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Obama Stocks Administration With Crusaders Against Climate Change

September 3, 2013 As President Obama tries to fight global warming without any backing from a gridlocked Congress, he's using every weapon in his executive arsenal. His Environmental Protection Agency will soon roll out controversial regulations on carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. He's told every Cabinet agency to look into ways it...

Obama to Name Top Climate Change Regulator

August 28, 2013 President Obama is expected to nominate Janet McCabe, a deputy administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency's clean air office, as head of that office, according to sources familiar with his thinking. The position would put her at the heart of the president's historic and controversial globalwarming agenda. She would be...

Senate Confirms Gina McCarthy to Head EPA

July 18, 2013 The Senate voted Thursday to confirm Gina McCarthy as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, a job that will make her a central figure in President Obama's historic but controversial plan to fight global warming. Senators voted 59-40 to confirm the new EPA chief. McCarthy has spent the past four...

Why the Smart Grid Might Be a Dumb Idea

July 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Foreign hackers don't just pose a threat to classified material, corporate secrets, and individual pri­vacy. Security experts say the greatest cyberthreat to the United States is the fact that the Chinese and Russian governments—and possibly other players—have succeeded in hacking into the nation's electric grid, giving them the ability, if...

How EPA Fights Climate Change Even When Congress Doesn’t Want It To

June 14, 2013 Environmental groups have a tough time getting Congress to do what they want. Case in point: In the early months of 2010, the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Environmental Defense Fund waged an all-out campaign urging the Senate to pass a sweeping climate-change bill backed by...

Panel Approves EPA Nominee Along Party Lines

May 16, 2013 Senate Republicans on Thursday eased their opposition to the nomination of Gina McCarthy, President Obama’s pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency—but her confirmation by the full Senate is not yet assured. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved McCarthy’s nomination on a party-line vote, after committee Republicans last...

The Coming GOP Civil War Over Climate Change

May 10, 2013 Kerry Emanuel registered as a Republican as soon he turned 18, in 1973. The aspiring scientist was turned off by what he saw as the Left’s blind ideology. “I had friends who denied Pol Pot was killing people in Cambodia,” he says. “I reacted very badly to the triumph of...

Why Obama's Environmental Pick Drives Republicans Crazy

April 12, 2013 Thursday's confirmation hearing for President Obama’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency became the latest forum for an ongoing argument over global warming, jobs, the future of the U.S. coal industry, and the role of the federal government. This will continue over the course of Obama’s second term, as...

EPA Nominee’s Hearing Is Just the Opening Act for GOP

April 11, 2013 The Obama administration and Senate Republicans face off in a high-drama clash over global warming on Thursday, as the president’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency undergoes questioning by the committee considering her nomination. Gina McCarthy, a tough-talking environmental regulator from South Boston who is currently EPA’s top clean-air...

New Era for Energy Department Expected Under a Secretary Moniz

April 9, 2013 With stimulus funding for clean energy at an end, climate-change policy dead in Congress, and harsh budget cuts looming over all agencies thanks to the sequestration, the days of President Obama’s vision of the Energy Department as a green juggernaut have probably come to an end. But Ernest Moniz, who...

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