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Rob formerly served as staff reporter for

Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015: No. 3

By   /  January 1, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Part 23 of 25 in the series Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015   It was just a two-page letter from 20 climate scientists but it landed with a figurative thud — and accusations that colleagues who dared to stray from climate orthodoxy were being targeted. The missive to President Barack Obama, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and […]

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Free market advocates blast ‘grand energy bargain’ in budget bill

By   /  December 18, 2015  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Federal Government, National, News  /  No Comments

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After 40 years, the crude oil export ban has been lifted. But to do it, Republicans had to make concessions on renewable energy.

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Some environmentalists still not happy over New Mexico coal-cutting deal

By   /  December 17, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, New Mexico, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Under a new electricity agreement, New Mexico will use 50 percent less coal. But one environmental group wanted more.

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Another fracking fracas, this one in New Mexico

By   /  December 11, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, National, New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

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A proposed drilling site outside the fast-growing city of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, is drawing plenty of attention.

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EPA boss ticks off coal industry (again)

By   /  December 11, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, National, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

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EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said Thursday that “coal is no longer marketable.”

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Jerry Brown and the ‘coercive power of the central state’

By   /  December 9, 2015  /  California, Energy and Environment, National, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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California Gov. Jerry Brown, in Paris for the U.N. climate summit, said government needs to use its “coercive power” to develop a cleaner environment.

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