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Stories in the category Environment

Trump picks climate-change denier to head EPA

By Laurie Bennett

December 8, 2016 at 11:22am

One can only imagine who the nominee might have been if Donald Trump had not met with Al Gore on Monday.

Wal-Mart’s ties to the Environmental Defense Fund

By Muckety

November 8, 2013 at 8:08am

Wal-Mart and the Environmental Defense Fund are enjoying an extremely close relationship, Grist notes.

Spinmeister of the week: Exxon Mobil

By Laurie Bennett

April 14, 2013 at 7:18am

Put Exxon Mobil’s response to the recent Arkansas oil spill in the same category as big tobacco’s answer to cancer concerns.

GOP leaders sign Americans for Prosperity pledge

By Laurie Bennett

November 16, 2012 at 1:32pm

There is much discussion these days about a Republican pivot.

Elon Musk has the last laugh (for now, anyway)

By Laurie Bennett

November 13, 2012 at 4:02am

While many are gloating over last week’s election results, few have more cause than serial entrepreneur Elon Musk.

Grandsons of industry titans work for marine environment

By Laurie Bennett

December 28, 2011 at 8:55am

By definition, a group called “Sailors for the Sea” is apt to have old money on board.

Wendy Schmidt gives $1M to oil cleanup company

By Laurie Bennett

October 12, 2011 at 10:28am

An Illinois company, Elastec/American Marine, has won a $1 million prize in the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X Challenge competition, the X Prize Foundation announced Tuesday.

Malone and Turner: Don’t fence them in

By Laurie Bennett

February 1, 2011 at 10:25am

Some billionaires compete with one another for the longest yacht. Others are land barons.

Effort to stop CA global warming law draws big donors

By Laurie Bennett

September 5, 2010 at 1:48pm

Once again, a California ballot proposition is attracting millions of dollars from around the country.

Report: Transocean had safety problems at several rigs

By Laurie Bennett

August 5, 2010 at 10:20am

Citing confidential internal reports, The New York Times reports that safety problems plagued several rigs owned by Transocean Ltd., the company that owned the Deepwater Horizon.

Feinberg promises quick payment of Gulf claims

By Laurie Bennett

July 1, 2010 at 10:03am

BP’s payment process for those who’ve been hurt by the Gulf oil spill has been slow and inefficient, the new claims czar told Congress Wednesday.

Mabus oversees both U.S. Navy and Gulf restoration

By Laurie Bennett

June 18, 2010 at 9:16am

Should the job of overseeing the Gulf Coast’s comeback be part time?

Obama: ‘I will not accept inaction’

By Laurie Bennett

June 16, 2010 at 6:08am

Obama’s answers to the Gulf crisis rely less on dramatic leadership and more on government expertise (a phrase many conservatives consider oxymoronic).

American companies are some of BP’s biggest investors

By Laurie Bennett

June 15, 2010 at 9:04am

When BP’s stock plummets, it’s not just British pensioners who suffer.

As BP pitchman, Tony Hayward is throwing tarballs

By Laurie Bennett

June 4, 2010 at 11:02am

BP is airing television ads featuring CEO Tony Hayward expressing regrets and promising to make things right.

BP collects billions in U.S. government contracts

By Laurie Bennett

May 28, 2010 at 3:44am

How about barring BP from the federal trough?

Oil rig owner execs were denied 2009 bonuses because of safety issues

By Laurie Bennett

May 3, 2010 at 10:13am

Directors of the company that owns the drilling rig at the epicenter of the Gulf oil spill eliminated executive bonuses last year because of concerns about the firm’s safety record.

Stewart Udall crossed party lines to protect environment

By A. James Memmott

March 23, 2010 at 8:19am

Last weekend’s partisan debate over heath care overshadowed the passing of a man who forged bipartisan consensus on national conservation efforts.

Hank Paulson, treehugger

By Laurie Bennett

March 9, 2010 at 7:46am

Among the alumni of the George W. Bush administration, Henry M. Paulson Jr. is a rare breed.

Fracking in the Finger Lakes

By Laurie Bennett

February 5, 2010 at 11:14am

A small, intensely local site launched yesterday using Muckety mapping.


  • The enormity of the U.S. Intelligence Community
    February 16, 2017 at 8:58am

    As it struggles to assemble a cabinet and to replace a national security adviser who has resigned and a labor secretary nominee who has withdrawn, the Trump administration takes on a new challenge: stanching leaks from U.S. intelligence.

    Immigration ban strains Trump relations with Silicon Valley
    January 30, 2017 at 9:06am

    Seven weeks ago, the president-elect made nice with the titans of tech, sitting down with them at Trump Tower and pledging government support.

    Coming together
    January 22, 2017 at 1:25pm

    From above, from the bird’s eye view of helicopters or satellites, the crowd was massive.

    The Davos elite
    January 19, 2017 at 8:22am

    The annual meeting in Davos brings together the elite of business and foreign relations - the supposed antithesis of Donald Trump’s views on governance.

    In a typical cabinet, Elaine Chao would be one of the richest
    January 12, 2017 at 8:37am

    When critics complain about the big-money nominees in Donald Trump’s cabinet, they focus on billionaire investor Wilbur Ross (Commerce), Amway in-law Betsy DeVos (Education), former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson (State) and Goldman Sachs alum Steve Mnuchin (Treasury).

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