it is produced to where it can be utilized.
Buried in an otherwise humdrum jobs report for March was the jaw-dropping pronouncement by the Labor Department that mining jobs in America were up by 11,000 in March. Since the low point in October 2016 and following years of painful layoffs in the mining industry, the mining sector has added 35,000 jobs.
President Trump has nullified many of Barack Obama's climate change fantasies and the sky is still up there. But judging by the uproar from voices in the climate change industry, only an unexpected miracle is keeping the firmament in place. As cooler heads keep an eye on the thermometer in the months and years to come, America can balance legitimate concerns about pollution against the necessity of exploiting affordable energy.
A central piece of President Trump's executive order Tuesday nixes the federal government's use of the obscure "social cost of carbon" calculation, ending an Obama-era experiment that put an official price tag on greenhouse gas emissions.
Energy giant Repsol has found the largest onshore U.S. oil find in 30 years.