| Jan. 15, 2014, 1:59 p.m.
Together with eight other lawmakers, Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., recently introduced a bill to eliminate the mandate for corn-based ethanol. This proposal comes just weeks after the Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to reduce the ethanol fuel requirement.
| Jan. 14, 2014, 4:54 p.m.
Senate Democrats launched a new effort Tuesday to reclaim the political initiative in the climate change debate and create a sense of urgency about mitigating the causes of the planet’s warming atmosphere.
| Jan. 14, 2014, 4:53 p.m.
A group of Native Alaskans traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to plead for congressional action on climate change as they grapple with its dramatic impacts.
| Jan. 10, 2014, 5 a.m.
Opponents of renewable-energy development, led by the oil and gas industry, have spent the last year waging a campaign to get Congress to stop the development of advanced biofuels cold by gutting the renewable-fuel standard. Committees in both the House and Senate have held hearings on the RFS and bills have been introduced in both houses to radically “reform” and eliminate the policy. But developing the next generation of biofuels is critical to reducing our nation’s dependence on oil, lowering greenhouse gas emissions and generating jobs and economic growth in rural America. For the sake of our national security, our environment, American consumers and the economic well-being of America’s agricultural communities, we can’t let them succeed.
| Dec. 24, 2013, 5 a.m.
The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act, passed as part of 2012’s transportation bill, is an important step forward in fixing America’s beleaguered public flood insurance program. For nearly a half-century, taxpayers across the country have been implicitly subsidizing the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which is now $25 billion in the red. The simple fact is that premiums collected aren’t sufficient to cover likely costs, and the program is not sustainable as it is currently structured.
| Dec. 19, 2013, 5 a.m.
The recent decision of the Supreme Court to take a hard look at whether its decisions justify the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate stationary coal plants because of their release of long-sequestered carbon dioxide (CO2) is a turning point in the debate. Even a review by the court should indicate that there is recognition of potential overreach by the administration and those looking to alarm the public over global warming to satisfy their own political agendas.
| Dec. 17, 2013, 5 a.m.
After years in the drawing room, Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., recently released a set of drafts addressing our nation’s outdated tax code. If the early drafts’ treatment of the energy sector is any indication, small businesses inside and outside of the oil industry have reason to be on high alert.
| Dec. 16, 2013, 3:15 p.m.
Just a few months ago, after House Republicans held the entire nation hostage over the ill conceived and poorly executed government shutdown, it seemed like Democrats were a lock to keep the Senate and maybe even win a majority in the House of Representatives. But times have changed.
| Dec. 10, 2013, 3:31 p.m.
The EPA may not have many friends in Congress, but the Obama administration is focused on making them where it counts when it comes to advancing the president’s climate agenda: at the local level.
| Dec. 10, 2013, 3:30 p.m.
Bob Dixson is exactly the sort of local official the White House wants to hear from on climate preparedness.
| Dec. 9, 2013, 4:38 p.m.
With gridlock gripping Washington, D.C., and preventing action on even simple fronts, it’s hard to see how Congress and the president will agree on good climate action policy. But the need is clear. Examples of extreme weather occurrences seem to be constant. Between the devastating typhoon in the Philippines and the wildfire- and flood-ravaged American West, it is clear that we are continuing to experience the devastating consequences of global climate change. The timing of international inaction could not be worse, as the need for specific reduction targets remains great.
| Dec. 4, 2013, 5 a.m.
In a Congress marred by gridlock and partisan brinkmanship, a surprising opportunity has emerged to strengthen our nation’s ocean and coastal communities, businesses and environment. Congress should seize the moment and establish the long-recommended National Endowment for the Oceans, Coasts and Great Lakes.
| Dec. 2, 2013, 5 a.m.
With fewer than 500 migrating up and down the U.S. East Coast each year, right whales rank as one of the world’s most endangered mammals. Yet, in less than two weeks, the most significant regulation in place to protect these gentle giants — the Final Rule to Reduce the Threat of Ship Collisions with North Atlantic Right Whales, also known as the Ship Strike Rule — is set to expire.
| Nov. 25, 2013, 1:31 p.m.
We live in a global economy dependent on fossil fuels and until the day arrives when renewable energy can adequately meet the world’s growing energy needs, we’ll continue to need a ready, affordable and reliable source of oil, natural gas and coal.
| Nov. 22, 2013, 5 a.m.
America is not broke. Our country is making great strides toward energy independence and to position itself as the world’s largest oil producer. For the first time since early 1995, U.S. oil production exceeded imports, and it will surpass Saudi Arabia’s output by 2020.
| Nov. 19, 2013, 4:23 p.m.
Wading into a dispute over federal land use that dates back to the days of homesteaders and miners, Congress is looking to overhaul the process of assessing fees for private vacation cabins and houses on national forest land.
| Nov. 19, 2013, 4:11 p.m.
Here are some of the milestones in development of the Forest Service’s recreation residence program, which allows private cabins on forest lands:
| Nov. 18, 2013, 3:48 p.m.
During a time when partisan politics rule the day, it is sometimes hard for pragmatic bipartisan efforts to cut through the clutter and get the attention they deserve. American workers in the emerging field of renewable chemicals are seeking a level playing field in federal policy, and they’re getting backing from a Democrat from New Jersey and a Republican from Texas.
| Nov. 14, 2013, 8:03 a.m.
Hugh Hammond Bennett, the father of the modern soil conservation movement, wrote in 1943: “Conservation farming put first things first by attending to the needs of the soil — by seeing to it that the starting-off place, the base, is put into sound health and kept that way. Any other approach, no matter what it may be, always has and always must lead eventually to agricultural disaster.”
| Nov. 1, 2013, 2:06 p.m.
Clean your plate. It could save the planet.