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December 19, 2016

Interior Department Auctions Over 79,000 Acres Offshore New York for Wind Energy Development

By Tracey Moriarty (BOEM), Office of the Secretary, DOI  •    •  Posted 2016-12-19 04:42:53

Furthering President Obama’s comprehensive Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources and cut carbon pollution, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper today announced the completion of the nation’s sixth competitive lease sale for renewable energy in federal waters. The provisional winner of today’s lease sale is Statoil Wind US LLC. [ read more … ]

From Catfish to Kombucha, Conservatives Target Rules

By Erik Wasson, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2016-12-19 04:43:15

The House Freedom Caucus wish list, sent by chairman Mark Meadows to Trump’s transition team, includes 228 federal regulations to examine or revoke. It’s designed to hold Trump to his campaign promise to use his presidential pen to loosen rules on businesses. It’s also certain to trigger partisan fights in Congress. Cutting regulation is a top priority next year as it can help boost U.S. economic growth and “reignite animal spirits,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said today in Washington. [ read more … ]

Trump’s Cabinet Selections Signal Pointed Shift After Obama

By Ken Thomas, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-12-19 04:43:31

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry once famously struggled to name three federal departments he would eliminate if elected president, muttering “oops” during a 2011 presidential debate. In one of the ironies of the Trump transition, Perry is now preparing to run one of those agencies, the Energy Department, after more than 14 years as governor. Perry presided over his state’s vast oil and gas industries and leading wind energy sector. He is currently on the boards of two petroleum companies seeking approval for the Dakota Access Pipeline project. He would be a break from predecessors such as Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, and Ernest Moniz, a nuclear physicist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. [ read more … ]

An infrastructure plan Democrats can love?

By ERIC LIPTON,  New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-12-19 04:44:37

The president-elect’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, told New York business leaders on Friday that Mr. Trump’s vision for a large-scale federal infrastructure program was “closer” to Senator Chuck Schumer’s, the incoming minority leader, than to the majority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell’s. Mr. Kushner made the remarks at an event hosted by the Partnership for New York City, just after an appearance by Mr. Schumer, the New York senator. [ read more … ]

Proposal for wind farm in Nebraska Sand Hills region is whipping up a ruckus

By Paul Hammel, Omaha Wald Herald  •    •  Posted 2016-12-19 04:43:58

Carolyn Semin and her husband, LeRoy, moved out to their patch of the Sand Hills in the 1950s. Other than a random passing vehicle on nearby Highway 20 they have enjoyed an unspoiled view of miles and miles of grass-covered prairie ever since. There are more cows than people in Cherry County, and the closest village, Kilgore, has a population that barely exceeds the capacity of a single school bus. But that sense of isolation was shattered this spring when a neighbor called to inform the Semins that 30 wind turbines, each more than 400 feet tall, were being planned across the highwa [ read more … ]

Michigan House approves energy bills on final day of term

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-12-19 04:42:26

The Michigan Legislature approved a rewrite of state energy laws, voting on the final day of the two-year term Thursday to boost the required use of renewable sources of power and to keep intact some competition in the electricity market. The bills, which passed 79-28 and 76-31 with bipartisan votes in the Republican-led House, then cleared the Senate 33-4. Gov. Rick Snyder will sign the legislation, which has been one of his top priorities. [ read more … ]

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