Stories by Geof Koss:
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.
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.
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:
March 20, 2015
An unusual event transpired last week in the House: A senior Republican opened a hearing by praising the Environmental Protection Agency.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jan. 16, 2013
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will step down from his position in March, the department announced Wednesday.
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.
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.
Dec. 10, 2012
Late in the afternoon on Dec. 6, the Senate did something unlikely — it unanimously cleared an energy bill.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.