| July 5, 2013, 11:26 a.m.
You know about the fiscal cliff, but have you heard of the helium cliff?
| June 24, 2013, 1:49 p.m.
In 1996, Congress agreed to privatize the federal helium reserve with the strong support of taxpayer advocates, including Citizens Against Government Waste. The purpose was simply to end the government’s 70-year odyssey of buying, storing and refining helium.
| June 21, 2013, 3:03 p.m.
In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama championed our nation’s energy policy and reaffirmed his goal of cutting net oil imports in half by the end of the decade. He said, “Today no area holds more promise than our investments in American energy. After years of talking about it, we’re finally poised to control our own energy future. ... We produce more oil at home than we have in 15 years. ... We produce more natural gas than ever before and nearly everyone’s energy bill is lower because of it.” Three months later, the president released his budget proposal, which eliminates tax incentives for the oil and gas industry, calling them “tax giveaways.” The president might achieve his goal of ending what he calls “oil subsidies that keep us trapped in the past,” but he will do so at the expense of sound energy policy.
| June 21, 2013, 1:53 p.m.
For the price of a single F-22 fighter jet, Congress could do more to strengthen national security and our economy than an entire combat squadron. When invested in military-led biofuel development, that cost could secure a safe, renewable domestic fuel supply and spur job growth in communities across the country.
| June 20, 2013, 8:20 p.m.
A tense meeting of Democrats on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee saw Chairwoman Barbara Boxer and her chief aide squaring off against senators who support a bipartisan agreement to overhaul the nation’s toxic chemical laws.
| June 20, 2013, 5 a.m.
On the heels of a historic agreement between the U.S. and China to phase down super greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons using the Montreal Protocol, India now has an opportunity to join the other leaders to secure the most immediate and significant climate protection available to the world through 2020.
| June 19, 2013, 10:25 p.m.
Two prominent Latino organizations have come out in support of Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva for ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee.
| June 19, 2013, 7:43 p.m.
The fight over a toxic chemical bill announced two weeks before Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg’s death has gotten deeply personal, with Lautenberg’s widow making calls to Sen. Barbara Boxer, chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, to advocate for the legislation, according to multiple sources familiar with the talks.
| June 19, 2013, 12:24 p.m.
The House launched into debate of more than 100 amendments to the farm bill Wednesday, but there were signs that final passage might be delayed until next week.
| June 18, 2013, 7:32 p.m.
Sen. Barbara Boxer of California is privately lobbying fellow Democrats on the Environment and Public Works Committee against a toxic chemical bill negotiated by Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg in the weeks before his death.
| June 18, 2013, 2:59 p.m.
Both sides in the fight over a proposed hard-rock mine near Alaska’s Bristol Bay are ratcheting up their public relations efforts, as the EPA’s comment period for a draft ecological risk assessment of the watershed draws to a close at the end of June.
| June 18, 2013, 2:55 p.m.
The EPA has only used its Section 404(c) “veto” authority 13 times; twice in the 21st century. The power was exercised most frequently during the Reagan administration. Here are some highlights of proposals regulators blocked:
| June 13, 2013, 6:59 p.m.
Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., has yet to win the Senate seat vacated by now-Secretary of State John F. Kerry, but Reps. Peter A. Defazio and Raúl M. Grijalva are already fighting over who should replace him as the top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee.
| June 7, 2013, 1:05 p.m.
United Parcel Service’s announcement that it plans to expand its fleet of trucks running on liquefied natural gas, or LNG, to 800 by the end of next year is just the latest in a line of companies casting their vote for natural gas as the preferred commercial vehicle fuel. UPS joins AT&T, Frito-Lay, Republic Services, Ryder, Swift, Waste Management and many others making the switch to American natural gas.
| June 4, 2013, 1:57 p.m.
Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start to the summer driving season — and in recent years that has meant steadily rising gas prices. But for the second consecutive year, drivers filling their tanks for holiday road trips paid less at the pump on average than a year earlier.
| May 30, 2013, 5 a.m.
Considerable attention on Capitol Hill has been given to America’s natural gas potential in the past month, yet the Department of Energy continues to slow-walk liquefied natural gas export permits. Despite the recent DOE decision to grant approval of a single application for a LNG export facility in Freeport, Texas, more than 20 export applications remain in limbo.
| May 20, 2013, 1:20 p.m.
As the Agriculture committees in the House and Senate turn their attention to considering and reporting out a five-year farm bill this month, it’s important to consider how many Americans have felt the negative effects of not having a comprehensive bill.
| May 17, 2013, 1:41 p.m.
When he visited the Grand Canyon 100 years ago this month, President Theodore Roosevelt admonished Americans to “leave it as it is. You can not improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it. What you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and for all who come after you.”
| May 14, 2013, 3 p.m.
To mark National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, a group dedicated to educating schoolchildren about the hazards of too much sun exposure will hold a reception Wednesday to honor winners of its annual poster contest.
| May 14, 2013, 2:52 p.m.
SunWise isn’t the only EPA education program on the budget chopping block.