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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Revenue-Sharing Fight Presents Conservation Fund Backers With Challenge, Opportunity

July 9, 2013

A push by a group of senators to divert more offshore oil and gas royalties to coastal states presents a new challenge — but potentially a fresh opportunity — for defenders of the beleaguered Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Conservation Fund Views Easements as Popular Alternative to Land Buys

July 9, 2013

Over the almost 50 years since its creation, most Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars have been doled out to federal agencies for land acquisition. But conservation advocates say funding is increasingly being steered toward alternatives that can protect outdoor spaces without expanding federal real estate ownership.

EPA's Rare 'Veto' Power Used Most Under Reagan

June 18, 2013

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:

Lobbying Heats Up in Fight Over Alaska Mine

June 18, 2013

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.

Democrats Vie for Plum Committee Slot

June 14, 2013

The fight for one of Rep. Edward J. Markey’s plum committee slots may come down to whether issue and identity politics trump the time-honored seniority system.

Regional Gas Price Spikes Pose New Challenges for Industry, Lawmakers

June 4, 2013

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.

Advocates Fight to Stop Sunset of Skin Cancer Program

May 14, 2013

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.

EPA Environmental-Education Program Also on Budget Chopping Block

May 14, 2013

SunWise isn’t the only EPA education program on the budget chopping block.

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