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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

Jun 28 2018

U.S. coal industry needs 'fundamental shift' to fight black lung: report

WASHINGTON Coal companies need to make a "fundamental shift" in how they control exposure to coal dust in underground mines to address the recent surge in black lung disease rates, according to a federal report released Thursday.

Jun 25 2018

U.S. coal miners worry Trump-China trade dispute could hit exports

WASHINGTON U.S. coal mining companies are worried President Donald Trump’s intensifying trade dispute with China could hurt their booming export business, one of the ailing sector’s most important lifelines, according to industry players.

Jun 22 2018

Big Oil eyes U.S. minority groups to build offshore drilling support

WASHINGTON The largest U.S. oil and gas lobby group is seeking to convince Hispanic and black communities to support the Trump administration's proposed expansion of offshore drilling, arguing it would create high paying jobs, including for storm-displaced Puerto Ricans.

Jun 20 2018

China Energy executives cancel West Virginia trip amid trade dispute

WASHINGTON A scheduled trip to West Virginia by executives from China Energy Investment Corp to discuss a planned $83.7 billion investment in the state has been canceled, the latest victim of a growing trade war between the United States and China.

Jun 20 2018

EPA-recommended chemicals levels in water too high: U.S. report

WASHINGTON The risk level for exposure in water to common chemicals used in Teflon and firefighting foam should be at least seven to 10 times lower than the threshold recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a draft report released on Wednesday that the White House and EPA had tried to keep from publication.

Jun 20 2018

House lawmakers step up probe on green groups' international work

WASHINGTON U.S. Republican lawmakers on Wednesday stepped up their scrutiny of environmental groups' work with foreign countries, requesting that the Center for Biological Diversity turn in a list of documents detailing their work with Japanese officials.

Jun 13 2018

Senate Republicans call for hearing on Pruitt scandals

WASHINGTON Republican senators on Wednesday said embattled Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt should testify before the U.S. Congress to address the list of ethics scandals he faces, but stopped short of calling for his resignation.

Jun 13 2018

U.S. House Republicans probe green group lawsuits against Defense Dept

WASHINGTON Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday sought information from the Defense Secretary about lawsuits filed by nonprofit environmental groups against his department, as they probed possible foreign influence on such groups.

Jun 12 2018

U.S. Interior Dept axed health study on coal without clear reason -watchdog

WASHINGTON, June 12 The U.S. Interior Department has been unable to adequately explain why it cancelled a $1 million study on the public health impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining, the agency's inspector general office said in a report released on Tuesday.

Jun 11 2018

Top House Democrat presses EPA's Pruitt on records request delays

WASHINGTON, June 11 The top Democrat on the House oversight committee on Monday accused Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt of directing political appointees to delay or block the release of requested public records, raising questions about transparency at the agency.


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