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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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BP Will Pay $18.7 Billion In Damages to the Government for 2010 Oil Spill

July 2, 2015 Five years after millions of gallons of oil flooded into the Gulf of Mexico, BP has reached a settlement with the federal government and five gulf states to pay a record $18.7 billion in environmental and economic damages caused by the spill. Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced the settlement...

Here Are the 3,000 Pages of Clinton Emails Released by State

July 1, 2015 June 30, 2015 The State Department, acting under a court order, on Tuesday night posted roughly 3,000 pages of emails online that Hillary Clinton turned over from her private server. Unlike last month's release of roughly 850 pages of Clinton's emails about Libya and the 2012 Benghazi attacks, the new...

Hillary Clinton's Email Address at State Was in High Demand

July 1, 2015 A new batch of Hillary Clinton's emails released by the State Department make one thing clear—lots of people wanted Hillary Clinton's email. More specifically, they wanted her email address—a non-governmental address that, as is widely-known now, was hosted on a private server she controlled. Following a court order, the State...

Republican Benghazi Probe Ups Pressure on John Kerry

June 29, 2015 The chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi is threatening to bring Secretary of State John Kerry before the panel to explain what Republicans call a major failure to provide internal department documents that lawmakers have sought for months. "I have met with Secretary Kerry's chief of staff privately,...

State: A ‘Limited’ Number of Hillary Clinton Emails Remain Missing

June 26, 2015 All or parts of 15 emails that Hillary Clinton confidante Sidney Blumenthal gave to a House committee cannot be located among the thousands of pages of emails that Clinton turned over to the State Department, the agency said Thursday night. The State Department downplayed the discrepancy, but it's likely to...

Benghazi Panel Erupts In Partisan War Over Transparency

June 24, 2015 Republicans and Democrats on the House Select Committee on Benghazi have a message for each other: What are you hiding? The two parties are fighting over which side is truly a friend of openness in the latest House GOP-led probe of the 2012 attack in Libya that killed four Americans,...

Benghazi Panel Releases Blumenthal Emails, but Not Transcript

June 22, 2015 The GOP leader of the House Select Committee on Benghazi released emailsMonday from Sidney Blumenthal to Hillary Clinton, but rejected Democratic calls to make public the transcript of Blumenthal's deposition with the panel alongside the email messages. Blumenthal, a close Clinton family ally, handed the emails to the committee more...

GOP Threatens to Subpoena State Department for Keystone Docs

June 15, 2015 A prominent House Republican says he's ready to play hardball to obtain documents about the Keystone XL pipeline from the State Department. In a new letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz says State hasn't complied with a February request for...

The Price of Reading Hillary Clinton's Emails

June 11, 2015 Big federal document dumps, especially the kind that involve presidential frontrunners, don't come cheap or easily. On June 30, acting under a court order, the State Department will begin sharing the results of what could be a $1 million-plus project: The online release of portions of 55,000 pages of Hillary...

Chaffetz: Obama White House is 'in La-La Land' on FOIA

June 3, 2015 House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz thinks there's a bad case of grade inflation when federal agencies assess their Freedom of Information Act programs. Near the end of a marathon, two-day hearing on FOIA that included brutal reviews of federal agencies by journalists and activists, Chaffetz was...