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Mark Drajem

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



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

Photograph by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

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

Photograph by Brett Gundlock/Bloomberg

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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Threaded drilling pipes are stacked at a hydraulic fracturing site in Washington Township, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 31, 2013.

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Threaded drilling pipes are stacked at a hydraulic fracturing site in Washington Township, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 31, 2013.

Obama Sees ‘Net Plus’ in Natural Gas — Yet Concerns About Fracking

There may be a record-breaking cold snap in Washington, but President Barack Obama is raising the heat in his battle against climate change. In an interview with the New Yorker magazine, Obama said one way to reduce global greenhouse gas...

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A Caterpillar tractor moves salt in Guerrero Negro, Mexico.

Photograph by Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg

A Caterpillar tractor moves salt in Guerrero Negro, Mexico.

Manufacturers Give Obama An Energy-Saving Gold Star

As President Barack Obama has moved to address climate change, curb pollutants from power plants and tackle emissions at paper plants or cement mills, the National Association of Manufacturers has proven a reliable critic. Today there was a truce. The Washington-based group, which...

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Bus tries to cross the Professor Eurico Rabelo street in front the Maracana stadium after heavy rains flooded the area on Dec. 11, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Torrential rains caused chaos in one of the host cities of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

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Bus tries to cross the Professor Eurico Rabelo street in front the Maracana stadium after heavy rains flooded the area on Dec. 11, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Torrential rains caused chaos in one of the host cities of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

Climate Change Real Issue for Republican Mayor if Not House

On the day the Republican-led Congress held a hearing to cast doubt on the connections between freak storms and climate change, a Republican mayor from Indiana sat down for lunch in Washington and offered a quite different assessment. “Everybody sees...

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Inspectors take measurements after an approximately one-mile long string of pipeline was lowered into a trench during construction of a crude oil pipeline outside Goodfield, Illinois.

Photograph by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Inspectors take measurements after an approximately one-mile long string of pipeline was lowered into a trench during construction of a crude oil pipeline outside Goodfield, Illinois.

Canadian Campaign Against Keystone Pipeline Comes to Washington

Written with Andrew Mayeda Just as the Canadian government plans an advertising campaign to bolster support for oil sands development, environmental advocates from the country traveled to Washington to deliver the opposite message. The activists met with policymakers and lawmakers...

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