energy industry

  • Gina McCarthy
    March 28, 2017  

    In President Obama’s second term, Gina McCarthy essentially led government efforts to curb climate change and its effects. Now President Trump is rolling back those policies. Former EPA administrator McCarthy joins Judy Woodruff to give her reaction to President Trump’s orders. Continue reading

  • November 4, 2015  

    Methane, the primary component of natural gas, is also a potent greenhouse gas, trapping energy in the atmosphere. Last year NASA released satellite images showing a hot spot in the area where New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona meet, prompting scientists to go in search of the sources. Special correspondent Kathleen McCleery reports on efforts to crackdown on methane emissions. Continue reading

  • September 1, 2015  

    While President Obama calls more attention to climate change in Alaska, he is also receiving criticism that his policies are at odds with this message. Gwen Ifill discusses the president’s visit and American energy policy with Robert Bryce of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club. Continue reading

  • August 25, 2015  

    As oil prices have dropped, energy companies have been looking for ways to save money. For innovators, this cost-cutting can actually present an opportunity. Special correspondent Leigh Paterson of Inside Energy reports from Wyoming. Continue reading

  • August 3, 2015  

    President Obama laid out new regulations that reset emissions standards for power plants and call for 28 percent of U.S. power to be generated from renewable energy. States, industry groups and politicians pushed back, setting the stage for legal challenges. Gwen Ifill gets views from Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. Continue reading

  • July 8, 2015  

    In Michigan, two aging pipelines carry 20 million gallons of crude oil and natural gas a day under some of the most pristine water in the country, the Great Lakes Straits of Mackinac. An oil spill would be devastating to the Great Lakes, which provide drinking water to 30 million people. Special correspondent Elizabeth Brackett reports on the debate on how to prevent such a disaster. Continue reading

  • June 29, 2015  

    The Supreme Court ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency in a case on how federal regulators set limits on mercury emitted from power plants, finding that the EPA failed to take economic costs into account. Jeffrey Brown examines the implications with Dr. Lynn Goldman of the George Washington University and Jeffrey Holmstead of Environmental Strategies Group. Continue reading

  • June 24, 2015  

    When Brendan Wegner went to work in North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields, his family had no idea it was so dangerous. On average, a worker dies every six weeks. On his first day on the rig, Wegner was killed by an explosion, and OSHA launched an investigation. Special correspondent Jennifer Gollan of Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting examines how employers avoid accountability. Continue reading

  • June 12, 2008  

    Wyoming has some of the largest natural gas reserves in the country — underneath public land — leading to a debate over whether to drill or preserve the land for other uses. NewsHour correspondent Spencer Michels reports from Wyoming. Continue reading