| April 17, 2013, 5 a.m.
We need Gina McCarthy as the next Environmental Protection Agency administrator and Ernest Moniz as the next secretary of Energy. We believe Congress should confirm these leaders so they can ensure Americans continue to have access to clean, affordable energy — and the benefits that energy brings.
| April 15, 2013, 6:56 p.m.
Like the people who live in the Canadian province of Alberta, President Barack Obama wants to balance strong environmental policy, clean technology development, energy security and jobs for the middle class and returning war veterans.
| April 11, 2013, 6:13 p.m.
The future of American manufacturing and, perhaps more significantly, the rebound of this nation’s steel industry was the focus of testimonies recently made to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade. I, along with other steel industry executives, covered critical issues ranging from trade and infrastructure to energy and environment; yet, one of the key headlines to emerge was steel’s essential and growing role in enabling the more fuel-efficient automobiles of tomorrow.
| April 9, 2013, 6:39 p.m.
An oil pipeline rupture on March 29 poured thousands of barrels of heavy crude petroleum into the streets of Mayflower, Ark., focusing the environmental debate over the Keystone XL oil pipeline back on the risks of spills.
| April 9, 2013, 6:39 p.m.
The effects of transporting tar sands oil via the infrastructure currently in place are not the only questions the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration will address in the coming months. The regulatory agency also must grapple with the new pipeline networks that will be needed to carry natural gas from booming shale plays to market.
| April 9, 2013, 6:37 p.m.
In an April 1 Roll Call op-ed, “McCarthy’s Work at EPA Should Start With Backing Off Coal Ash,” Kirk Benson, the chairman and CEO of Headwaters Inc., America’s largest manager and marketer of building products made from coal fly ash, called out the Environmental Protection Agency for the needless and self-inflicted delay of its rule-making to establish national standards for the disposal of coal ash, the second-largest industrial waste stream in the nation. We could not agree more.
| April 1, 2013, 5:52 p.m.
During Lisa P. Jackson’s Senate confirmation hearing in January 2009, the incoming EPA administrator pledged to create national standards for coal ash disposal by the end of that year. Now, more than four years later, the Environmental Protection Agency is mired in a seemingly endless process of its own making — a process that has produced no standards but has created plenty of regulatory uncertainty that is harming our environment daily.
| March 25, 2013, 6:23 p.m.
President Barack Obama recently paid a visit to the Argonne National Laboratory where he strongly voiced concerns about the national security threat Americans face from dependence on oil as a single source of fuel. As an Army veteran now working to develop advanced-energy technologies, I was proud to be there, too, standing next to a president who listens to the advice of military and national security leaders — and offers solutions to tackle our nation’s toughest energy challenges.
| March 20, 2013, 5 a.m.
During the 2012 presidential election, both President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney touted an all-of-the-above energy strategy as a path to energy independence and a stronger U.S. economy. It’s a wonderful notion, but for years political wrangling has created a legislative logjam that has blocked that path.
| March 15, 2013, 6:20 p.m.
As the totemic fight over the Keystone XL oil pipeline enters its crucial, final phase, backers and detractors of the project have escalated their pressure on President Barack Obama, who has the final say but remains noncommittal.
| March 14, 2013, 6:39 p.m.
The management of the Environmental Protection Agency and how it interacts with industries it regulates is in need of a major overhaul. The U.S. Pork Industry believes that Gina McCarthy, President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the agency’s new administrator, is poised to make that happen.
| March 12, 2013, 6:08 p.m.
As Congress remains unwilling and unable to deal with climate change, federal government agencies — even without the blessing of lawmakers — have been thinking about, and quietly acting on, climate change for years.
| March 12, 2013, 5:58 p.m.
Perhaps no agency has embraced climate change adaptation with as much enthusiasm as the Defense Department. Changing weather patterns, rising sea levels and a melting Arctic will affect every aspect of the military’s mission, from base construction to troop deployment, the department says.
| March 11, 2013, 7:19 p.m.
For Democratic actress and activist Ashley Judd to topple Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, she will need to go east in her old Kentucky home.
| March 11, 2013, 5:01 a.m.
There hasn’t been a lot of cooperation in Congress lately, but members on both sides of the aisle should agree on a piece of legislation introduced last week.
| March 8, 2013, 5:20 p.m.
Per legislation passed last August, the Architect of the Capitol is required to accommodate electric car owners who work on Capitol Hill and want to charge their vehicles in the Senate and House garages while at work.
| March 8, 2013, 4 a.m.
Most drivers are feeling the effect of the rising cost of gasoline. According to official reports, the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in America is $3.73 — an increase of more than 13 percent during the past month. However, there are critics who have tried to take advantage of this fact and falsely accuse the Jones Act of causing pain at the pump.
| March 6, 2013, 3:55 p.m.
During the height of the Cold War, the United States and Soviet Union had tens of thousands of nuclear weapons threatening each other. It was a dangerous point in history for sure, but as the Cold War ended and the Soviet Union fell apart, the United States and newly formed Russian Federation began to look for ways to cooperate. One way was to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons and the dangerous material in them, particularly highly enriched uranium and plutonium.
| March 4, 2013, 5:51 p.m.
BERLIN — Europe is watching with interest as Congress debates liquefied-natural-gas exports. The outcome will shape domestic manufacturing, foreign affairs and free-trade commitments for years to come.
| March 4, 2013, 3:30 p.m.
President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the EPA during his second term is familiar to many on Capitol Hill, has some bipartisan credentials from past stints in New England state governments and was previously confirmed by the Senate for her current post as head of the agency’s air office.