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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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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 ...

Obama: The Oil-and-Gas Boom Is Awesome. But Stop Bugging Me About Keystone.

November 6, 2014 Republicans' midterm victory means a Keystone XL pipeline is coming front-and-center to Congress's energy agenda, but that doesn't mean President Obama wants to talk about it. Obama got a question during his Wednesday presser about a bill that ascendant Republicansplan to send him on approving the Keystone XL oil-sands pipeline. ...

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 ...