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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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Obama's Climate Diplomat Explains What a Paris Emissions Deal Should Look Like

October 15, 2014 The State Department's top negotiator on climate change outlined on Tuesday the U.S. negotiating stance heading into the final year of talks over a new international global-warming agreement. In remarks at Yale University, Todd Stern described and defended a proposal in which nations' pledges to curb emissions would not be ...

Democrats Say Climate Change Is As Big a Threat As ISIS

August 29, 2014 Republicans and Democrats don't entirely see eye-to-eye on threats posed by Islamic militants, Iran's nuclear program, and other dangers. But those differences pale compared with Americans' massive partisan divide over how they view the threat from climate change, new polling shows. Sixty-eight percent of Democrats see climate change as a ...

The Head-On Politics of Going Around Congress on Climate Change

August 28, 2014 On the surface, word that the Obama administration is negotiating a global climate change pact that probably doesn't need Senate ratification is bad news for Republicans. It could amount to a policy setback for the GOP and offers the president a potential legacy item. But beneath the surface, an emissions ...

McConnell Promises Spending Standoff Over Obama’s Green Agenda

August 20, 2014 If Republicans take back the Senate next session, Sen. Mitch McConnell is promising his party will use budget bills to attack President Obama's policies—and he's specifically calling out the president's environmental agenda. "We're going to pass spending bills, and they're going to have a lot of restrictions on the activities ...

Want to See How Fast Coastal Wetlands and Forests Are Vanishing?

August 19, 2014 Buildings, pavement, golf courses, and other development are taking big bites out of America's coastal wetlands and forests, and now new federal data is charting just how much is being lost. Between 1996 and 2011, total coastal forest cover dropped by more than 16,000 square miles—an area roughly the size ...

Oil Industry Threatens to Take Its Underwater Air Guns and Go Home

August 14, 2014 A game of chicken is shaping up over the Obama administration's decision to let the oil industry collect fresh data on energy supplies off the Atlantic Coast. The Interior Department, over the protests of environmentalists, said in July that it would allow the oil industry to use seismic air cannons ...

One Company Is Really Psyched About EPA's Big Climate-Change Rule

August 14, 2014 Several big industry groups have come out with guns blazing against the Environmental Protection Agency's draft plan to slash carbon emissions from the nation's coal-fired power plants. But some companies see opportunity in the regulation at the center of the White House climate-change agenda. Case in point: Opower, the software ...

EPA Chief: Teach Global Warming in Schools

August 8, 2014 Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy wants schools to include climate science in their curricula. Irish America magazine scored an interview with McCarthy, who grew up in a Boston area family with Irish roots. In one question, she was asked whether climate change should be part of the educational system. ...

Energy Secretary: Senate Confirmation Delays Leave Science Team Shorthanded

July 23, 2014 Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is irked about the large number of nominees for senior Energy Department roles that are languishing in the Senate. "Our energy science team is not in place," Moniz said at a Washington, D.C. conference hosted by the American Energy Innovation Council. "We have five positions directly ...

EPA Moves to Thwart Huge Alaskan Copper and Gold Mine

July 18, 2014 The Environmental Protection Agency made clear Friday it doesn't plan to allow a huge copper and gold mining project in southwest Alaska's Bristol Bay watershed. The agency, in a proposed Clean Water Act finding, said large-scale mining of what's known as the Pebble deposit could "result in significant and unacceptable ...