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Republicans Take Aim at Obama’s EPA Nominee

March 5, 2013 President Obama’s nomination Monday of Gina McCarthy to lead the Environmental Protection Agency sets up the next high-profile clash between the White House and congressional Republicans over the incendiary issue of climate change. Obama has tapped McCarthy, currently the assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation at EPA, ...

EPA Funding Reductions Kneecap Environmental Enforcement

March 4, 2013 Republicans have spent the past two years on the warpath against the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency. As the EPA rolled out an ambitious slate of rules aimed at stopping climate change and curbing power-plant pollution, Republicans on the campaign trail and Capitol Hill slammed the agency as the embodiment ...

Why John Kerry should treat climate change as a national security issue

February 1, 2013 For centuries, the glaciers of the Western Himalayas have fed the Indus River, which flows down the mountains through India and into Pakistan, where it runs the length of the country to the Arabian Sea. In both countries, the river is a crucial source of water for livestock, irrigation, drinking—essential ...

The education of Energy Secretary Steven Chu

January 18, 2013 The imminent departure of Energy Secretary Steven Chu highlights the political struggle President Obama has faced in trying to enact even a portion of the sweeping clean-energy and climate change agenda he envisioned when he ran for the White House in 2008. Obama tapped the Nobel physicist to lead his ...

Why the former Washington governor is likely to join Obama's Cabinet

January 17, 2013 President Obama hinted at his news conference this week that he would soon name some high-profile women to top jobs in his administration. Christine Gregoire, the former governor of Washington state, will almost certainly be one of them. Gregoire, who has made energy issues a cornerstone of her gubernatorial tenure, ...

Obama could look west to fill Interior job

January 16, 2013 President Obama could look west to fill the job of Interior secretary that will become vacant by the end of March with the departure of Ken Salazar. Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire, who supports the president’s progressive clean-energy and climate-change agenda, is one possible candidate. Gregoire, who has also been mentioned ...

A Secretary John Kerry would elevate climate issues

December 11, 2012 If Sen. John Kerry becomes the next secretary of State or Defense, he will likely raise climate change to a top-tier priority in either agency. Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has long been viewed as a likely candidate to replace Secretary of State Hillary ...

'We're not fishing,' Issa says of leak investigation

June 25, 2012 Just days before the House is slated to vote on whether to find Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, the Republican congressman leading the investigation against Holder defended his pursuit of further information and slammed President Obama for invoking executive privilege to withhold documents. Last week, the House ...

How the Pentagon plans to wean itself off fossil fuels

April 11, 2012 The Pentagon plans to roll out a new slate of clean- and renewable-energy initiatives on Wednesday as part of its long-term “Operational Energy Strategy” aimed at reducing the military’s dependence on fossil fuels while increasing its front-line fighting power. The moves are in keeping with a sustained push by the ...

First major climate regs from Obama EPA sure to stir political debate

March 27, 2012 The Obama administration is expected to unveil long-awaited global-warming regulations as soon as Tuesday in a move that will make a big splash politically but won’t have real environmental or economic impact until long after the 2012 elections. The controversial rules -- initially setting limits on greenhouse-gas emissions from new ...