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Jacob Fischler

Jacob Fischler

Jacob covers federal policy as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Based in Oregon, he focuses on Western issues. His coverage areas include climate, energy development, public lands and infrastructure.

Ukrainians protest Putin in London

U.S. sanctions Putin’s personal assets, readies forces for NATO deployment

By: - February 25, 2022

President Joe Biden will sanction Russian President Vladimir Putin and his top diplomat personally, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday, escalating penalties on the Russian government for its ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

People wait for buses to evacuate Kyiv, Ukraine.

New U.S. sanctions on Russia target banks, high-tech imports

By: and - February 24, 2022

The United States and Western allies stepped up economic sanctions on Russia following its escalated attack on Ukraine, President Joe Biden said at the White House on Thursday.

Waves of Russian forces launch assault on Ukraine and U.S. prepares added sanctions

By: and - February 24, 2022

President Joe Biden Thursday vowed a “united and decisive” wave of sanctions against Russia after the country’s leaders ordered a military assault on Ukraine.

Members of Congress from both parties urge tough sanctions on Russia

By: , and - February 22, 2022

Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress on Tuesday called on President Joe Biden to impose severe sanctions on Russia after the country declared a broad section of eastern Ukraine independent before sending troops into the region.

Biden warns of U.S. energy price spikes if Russia invades Ukraine

By: and - February 16, 2022

American service members will not deploy to Ukraine in the event of a “distinctly possible” Russian invasion, but strong economic sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies could reverberate and prompt energy price spikes, President Joe Biden said in a live address from the White House Tuesday.

Biden cites 40-day timeline for Supreme Court confirmation

By: and - February 1, 2022

The chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dick Durbin, and the panel’s top Republican, Chuck Grassley, met with the president Tuesday afternoon to discuss a 40-day confirmation timeline for a new Supreme Court pick.

Louisiana enacts new orphan oil well law to fetch $200 million in federal money

White House methane plan funds orphan well cleanup, rewards reduced farm emissions

By: - January 31, 2022

The federal government will provide $1.15 billion this year to help states cap defunct oil and gas wells, the White House said Monday, as part of a broad plan to reduce methane emissions.

Governors attempt to bridge deep political divides in big D.C. meeting

By: , and - January 31, 2022

Governors of both parties from throughout the United States met here over the weekend to try to speak on a unified front about what their states need from the federal government.

Oil drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico

Federal judge cites climate effect in canceling Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sale

By: - January 28, 2022

A federal judge invalidated leases to drill for oil and gas in a broad swath of the Gulf of Mexico, telling the Biden administration to weigh climate impacts before allowing development.

Reports: Supreme Court Justice Breyer to step down

By: , and - January 26, 2022

The decision by the 83-year-old justice, who was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1994, would give President Joe Biden his first chance to nominate a member of the Supreme Court, though the evenly divided Senate could significantly affect that choice. 

Oil drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico

Expansion in Gulf of Mexico drilling splits U.S. House panel along party lines

By: - January 20, 2022

As the Biden administration’s move to scrap new oil and gas leases remains in unsettled legal territory, Democrats and Republicans on a U.S. House panel sharply disagreed about the merits of new  Gulf of Mexico drilling. Democrats on the House Natural Resources Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee, including Chairman Alan Lowenthal of California, said reducing […]

Trans Alaska Pipeline

Federal pipeline standards backed by top energy regulator after Colonial Pipeline hack

By: - January 19, 2022

New federal powers are needed to prevent major energy disruptions such as the cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline that left the East Coast short of gas at the pumps for days, the chairman of the federal commission overseeing energy and some U.S. House Democrats said Wednesday. A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee discussed a proposal […]