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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

Arne Duncan (Associated Press)

Education Secretary Duncan defends big increase in school funding

Education Secretary Arne Duncan used Thursday's appearance before a key House subcommittee to not only defend the Obama administration's request for a $1.7 billion increase in school funding for fiscal 2013, but also to rip the GOP budget proposal laid out by Rep. Paul Ryan earlier this week. Published March 22, 2012

Lack of infrastructure stalls natural gas use

With unprecedented amounts of natural gas in storage because of soaring supplies and plummeting prices, industry leaders and their political allies are mounting a major effort to find new uses to work down the glut. Published March 20, 2012

Natural gas industry high on future, despite current low prices

Despite looming federal regulations and rock-bottom market prices, leaders in the natural gas business are confident the shale boom that's helped revitalize economies from Pennsylvania to Wyoming is only just getting started. Published March 19, 2012

** FILE ** The gates of Harvard University lead to a school with a $13 billion endowment and a ranking as the university with the best reputation in the world. (Associated Press)

U.S. starts to lose its academic reputation

U.S. and U.K. universities still sit at the head of the class in world higher education, but emerging schools in Asia and elsewhere threaten to shift the global balance of academic power, a major study shows. Published March 14, 2012

Earthquake link casts cloud over fracking

In another blow to the natural gas extraction technique known as fracking, officials in Ohio now say wastewater produced by the popular process is likely responsible for a rash of recent earthquakes. Published March 12, 2012

Fracking firms eye pipeline to D.C. market

In another sign of the fracking boom that's helped revitalize Pennsylvania's economy, three major energy firms say they want to build a $1 billion natural-gas pipeline from the Keystone State as far south as the Washington, D.C., market. Published March 5, 2012

Natural-gas producers fear rules blitz

With the Obama administration ramping up the pressure on natural-gas drilling companies, industry leaders fear a looming wave of federal regulations could strangle what has become one of the most vibrant sectors of the economy. Published March 1, 2012

**FILE** People walk on the campus at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, on Feb. 13, 2012. (Associated Press)

Scientists protest cost of research journals

Call it the white-coat revolution. But instead of a Tunisian man burning himself about his vegetable cart, it's research scientists protesting the high cost of the Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation journal. Published February 29, 2012