CapitolMedia pundits predict war between the incoming 112th Congress and Obama's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over heightened regulations the agency announced in late December. Many believe these regulations will effectively circumvent congressional authority over environmental policies.

T. Boone PickensIt took only a little more than two years for Texas oil man and financier T. Boone Pickens to figure out the bad business of wind energy after touting it as the answer to U.S. dependence on fuel imports. In 2008, he launched an $80 million advertising campaign for The Pickens Plan, which proposed ending "America's addiction to foreign oil" by teaming natural gas with wind energy.

Japanese flagThe government of Japan has rejected a cap-and-trade proposal for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions hard on the heels of the UN's Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, in early December.

smokestacksThough the incoming 112th Congress will have a greater Republican presence, the Obama administration has announced that it will continue to try to push through unpopular and controversial environmental policies. Republicans, however, have vowed to put up a fight.

ancient toothArchaeologists in Israel have discovered what they say are human teeth up to 400,000 years old. A spokesman for Tel Aviv University’s Institute of Archaeology said the find could represent the oldest evidence of the human species yet uncovered and could challenge the established scientific assumption that humans originated in Africa.