Ben Geman

National Journal Ben Geman is a National Journal Energy and Environment Correspondent, and has nearly a decade of experience on the beat. Before joining National Journal he spent four years as an energy correspondent for The Hill, where he helped launch the paper's energy blog. From 2004-2009, Ben was a reporter for Environment & Energy Publishing, writing for Greenwire and other E&E newsletters. Ben also worked at the newsletter Inside EPA, and before moving to Washington, D.C. in 2002 he wrote for several Boston-area newspapers, including the Boston Phoenix.
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The Clinton Agenda's Two Possible Paths

June 17, 2016 Repub­lic­ans like to say that a Hil­lary Clin­ton pres­id­ency would provide a pro­ver­bi­al third term for Pres­id­ent Obama. But when it comes to Clin­ton’s suc­cess or fail­ure with Con­gress, the “third term” concept could mean one of two things—either that she’ll shep­herd ma­jor le­gis­lat­ive vehicles in­to law, or that she’ll...

Why the Left Can Probably Live With Tim Kaine as the VP Nominee

June 17, 2016 There’s little doubt that Sen. Tim Kaine of Vir­gin­ia is qual­i­fied to be vice pres­id­ent, and there­fore pres­id­ent if it came to that. But wheth­er the former gov­ernor, lieu­ten­ant gov­ernor, may­or, and na­tion­al party chair is qual­i­fied to win the sin­cere em­brace of grass­roots pro­gress­ives who flocked to Bernie Sanders’s...

Clinton Can Use Her VP Choice to Bridge Divide With Sanders

April 16, 2016 Pres­id­en­tial nom­in­ees pick run­ning mates for all kinds of reas­ons. Hil­lary Clin­ton, some of her fel­low Demo­crats say, should fo­cus on one goal in par­tic­u­lar: build­ing a bridge. In­ter­views with a num­ber of lib­er­al Demo­crats on Cap­it­ol Hill re­veal a view that Clin­ton, if she be­comes the nom­in­ee, can use...

Clinton Seeks to Warm Up New Hampshire With New Energy Savings Plan

February 2, 2016 Hil­lary Clin­ton un­veiled plans Tues­day to save en­ergy in Amer­ic­an homes and build­ings, an ini­ti­at­ive that her cam­paign said would save money for fam­il­ies in New Hamp­shire, where Clin­ton trails Bernie Sanders in most polls ahead of next week’s primary. The wide-ran­ging pro­pos­al would, ac­cord­ing to Clin­ton’s cam­paign, cut an­nu­al...

Republican Leaders Won’t Back Smith’s Probe of Clinton Emails

February 1, 2016 House Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Kev­in Mc­Carthy in­dic­ated Monday that a long­time House chair­man over­stepped his jur­is­dic­tion when he launched an in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to former Sec­ret­ary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton’s private email serv­er last month. Sci­ence, Space, and Tech­no­logy Chair­man Lamar Smith is prob­ing wheth­er private con­tract­ors who set up Clin­ton’s serv­er at...

Obama and the GOP Congress Ponder What They Can Get Done This Year

February 1, 2016 This week will help de­term­ine wheth­er the White House and the GOP-led Con­gress can ac­com­plish any­thing big in 2016. Pres­id­ent Obama will meet with Paul Ry­an on Tues­day for their first sit-down since Ry­an be­came House speak­er. Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Mitch Mc­Con­nell will be there too (even though it’s not,...

'Snowzilla' Sidelines House, Delays Senate

January 25, 2016 The “Snowzilla” storm has wreaked hav­oc on the con­gres­sion­al sched­ule, as the House has scrapped its en­tire ses­sion for the week—es­sen­tially cre­at­ing an un­planned re­cess—while the Sen­ate has pushed its own plans back a day. In­stead of start­ing its work Tues­day, as ori­gin­ally sched­uled, the Sen­ate will vote Wed­nes­day night...

Obama Steers Climate Battle ‘Upstream’ With New Coal Policy

January 15, 2016 The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion has hal­ted new leases for coal min­ing on fed­er­al lands as it launches a multi-year re­view of the pro­gram, which crit­ics have long called a tax­pay­er ripoff and a threat to the cli­mate. The or­der an­nounced Fri­day by the In­teri­or De­part­ment—which man­ages fed­er­al lands that ac­count for...

The Anti-Government Roots of the Oregon Standoff

January 12, 2016 Two fam­il­ies are get­ting lots of at­ten­tion in the armed oc­cu­pa­tion of fed­er­al lands in Ore­gon. One is the Bundy fam­ily—spe­cific­ally, the sons of Cliven Bundy, the Nevada ranch­er who had a stan­doff with the In­teri­or De­part­ment in 2014 over un­paid graz­ing fees. His sons, Am­mon and Ry­an, are lead­ing...

Can Congress Force the Federal Government Be Less Secretive?

January 12, 2016 The House eas­ily passed a bi­par­tis­an bill Monday that pushes the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment to im­prove its co­oper­a­tion with pub­lic-re­cords re­quests, but the White House hasn’t signed off on the meas­ure. And lan­guage ad­ded to the le­gis­la­tion at the re­quest of the House Per­man­ent Se­lect Com­mit­tee on In­tel­li­gence is giv­ing heart­burn...

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