Stories by Lauren Gardner:
March 17, 2013
Speaker John A. Boehner said Sunday that his views on gay marriage are unlikely to shift despite a home-state ally’s recent change of heart on the issue.
March 4, 2013
President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the EPA during his second term is familiar to many on Capitol Hill, has some bipartisan credentials from past stints in New England state governments and was previously confirmed by the Senate for her current post as head of the agency’s air office.
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.
March 1, 2013
A long-awaited State Department environmental assessment found that the Keystone XL pipeline is unlikely to have a “substantial impact” on developing the western Canada tar sands, a conclusion that rejects opponents’ claims that the project would dramatically increase greenhouse gas emissions.
Feb. 26, 2013
More than two years after the Interior Department launched an initiative to speed up and simplify its permitting process, there are still no commercial-scale wind projects up and running in federal waters.
Feb. 26, 2013
Among the many roadblocks that have prevented offshore wind farms from proliferating off the Atlantic coast is how to get the electricity generated from the Outer Continental Shelf to the mainland.
Jan. 22, 2013
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman signed off Tuesday on the segment of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline that would run through his state, placing the onus back on the White House to reach a decision on the politically charged issue.
Dec. 31, 2012
President Barack Obama signaled Monday that a tentative agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff would also extend a critical tax benefit for the wind power industry.
Dec. 6, 2012
Sen. John Thune of South Dakota appears likely to inherit the top-ranking Republican seat on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.
Nov. 26, 2012
After two vacations in Alaska and years spent on the East Coast, Colin O’Brien decided it was time to live in one of the wild environments he has worked to protect.
Nov. 26, 2012
Late in 2011, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska slipped a policy rider into the fiscal 2012 omnibus spending package, transferring from the EPA to the Interior Department the air quality permitting process for drilling oil in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas off Alaska’s northern shore.
Nov. 15, 2012
Incoming Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Ron Wyden held out an olive branch Thursday to feuding colleagues, signaling he is open to a deal on offshore drilling revenue sharing that could end 16 months of stalemate on the committee.
Nov. 14, 2012
Add Sen. Mary L. Landrieu to the list of lawmakers who firmly believe in canine helpers at the office.
Nov. 13, 2012
As the EPA prepares new regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions at existing power plants, some environmental groups are urging the agency to address the issue by reducing electricity demand through energy efficiency standards that could save ratepayers and utilities money.
Nov. 2, 2012
The incoming top Senate Democrat on energy issues is taking a harder line on exports of liquefied natural gas, urging Congress to reconsider the law that limits regulators from blocking exports to any country with which the United States has signed a free-trade 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. 17, 2012
A group of senators encouraged U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk in a letter Wednesday to ensure that negotiators remain firm on demanding a legally binding environment chapter in any agreement that arises out of free trade agreement talks among Pacific Rim nations.
Sept. 13, 2012
Lawmakers of all stripes constantly tout their support for an “all of the above” domestic energy strategy, but no one has yet to propose a policy that promotes domestic fossil fuel development while simultaneously building out the various renewable sectors that can win sufficient backing.