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White House Expected to Propose Slashing Funds for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

White House Expected to Propose Slashing Funds for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

The White House plans to propose cutting energy efficiency and renewable energy programs at the Department of Energy by 72%, pitting fossil fuels against wind and solar. Businesses are expected to weigh in.

EPA Wants National Fuel Efficiency Standard, Setting Up A Showdown with States

EPA Wants National Fuel Efficiency Standard, Setting Up A Showdown with States

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt told lawmakers on Tuesday that he favored a national fuel standard, putting in jeopardy the potentially stricter standards to be applied in California and Massachusetts and calling into question his earlier commitment to federalism and state rights.

EPA Seeks to Peel Back Regs Overseeing ‘Major Polluters’

EPA Seeks to Peel Back Regs Overseeing ‘Major Polluters’

As part of the Trump administration’s to peel back environmental regulations that it has deemed overly burdensome, it is now going after the “once in, always in” policy that is part of the Clean Air Act and that deals with mercury, arsenic and lead.

Major Infrastructure Push to Come During State of the Union, with Business Support

Major Infrastructure Push to Come During State of the Union, with Business Support

The US Chamber of Commerice is advocating a 25-cent per gallon raise in the gas tax to fund infrastructure projects. That would be on top of the current 18.4 cents per gallon tax now for gasoline and the 24.4 cents per gallon tax for diesel fuel — something that would raise $375 billion over 10 years, it said. 

Oil Giants Say New York City’s Suit Targeted at Them is Aimless

Oil Giants Say New York City’s Suit Targeted at Them is Aimless

New York City is suing BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell, saying that each has contributed to global warming and has cost the city billions of dollars as it has tried to mitigate the harm done from such things as deviant weather patterns. The oil giants, though, are firing back, noting that they are on board with efforts to reduce heat-trapping emissions.

Energy Regulators Still Working to Increase Grid Resiliency and Reliability

Energy Regulators Still Working to Increase Grid Resiliency and Reliability

Federal energy regulators rejected a Trump administration plan to increase grid resiliency and reliability for corporations by subsidizing older coal and nuclear plants, saying it would deter investments in grid modernization.

Xcel Energy’s Bidding Process Shows Energy Storage Prices Keep Falling

Xcel Energy’s Bidding Process Shows Energy Storage Prices Keep Falling

Price has always been considered the primary obstacle to building out energy storage systems — until now. Xcel Energy said that it has received hundreds of bids to help it integrate energy storage into its wind and solar energy networks, which are making such systems ever-more competitive.

Trump To Rollback Obama-era Fracking Rules to Help Manufacturers

Trump To Rollback Obama-era Fracking Rules to Help Manufacturers

The Trump administration has now given formal notice that it will repeal an Obama-era rule that has strict standards for hydraulic fracking on public lands — all part of what the president says is his ongoing effort to rollback regulations and to encourage domestic energy production that will reduce cost for US manufacturers. 

Strong Opposition Forcing Trump Administration to Reconsider Rewriting Black Lung Rules

Strong Opposition Forcing Trump Administration to Reconsider Rewriting Black Lung Rules

After coming under sharp criticism for attempting to ease the rules to protect coal miners from black lung disease, the Trump administration is now asking for public comment on the issue. The issue pits worker safety concerns against coal company desires, and profits.

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