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Ben Wolfgang

Ben Wolfgang

Ben Wolfgang covers the White House for The Washington Times.

Before joining the Times in March 2011, Ben spent four years as a political reporter at the Republican-Herald in Pottsville, Pa.

He can be reached at [email protected].

Articles by Ben Wolfgang

In this March 9, 2010, file photo, a tanker truck passes an oil refinery in Richmond, Calif. A measure that would impose a hefty tax on carbon pollution and use much of the revenue to give money back to taxpayers is scheduled for a hearing in a California state Senate committee Wednesday, May 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Carbon tax may be on table for GOP reform effort

The reform plan released this week by President Trump and congressional leaders doesn't mention the highly controversial idea of a carbon tax, but analysts believe there's a real opportunity for Democrats to push for fees on emissions as part of a broader, once-in-a-generation compromise on taxes. Published September 28, 2017

V.C. Summer Nuclear Station' is under construction near Jenkinsville, South Carolina. Alan Wilson, the state attorney general, released a 50-page report that concluded that the 2007 Base Load Review Act contained serious flaws. Then-Gov. Mark Sanford, Republican, tweaked state regulations to allow rate hikes. (Associated Press photographs)

South Carolina attorney general: Law that allowed 'NukeGate' to happen is unconstitutional

A law that dumped billions of dollars in taxpayer money down the drain to fund ill-fated nuclear reactors looks to be unconstitutional, South Carolina's attorney general said Tuesday in a blistering legal opinion that comes as federal and state authorities probe an unprecedented energy debacle that's become known as "NukeGate." Published September 26, 2017

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton promoted her book "What Happened" during an appearance at the Warner Theatre in Washington. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Hillary Clinton slams Trump, Russians during appearance at Warner Theatre

Hours after saying she may still formally challenge the results of the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton returned to Washington on Monday night and said a "brilliant" psychological campaign by the Russians -- perhaps in direct concert with the Trump campaign -- had a major impact on the outcome last November. Published September 18, 2017

Hillary Clinton appears in Puerto Rico during a recent campaign event. (Associated Press photo)

Hillary mulls challenging legitimacy of 2016 election, cites Russian influence

Hillary Clinton on Monday would not rule out the possibility of challenging the results of the 2016 presidential election, saying it's clear the Russians influenced the outcome and that the legitimacy of President Trump's victory could be called into question as congressional and independent probes into Russian involvement move forward. Published September 18, 2017

In this July 26, 2013, file photo, a motorist fills up with gasoline containing ethanol in Des Moines. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Push for summer gas to be sold year-round

In the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, the ethanol lobby has seized on the Trump administration's decision to prematurely lift a ban on summer sales of E15 gasoline — a move made to thwart potential gas shortages due to the two massive storms — as further proof the policy is outdated and should be scrapped by Congress. Published September 14, 2017

Hillary Clinton. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Hillary Clinton calls for end to Electoral College

Nearly a year after gaining 3 million more votes than Donald Trump but still losing the election, Hillary Clinton says it's time to get rid of the Electoral College and award the presidency based simply on who gets the most votes. Published September 14, 2017

In this Feb. 1, 2012, file photo, miles of pipe ready to become part of the Keystone Pipeline are stacked in a field near Ripley, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Trump push for oil pipelines upsets those concerned about safety of transport

President Trump recently declared that pipelines are "environmentally better" than other methods of moving oil and gas, reigniting an ongoing debate about the safest way to move the nation's abundant energy supply — but data show the truth is somewhat murky and depends largely on one's perspective. Published September 13, 2017

Hillary Clinton will begin promoting her most recent work, "What Happened," with a book signing Tuesday in New York City, the first stop on a tour that will stretch through the end of the year. (Associated Press/File)

Clinton returns to spotlight with blame book as Democrats try to move past election loss

At a time when her public approval is as low as ever, Hillary Clinton this week will re-enter the public arena with a book that blames everyone including Bernard Sanders and Barack Obama for her election loss -- and analysts say it will only further tarnish her legacy and ensure she has little, if any, future influence in politics. Published September 10, 2017

In this GOES-16 geocolor image satellite image taken Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, the eye of Hurricane Irma, left, is just north of the island of Hispaniola, with Hurricane Jose, right, in the Atlantic Ocean. Irma, a fearsome Category 5 storm, cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean, leaving at least 10 dead and thousands homeless after destroying buildings and uprooting trees on a track Thursday that could lead to a catastrophic strike on Florida. (NOAA via AP)

Hurricane Irma won't damage nuclear power plants, say officials

Two nuclear power plants stand directly in the path of Hurricane Irma, further complicating the government's efforts to prepare for the massive storm and leading state officials to say they'll shut the facilities down if the hurricane barrels down on south Florida as predicted. Published September 7, 2017

President Donald Trump, with first lady Melania Trump with him, responds, "We'll see," as he is asked a question about attacking North Korea after the Trump's attended services at St. John's Church in Washington, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. The president last week named today a National Day of Prayer for victims of Hurricane Harvey. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) **FILE**

China, Brazil spark global trade war over biofuels

Throughout his campaign, President Trump voiced unwavering support for U.S. ethanol. Now that he's in the White House, industry leaders say it's time for Mr. Trump to back up his words with action by returning fire against Brazil and China in what increasingly looks like a global trade war over biofuels. Published September 4, 2017