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Energy and Environment

Obama Climate Plan Pitch Falls on Deaf Ears in GOP

Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates are expected to put the Obama administration’s portion of a multicountry plan to slash carbon emissions through a political wringer, putting in doubt its funding and fate.

Obama: U.S. Helped Cause Climate Change 'Problem'

President Barack Obama told other world leaders Monday that the United States played a major role in causing the climate change “problem,” and warned the groups it will be the “last” with a chance to address it.

GOP Moves Forward With Sweeping Steering Panel Changes

House Republicans are moving forward with an ambitious and far-reaching plan to overhaul the membership and operation of the Steering Committee, with a vote expected Thursday.

Key Chairmen Could Be Booted From Steering Committee

Every committee chairperson could soon have a voice in who gets appointed to his or her panel, according to a proposal to revamp the Steering Committee that’s being mulled by Speaker Paul D. Ryan and a seven-member task force.

The 5 Agencies Ted Cruz Would Cut

Like a certain Texas Republican before him, Ted Cruz had a bit of an “oops” moment during Tuesday’s GOP presidential debate.

Obama Rejects Keystone Pipeline Plan

Updated 1:10 p.m. | The White House is rejecting a Canadian company’s application to build the Keystone XL pipeline, sounding a death knell for the controversial project that has long pitted President Barack Obama against Republicans and the energy industry.

Ayotte Backs EPA Clean Power Plan

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., broke with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Sunday by announcing her support for the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan.

Debt Limit, Highways Wait as Republicans Tackle Sanctuary Cities

Senators return to Washington this week facing a crush of must-pass legislation, but before the chamber can get to the debt limit or highway funding, Republicans want to express outrage over “sanctuary cities.”

Finance Committee Probes Volkswagen for Tax Fraud

The leaders of the Senate Finance Committee are suggesting that Volkswagen, in cheating emissions tests, also committed a massive tax fraud.

State Carbon Pollution Standards Differ

The Environmental Protection Agency is set to finalize a suite of rules this summer limiting carbon pollution from new, existing and modified power plants. The regulations are all but guaranteed to solidify the country’s wholesale shift away from coal-fired generation to natural gas and renewables, a prospect that causes heartburn for states that are major coal producers and consumers.

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States Aim to Pre-emptively Block Power Plant Regulations

The breadth and complexity of President Barack Obama’s plans to regulate greenhouse gases from power plants are probably a nightmare to some of the many Hill staffers, reporters and interest groups following the issue, but it may be a dream come true for civics teachers.

Congress Should Stop Wildfires From Spreading Effects in the East | Commentary

Recently the National Interagency Fire Center announced six new large wildfires have been reported across five states. This brings the year’s total wildfires to 14,213, and it’s only April. While wildfires are, in most cases, natural occurrences that can be good for forests when managed, the funding to manage large ones has gotten way out of control and deserves the immediate attention of Congress.

Congress Must Act to Protect Military Readiness | Commentary

Military readiness and federal regulation of the greater sage grouse — a bird — are not things the average American would consider connected but unless Congress acts, they may well be.

While Drought Compels California to Take Action, Rest of the Country Shouldn't Wait | Commentary

While the rest of the country may only think about climate change during an extreme weather event or as something our children are going to have to deal with, my home state of California is already facing the effects of climate change and is working tirelessly to deal with its effects. From reduced snowpack to a rising sea level, warming temperatures will continue to strain our state’s water supply and threaten millions of acres of farmland.

Fracking: Good Science Vs. Science Fiction | Commentary

The United States is now the world’s largest oil and natural gas producer, having recently overtaken both Saudi Arabia and Russia. Two decades ago, no one would have believed it. The practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has fueled this energy boom. Fracking has unlocked vast amounts of what used to be considered economically inaccessible oil and gas. Increased domestic energy production has benefited the environment, the economy and hardworking families who now enjoy reduced energy prices.

National Parks Can Guide the Way on Climate Change | Commentary

Each day I walk into my district office, I am guided by the iconic arrowhead symbol of the National Park Service.

Focus on Support for Solar Owners

While the solar industry and environmental groups look ahead to protecting the federal solar investment tax credit, they are at the same time engaged in a campaign to maintain the financial supports solar owners get at the state and local level.

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Boom Puts Spotlight on Renewing Key Solar Tax Break

Solar energy is booming in the United States and the industry wants everyone to know it. But winning an extension of a key solar tax break in a GOP Congress suspicious of green energy won’t be easy, especially as regulatory and market forces continue to batter fossil fuels and nuclear power.

The Business Argument for Addressing Climate Change | Commentary

Most Americans know, in general, about climate change. Even those who dispute it have read or heard about rising tides, melting ice caps and superstorms.




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