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March 16, 2017

Trump, Easing Emissions Rule, Vows to Expand Auto Jobs

By BILL VLASIC, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-03-16 06:50:55

President Trump came to the heart of the auto industry on Wednesday with a manifesto for American manufacturing: to remove the shackles of regulation and restore an age of industrial glory. Granting the automakers their top wish, Mr. Trump halted an initiative by the Obama administration to impose stringent fuel-economy standards by 2025 — rules meant to cut carbon emissions and meet international commitments to address climate change. [ read more … ]

Trump Budget Proposal Would Slice EPA Spending by Nearly a Third

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-03-16 06:51:40

The document sends a clear signal about the Trump administration’s desire to dismantle the architecture former President Barack Obama built across the federal government to combat climate change and promote low-carbon energy production. It coincides with other planned policy changes to blunt the influence climate change considerations play in government decisions, from what areas should be open for oil drilling to how to boost the efficiency of household appliances. [ read more … ]

Who Wins and Loses in Trump’s Proposed Budget

By ALICIA PARLAPIANO, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-03-16 06:52:03

DOE, the budget would cut or eliminate programs to support research of breakthrough clean energy technology, including the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy and the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program. However, members of both parties in Congress have supported those programs, and it is unlikely that they will agree to eliminate them entirely [ read more … ]

Trump to Drop Climate Change From Environmental Reviews, Source Says

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-03-16 06:52:30

President Donald Trump is set to sign a sweeping directive to dramatically shrink the role climate change plays in decisions across the government, ranging from appliance standards to pipeline approvals, according to a person familiar with the administration’s plan. The order, which could be signed this week, goes far beyond a targeted assault on Obama-era measures blocking coal leasing and throttling greenhouse gas emissions from power plants that has been discussed for weeks. Some of the changes could happen immediately; others could take years to implement. [ read more … ]

More states consider boosting renewable fuel mandates

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-03-16 06:48:46

Massachusetts and California lawmakers are contemplating proposals to go 100 percent renewable (Climatewire, March 13). Legislators in Nevada and New Jersey have laid out plans to get 80 percent of their power from low-carbon sources. Efforts in Connecticut and Minnesota, where policymakers are debating boosting renewable energy mandates to 50 percent, are relatively modest by comparison. In all, 10 states are considering an increase in renewable portfolio standards, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. [ read more … ]

Scientists are conspicuously missing from Trump’s government

By Chris Mooney, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-03-16 06:48:22

President Trump has moved to fill just one of 46 key science and technology positions that help the government counter risks ranging from chemical and biological attacks to rising seas, a Washington Post analysis has found. The vacancies in the 46 Senate-confirmed posts range from the president’s science adviser, to the administrators of NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to the chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. The Post analysis was based on a listing of top federal science and technology positions compiled by the National Academy of Sciences, combined with an ongoing analysis by The Washington Post and the Partnership for Public Service of over 500 key Senate-confirmed government slots that must be filled. [ read more … ]

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