Jacob covers federal policy as a senior reporter in the States Newsroom Washington bureau. Based in Oregon, he focuses on Western issues as well as climate, energy development, public lands and infrastructure.
Biden admin says it will permanently restore migratory bird protections
By: Jacob Fischler - May 6, 2021
The former Trump-era rule barred government authorities from holding companies liable for environmental violations leading to the deaths of birds protected under the century-old Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
Congressional panel splits on regulation of ‘orphaned’ oil and gas wells
By: Jacob Fischler - April 16, 2021
The Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee hearing was held to consider a bill introduced by Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez, D-N.M., that would authorize $8 billion over 10 years to reclaim oil and gas wells that were abandoned by defunct companies and not properly cleaned up. The measure represents a first step in a priority laid out in President Joe Biden’s infrastructure and jobs plan late last month.
How Biden’s budget aims to fight climate change, promote conservation, aid Native Americans | Analysis
By: Jacob Fischler - April 10, 2021
The recommendations for increased spending on conservation and climate goals are a dramatic turnaround following four years of cutbacks during the Trump administration.
Biden pairs ‘down payment’ on climate crisis with rebuilding infrastructure
By: Jacob Fischler - April 1, 2021
Among Biden’s core campaign promises last year was to address both the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic and climate change.
Increases in royalties paid by oil and gas producers, lease rates targeted in Biden review
By: Jacob Fischler - March 26, 2021
Interior leaders at an online forum said that rates the oil and gas industry pays for leasing, royalties and bonding could be due for increases, as the administration makes multiple moves to combat climate change.
Biden’s pick for Interior secretary likely to face rocky confirmation hearing
By: Jacob Fischler - February 22, 2021
U.S. Senate Republicans may use next week’s Interior confirmation hearing for Rep. Debra Haaland to air their grievances about the Biden administration’s energy policies
‘Millions of birds will die’: Last-minute Trump rule aids industry
By: Jacob Fischler - January 13, 2021
The rule, set to take effect early next month, codifies a longstanding policy of Trump’s Interior Department: The Migratory Bird Treaty Act cannot be used to prosecute companies whose actions lead to accidental bird deaths.
‘I just don’t trust the system any more’: Voters on edge as election nears | Battle for the Ballot
By: Jacob Fischler - October 5, 2020
Widespread anxiety and confusion around voting, compounded by the pandemic that has spread to millions of Americans, including President Donald Trump.
‘You just have to act’: Thousands outraged by police brutality rally at March on Washington
By: Jacob Fischler - August 28, 2020
The event, organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, featured dozens of speakers who also called for the defeat of President Donald Trump in November, a counterpoint to Trump’s acceptance speech as the Republican nominee just 12 hours earlier on the grounds of the White House.
Trump’s $400 a week jobless aid could be just $300. It depends on where you live
By: Jacob Fischler - August 11, 2020
Governors, lawmakers and state unemployment agencies on Monday wrestled with confusion created by President Donald Trump’s executive action extending unemployment benefits, and it appeared some states could settle for $300 a week in benefits instead of the $400 that the president touted. State leaders from both political parties remained unsure how much they’d have to […]