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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].

Articles by Ben Wolfgang

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

Despite President Trump's pledge to abandon U.S. commitments to the Paris climate agreement to reduce carbon emissions, Pittsburgh Democratic Mayor Bill Peduto said his city will still abide by the accord. (Associated Press)

U.S. economy, world already locked into lower-emission model

Green groups blasted President Trump for withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement Thursday, but predicted the U.S. economy and much of the rest of the world are already locked into a lower-emission model, even without the U.S. government's involvement. Published June 1, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks about the shooting and explosion in Manila, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump eviscerates Obama's Paris legacy

President Trump's America-first mantra steamrolled over the objections of lawmakers, top CEOs, the Pentagon, the U.N. and even his own daughter, as he announced Thursday that he was withdrawing the U.S. from the landmark Paris climate accord to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Published June 1, 2017

Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is now the ambassador to China, and he hopes to convince the Chinese that a tariff on ethanol is against their own interests. (Associated Press)

New ambassador, top ethanol advocate sent in to smooth over Chinese crisis

Seeking to boost its own renewable fuel production and achieve energy independence, China has declared war on the U.S. ethanol industry by instituting harsh tariffs on American products -- and the Trump administration is sending to Beijing the man best positioned to broker peace between the two sides. Published May 29, 2017