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On Yucca Mountain, Obama Again Treats Law as Merely a Suggestion

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., delivered a rousing speech on the House floor earlier this month reminding the American people that, in Congress, “We don’t pass suggestions ... we don’t pass ideas — we pass laws. And we expect them to be faithfully executed.”

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Unveiling of Borlaug Statue Highlights Fight Over Biotechnology

Large-scale farming and agribusiness, derisively dubbed Big Ag by critics, look to polish their image this week with a Statuary Hall ceremony for a hero in the field and a screening of a documentary about young farmers and ranchers.

Building Extreme Weather Resiliency is Good for Business | Commentary

What should make members of Congress from both parties and small-business owners all agree about increasingly extreme weather? Resilience.

Obama Announces New Penalties on Russia as Moscow Sanctions Lawmakers

President Barack Obama ordered new sanctions Thursday on top Russian officials and supporters of the Russian government over the “illegal” annexation of Crimea, while urging Russia to change course and recognize Ukraine’s sovereignty.

A Call to Action: Conservatives and Climate | Commentary

As Republicans, we know that our party’s foundation — built on fiscal conservatism, strong national security and family values — brings together Americans from diverse backgrounds. So it’s no surprise that we don’t always agree on every issue.

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Ukraine's Neighbors Urge Expansion of U.S. Gas Exports

The crisis in Ukraine has injected a new element of Cold War politics, as well as a supporting cast of European diplomats and Washington lobbyists, into the debate on Capitol Hill over natural-gas exports.

Industry Group Says Fracking Could Help Ukraine

European countries seeking to ease their dependence on Russian natural gas may discover that their salvation lies deep beneath their native soil.

When Great Ideas Go Wrong: How the EPA's New Fuel Shipping Standard Hurts the Environment and Economy | Commentary

There’s at least one law that’s universally familiar in Washington: the law of unintended consequences. It describes how a proposed solution can end up creating new problems. And it perfectly explains how a new, well-intentioned but poorly designed EPA policy meant to improve coastal air quality actually achieves the opposite, meaning more pollution, more traffic congestion and higher transportation costs. Fortunately, it’s not too late to make some sensible changes to everyone’s benefit, and we’ll explain how in our Tuesday testimony before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.

Don't Wipe Out Flood Insurance Reform | Commentary

Next week the House plans to take up its bill to delay much-needed National Flood Insurance Program reforms adopted less than two years ago, with lawmakers from the Gulf region and the Eastern seaboard leading the charge.

Will the President Keep His Conservation Promise With His Budget? | Commentary

In the coming days, President Barack Obama will propose his budget. As recent weeks and months have shown, the United States faces enormous budgetary challenges, and the president might be tempted to scale back important plans — but now is no time to compromise on matters that will impact our nation for decades to come.

Federal Lending Fuels Growth in Solar Power

Solar energy represented less than 1 percent of the domestic electricity generation mix in 2012 but has experienced dramatic growth in the interim with help from both the federal government and the private sector.

Forecast Turns Sunny for Solar Power Industry

Two weeks ago, Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz traveled to the California desert to dedicate a signature achievement of the Obama administration’s loan guarantee program: an up-and-running, utility-scale solar power plant that is the largest of its kind in the world.

The Imperative for Reliable Electricity Generation Must Be Met | Commentary

The numbers tell the foreboding story of the threat of diminished reliability in the U.S. electric sector. There are about 1 million megawatts of combined electricity generating capacity. It comes chiefly from coal, natural gas, nuclear and hydroelectric generating facilities (more than 900,000 megawatts combined).

Veterans: a New Cadre of Monument Men (and Women) for America's Treasures? | Commentary

George Clooney’s new movie tells the true story of “The Monuments Men” — a little-known group of art and historic preservationists who trained and traveled with the U.S. Army intent on saving masterpieces from Adolf Hitler. They worked to find and return thousands of priceless treasures stolen by the Nazis to their rightful owners for the benefit of future generations. They risked their lives to protect the world’s greatest achievements.

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Will Water-Trading Credits Help Reduce Pollution?

The concept sounds familiar: Polluters looking to meet certain emissions targets buy credits from other entities that have some leftover credits to spare. It’s a cap-and-trade program.

Water Credit Trading Supporters Look Westward

The Chesapeake Bay watershed amounts to 64,000 square miles, contains some 10,000 tributaries and streams, serves as home to about 17 million people and is the nation’s largest estuary.

Oil Export Debate Renews Fight Over Protections for U.S. Shipping

The debate about lifting 1970s restrictions on crude oil exports has renewed another old fight over a 1920 maritime law known as the Jones Act.

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Keystone Pipeline Approval Could Shift Dynamics of Crude Export Debate

The debate over lifting the nation’s restrictions on exporting crude oil centers on refinery capacity and the types of available crude, complexities that could shift if the Keystone XL pipeline is approved.

Politicizing Renewable Energy Threatens U.S. Security | Commentary

The debate about the role of renewable energy in the U.S. is highly politicized and polarized, needlessly hurting our energy and national security interests.

What's With Obama's Climate Swing? | Commentary

Back in April 2010, President Barack Obama threw out the first pitch at a Washington Nationals game. Afterward, a sportscaster asked him to name his favorite baseball player. Obama — a self-proclaimed Chicago White Sox fan — stammered. He couldn’t come up with the name of a single White Sox player, and then he admitted he liked “a lot” of Chicago Cubs players too. It was quite a public faux pas.

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