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Stories by Pam Radtke Russell:

In New Orleans, Waiting Out an Unfortunate Anniversary

Aug. 28, 2015

NEW ORLEANS — It’s an incredibly rare 73-degree August morning here. The stately live oaks stand out against a perfectly clear blue sky. The smell of fried seafood greets me as I pass the neighborhood lunch spot, and I hear a trumpeter in the distance practicing scales.

Federal Agencies Tackle Climate Change

March 12, 2013

As Congress remains unwilling and unable to deal with climate change, federal government agencies — even without the blessing of lawmakers — have been thinking about, and quietly acting on, climate change for years.

Defense Department Fights Climate Change on Two Fronts

March 12, 2013

Perhaps no agency has embraced climate change adaptation with as much enthusiasm as the Defense Department. Changing weather patterns, rising sea levels and a melting Arctic will affect every aspect of the military’s mission, from base construction to troop deployment, the department says.

Key Senate Panel Leaders Withhold Judgment on Moniz

March 4, 2013

Capitol Hill reaction to the nomination of MIT physicist Ernest Moniz as the next Energy secretary was muted Monday, with the chairman of the Senate panel that will consider the scientist’s confirmation taking a wait-and-see approach.

Keystone Would Have No 'Substantial' Impact on Emissions, State Department Says

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.

Budget Cutters Eye Nuclear Reprocessing Plant

Feb. 5, 2013

Given the threat of sequester, supporters of a $4.8 billion mixed oxide fuel fabrication facility worry that the Obama administration may be targeting the troubled nuclear reprocessing project in South Carolina for budget cuts.

Cost Overruns Plague Energy Department Projects

Feb. 5, 2013

The Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility, known as MOX, isn’t the only high-profile project by the Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration that is behind schedule and over budget. Of the 51 projects listed on the department’s monthly project dashboard, 10 are expected to breach their cost, schedule or scope.




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