| Oct. 8, 2013, 3:37 p.m.
Alternative fuels advocates aren’t the only ones looking for guidance from lawmakers on what their future tax treatment might look like. Several energy tax incentives — including the production-tax credit that has helped the wind power industry grow — are scheduled to expire on Dec. 31.
| Oct. 8, 2013, 3:22 p.m.
Propane lobbyists are gearing up for a hard sell on Capitol Hill for tax incentives they say would help make the fuel more readily accessible to vehicle fleet operators and homeowners who want to invest in energy-efficient technologies.
| Sept. 27, 2013, 11:42 a.m.
“Government never furthered any enterprise but by the alacrity with which it got out of its way.”
| Sept. 27, 2013, 5 a.m.
Our nation is making another attempt to put its fiscal house in order and it’s clear that we need to make wise investments in critical areas affecting the future of the United States. The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a coalition of hundreds of international scientists, released its latest report on climate change science Thursday. What’s the connection? The panel’s completed analysis makes it clear that current climate trends are likely to result in dramatic changes in temperature and sea level rise, and this change is most evident in the Arctic — the planet’s air conditioner — where summer sea ice is shrinking at a record pace.
| Sept. 24, 2013, 3:15 p.m.
The EPA took a giant step toward finally defining which bodies of water are subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act last week, when it filed a draft rule with the White House regulatory czar designed to settle the confusion created in recent years by a series of court decisions.
| Sept. 24, 2013, 3:09 p.m.
The EPA’s and Army Corps of Engineers’ shift toward writing a formal regulation clarifying their Clean Water Act jurisdiction is likely to draw further criticism from members of Congress who fear a heavy-handed regulatory hand on environmental issues — particularly if it looks anything like the enforcement guidance that was previously issued.
| Sept. 23, 2013, 1:38 p.m.
As a responsible and engaged American, I am, like millions of other citizens, concerned about our country’s fiscal health. However, as a sportsman-conservationist, I am alarmed that vital conservation programs that provide the nation with a net profit are being eliminated.
| Sept. 20, 2013, 11:55 a.m.
Tax reform is on everyone’s mind in Washington, and for good reason. The United States has always been a global leader in many areas, yet when it comes to the nation’s tax code, our political leaders are realizing that, in many ways, we maintain an antiquated and often burdensome system.
| Sept. 19, 2013, 5:39 p.m.
Sen. David Vitter, a Republican from Louisiana and the ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, wants to spin the results of a new study on natural gas and methane leakage as the latest evidence of the Environmental Protection Agency’s supposed overreach.
| Sept. 17, 2013, 5:04 p.m.
Congress took crucial steps last year to reform government-backed flood insurance by passing a law that allowed for market-based rate increases in high-risk areas. But with opponents now trying to stall these reforms, lawmakers must reaffirm their support for these badly needed rate fixes and allow them to take effect without delay.
| Sept. 17, 2013, 11:59 a.m.
One thing I learned during my years of public service is that no piece of legislation is perfect. However, in the current debate over modernizing and strengthening our decades-old chemical regulation law, the status quo is not an option. Not when we finally have the opportunity to pass a bipartisan bill that will ensure the safety of chemicals that Americans are exposed to in their everyday lives.
| Sept. 16, 2013, 3:31 p.m.
The airline industry’s attention will turn to Montreal later this month, where European environmental regulators and a host of skeptical nations — including the United States — will square off at the United Nations civil aviation arm’s triennial meeting over how to control jet aircraft emissions.
| Sept. 12, 2013, 10 a.m.
From economic crisis to domestic turmoil and international disputes, many recent events in the eastern Mediterranean nations have been alarming.
| Sept. 10, 2013, 4:19 p.m.
Western governors won a rare — though potentially short-lived — victory last month when the Interior Department reversed plans to withhold roughly $100 million in fiscal 2013 royalty payments to states for oil, gas and coal produced on federal lands within their borders.
| Sept. 9, 2013, 4:16 p.m.
The recent news about illnesses related to eating raw oysters is having big impacts on our nation’s shellfish farmers. It is a prime example of how a good year can quickly take an unexpected turn in the opposite direction. Shellfish farmers around the nation confront some of the same threats that land farmers face — unfavorable weather, predators, disease and varying market conditions — any one of which can ruin the harvest for the year.
| Sept. 9, 2013, 2:33 p.m.
Tens of thousands of chemicals are used in the products that we purchase and use every day. It may come as a surprise to many that the vast majority of those chemicals are not now, and never have been, regulated.
| Sept. 9, 2013, 11:48 a.m.
Alex Formuzis’ opinion piece on the Senate Chemical Safety Improvement Act is little more than a character assassination of one of the legislation’s sponsors rather than an examination on the merits of the bill.
| Aug. 28, 2013, 11 a.m.
These days, legislation rarely makes it through Congress without support from interest groups on both sides of the issue, forcing lawmakers to draft bills that are largely balanced. Now, however, the American people are being pushed by big polluters to accept “chemical safety” legislation advanced by one of Washington’s most ardent anti-environmental advocates, Sen. David Vitter, R-La., that has virtually zero support in the environmental and public health communities.
| July 31, 2013, 5 a.m.
Both chambers of Congress are suddenly stirring on how to protect the public from toxic chemicals. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has a marathon hearing on Wednesday with three large panels of experts. House Energy and Commerce has already conducted two hearings. Improbably, reforming our broken chemical law is emerging in this Congress as a thing that can get done.
| July 31, 2013, 5 a.m.
Supporters of bipartisan legislation to overhaul the nation’s toxic chemicals law hope to use a committee hearing Wednesday to assuage a Senate chairwoman’s concerns that the proposal would usurp tougher state environmental laws.