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February 01 2012


Advising Congress to Cede Control

It would be better to seek local consent in choosing a site for a nuclear waste repository, chairmen of a special commission tell a House panel.

December 19 2011


A Uranium Project in the Political Cross Hairs

The House speaker wants President Obama to make good on a campaign pledge to aid a uranium initiative in Ohio but stops short of backing an earmark for that purpose.
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December 16 2011


Congress Approves Pipeline Safety Bill

While acknowledging that the legislation is an improvement over current regulations, some safety experts say that it does not go far enough.

December 15 2011


A Fight in the N.R.C. Family

Members of Congress seemed to be playing marriage counselor on Wednesday to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's chairman and its other four members in a dispute over his leadership, which they view as dictatorial.

December 09 2011


On Our Radar: A European Warning to Big Emitters

A proposal supported by the European Union at climate talks would give participating countries five months to convert pledges made last year into a legally binding target to be formally adopted in 2012.

May 05 2011


House Passes Bill to Speed Oil Drilling Leases

The bill would reinstate auctions for the right to drill offshore, which have been pushed back by the administration to allow more time for environmental and safety reviews.

April 06 2011


Clean Energy Is a Target of Ryan Budget Plan

The congressman's plan for drastic cuts is expected to be opposed by President Obama and the Senate but it enjoys the support of many Republicans.

March 07 2011


January 06 2011


E.P.A. Faces First Volley From the House

Wasting no time, House Republicans introduce measures to block the agency's proposed regulation of greenhouse gases and new rules limiting toxic air emissions from cement factories.

December 21 2010


Congress Waddles Ahead on Cleaning Up Diesel Fuel

The House passes a bill authorizing the expenditure of up to $500 million over five years to reduce emissions from engines running on diesel fuel.

November 19 2010


The Night of the Living Congress People

A survey by the left-leaning Center for American Progress found that 55 percent of newly elected Republicans are "climate zombies" -- meaning that they question the science of human-caused global climate change.

September 21 2010


A Bipartisan Bill on Renewable Energy

With cap-and-trade legislation all but dead in the Senate, some lawmakers who previously opposed a move to require utilities to generate more electricity from renewable sources appear to have hopped on board.

September 09 2010


July 15 2010


Dueling Spill Commissions?

The House Natural Resources Committee voted unanimously on Wednesday to form a new panel to investigate the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, following similar action by the Senate late last month. The action is a direct challenge to the commission formed by President Obama that met for the first time this week in New Orleans. Members of Congress from both parties have questioned the independence, impartiality and credentials of the presidential panel, saying that it was stacked with anti-drilling advocates and lacked any members with substantial oil industry expertise.
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