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Mark Drajem

covers energy and the environment. He has covered the World Bank, Pakistan and local zoning fights.

Production at the Barnett Shale.

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Production at the Barnett Shale.

EPA Rules a Boon for Texas: Energy Study

Texas Gov. Rick Perry calls the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon-reduction plan a “direct assault” on energy providers. A new study, however, says the producers in his state may be its biggest beneficiaries. A study set for release today from the independent Center for Strategic and...

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Coal outside Price, Utah.

Photograph by George Frey/Bloomberg

Coal outside Price, Utah.

EPA Rule: Legal Backing for Climate Plan — or ‘Lipstick on a Pig’

Buried in the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to cut carbon-dioxide emissions, which was published in the Federal Register today, is a second rule that may provide a crucial legal backstop to the plan. The EPA’s proposed rule to cut the...

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A towboat moves along the Ohio River with 15 barges loaded of 30,000 tons of coal in West Virginia.

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A towboat moves along the Ohio River with 15 barges loaded of 30,000 tons of coal in West Virginia.

Coal Warriors Call Truce as Industry Mingles Along Potomac

On a muggy evening along the Potomac River in the nation’s capital, a temporary truce was called in the “War on Coal.” Instead of bombardments, it was an open bar, roving trays of melon wrapped in prosciutto and plentiful shrimp and...

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Storage tanks of iquified-natural-gas near Savannah, Georgia.

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Storage tanks of iquified-natural-gas near Savannah, Georgia.

LNG Exports Gain Growing Support

Public support is building for allowing more U.S.-produced natural gas to be exported, just as the standoff between Ukraine and Russia is raising the profile of its importance, a poll shows. Americans support natural-gas exports by 37 to 28 percent,...

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EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy during a keynote panel on reducing greenhouse gases on pril 7, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy during a keynote panel on reducing greenhouse gases on pril 7, 2014 in Washington, DC.

EPA’s McCarthy: Science Real

Updated April 29 at 12:50 pm EDT Since she was first nominated to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy has worked hard to assuage Republican and industry critics of the agency’s scientific process, including promising data from decades-old studies...

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Electricity cables as steam is vented at a coal fueled power plant in Underwood, North Dakota.

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Electricity cables as steam is vented at a coal fueled power plant in Underwood, North Dakota.

House Environmental Record Worst in Four Decades: League

House Republicans in 2013 had the worst environmental voting record in four decades, according to advocates for action to cut coal-plant pollution, preserve more federal land and combat global warming. In its annual Congress scorecard, the League of Conservation Voters...

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The TransCanada Corp. Hardisty Terminal 1 in Alberta, Canada, on Dec. 7, 2013

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The TransCanada Corp. Hardisty Terminal 1 in Alberta, Canada, on Dec. 7, 2013

Keystone Foe’s TV Ad: ‘Sucker Punch’ Benefits China More than U.S.

China is set to get a new role in the lingering argument over whether to build the Keystone XL pipeline. For years, supporters of TransCanada Corp.’s $5.4 billion project argued that rejection of the application by President Barack Obama would...

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Gasland producer Josh Fox on June 11, 2013

Photograph by Julia Schmalz/Bloomberg

Gasland producer Josh Fox on June 11, 2013

EPA Needs Fracking Review: ‘Gasland’ Maker, Environmentalists

“Gasland” producer Josh Fox joined groups in asking the Environmental Protection Agency to re-open its probe of water contamination from gas drilling in Texas after scientists found methane in wells at combustible levels. “Evidence of contamination from fracking remains clear...

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