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April 28, 2017

Appeals Panel Agrees to Delay Case on Coal Plant Pollution

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-04-28 06:40:51

The Trump administration has successfully delayed a legal fight over enforcing Obama-era restrictions on pollution from coal-fired power plants. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Thursday granted a request from the Environmental Protection Agency to postpone a planned hearing on 2012 rules requiring energy companies to cut emissions of toxic chemicals. Though the regulations are finalized and already in effect, the new administration told the court it intends to rewrite them.
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Early skirmishes on Trump policies prefigure long legal war

Amanda Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-04-28 06:41:28

The Trump administration’s legal maneuverings and attempts to begin unraveling regulations during its first 100 days have set the stage for what are likely to be prolonged, fierce battles in environmental law over the next four years. The administration has mostly tried to get its bearing in a host of environmental legal disputes pending in various federal courts. Early skirmishes with environmentalists have centered on its requests to halt litigation as it figures out what to do with Obama-era policies. [ read more … ]

The Trump White House is at war with itself about climate change

By Chris Mooney, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-04-28 06:41:49

A number of climate experts have suggested they expect the White House will eventually decide to remain in the agreement. “I think there is a better than 50/50 chance that the Trump administration will stay in the Paris agreement. I think odds are they will stay in,” Al Gore told the TED conference in Vancouver Wednesday. The internal administration debate about the U.S. position toward Paris was echoed on Capitol Hill on Tuesday when Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), who served as Trump’s energy adviser during the campaign, convened a panel to debate the merits of staying in, or departing from, the agreement. The event showed surprising support for the “stay” position, including from conservatives. [ read more … ]

New Executive Order Includes Renewable Fuels

By CINDY ZIMMERMAN, Ag Wired  •    •  Posted 2017-04-28 06:42:11

The executive order includes an emphasis on renewable fuels, stating that, “It is in the national interest to promote American agriculture and protect the rural communities where food, fiber, forestry, and many of our renewable fuels are cultivated.” One of the stated objectives of the task force is to “further the Nation’s energy security by advancing traditional and renewable energy production in the rural landscape.” [ read more … ]

Mayors group launches bid to expand clean energy initiative

Hannah Hess, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-04-28 06:42:42

A group of U.S. mayors announced a recruiting push for their campaign to promote renewable energy in cities. The Mayors for 100% Clean Energy initiative is led by officials who have been partnering with the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100movement. [ read more … ]

Southern Cross to Carry Texas Wind Power Through Mississippi

By Jeff Amy, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-04-28 06:43:18

A San Francisco-based renewable energy company wants Mississippi regulators to approve a $1.4 billion power transmission line that would carry electricity from wind generated in Texas to the Southeast. The Southern Cross Transmission line would extend from Texas through Desoto Parish in Louisiana, crossing into Mississippi south of Greenville. It then would run across Mississippi, to a $300 million transmission facility near Columbus, where it would tie into existing power lines. [ read more … ]

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