| 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.
| Nov. 1, 2013, 2:02 p.m.
The scale of the global food waste problem is almost as hard to grasp is it is to address.
| Nov. 1, 2013, 1:25 p.m.
America’s clean energy and high-tech revolution has gone West. Yes, the geography is conducive to new energy technologies — a natural home to wind and solar. While it may surprise some, the geography also proves to be conducive to intellectual creativity and innovation.
| Oct. 30, 2013, 3:30 p.m.
With the federal government in a partial funding lapse and a seemingly unavoidable decision point on the debt ceiling near, Washington is abuzz with renewed discussion of a “grand bargain” aimed at addressing our nation’s vexing fiscal challenges.
| Oct. 30, 2013, 3:30 p.m.
Congress and the American people have been told a number of stories about the causes of rising prices for Renewable Identification Numbers — the credits oil refiners and importers use to demonstrate compliance with the renewable-fuel standard.
| Oct. 29, 2013, 3:37 p.m.
Superstorm Sandy knocked out power for more than 8 million customers in the Northeast last year, but some hospitals and universities in the region managed to keep the lights on by using their combined heat-and-power systems.
| Oct. 29, 2013, 3 p.m.
One year ago, Superstorm Sandy slammed into the New Jersey coast, wreaking havoc across the mid-Atlantic region and racking up a preliminary bill of $50 billion in damages — making it the second-costliest hurricane to strike the United States since 1900, according to the National Hurricane Center.
| Oct. 25, 2013, 11:57 a.m.
It’s been 40 years this month since the oil embargo of October 1973. What have we learned as a nation and what has changed? Unfortunately, not much.
| Oct. 9, 2013, 4:58 p.m.
The mood in Washington is especially trying as legislators confront a slew of difficult decisions, both foreign and domestic. However, there is an opportunity for Congress to stimulate job growth, spur economic activity, revive domestic manufacturing and assuage some of our security concerns.
| 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.