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Clare Foran

lare Foran Clare Foran is an energy reporter at National Journal. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic Cities, Philadelphia City Paper and NPR's science and technology blog, All Tech Considered. Clare is originally from Buffalo, N.Y., and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in History.
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Why Are Baby Animals Dying at the National Zoo?

April 2, 2014 The National Zoo has a horrifying tale to tell. In late December, one of the zoo's sloth bears gave birth to three cubs. But then -- in a gruesome turn -- the mother ate two of her cubs within a week of their birth, forcing zookeepers to rescue the third. ...

EPA Stakes Out Authority Over Waterways

March 25, 2014 The Environmental Protection Agency wants you to know exactly which waterways it plans to protect. The agency floated draft rules Tuesday to define the bodies of water protected under the Clean Water Act. The rule brings the majority of U.S. streams and wetlands under EPA's jurisdiction. This means that any ...

Kerry Calls Climate Change a Threat to National Security

February 18, 2014 Secretary of State John Kerry called climate change a threat to national security and urged international collaboration in the fight against global warming during a diplomatic tour of Asia this week. "Climate change can now be considered another weapon of mass destruction, perhaps the world's most fearsome weapon of mass ...

The Energy Department Wants to Make Your Phone Charger More Efficient

February 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sick of spending all your money on your cell-phone bill? The Energy Department plans to boost energy savings for laptop and phone chargers, and it's betting the new standards will save you money. The department will strengthen energy-efficiency standards for external power supplies, products that take the form of cell-phone ...

U.S. to Achieve Energy Independence by 2035

January 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. will achieve the long sought-after domestic policy goal of energy independence by 2035, according to projections outlined in BP's Energy Outlook 2035 released on Wednesday. The report, which forecasts energy trends heading into 2035, states that natural-gas production will continue to rise, helping the United States maintain its ...

Controversial EPA Reg Finally to Appear in Federal Register

January 7, 2014 Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy debuted a draft proposal for carbon emissions limits set by the agency for new power plants in September. But the rule won't be published in the Federal Register until Wednesday, showing up in the official record a little over three months after it was ...

Methane Hydrate Could Be the Energy Source of the Future

December 26, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Shale has the spotlight for now. But there's another, lesser-known substance with the potential to yield even greater quantities of natural gas: methane hydrate. Hydrates consist of a lattice-like structure of frozen water molecules and methane. On the surface, they look like an ordinary block of ice. But when you ...

Beale Sentenced in EPA Pay and Benefits Fraud

December 18, 2013 John C. Beale, a former Environmental Protection Agency official who pleaded guilty to fraudulently taking almost $1 million in salary and benefits from the government, was sentenced Wednesday to spend 32 months in prison. Beale, who formerly held the position of senior policy adviser in the EPA's Office of Air ...

HUD Is a Hub of Obama's Climate Agenda

December 12, 2013 While Environmental Protection Agency efforts to regulate carbon emissions from power plants have taken center stage in the debate over climate change, a host of other federal agencies are fervently working behind the scenes to carry out the president's climate action plan. One of those agencies is the Housing and ...

Tax Credit for Wind Energy Is Truly Up in the Air

November 27, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With Capitol Hill focused on big-ticket items like the budget and the farm bill, lawmakers appear to have largely forgotten about the wind-production tax credit, which is set to expire at the end of this year. Leaders of the wind-power industry say they hope legislators will come together to save ...