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Geof Koss


Geof Koss covers energy and the environment for CQ-Roll Call. He previously spent five years covering environmental policy at Inside Washington Publishers and has worked at newspapers in Colorado and Oregon.

A Maryland native, Geof is a graduate of Villanova University and the University of Colorado Boulder, where he received a master's degree in journalism.

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Stories by Geof Koss:

States Aim to Pre-emptively Block Power Plant Regulations

May 8, 2015

The breadth and complexity of President Barack Obama’s plans to regulate greenhouse gases from power plants are probably a nightmare to some of the many Hill staffers, reporters and interest groups following the issue, but it may be a dream come true for civics teachers.

Boom Puts Spotlight on Renewing Key Solar Tax Break

April 17, 2015

Solar energy is booming in the United States and the industry wants everyone to know it. But winning an extension of a key solar tax break in a GOP Congress suspicious of green energy won’t be easy, especially as regulatory and market forces continue to batter fossil fuels and nuclear power.

Remember That Time a Senator Flew an Autogyro Around the Dome?

April 15, 2015

Florida man Doug Hughes landed a gyrocopter Wednesday on the West Front of the Capitol. Maybe he was inspired by the late Sen. Hiram Bingham, who liked to fly his autogyro, a forerunner of the helicopter, around the campus as well.

The 40-Year Saga of The EPA's Coal-Ash Rule

March 20, 2015

The path to the Environmental Protection Agency’s December release of its final rule for coal-ash disposal stretched for nearly 40 years through the halls of Congress, the bureaucratic web of federal agencies, and in and out of courtrooms across the country. Here are a few key milestones:

Noting the Irony, Republican Praises EPA Coal-Ash Rule

March 20, 2015

An unusual event transpired last week in the House: A senior Republican opened a hearing by praising the Environmental Protection Agency.

Repairing a Frayed Connection

Sept. 18, 2014

Federal energy regulators trying to implement the Obama administration’s ambitious energy and climate agenda have found plenty of hostility in Washington during the past few years.

Energy Secretary Calls Industry Criticism of Natural Gas Export Overhaul 'B.S.'

Aug. 15, 2014

Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz in a one-on-one interview Friday with CQ Roll Call signaled that any further changes to how his agency processes natural gas export applications will have to come from Congress, as the Energy Department tries to end a controversy over how the United States ships gas to nations that are not trading partners.

States Battle to Recover Royalties for Energy Production on Public Lands

Sept. 10, 2013

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.

Obama Nominates Energy, EPA Heads

March 4, 2013

President Barack Obama on Monday nominated Gina McCarthy to lead the Environmental Protection Agency and MIT professor Ernest J. Moniz to serve as Energy secretary during his second term.

GAO Highlights Financial Risks to Government of Climate Change

Feb. 14, 2013

The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office on Thursday identified climate change as posing serious financial risks to the U.S. government, fueling further calls by Democrats for actions to curb emissions.

Obama Faces New Pressure on Canadian Oil Sands

Feb. 12, 2013

Northeastern lawmakers are planning to ask the Obama administration to require an extensive environmental review process for any efforts to utilize an existing pipeline to ship crude oil produced at Canada’s tar sands to Maine.

Interior Pick Wins Praise, Cautious Responses From Lawmakers, Interest Groups

Feb. 6, 2013

President Barack Obama’s surprise nomination of Sally Jewell, head of the outdoor recreation equipment cooperative REI, to lead the Interior Department is drawing a mix of praise and wait-and-see responses from lawmakers and interest groups.

Salazar Is Latest Departure From Obama's Energy-Environment Team

Jan. 16, 2013

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will step down from his position in March, the department announced Wednesday.

Inhofe Sees Senate Deference on Next EPA Chief

Dec. 28, 2012

The top Republican on the Senate’s environment panel and leading EPA critic predicted Friday that the president’s yet-to-be-named nominee to replace Lisa P. Jackson as EPA administrator will be confirmed.

Tea Party Conservative, Liberal Team Up in New Efficiency Caucus

Dec. 10, 2012

A tea party conservative and Northeastern liberal teamed up last week to give energy efficiency efforts a symbolic push in the House by creating a new bipartisan caucus focused on increasing the federal government’s use of private contractors that specialize in reduced energy use at public buildings.

Modest Bill's Success Sets Stage for Bolder Effort

Dec. 10, 2012

Late in the afternoon on Dec. 6, the Senate did something unlikely — it unanimously cleared an energy bill.

GOP Critics Urge Treasury-Led Panel To Block Sale of Stimulus-Funded Firm

Dec. 10, 2012

Republican senators said Monday they expect the Obama administration to consider possible security risks related to the weekend sale to Chinese investors of a bankrupt U.S. battery company that received stimulus funding.

Biofuels Fight Flares Before Possible Defense Debate

Nov. 24, 2012

More than one-third of the Senate is calling for removal of provisions in the defense authorization bill that would limit military efforts to develop alternative fuels.

Energy Interests Step up Efforts to Defend Tax Breaks

Nov. 13, 2012

As the political conversation shifts from elections to fiscal matters, renewable and fossil fuel interests are taking to Capitol Hill to fight to preserve their tax incentives in any final fiscal agreement.

Coalition Presses for Better Forecasting in Sandy’s Aftermath

Nov. 1, 2012

With the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy intensifying the debate about global climate change, a broad coalition of industry, academics and state and local government officials is preparing to push Congress to create an expert commission focused on strengthening forecasting capabilities.

Solar Industry Takes Long View in Subsidy Debate

Oct. 4, 2012

Sensing a shift in the political winds surrounding energy, the U.S. solar industry is weighing long-term policy options as it ponders a possible future without the federal tax incentives on which it has long relied.




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