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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

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

A flares at Shell is shown along with other complexes along 146 Tuesday, August 29, 2017 in Deer Park. Several plants shut down due to Hurricane Harvey. ( Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Harvey will harm energy markets across globe, experts say

As Texas and Louisiana faced the final flurry of punches from Harvey on Wednesday, a second wave of pain is headed for the nation's energy markets in what analysts say will be a disruption that reaches around the world. Published August 30, 2017

People watch heavy rain from the relative safety of a flooded gas station caused by Tropical Storm Harvey on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Houston. The remnants of Hurricane Harvey sent devastating floods pouring into Houston Sunday as rising water chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Hurricane Harvey harms energy sector too, say experts

The effects of Hurricane Harvey are being felt across the energy sector, with oil refineries along the Gulf Coast off-line and fuel output dropping dramatically, fueling fears that gas prices could soon spike as a result. Published August 28, 2017

In this June 2, 2017, file photo, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais,file)

EPA inspector general launches probe of Scott Pruitt's travel costs

In response to pressure from Democrats and environmental groups, the Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general on Monday announced a probe into agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's taxpayer-funded travel to his home state of Oklahoma. Published August 28, 2017

FILE - In this May 9, 2017, file photo, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke rides a horse in the new Bears Ears National Monument near Blanding, Utah. Zinke said Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, that he wont seek to rescind any national monuments carved from wilderness and ocean by past presidents, but would press to change some boundaries and left open the possibility the Trump administration could allow new access to oil and gas drilling, logging and other industries. (Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP, File)

Tribes, green groups prepare for national monument court fight

The Trump administration's plan to shrink at least three major national monuments is headed for a courtroom battle, with environmentalists and tribal groups warning over the weekend that they're readying lawsuits in hope of stopping the move. Published August 27, 2017

The Upper Gulch section of the Escalante Canyons within Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument features sheer sandstone walls, broken occasionally by tributary canyons. (Associated Press)

Breathtaking Utah monuments to test Trump, Antiquities Act

President Bill Clinton's decision in 1996 to create the sprawling Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah was so incredibly controversial that he couldn't even set foot in the state to make the announcement, instead holding a photo-op at the Grand Canyon in neighboring Arizona. Published August 23, 2017

In this May 20, 2005, file photo, plumes of steam drift from a cooling tower of the Perry Nuclear Power Plant along Lake Erie in North Perry, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

Trump administration's nuclear energy plans hanging on by a thread

The next generation of U.S. nuclear power, which the Trump administration views as a key part of the nation's energy supply, is hanging on by a thread as two key projects have run into serious trouble and are raising doubts about the viability of new nuclear facilities moving forward. Published August 20, 2017

Brazil may place tariff on U.S. ethanol

U.S. ethanol champions are bracing for the possibility that Brazil, the largest economy in Latin America, could soon land a devastating blow in what increasingly looks like an all-out global trade war over alternative fuels. Published August 16, 2017