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April 13, 2017

Scott Pruitt Faces Anger From Right Over E.P.A. Finding He Won’t Fight

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-04-13 06:34:00

Now a growing chorus of critics on the other end of the political spectrum say Mr. Pruitt has not gone far enough. In particular, they are angry that he has refused to challenge a landmark agency determination known as the endangerment finding, which provides the legal basis for Mr. Obama’s Clean Power Plan and other global warming policies. These critics say that Mr. Pruitt is hacking only at the branches of current climate policy. They want him to pull it out by the roots. [ read more … ]

White House seeks deal with Calif. on emission standards

Camille von Kaenel, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-04-13 06:34:46

The White House has told automakers it will seek to broker an agreement on emissions standards with California to avoid a patchwork of rules. Car companies that have pushed the administration for relief on stringent emissions and mileage requirements are also urging consistency around the country. President Trump has vowed to review the federal vehicle emissions standards for 2025 to ensure that they are not hurting manufacturing jobs, reversing an Obama-era decision. [ read more … ]

Businesses pressure Trump to stay in Paris climate deal

By Devin Henry, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2017-04-13 06:35:09

Businesses that support the Paris climate deal are pressuring President Trump to keep the United States in the accord. They argue that by staying involved in the international talks, the U.S. can discourage policies that could hurt the oil, gas and coal industries. Coal companies, oil giants Exxon Mobil Corp. and ConocoPhillips, renewable energy groups, and major American manufacturers such as General Electric are among those arguing that the United States should stay in the deal.The White House has promised that Trump will decide on the United States’ involvement in the Paris deal before next month, a high-stakes decision with major diplomatic and economic implications. [ read more … ]

Trump’s climate demands roil U.S. allies

By Andrew Restuccia, Politico  •    •  Posted 2017-04-13 06:35:43

President Donald Trump’s abrupt turnaround on U.S. climate policy is fueling tension with several of America’s closest allies, which are resisting the administration’s demands that they support a bigger role for nuclear power and fossil fuels in the world’s energy supply. The dispute blew up at this week’s meeting of G-7 energy ministers, at which Trump administration officials pushed to include stronger pro-coal, pro-nuclear language in a proposed joint statement on energy policy. The fight had been simmering behind the scenes for weeks as the White House, Energy Department and State Department clashed with negotiators from other G-7 countries over the statement, according to an internal document obtained by POLITICO and interviews with diplomats. [ read more … ]

Public is asked to help pick rules for chopping block

Arianna Skibell, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-04-13 06:36:27

U.S. EPA’s regulatory task force is looking for suggestions on what rules should be repealed, replaced or modified. A Federal Register notice posted yesterday asks the agency’s program offices to collect public comments on — among other things — rules that eliminate jobs, are outdated or ineffective, impose costs that outweigh benefits, or implement now-repealed executive orders. “We are supporting the restoration of America’s economy through extensive reviews of the misaligned regulatory actions from the past administration,” Administrator Scott Pruitt said in a statement. [ read more … ]

Commentary: Wind is winning in Texas

By Chris Brown, Austin American Statesman  •    •  Posted 2017-04-13 06:36:51

Thirty miles north of the state capital, there’s a community that’s one of the first U.S. cities to get 100 percent of its power from wind and other renewable energy. It has generated national news attention and no small sense of wonder. Because in conservative Georgetown, green is the color of money as well as a clear signal of the power of inexpensive, home-grown clean energy to drive jobs and economic growth across America. Wind is winning because of its low price and predictability, which Texans have seized on to become the No. 1 state in total wind-powered electricity. At peakproduction times, wind has generated nearly 50 percent of the electricity powering the Lone Star State’s grid. [ read more … ]

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