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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 Proposes Protecting Oil-Rich Alaskan Wilderness From Oil, Gas Drilling

January 26, 2015 President Barack Obama will ask Congress to declare over 12 million acres of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness, he announced Sunday, rekindling a decades-old fight over oil drilling there. In a video message, Obama called the portions of ANWR he wants to protect as "pristine, undisturbed" and "very ...

Obama Taps Budget Official to Replace John Podesta in White House Inner Circle

January 22, 2015 Brian Deese, a senior White House budget aide, will replace the outgoing John Podesta as a top adviser to President Obama with a special focus on implementing Obama's climate-change and energy agenda in his final two years. The 36-year-old Deese is currently the deputy director of the White House Office ...

Polls Give Obama, Dems Lift on Keystone Pipeline

January 20, 2015 Republicans backing Keystone XL, the controversial oil pipeline at the heart of Capitol Hill battles this week, have long touted polling that consistently shows clear public support for the project. But two new polls dent those arguments just as the years-long political and lobbying battle over TransCanada Corp.'s pipeline comes ...

Obama's Two Minds on Natural Gas

January 15, 2015 President Obama is doing a two-step when it comes to fossil fuels. Obama and White House officials clear their throats by praising the oil and gas boom, and even taking a measure of credit for it, before moving on to the specific topic at hand. There has been a surge ...

White House Environmental Adviser to Resign

January 13, 2015 Mike Boots, the acting chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, will leave the administration in March, according to a CEQ spokesperson. His upcoming departure from CEQ, which helps coordinate federal environmental policy and oversees several climate-change initiatives, is one of two big changes coming among top White ...

Obama, Democrats Take Keystone XL Fight to Republicans

January 7, 2015 The White House and Senate Democrats sought to seize political momentum in the Keystone XL battle Tuesday, and make the fight less about the oil pipeline and more about claims that Republicans are quickly abandoning pledges of cooperation across the aisle. The White House finally said that, yes, President Obama ...

White House Floats New Climate Guidelines for Energy, Infrastructure Development

December 18, 2014 The White House unveiled draft plans Thursday to ensure that federal agencies evaluate how certain energy, mining, construction, and other projects and policies will affect climate change before they move forward. The White House Council on Environmental Quality plan is meant to guide federal agencies as they review projects under ...

Koch-Backed Group Says EPA Joins CIA in 'Torture'

December 15, 2014 The American Energy Alliance is likening the Obama administration's fossil-fuel regulations to the practices detailed in the Senate's CIA "torture" report. A cartoon from the AEA depicts Uncle Sam being crushed by a huge book titled EPA Torture Report, Volume IV, a reference to the Environmental Protection Agency's regulatory work ...

John Kerry Seeks Republican Support for U.S.-China Climate Pact

November 14, 2014 John Kerry is calling on old friends in the hopes of softening Senate opposition to the President Obama's climate pact with China. According to a State Department official, Kerry reached out to Republican Sens. Bob Corker and Lindsey Graham to discuss the new U.S.-China agreement. Both lawmakers are expected hold ...

White House Hints at Keystone Veto

November 13, 2014 The White House has begun hinting that President Obama would veto legislation that mandates approval of the Keystone XL oil-sands pipeline. The House will again approve a Keystone pipeline bill this week, while the Senate is bracing for a close vote next week at the behest of embattled Democrat Mary ...