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Ben Wolfgang

Ben Wolfgang

Ben Wolfgang covers energy and the environment for The Washington Times. He covered Hillary Clinton's presidential bid in 2016, and prior to that spent two years as a White House correspondent during the Obama administration.

Before coming to The Times in 2011, Ben worked as political reporter at The Republican-Herald in Pottsville, Pa.

He can be reached at [email protected].

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FILE- This Nov. 6, 2015, file photo shows a sign for TransCanada's Keystone pipeline facilities in Hardisty, Alberta, A Nebraska commission has approved an alternative Keystone XL route through the state, removing the last regulatory hurdle to the $8 billion oil pipeline project. The Nebraska Public Service Commission voted on the long-delayed project Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, though the decision could still be challenged in court.  (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

TransCanada: Keystone XL pipeline construction will start next year

After a decade of uncertainty and near-constant battles with federal and state regulators, TransCanada said Thursday it plans to break ground on the Keystone XL oil pipeline next year, delivering a huge win for the energy industry and laying to rest rumors it was on the verge of walking away from the $8 billion project. Published January 18, 2018

Officials reportedly knew in 10 minutes that the alert had been sent accidentally. They posted a message on Twitter and took nearly 30 minutes to send a second cellphone message. (Associated Press)

Missile warning blunder enrages Hawaiians; lawmakers demand answers

With the simple push of a wrong button Saturday, Hawaii was thrown into sheer panic over the false warning of an impending missile strike -- and the reverberations continued Sunday as lawmakers demanded answers for a massive blunder that stoked fear of nuclear war. Published January 14, 2018

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2017, file photo, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, right, flanked by Secretary of State Alex Padilla during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Becerra is suing the Trump administration, saying the federal Department of Education is refusing to process debt relief claims from tens of thousands of students who had federal loans to attend Corinthian Colleges. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California attorney general on Trump: 'He is a racist'

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Sunday became the latest Democrat to label President Trump a racist, saying the commander in chief's display of bigotry makes him dangerous. Published January 14, 2018

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaks at the Heritage Foundation in Washington in this Sept. 29, 2017, file photo. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Trump rolls out massive offshore drilling expansion, vows U.S. will be 'energy superpower'

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. Published January 4, 2018

EPA ethanol study now more than 8 years late

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. Published December 27, 2017

Greenpeace, which uses stunts to call attention to its environmental activism, has accepted bitcoin as a valid form of currency for making donations since 2014. The group has brushed aside environmental complaints, saying the energy use issues aren't as bad as critics have made them out to be. (Associated Press/File)

Greenpeace accepts bitcoin payments despite 'mining' cost from fossil fuels

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. Published December 19, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks and lays out a national security strategy that envisions nations in perpetual competition, reverses Obama-era warnings on climate change, and de-emphasizes multinational agreements, in Washington, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Trump's national security strategy drops climate change as threat

From flooding that could damage coastal infrastructure to extreme temperatures that threaten electrical systems, the Obama-era Pentagon identified a host of challenges in arguing climate change was a legitimate national security threat to the nation — a conclusion President Trump reversed Monday. Published December 18, 2017