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In Alaska, Obama Issues Climate Warning

10:40 AM ET The road to Par­is leads through the Arc­tic. That was the mes­sage from Pres­id­ent Obama, who said Monday at a speech in Alaska that the Arc­tic re­gion was “a lead­ing in­dic­at­or of what our plan­et is fa­cing” on cli­mate change. The melt­ing gla­ciers and rising sea levels, he said, should...

Energy Tug-Of-War Over Obama In Alaska

August 28, 2015 When President Obama visits the Alaskan Arctic this weekend, he'll be greeted by a familiar face: Frostpaw the Polar Bear. Although Obama is traveling to Alaska to talk up the administration's work on combating climate change, environmentalists are eager to point out what they see as a hypocritical decision to...

Industry Groups Press Purple States in Smog Rule Fight

August 27, 2015 While the Obama administration spends the month promoting its much-awaited climate-change rule limiting carbon emissions from the power sector, industry groups are instead trying to put the brakes on a different environmental regulation. In a methodical march through swing states, major business groups such as the Chamber of Commerce and...

Obama Wants His Climate Plans to Hit You Where You Live

August 25, 2015 Saying this is "not the time to pull back" on renewable energy, President Obama on Monday challenged conservative groups and Republicans who have sought to limit his climate-change agenda. In a speech at a Las Vegas clean-energy summit hosted by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Obama emphasized the growth of...

Trump Trashes EPA for Colorado Toxic Waste Spill

August 13, 2015 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump laid into the Environmental Protection Agency for the accidental release of mining waste that discolored a Colorado river, calling it a "disgraceful" mistake. "I'm looking at that every night now on the news, and the water is pure yellow. It's all acid, the worst stuff,"...

Senate Approves Long-Term Highway Bill; But What About the House?

July 30, 2015 The Senate passed a major highway bill Thursday in the hopes of providing certainty to states desperate to repair crumbling roads and bridges after years of lurching from one short-term agreement to the next. The Senate's thousand-plus-page, $350 billion bill, which was approved on a 65-34 vote, was crafted by...

Long-Term Highway Bill Approved by Senate, Setting Up Negotiations With House

July 30, 2015 The Senate passed a major highway bill Thursday in the hopes of providing certainty to states desperate to repair crumbling roads and bridges after years of lurching from one short-term agreement to the next. The Senate's thousand-plus-page, $350 billion bill, which was approved on a 65-34 vote, was crafted by...

Clinton Says She Has ‘Doubts’ About Drilling in Arctic Waters

July 29, 2015 Hillary Clinton is splitting with President Obama over controversial oil and gas drilling in the Arctic, saying she has "doubts" about the practice. In an interview with a New Hampshire TV station, Clinton said she wasn't sure the U.S. should continue offshore drilling in the untested Arctic waters. "And I...

TSP Benefits Remain at Risk in Clash Over Highway Funding

July 20, 2015 With just 12 days until highway funding is due to expire, the House and Senate appear on a collision course over how to keep current and future transportation projects afloat. The Senate on Tuesday is poised to pick up a bipartisan, multiyear bill from Sens. James Inhofe of Oklahoma and...

Musicians and the NRA: Unlikely Allies Against Ivory Rule

July 10, 2015 Africa's elephants are at risk of going extinct in large part because of poaching for the ivory, and advocates are hopeful that the U.S. government can stop the crisis with new rules at home. But there's a diverse and fierce lobbying coalition against the proposed rules barring the trade of...