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Hundreds of Companies Tell Trump ‘Don’t Dump Paris Climate Agreement’

Hundreds of major companies yesterday urged president-elect Donald Trump to implement the Paris climate agreement, which he has vowed to “cancel” once he’s in the White House.

White House to Federal Agencies: Consider Climate Change Impacts of Your Actions

Federal agencies must disclose how their actions will impact climate change, according to White House guidance issued today. The White House Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) final guidance updates the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which requires federal agencies to assess the environmental effects of their actions prior to making … Read more »

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Obama to Cancel Atlantic Offshore Oil Drilling Plan

The Obama administration is expected to withdraw its proposal to allow oil and gas drilling off the southeastern Atlantic coast. The announcement, expected to be made today by US secretary of the interior Sally Jewell, is a reversal from the administration’s earlier plan to lease about 104 million acres off … Read more »

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EPA Escalates Oil & Gas Methane Emissions Crackdown

The EPA is escalating its efforts to limit methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, and will begin developing regulations to limit these releases from existing oil and gas wells. Next month, the agency says it will start a formal process to require oil and gas companies to provide … Read more »

Obama’s Spending Plan Pumps $260M into Water Technology R&D

President Obama’s budget includes almost $260 million to fund a water innovation strategy, which the White House says will boost water sustainability and reduce the price and energy costs of new water supply technology. It’s a mere drop in the bucket of the president’s $4.1 trillion spending request to Congress … Read more »

Obama Proposes $10-Per-Barrel Oil Tax

President Barack Obama on Tuesday will propose a $10-per-barrel fee paid by oil companies to fund investments in low-carbon transportation. The oil tax, which would be phased in over five years, is part of the president’s 21st Century Clean Transportation Plan. The plan would increase by $20 billion per year … Read more »

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Clean Power Plan: Obama’s Team Confident About Pitch to Supreme Court

The Obama administration is asking the US Supreme Court to reject a request by 27 states to initially allow them to put off complying with the Clean Power Plan — a step toward eventually wiping out the rule altogether. The White House is fairly confident in its pitch, with legal … Read more »

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Will US Coal Lease Moratorium Increase Manufacturing Costs?

The coal lease moratorium on federal lands and overhaul of the program, announced Friday by the Obama administration, was attacked by the fossil fuel industry as further proof of the war on coal and cheered by environmentalists as paving the way for a clean energy future. Its affect on businesses, … Read more »

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Obama Freezes New Coal Mining Leases, Launches Environmental Review

The Obama administration today said it will stop issuing new coal mining leases on public lands as it conducts a review of the federal coal program. “Given serious concerns raised about the federal coal program, we’re taking the prudent step to hit pause on approving significant new leases so that … Read more »

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Obama’s State of the Union Pushes Clean Energy, Calls for Coal-Lease Reform

President Obama took on big oil in last night’s State of the Union, emphasizing the US’ transition to clean energy. “Rather than subsidize the past,” he said, “we should invest in the future — especially in communities that rely on fossil fuels. That’s why I’m going to push to change … Read more »

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White House Water Strategy Calls on Business to Boost Water-Efficient Tech

A water strategy announced yesterday by the White House calls on businesses and industries to conserve water and boost the use of water-efficient and reuse technologies. Through better water management practices and technology, the nation can reduce its water usage by 33 percent, bringing the US closer in line with … Read more »