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February 3, 2017

Scott Pruitt, Trump’s E.P.A. Pick, Is Approved by Senate Committee

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-02-03 06:41:26

Senate Republicans pressed forward on Thursday with the confirmation of President Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, suspending the Environment and Public Works Committee’s rules to approve the cabinet pick despite a Democratic boycott. The 11-0 vote sends the nomination to the full Senate, where Mr. Pruitt will most likely be approved next week. [ read more … ]

Former EPA head is worried about Trump, climate change

By David Abel, Boston Globe  •    •  Posted 2017-02-03 06:41:45

“The signs I’m seeing now are extremely disappointing,” McCarthy said Monday in her first interview since leaving Washington, D.C. Chief among her concerns are statements from President Trump’s EPA transition team suggesting that the agency’s staff may be cut by two-thirds, that political appointees will have to sign off on research, and that industry will have undue influence over scientific inquiries. [ read more … ]

Buckle-Up, Uncertainty Paves a Bumpy Road Ahead: Environmental Regulation Under the Trump Administration

By Samina Bharmal and Paul Freeman, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP, JD Supra  •    •  Posted 2017-02-03 06:43:41

While regulated industry can expect the Clean Power Plan to disappear, EPA remains legally required to develop a new rule in its place. EPA is not expected to rescind the underlying finding that GHGs are a pollutant requiring EPA regulation. Any such rule developed under the Trump Administration is expected to be far less burdensome on regulated industry. Any future rule could also be impacted by the anticipated withdrawal from the Paris Agreement for international reductions in carbon emissions. Withdrawal would remove EPA’s ability to rely on other nations’ climate action to justify its own regulatory authority under CAA Section 115, an often cited alternative for regulating GHGs. [ read more … ]

Republicans Reverse Rule to Protect Streams From Coal Mining

By HIROKO TABUCHI, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-02-03 06:45:04

Using an obscure law that allows Congress to review regulations before they take effect, the Senate voted to reverse the Stream Protection Rule, which seeks to protect the nation’s waterways from debris generated by a practice called surface mining. The Interior Department had said the rule would protect 6,000 miles of streams and 52,000 acres of forests by keeping coal mining debris away from nearby waters. [ read more … ]

Lawmakers override Hogan’s renewable energy veto

By JOSH BOLLINGER, The Star Democrat  •    •  Posted 2017-02-03 06:42:39

The Maryland legislature overrode Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a renewable energy-related bill from last session, a measure Hogan has dubbed the “sunshine tax.” The bill raises Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard goal that electricity suppliers reach a level of 25 percent renewable energy by 2020, from 20 percent by 2022. Hogan vetoed the bill last May. The House of Delegates voted 88-51 to restore the bill on Tuesday, Jan. 31, and the Senate on Thursday, Feb. 2, voted 32-13 for the override. [ read more … ]

Maryland economy wins big with Clean Energy Jobs Act

By AWEA  •    •  Posted 2017-02-03 06:43:06

The Maryland General Assembly voted today to override Gov. Hogan’s veto and restore the Clean Energy Jobs Act. American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) CEO Tom Kiernan hailed the override: “Making the Clean Energy Jobs Act law is the right decision for Maryland. Renewable energy legislation is pro-growth, pro-business, and means access to more jobs in Maryland.” said Tom Kiernan, AWEA CEO. “From the Free State’s population-hubs to majestic shores, this ensures more low-cost, homegrown American wind power reaches homeowners and businesses.” [ read more … ]

Renewables Dominated New U.S. Power Generation in 2016

By Leon Kaye, Triple Pundit  •    •  Posted 2017-02-03 06:44:16

Fears that a new Trump administration could roll back advances clean energy may be seriously overblown. Such assumptions are belied by data released in the most recent update from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Of the over 26 gigawatts of new energy capacity added throughout the United States last year, the vast majority of it came from renewables, the FERC found. [ read more … ]

Oregon far short of greenhouse gas emissions goals, report says

By Ted Sickinger, The Oregonian  •    •  Posted 2017-02-03 06:45:28

Oregon is not reducing carbon dioxide emissions fast enough to meet its goals for 2020 and beyond, a new report finds. In fact, it’s not even close. Those are the findings of a biennial report the Oregon Global Warming Commission will deliver to state lawmakers this week, and they come despite ambitious legislation passed to cut emissions from the electricity and transportation sectors. [ read more … ]

Saudi Arabia Plans the World’s Cheapest Power With Solar and Wind

By Wael Mahdi, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-02-03 06:45:46

The kingdom plans to produce 9.5 gigawatts of power from renewable energy sources by 2023, Al-Falih said. Building more solar plants and developing a nuclear-power industry is part of a broader government plan to diversify away from crude sales as the main source of income. Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest crude exporter and pumps the most oil among the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. [ read more … ]

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