United States Environmental Protection Agency

Supreme Court case could limit powers of EPA

Supreme Court case could limit powers of EPA

Industry groups and Republican-led states are heading an attack at the Supreme Court against the Obama administration’s sole means of trying to limit power-plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming. As President Barack Obama pledges to act on environmental and other matters when Congress doesn’t, or won’t, opponents of regulating carbon dioxide […]

Story on ethanol draws sharp response from industry

Story on ethanol draws sharp response from industry

A new Associated Press investigation, which found that ethanol hasn’t lived up to some of the government’s clean-energy promises, is drawing a fierce response from the ethanol industry. In an unusual campaign, ethanol producers, corn growers and its lobbying and public relations firms have criticized and sought to alter the story, which was released to […]

Unfinished government work keeps piling up with no end in sight

Unfinished government work keeps piling up with no end in sight

Across America the government’s work is piling up, and it’s not just paperwork. It’s old tires and red Solo cups littering a stretch of river in Nebraska. Food poisoning microbes awaiting analysis in Atlanta. The charred wreckage of a plane in California, preserved in case safety investigators return. And it’s the dead eagle in Wendi […]

Obama will use executive orders to tackle global warming

Obama will use executive orders to tackle global warming

President Barack Obama is planning a major push using executive powers to tackle the pollution blamed for global warming in an effort to make good on promises he made at the start of his second term. “We know we have to do more — and we will do more,” Obama said Wednesday in Berlin. Obama’s […]

Republicans boycott vote on EPA chief nominee

Republicans boycott vote on EPA chief nominee

Republican senators on Thursday stalled the confirmation of President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saying they were “completely unsatisfied” with answers provided by Gina McCarthy on several topics. Their decision to boycott the Senate Environment Committee meeting on her nomination was the latest in a series of procedural moves by […]

Different federal agencies offer different sequestration furloughs

Different federal agencies offer different sequestration furloughs

Federal workers could face seven days of furloughs at the Housing and Urban Development Department, but Homeland Security personnel might see twice that number. At the Environmental Protection Agency, workers would get four-day holiday weekends with a catch — one day would be a furlough day. Other agencies are avoiding furloughs altogether. Government agencies vary […]

GOP fires early salvo on global warming

GOP fires early salvo on global warming

House Republicans wasted no time Thursday in trying to block the Obama administration from acting to stem global warming. On their second day in power, GOP lawmakers introduced several bills that would hamstring the Environmental Protection Agency from moving forward with regulations to reduce heat-trapping pollution from factories and other sources that they say contributes […]

Bandito Obama? Billboard stirs protests

Bandito Obama? Billboard stirs protests

A billboard depicting Barack Obama as an Islamist suicide bomber, a gay and a Mexican bandit has triggered a storm of criticism in a western US city weeks ahead of crucial polls. The colourful poster of the US president — under the ironic slogan “Vote DemocRAT” — is attracting attention from media worldwide and from […]

Is the oil spill over?

Is the oil spill over?

No more oil is likely to leak into the Gulf of Mexico now that efforts to plug the blown-out well are succeeding, the government’s point man on the spill declared Wednesday. A relieved President Barack Obama said the fight to stop the leak is “finally close to coming to an end.” At the White House, […]