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Lauren Gardner


Lauren Gardner covers energy and environment policy as a staff writer at CQ, following a two-year stint on CQ’s legislative action team tracking markups and floor votes. Before joining CQ, she covered the IRS for BNA’s Daily Tax Report. Lauren graduated from American University, where she received bachelor’s degrees in French/print journalism and international studies. A Philadelphia native with the accent to prove it, she currently lives in Old Town Alexandria.

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Ozone Rules Could Set Off Fight Between Environmental, Economic Interests

Nov. 18, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency is days away from proposing an updated air quality standard that Republicans are sure to target as they try to win concessions from President Barack Obama on his environmental agenda — and industry lobbyists think they have the upper hand.

Keystone Dominates Senate Runoff, But Does Louisiana Care?

Nov. 13, 2014

Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu and GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy are facing off in one last legislative duel in which the completion of the Keystone XL pipeline is portrayed as so overriding an issue that it will drive votes at the Louisiana polls. Keystone has become important enough to grab a top spot on the agenda of the lame-duck Congress.

Chuck Grassley's Birthday Blizzard

Sept. 17, 2014

Sen. Charles E. Grassley plans to put a birthday present to good use to grab himself a Dairy Queen Blizzard, but he hasn’t quite decided on the flavor yet.

In a Partisan Climate, 2 Lawmakers Try to Talk Past Climate Change

Sept. 10, 2014

Two House lawmakers are about to find out whether Congress can solve a problem precipitated, in part, by concerns over climate change — without devolving into a fight over climate change.

Long-Term Climate Control Thwarted by Partisanship

June 17, 2014

President Barack Obama has called for a national commitment to controlling climate change, but the market approaches and limited regulatory measures the government has been capable of in the past won’t be able to deal with the problem fast enough to make much difference.

Aide: Democrats Offer Vote to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline — With a Catch

May 5, 2014

Senate Democrats are offering Republicans a vote on approving the Keystone XL pipeline, but are demanding an energy efficiency bill pass in return.

Increased Arctic Presence Would Put Pressure on Coast Guard Budget, Ice Breaker Fleet

April 29, 2014

The U.S. Coast Guard will need to expand its presence in the Arctic year-round as oil and gas exploration and general maritime activity increase in the region, researchers say, but paying for such a presence is likely to be difficult as Congress wrestles with austere budgets.

Environmental, Cost Concerns Drive Arctic Oil Exploration Reticence

April 29, 2014

The United States has become a global leader in developing previously inaccessible oil and gas reserves by revolutionizing drilling technology, but one area has remained just out of reach — the Arctic Ocean.

Scientists Warn Severe Weather Risks, Health Impacts of Global Warming Are Imminent

April 1, 2014

A United Nations report this week warned that a warming planet will exacerbate existing health problems in the coming decades — and U.S. scientists will caution later this month that those and other public health concerns are imminent.

As Climate Change Alters Ecosystems, Scientists Worry That Exotic Diseases Will Spread

April 1, 2014

Another public health challenge the National Climate Assessment will explore is the likelihood that diseases native to other geographical areas will migrate to the United States as climate changes alter ecosystems.

Federal Lending Fuels Growth in Solar Power

Feb. 26, 2014

Solar energy represented less than 1 percent of the domestic electricity generation mix in 2012 but has experienced dramatic growth in the interim with help from both the federal government and the private sector.

Forecast Turns Sunny for Solar Power Industry

Feb. 26, 2014

Two weeks ago, Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz traveled to the California desert to dedicate a signature achievement of the Obama administration’s loan guarantee program: an up-and-running, utility-scale solar power plant that is the largest of its kind in the world.

Native Alaskans Grapple With Global Warming

Jan. 14, 2014

A group of Native Alaskans traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to plead for congressional action on climate change as they grapple with its dramatic impacts.

Senate Democrats Aim to Shift Politics of Climate Change

Jan. 14, 2014

Senate Democrats launched a new effort Tuesday to reclaim the political initiative in the climate change debate and create a sense of urgency about mitigating the causes of the planet’s warming atmosphere.

Obama's Plans for Adapting to Climate Change Rely On Local Action

Dec. 10, 2013

The EPA may not have many friends in Congress, but the Obama administration is focused on making them where it counts when it comes to advancing the president’s climate agenda: at the local level.

Red-State Town Follows 'Green' Strategy to Rebuild

Dec. 10, 2013

Bob Dixson is exactly the sort of local official the White House wants to hear from on climate preparedness.

One Year After Sandy, Little Progress on Funding for Storm Resilience

Oct. 29, 2013

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.

Cogeneration Systems Kept Some Lights Shining During Sandy

Oct. 29, 2013

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.

Energy Tax Credits Set to Expire Could Hurt Wind Farm Industry

Oct. 8, 2013

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.

Propane Industry Prepares to Battle to Protect Its Tax Breaks

Oct. 8, 2013

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.

EPA Seeks Definition of 'Bodies of Water' for Clean Water Act

Sept. 24, 2013

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.

Lawmakers Who Opposed EPA 'Guidance' Remain Wary of Proposed Rule

Sept. 24, 2013

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.

Chemical Bill's Backers Hope to Assuage Barbara Boxer's Concerns

July 31, 2013

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.

DeFazio Tapped as Top Democrat on House Natural Resources Panel After Rival Withdraws

July 18, 2013

Peter A. DeFazio of Oregon won the contest Thursday to become ranking Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, after Arizona Democrat Raúl M. Grijalva surprised colleagues with his decision to withdraw from consideration.

DeFazio Wins Leadership's Nod in Fight With Grijalva for Democratic Panel Slot

July 17, 2013

Peter A. DeFazio of Oregon bested Raúl M. Grijalva of Arizona in a hard-fought contest for the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee’s endorsement for the job of ranking member on the House Natural Resources Committee, setting up a final showdown before the full caucus on Thursday.

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