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Automakers Reach Emissions Deal with California, Defying Trump

Automakers Reach Emissions Deal with California, Defying Trump

Four major automakers struck a deal with the state of California on fuel efficiency, defying the Trump administration’s push to roll back emissions standards. Ford, Volkswagen, BMW, and Honda reached a voluntary agreement with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) on Thursday.

Oil and Gas Lease Sales Under Trump Could Release 4.7B Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Oil and Gas Lease Sales Under Trump Could Release 4.7B Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Emissions resulting from federal oil and gas lease sales sold between January 2017 and April 2019 could produce 4.7 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, according to a new report from The Wilderness Society. At the current pace of leasing, emissions from the production and combustion of fossil fuels … Read more »

Investors Urge California Lawmakers to Prohibit Deforestation

Investors Urge California Lawmakers to Prohibit Deforestation

Domini Impact Investments is urging the California State Senate to pass legislation that would prohibit deforestation and mandate disclosure by state contractors and subcontractors. Investors representing $400 billion in assets have signed a letter supporting the bill.

Federal Watchdog Reports EPA Ignored Ethics Rules

Federal Watchdog Reports EPA Ignored Ethics Rules

The Environmental Protection Agency failed to comply with federal ethics rules for appointing advisory committee members, the General Accounting Office concluded this week. President Trump’s EPA skipped disclosure requirements for new committee members last year, according to the federal watchdog. Led by Andrew Wheeler, the EPA currently manages 22 committees … Read more »

Trump Administration Gives Automakers a Pass on Fuel Efficiency Fines

Trump Administration Gives Automakers a Pass on Fuel Efficiency Fines

The Trump administration signaled plans to freeze fuel efficiency fines for automakers, rolling back an Obama-era regulation to increase these penalties over time.

EPA Official Bill Wehrum Resigns Under Ethics Cloud

EPA Official Bill Wehrum Resigns Under Ethics Cloud

Environmental Protection Agency assistant administrator Bill Wehrum announced plans to resign this week amid an ongoing House Energy and Commerce Committee ethics inquiry. A top EPA official responsible for air and radiation, Wehrum led the agency’s efforts to roll back the Obama-era Clean Power Plan.

Canadian Single-Use Plastic Ban Estimated to Save $11 Billion Annually

Canadian Single-Use Plastic Ban Estimated to Save $11 Billion Annually

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced this week that the government intends to ban single-use plastics within the next two years. Trudeau said that if nothing changes, Canadians will toss an estimated $11 billion worth of plastic materials annually through 2030.

FDA to Food Industry: Stop Waste by Fixing Your Date Labels

FDA to Food Industry: Stop Waste by Fixing Your Date Labels

The US Food and Drug Administration’s deputy commissioner of food policy and response sent a letter to the food industry urging better date labels. Consumer confusion over date labeling accounts for about 20% of food waste in the country, the FDA letter said.

Maine Bans Polystyrene Food Containers from Businesses

Maine Bans Polystyrene Food Containers from Businesses

Maine became the first state in the nation to ban polystyrene food and beverage containers. The new law prohibits the sale or distribution of these disposable containers starting January 1, 2020.

Senate Votes to Confirm David Bernhardt as Interior Secretary

Senate Votes to Confirm David Bernhardt as Interior Secretary

The Senate voted 56-41 to confirm former lobbyist David Bernhardt as Department of the Interior secretary. President Trump tapped Bernhardt to replace Ryan Zinke, who announced his resignation last year amid ethics investigations.

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