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Personal Email Use Now in Oversight Committee’s Sights

3:53 PM ET As Washington continues to buzz about revelations that Hillary Clinton used personal emails while secretary of State, the House Oversight Committee will scrutinize the chair of an embattled safety agency for the same offense. According to an EPA Inspector General's report, Chemical Safety Board Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso deliberately used a ...

Embattled Safety Agency Head Used Personal Email -- Report

February 25, 2015 The embattled head of the Chemical Safety Board violated the Federal Records Act by using a personal account to conduct official business, according to an EPA Inspector General report that was sent to the White House. According to the report, CSB chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso and two senior executives used personal ...

From Bad To Worse at Scandal-Ridden Safety Agency

February 10, 2015 The independent agency that investigates chemical accidents is under fire from seemingly every corner of the government—from the White House on down. The White House is reviewing a damning inspector general report against the head of the Chemical Safety Board, Rafael Moure-Eraso. Members of Congress also are unhappy, with several ...

The Pope is the Obama Administration's Latest Ally on Climate

February 2, 2015 As the Obama administration tries to position itself as a world leader on climate change ahead of United Nations talks, it's engaging a powerful ally: the Catholic Church. Pope Francis has been moving the Church into a more aggressive posture on climate change, citing the moral need to protect the ...

Democrats Tip Their Hand on Climate-Change Fight as Senate Keystone Bill Advances

January 8, 2015 Senate Republicans advanced pro-Keystone XL legislation to the Senate floor Thursday, while Democrats offered their strategy for making that process as painful as possible. The Energy Committee advanced the measure on a 13-9 vote, with all Republicans and West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin (who is a cosponsor of the bill) ...

Environmentalists Split With the Obama Administration Over Key Power Plant Rules

December 19, 2014 After six years of furious lobbying and lawsuits, the Obama administration is offering the first-ever regulations on the waste from coal-fired power plants. But while the move provides a long-awaited answer for the environmental and industry groups that have waged legal war over the rule, it's a resolution that comes ...

With Proposed New Ozone Rule, Obama Tees Up Next Environmental Fight

November 26, 2014 The Environmental Protection Agency is set to propose new regulations Wednesday to limit smog, kicking off the next great environmental power struggle—and setting up another difficult decision for President Obama. At issue is what is known as the air-quality standard for ground-level ozone, which causes smog when certain pollutants combine ...

Obama To Pledge $3 Billion To International Climate Fight

November 14, 2014 The U.S. will pledge $3 billion to a United Nations fund designed to help developing countries adapt to climate change, according to a White House official. President Obama is likely to make the funding announcement for the Green Climate Fund at this week's G-20 leaders summit in Brisbane, Australia. It's ...

Climate Change Is Making It Harder to Get to Space

October 31, 2014 Climate change won't just wreak havoc here on Earth—it's going to make it harder to leave. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, rising sea levels and extreme storms from climate change pose a risk to the nation's launch facilities, most of which are along coastlines. For example, NASA's ...

Clinton: America Can Be Clean-Energy 'Superpower'

September 5, 2014 The U.S. can become the "clean energy superpower of the 21st century," Hillary Clinton said Thursday, urging businesses and the government to build up the renewable sector. "Climate change is the most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face," the former secretary of State and likely 2016 Democratic front-runner ...