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Bloomberg by the Numbers: $2.1 Million

Billionaire climate-change activist Tom Steyer gave $2.1 million more to his super-political action committee on June 4. Steyer, founder and former chief executive officer of the San Francisco-based investment firm Farallon Capital Management, is financing NextGen Climate Action Committee to...

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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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Coal at the Tennessee Valley Authority Paradise Fossil Plant in Paradise, Kentucky.

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Coal at the Tennessee Valley Authority Paradise Fossil Plant in Paradise, Kentucky.

TVA Lives to Fight Another Budget Day

The Obama administration may be pulling the plug on plans to sell the Tennessee Valley Authority, created by Franklin D. Roosevelt 81 years ago. A year after President Barack Obama began a strategic review of the power provider, the  administration...

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A mock oil pipeline is carried during a Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline demonstration near the White House in this Nov. 6, 2011 file photo.

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A mock oil pipeline is carried during a Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline demonstration near the White House in this Nov. 6, 2011 file photo.

Obama’s Energy Review Seen as Keystone Pipeline Slowdown

A Quadrennial Energy Review ordered by President Barack Obama to study the infrastructure for “transporting, transmitting, and delivering energy” may be dubbed something else by analysts: ”The Delaying a Decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline Until After the Midterm Elections Initiative.”...

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A Caterpillar tractor moves salt in Guerrero Negro, Mexico.

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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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Corn is unloaded from trucks into the grain elevator at the Mid Missouri Energy ethanol plant in Malta Bend, Missouri.

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Corn is unloaded from trucks into the grain elevator at the Mid Missouri Energy ethanol plant in Malta Bend, Missouri.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 18.15 Billion

That’s the volume of renewable fuels mandated next year under a 2007 law. The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to reduce that quota to between 15 billion to 15.52 billion gallons, Bloomberg’s Mark Drajem first reported Nov. 15. “The proposal,...

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Icebergs in Narsaq, Greenland.

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Icebergs in Narsaq, Greenland.

Global Warming: The Partisan Divide

There is at least one reason Republicans on Capitol Hill have been resistent to government regulations aimed at combating climate change: They don’t think mankind is responsible for it. There’s no question, most Americans tell the Pew Research Center, that...

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Samples of biodiesel in San Francisco, California.

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Samples of biodiesel in San Francisco, California.

Energy Bill Chances: Next to Nil

Another looming budget fight and deep divisions over climate change rules and the Keystone XL pipeline probably leave little chance a divided Congress will tackle energy legislation of any significance this year. Lawmakers haven’t agreed to a major energy bill...

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President Barack Obama delivers thank you remarks to Environmental Protection Agency employees with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on January 10, 2012 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama delivers thank you remarks to Environmental Protection Agency employees with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on January 10, 2012 in Washington, DC.

EPA, FERC Chair Coffees Questioned

An Obama administration official in October 2010 suggested to then-Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson that she thank an independent U.S. energy regulator for comments he made to a reporter. Sen. David Vitter, the top Republican on the Senate Environment...

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