Energy & Environment

House's September agenda a red flag for November

The September before a big election is when elected officials in Washington can demonstrate that they have what it takes to lead and are deserving of another term. House conservatives have chosen a curious...

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President Obama, designate Castner Range a National Monument

President Obama was just 11 years old when I was first elected to the Texas legislature in the fall of 1972. Now, 44 years later, our 44th President has the ability to do something that I have been trying to do ever since – preserving...

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Why science shouldn’t be a political punchline

Q: What do bee meanderings, screw worms, and teenagers’ personal behavior have in common? (OK, it’s a trick question.)

A: Groundbreaking taxpayer-funded research. (Yes, we said groundbreaking.)

Science and governance have a...

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On the Dakota Access Pipeline, let’s stick to the facts

Any large infrastructure project will generate some opposition, and that is understandable. Progress is often initially challenged; eventually, though, calm and respectful dialogue usually brings supporters and opponents together to find common...

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Great news for the Atlantic Ocean

This morning I woke up to the terrific news of the designation of a new national marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean. The declaration of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument by President Obama constitutes an historic...

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Do we still need a renewable fuel standard?

Headlines tell us the world is awash with oil. Gas costs less than bottled water in many places, and petroleum markets are in a prolonged slump that’s wreaking havoc on the industry’s bottom line.

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