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January 31, 2017

Trump signs executive order to slash regulations

By Ayesha Rascoe, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-01-31 06:09:40

President Donald Trump signed an order on Monday that will seek to dramatically pare back federal regulations by requiring agencies to cut two existing regulations for every new rule introduced. “This will be the biggest such act that our country has ever seen. There will be regulation, there will be control, but it will be normalized control,” Trump said as he signed the order in the Oval Office, surrounded by a group of small business owners. [ read more … ]

Overnight Energy: Senate begins moving Trump’s energy, environment team

BY TIMOTHY CAMA AND DEVIN HENRY, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2017-01-31 06:10:00

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources will vote on two Trump administration nominees on Tuesday, pushing ahead the confirmation process for President Trump’s energy and environment team. The committee will consider Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) to be Interior secretary and Rick Perry to be secretary of Energy. [ read more … ]

U.S. will change course on climate policy, Trump official says

By Nina Chestney, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-01-31 06:10:23

The United States will switch course on climate change and will pull the country out of a global pact to cut emissions, said Myron Ebell, who headed U.S. President Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transition team until his inauguration. “(Trump) could do it by executive order tomorrow or he could do it as part of a larger package,” Ebell told a conference in London on Monday. “I have no idea of the timing.” [ read more … ]

Why a red state is the No. 1 wind energy producer in America

By Charlie Wood, Christian Science Monitor  •    •  Posted 2017-01-31 06:11:36

Wind capacity in America has swung sharply upward since 2000, and the latest boost came this Wednesday: New York continued the wind bonanza with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that Long Island will soon host America’s biggest offshore wind farm. But despite the governor’s ambitious plans for the blue state to get half of its energy from renewables by 2030, it still lags, at least in wind, far behind America’s unexpected leader. Everything’s bigger in Texas. And that includes energy of all varieties. [ read more … ]

Trump’s Climate Stance Threatens Relations With China

By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-01-31 06:10:49

President Donald Trump’s vow to pull back from climate-change efforts endangers one of the few areas where China and the U.S. have seen eye-to-eye, exacerbating tensions as he takes on more contentious subjects. “There is a long history of countries that struggle to get along, using the subject of the environment to continue talking and build good will,” said David Victor, co-chair of the Brookings Institution’s foreign policy, energy security and climate initiative. “This is the equivalent of fathers and sons talking about sports.” [ read more … ]

Tesla’s Battery Revolution Just Reached Critical Mass

By by Tom Randall, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-01-31 06:11:08

Tesla Motors Inc. is making a huge bet that millions of small batteries can be strung together to help kick fossil fuels off the grid. The idea is a powerful one—one that’s been used to help justify the company’s $5 billion factory near Reno, Nev.—but batteries have so far only appeared in a handful of true, grid-scale pilot projects. That changes this week. [ read more … ]

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