Anna Phillips

Washington, D.C.

National reporter focusing on climate change

Education: Columbia University, BA in American history

Anna Phillips is a national reporter for the Washington Post, focusing on the Biden administration's efforts to tackle climate change. She previously covered environmental policy for the Los Angeles Times and was a courts and local government reporter for the Tampa Bay Times.
Latest from Anna Phillips

Yellow school buses are going green with a $1 billion investment

The EPA funding will allow school districts to purchase electric and low-emission buses, but it could be a bumpy transition for some districts

January 8, 2024

Many on Gulf Coast say time is running out for EPA to act on toxic air

The Biden administration vowed to protect Gulf Coast communities from dangerous pollution. But refineries continue to exceed safe levels.

December 29, 2023

Supreme Court to review EPA’s power to curb downwind pollution

The Supreme Court will review the Biden administration’s plan to limit smog-forming pollutants from power plants and other facilities that cause problems downwind.

December 20, 2023

Biden moves to ban most old-growth logging in national forests

The Forest Service is planning to put more protections in place for the very oldest trees, which dot nearly 25 million acres of land the agency manages and are vital for storing carbon dioxide that contributes to climate change.

December 19, 2023

To protect kids, EPA wants total removal of lead pipes for the first time

The proposed rule, aimed at protecting children, would require water systems nationwide to replace lead pipes carrying tap water to homes, schools and offices.

November 30, 2023

Why Texas, a clean energy powerhouse, is about to hit the brakes

The state’s clean energy boom could be impeded by Texas leaders’ push for legislation that would boost natural gas and place new restrictions on wind and solar projects.

May 8, 2023

N.Y. ditches gas stoves, fossil fuels in new buildings in first statewide ban in U.S.

The ban on natural gas in new buildings could face legal challenges but marks a new milestone in the energy transition sought by climate activists.

May 3, 2023

New York set to pass first statewide law banning gas in new construction

New York's ban on gas hookups would take effect in 2026 for buildings under seven stories, say climate advocates. Taller buildings would be affected by 2029.

April 27, 2023

A fight brewing in Oregon could decide how we heat our homes and cook

The gas industry plans to spend millions to defeat Eugene, Ore.’s ban on gas in newly built homes. If it succeeds, it could shape the industry’s national strategy.

April 21, 2023

U.S. has inventoried old-growth forests. Will protection be next?

The U.S. has now inventoried old-growth forests, as President Biden ordered. Will protection be next?

April 20, 2023