More Zack Colman Articles

  • Environment bogs down spending bills

    Congress' appropriations process is still broken.

  • U.S., China strike climate-change agreements

    Secretary of State John Kerry hopes he has found a partner to take to the climate-change dance, and her name is China.

  • This 50-year-old conservation program could run out without GOP support

    The Land and Water Conservation Fund, which gets its funding from federal offshore oil and gas revenue, is running up against the clock. The Obama administration and its environmental allies need the support of GOP lawmakers to keep it alive. 

  • Proposed EPA water rule lights up Capitol Hill fireworks

    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy described the haranguing her agency has received over its proposed "Waters of the U.S." rule this way: "Just ludicrous."

  • Feds bring back loan guarantees for renewable energy

    It's a restart of the federal program that garnered heavy Republican criticism for backing a handful of failed ventures, most notably the $535 million loan guarantee awarded to now-bankrupt solar panel-maker Solyndra.

  • Energy investments face a changing climate

    The opening bell has sounded for investors concerned about climate change.

  • Coal company uses glitch to swing for the fences against EPA rule

    A large coal company's petition against the EPA's proposed emissions rule for power plants is a legal swing for the fences, but a decades-old discrepancy in a technical amendment to the Clean Air Act might give it a chance.

  • Obama mocks Republicans as he pushes economics of climate change

    President Obama is on a campaign to make climate change an economic issue, and to nail home the point he's embarrassing Republicans who deny or are skeptical of the contributions humans make to a warming planet. "Folks will tell you climate change is a hoax or a fad or a plot. It’s a liberal...

  • How Obama gave hope to supporters of oil exports

    The Commerce Department has made a quiet decision to allow a pair of companies to send abroad minimally processed, ultra-light oil known as condensate. The ban on oil exports was created to enhance U.S. energy security in the wake of the 1970s Arab oil embargo.

  • House approves speeding up natural gas exports

    The exports would go to nations that lack free-trade agreements with the U.S. Forty-six Dems joined Republicans to pass the bill, 266-150, while two Republicans opposed it. 

  • The winner of Supreme Court's latest EPA ruling? Everyone and no one

    The jury's still out on whether Monday's Supreme Court ruling will have any effect on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule to limit carbon emissions from power plants.

  • Supreme Court limits EPA on some greenhouse gas emissions rules

    The Supreme Court on Monday ruled to place some limits on the Obama administration's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions but largely upheld its foundations for factories and powerful plants. 

  • How Colorado's Mark Udall voted on Keystone XL

    In the end, Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., couldn't avoid it -- he had to vote on whether to approve the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline. He chose "no." Conservative groups tried pressuring Udall, mired in a tight re-election contest with GOP challenger and pipeline backer Rep. Cory Gardner, into...

  • Keystone XL bill passed by Senate panel

    The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed legislation mandating construction of the Keystone XL pipeline Wednesday in possibly the last Senate action on the Canada-to-Texas project before the November midterm election. The measure secured a 12-10 vote, with two Democrats --...

  • Deal with White House in hand, Senate panel approves nominees for energy regulator

    The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee agreed to send a pair of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission nominees to the Senate floor -- but there's a catch. The panel voted to approve Cheryl LaFleur and Norman Bay as commissioners with the understanding that LaFleur, the acting...



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