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EPA Can’t Shake Its Ethanol Headache

5:07 PM ET After years of delay, the Environmental Protection Agency finally got its ethanol-mandate program back on track. And right on schedule, the outrage poured in from all sides. The EPA on Friday proposed to reduce the amount of ethanol blended into gasoline under the Renewable Fuel Standard, while slightly increasing the...

Ahead of Hurricane Season, Obama Warns Climate Change Will Worsen Storms

May 28, 2015 The combination of stronger storms and rising seas from a warming planet have the potential to wreak havoc on America's coastlines, President Obama said Thursday during his visit to the National Hurricane Center in Florida. Obama received the annual briefing on hurricane preparedness from federal science agencies ahead of hurricane...

Air Traffic Control Tech Upgrades Face Turbulence in Congress

May 28, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's summer, and your flight is going to be delayed. The annual travel crunch—in what is projected to be the busiest air-travel season on record—is upon us. And relief from what critics say is a second-rate air-traffic-control system—promised year after year after year—is nowhere in sight. In fact, it's likely...

Air Traffic Control Upgrades Face Turbulence

May 28, 2015 It's summer, and your flight is going to be delayed. The annual travel crunch—in what is projected to be the busiest air-travel season on record—is upon us. And relief from what critics say is a second-rate air-traffic-control system—promised year after year after year—is nowhere in sight. In fact, it's likely...

The Obama EPA Has No Intention of Slowing Down

May 27, 2015 In finalizing new rule that will give it new authority to regulate pollution in streams, lakes, and rivers, the Environmental Protection Agency has a message for its critics: Bring it on. Wednesday, EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it was going ahead with one of the Obama administration's...

CIA Ends Its Climate Research Program

May 22, 2015 The Central Intelligence Agency is shutting down a research program that offered classified data to scientists to examine the link between climate change and global security threats. A CIA spokesman confirmed that the agency had ended its MEDEA program, a 1990s-era intelligence program restarted in 2010 under President Obama. The...

CIA Shuts Down Climate Research Program

May 22, 2015 The Central Intelligence Agency is shutting down a research program that offered classified data to scientists to examine the link between climate change and global security threats. A CIA spokesman confirmed that the agency had ended its MEDEA program, a 1990s-era intelligence program restarted in 2010 under President Obama. The...

Republicans: NASA Wastes Money on Climate-Change Research

May 8, 2015 NASA controls more than a dozen satellites and spacecraft, monitoring everything from melting ice to water storage to rain and snow. To the agency's scientists and supporters, these programs are essential to understanding the planet and the changing climate, and part of its core mission. But to congressional Republicans, they...

A New Bill Could Gut the EPA

April 30, 2015 Plenty of Republicans hate the Environmental Protection Agency and want to gut its climate change programs and regulatory offices. Texas Republican Rep. Sam Johnson doesn't want to stop there. He's introduced a bill to wipe out the whole agency. Johnson's bill, introduced this week, would eliminate funding for the EPA...

Congress Considers Roads for Robot Cars

April 28, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House committee tasked with shaping the next generation of highways is trying to make sure they're ready for the next generation of cars—including ones without drivers. The House Transportation and Infrastructure panel is trying to forge a long-term transportation bill, which sets policy and funding for the nation's roads...