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Past articles by Valerie:

U.S. Army To Grant Final Permit For Controversial Dakota Pipeline

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will grant the final easement needed to finish the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, according to a court filing. → Read More

EPA Employees Protest Trump's Nominee To Head Agency

Over 400 former EPA staff members sent a letter to the U.S. Senate asking its members to reject the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. → Read More

U.S. Lawmaker Scraps Bill To Sell Public Lands After Intense Backlash

Sportsmen and women, hunting groups, and retailers had flooded Chaffetz's Instagram account with thousands of posts, urging him to "say no to HR 621." → Read More

Senate Panel Grills Trump's EPA Pick Over Energy Ties

Pruitt's opponents believe his record indicates he will aggressively carry out Trump's campaign vows to slash EPA regulation in order to boost industry. → Read More

Interior Nominee Zinke Would Review Obama's Limits On Oil Drilling

During his confirmation hearing, Zinke said, "I can guarantee you it is better to produce energy domestically under reasonable regulation than overseas with no regulation." → Read More

Senators Ask Trump EPA Chief Pick To Disclose Energy Industry Ties

The senators also noted Pruitt's involvement with the Rule of Law Defense Fund, which supports initiatives by the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, who have opposed the EPA's climate change regulations. → Read More

Can Exxon CEO Turn From Corporate To National Interest As Secretary Of State?

Can Exxon's CEO, a life-long oil man with close ties to Russia, pivot from advancing corporate interests to serving the national interest? → Read More

Environmental Disaster: Trump To Pick Fossil Fuel Ally To Run EPA

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, fits neatly with Trump's promise to cut back the EPA and free up drilling and coal mining. → Read More

Georgia Senators Will Consider Future Clinton Supreme Court Nominees

Georgia's two Republican senators broke with members of their party, saying they would consider Supreme Court nominees put forward by Hillary Clinton if she wins the presidency, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Sunday. → Read More

Obama Says U.S. Mulling Alternate Routes For North Dakota Pipeline

Obama said the U.S. is examining ways to reroute an oil pipeline in North Dakota as it addresses concerns raised by Native American tribes protesting against its construction. → Read More

Two Clashing Visions Of How America Will Power Its Cars, Homes

How the country votes on Nov. 8 will have far-reaching implications for the price of electricity and gas, as well as the future of the U.S. energy industry. → Read More

Obama Power Plant Rules Face Key Test In U.S. Court

The Clean Power Plan is the main tool for the US to meet the emissions reduction target it pledged to reach at U.N. climate talks in Paris last December. → Read More

Obama Avoids Pipeline Comment But Urges Tribal Sovereignty

President Obama on Monday didn't mention a pipeline that Native Americans have protested, but urged that tribal leaders keep pushing for recognition. → Read More