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Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Sean Cockerham
Immigrants, Donald Trump

Most Trump Supporters Want A Path To Citizenship For Undocumented Immigrants

President Trump is targeting millions of people for possible deportation, but Americans are warm to the notion that immigrants should be welcome. In fact, a new McClatchy-Marist poll finds that even 72 percent of Trump’s own supporters want a path to citizenship for immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally.

February 28, 2017
Idaho National Laboratory science

Experts: U.S. Must Do More To Protect Energy Grid From Cyberattacks

The problem is bad and getting worse.

October 21, 2015

Obama Unleashes Drilling Rigs While Fighting Global Warming

President Obama is playing the roles of both climate change warrior and driller-in-chief.

August 13, 2015
Environemnt, Coal Industry, Pollution, Hazard, Energy, Mountaintop Removal Mining, Congress, Obama, Republicans

As Mountaintop Mining Spreads, Lawmakers Oppose Rule To Protect Streams

An upcoming rule to protect the environment and communities near mountaintop-removal mining operations is contested by Big Coal.

May 21, 2015

Paul Hopes His Opposition To Patriot Act Boosts Campaign Support

Rand Paul’s vow to fight the Patriot Act sets up a showdown with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and it’s an important moment for his campaign.

May 19, 2015
Corolla Island, Wild Horses, Congress, North Carolina, Travel, Environment, Animals, Extinciton, Spanish Mustangs, Fish and Wildlife Services, Top News

Feds Agree To Diversify Outer Banks’ Wild Horses

Congress and the Fish and Wildlife Service are bucking up to save the wild horses of Corolla Island from inbreeding and disease.

May 7, 2015

Impact Of Proposed Crayfish Protections On Mining Industry Uncertain

The Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday that the Big Sandy crayfish, which lives in streams in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Virginia, is in danger of extinction.

April 6, 2015
Infrastructure, environment, climate change, Barack Obama, fracking, White House, executive order

Obama Administration Puts Out Fracking Rules For Federal Lands

President Obama has taken another big step to protect the environment.

March 20, 2015

Obama Plan Would Close More Of Alaskan Refuge To Oil Drilling

Environmentalists are hailing President Obama’s latest proposal.

January 26, 2015

Expect Cheap Oil To Stay Awhile

Good news for motorists: Low oil prices are expected to continue through the year.

January 14, 2015

Congress Is Ready To Pass Keystone, But Is Pipeline Even Viable?

As Washington goes to war over Keystone XL, the pipeline’s economics look more questionable than ever.

January 7, 2015
Infrastructure, carbon, emissions, supreme court, pollution, EPA, climate change, law

EPA Rules On Coal Ash May Disappoint Environmentalists, Buoy Industry

Conservationists may not like this upcoming EPA decision.

December 17, 2014

Supreme Court Says No To BP Appeal Of Oil Spill Settlement

The Supreme Court has refused to give in to big oil.

December 8, 2014

Appalachia Gathers Dissent To Gas Pipeline Bound For Eastern North Carolina

Is the Atlantic Coast Pipeline a sorely needed job creator, or a disaster waiting to happen?

November 13, 2014

On The Last Frontier, A Democrat Fights A Rising GOP Tide

Democrats may need Mark Begich to survive to have a chance of keeping their majority.

October 11, 2014

Palin Goes 0-For-Two In Alaska As Clout Disappears Nationally

By Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Sarah Palin has lost the magic. The defeat of her choice Tuesday in a Republican Senate primary in her home state of Alaska capped a primary season in which her favored candidates across the nation have stumbled. A referendum to restore Palin’s signature achievement from her time […]

August 20, 2014

Rand Paul Heading To Guatemala To Do Eye Surgeries

By Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), is just back from barnstorming Iowa, home of the earliest presidential caucus, and he’s heading next to eat barbecue in South Carolina, the first voting state in Dixie and a critical stop for Republicans who aspire to the White House. In between, though, […]

August 14, 2014

EPA Rules Would Likely Block Pebble Mine In Alaska

By Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday announced severe restrictions on the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska, a move that is likely to block a project the EPA said could devastate the best run of wild salmon left on the planet. “The science is clear that mining the […]

July 18, 2014

Controversial Alaska Mine Project Wins One In Congress

By Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Supporters of the embattled Pebble Mine project in Alaska are making a desperate effort in Congress and the courts to keep it alive in the face of warnings from the Environmental Protection Agency that it could devastate the finest run of wild salmon left on the globe. […]

July 17, 2014

Scientists Struggle To Figure Out Why Ground Is Shaking In Heartland

By Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Months after the prairie began to shake, scientists still struggle to explain a surge in Kansas earthquakes that appears connected to increased fracking. The Kansas quakes are part of a major escalation in earthquakes that have struck the nation’s heartland in the wake of the oil and […]

July 4, 2014

Obama Will Let States Decide How To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

By Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is about to unveil the centerpiece of his agenda to fight climate change, a much anticipated rule to slash the emissions of planet-warming gases from power plants. The president will call for major reductions, according to sources familiar with the planning, with each state given […]

May 27, 2014

Fracking Boom Is A Struggle For Kentucky

By Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The fracking revolution is not being kind to Kentucky’s role as an American energy leader, helping to decimate coal while struggling to deliver a natural gas boom for the state on par with nearby peers. Kentucky’s natural gas production more than doubled from 2008 to 2009. But […]

May 21, 2014

Keystone Vote Dies Along With Energy Efficiency Bill

By Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The chances for a Senate vote to approve the Keystone pipeline died on Monday along with an energy efficiency bill, victims of Congress’ inability to do anything regarding energy policy. The Senate, paralyzed by partisan bickering, has not been able to pass a major energy bill since 2007, […]

May 13, 2014

Energy Department Approves Natural Gas Export Site On Oregon Coast

By Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Monday approved a terminal on the Oregon coast to export U.S. natural gas abroad, as pressure mounts on the president to use the nation’s energy bounty as a foreign policy weapon. Some members of Congress claim natural gas exports would weaken Russia. The […]

March 24, 2014

Alaska National Guard Members Face Accusations Of Sexual Misconduct

By Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — A dozen members of the Alaska National Guard face charges of sexual misconduct in what members of the guard call a severe problem in the ranks. Five were members of the guard’s recruiting unit and are alleged to have committed the offenses against potential recruits, new recruits, […]

February 24, 2014