Steve Horn, DeSmogBlog

Steve Horn is a Madison, WI-based Research Fellow for DeSmogBlog and a freelance investigative journalist. Follow him on Twitter: @SteveAHorn

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Sunday, March 19, 2017
Architect of Federal Fracking Loophole May Head Trump Environmental Council
Confidential sources have told Politico that Bill Cooper — current congressional staffer and former fossil fuel industry lobbyist and attorney — is under consideration to head President Donald Trump 's White House Council on Environmental Quality ( CEQ ). CEQ works to coordinate various federal...
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Saturday, March 11, 2017
Former Koch Agents, Fossil Fuel Industry Hired Guns Now Staffing Trump's Federal Agencies
On March 8, ProPublica obtained “beachhead team” rosters with the names of hundreds of temporary staffers the Trump administration has installed in federal agencies, including the Department of Interior ( DOI ), Department of Energy ( DOE ), the White House Office of Management and Budget ( OMB ),...
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Thursday, March 09, 2017
Congressional Energy and Climate Committees Are Loaded with Ex-Fossil Fuel Lobbyists
Though the U.S. Congress has been in session for two months, much of the policy action which has taken place since Donald Trump assumed the presidency on January 20 has centered around his Executive Orders . As some have pointed out, Trump's first speech in front of a joint session of Congress on...
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Friday, December 16, 2016
Leaked Audio: Dakota Access Pipeline Executive Says "Election Night Changed Everything" and DAPL "Is Going Through"
Shaun King, a writer for the New York Daily News, has uploaded what appears to be a recorded audio file of Energy Transfer Partners' Chief Operating Officer saying that “election night changed everything” for the company as it relates to its embattled Dakota Access Pipeline . King stated on social...
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Saturday, November 05, 2016
Dakota Access Pipeline Builder Ignored Obama Admin Request to Halt Construction
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has confirmed to DeSmog that Energy Transfer Partners, the owner of the proposed Dakota Access pipeline , has ignored the Obama administration's September 9 request to voluntarily halt construction in a disputed area, 20 miles east and west of Lake Oahe and the...
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Ken Bone, Online Sensation from Presidential Debate, Works for Coal Company Opposed to Climate Regulations
After Kenneth Bone asked a question about energy to presidential nominees Donald Trump and Secretary Hillary Clinton at the presidential town hall debate on October 9, he quickly became a viral internet sensation . That evening at Washington University in St. Louis, Bone asked, “What step will your...
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Thursday, September 15, 2016
Did an Industry Front Group Create Fake Twitter Accounts to Promote the Dakota Access Pipeline?
A DeSmog investigation has revealed the possibility that a front group supporting the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline ( DAPL ) — the Midwest Alliance for Infrastructure Now ( MAIN ) — may have created fake Twitter profiles, known by some as “sock puppets,” to convey a pro-pipeline message over...
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Saturday, January 24, 2015
Federal Court Order: Explosive DOT-111 "Bomb Train" Oil Tank Cars Can Continue to Roll
A U.S. federal court has ordered a halt in proceedings until May in a case centering around oil-by-rail tankers pitting the Sierra Club and ForestEthics against the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). As a result, potentially explosive DOT-111 oil tank cars, dubbed “bomb trains” by activists,...
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Thursday, November 20, 2014
New Report Reveals Industry Blitz for Climate-Killing Fossil Fuel Exports
The 2014 U.S. congressional mid-term elections are now complete, and the Republican Party controls both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Some have forecasted that this could have catastrophic impacts for progress on climate change and environmental protection in general. But below the...
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Enbridge Tank Farm, Cushing, Oklahoma News
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Investor Call: Enbridge's Keystone XL Clone Opens in October, Rail Facility to Follow
In a recent quarter two call for investors , Enbridge Inc executives said the company's “Keystone XL” clone — the combination of the Flanagan South and Seaway Twin pipelines — will open for business by October. As previously reported by DeSmogBlog, Enbridge has committed a “silent coup” of sorts ,...
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