Trump Team Memo Hints at Big Shake-Up of U.S. Energy Policy

A document obtained by Bloomberg News shows advisers to President-elect Donald Trump are developing plans to reshape Energy Department programs and identify staff who played a role in promoting President Barack Obama’s climate agenda.

Louisiana’s Sinking Coast Is a $100 Billion Nightmare for Big Oil

The state can’t pay, so someone has to. And the water keeps rising.

Trump Eyes Easing Obama Rules for Sprawling Pipeline Network

As a major pipeline build-out near, the oil industry looks forward to rolling back Obama-era pipeline safety standards.

Nuclear Plants Closing Early Leave Decades of Toxic Waste Stranded

More than 76,000 metric tons of waste is stranded at dozens of commercial sites, just as the U.S. approaches a critical mass of nuclear-plant retirements.

Fight Pipeline, Drill for Oil: Either Way, Tribes Want Control of Their Lands

While the Standing Rock Sioux have drawn considerable media coverage for their fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline project, the Southern Utes have attracted scant attention for their 15-year push to make it easier to drill on Indian land. 

EPA Wins Clout to Fight Toxic Chemicals, But It May Take a While

Hormone-disrupting chemicals used in your shower curtain or water bottle could face stiffer rules under a measure passed by Congress this week. But it will be years before regulators determine if phthalates and thousands of other chemicals are risky and should face restrictions or bans. By the time EPA finishes work on the chemicals it has prioritized, the children of today’s children will have been exposed to them -- probably for years.

Senate Shows It Can Make a Deal on Energy—Just Not a Big One

The sharply divided U.S. Senate is poised to pass comprehensive energy legislation for the first time in nearly a decade, forging a rare bipartisan compromise -- even if the result is far less ambitious than energy packages of years past.

Coal Lobbying Down as Industry Throws Weight Behind Legal Battle

As dwindling demand puts pressure on mining companies to cut costs and climate rules threaten their very survival, many are shifting scarce resources from lobbyists to lawyers.

Heidi Heitkamp: How She Sold Democrats on Oil Exports

For the past year, the pro-oil Democrat from the state home to the Bakken Shale has worked alongside Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, to gin up support for lifting the export ban. It’s a simple enough prospect among Republicans but was a non-starter for most Democrats. Heitkamp is now on the cusp of achieving her goal, with a deal in place that swaps ending the ban for an extension in solar and wind tax credits and some other environmental measures. A vote on the package is set for Friday.