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May 23, 2017

Mulvaney sees tough sell to Congress as Trump’s budget chief

George Cahlink, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-23 06:41:48

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a senior appropriator, concedes Mulvaney has one of the tougher jobs in Washington. “The budget is dead, OK? We’re not going to enact the president’s budget, but it’s Mick Mulvaney’s job to sell the budget and be a loyal soldier and try to listen to Congress,” he said. [ read more … ]

Trump plan would open ANWR, slash EPA, scrap revenue sharing

George Cahlink, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-23 06:42:16

President Trump is making good on proposals to gut energy and environmental programs in an expanded budget request due out tomorrow, according to documents the White House released today. The proposal calls for an unprecedented 31 percent cut for U.S. EPA, an 11 percent cut for the Interior Department and an almost 6 percent cut for the Energy Department. All told, the spending blueprint, which follows a “skinny budget” earlier this year, comes in at just over $4.1 trillion, an increase of less than $100 billion over current spending. [ read more … ]

Gov. Branstad Leaves Iowa With New Voter ID, Anti-Union Laws

By Barbara Rodriguez, The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-05-23 06:42:45

Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad’s upcoming departure to Beijing marks the end of a career in state politics that spans several decades. As the longest-serving governor in the U.S. at more than 22 years, Branstad oversaw Iowa throughout the farm crisis of the 1980s that brought financial ruin to many farmers and during the Great Flood of 1993 that inundated communities throughout the Midwest. But the 70-year-old who’s leaving to be President Donald Trump’s ambassador to China may get the most attention for his actions during his final year in office, when Republicans controlled the governor’s office and both chambers of the Legislature for the first time in nearly 20 yea [ read more … ]

Pruitt wants to give power to states. Not all of them want it

Niina Heikkinen, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-23 06:43:12

Scott Pruitt took the helm at U.S. EPA promising that under the Trump administration, states would take greater control over environmental regulations. States have had mixed responses to Pruitt’s message. Some argue that local officials are better-equipped to choose regulatory strategies that work best within their borders. Others say EPA has a vital role to play in managing air and water pollution, and it should not limit that role. [ read more … ]

Scottish Power lands US wind farm deal

By BBC News  •    •  Posted 2017-05-23 06:43:36

Scottish Power has won the right to build two offshore wind farms in the US which it says could eventually power 400,000 homes. The two sites combined are more than double the size of the energy giant’s operations in the UK. The two farms will be off the coast of Massachusetts and North Carolina, and are expected to start generating power by 2022 and 2025 respectively.
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Shaheen attempts pivot back to small, renewable energy

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-23 06:43:56

The Trump administration may be focused on safeguarding baseload nuclear and coal-fired power plants, but one Democratic senator wants to shift congressional attention back to smaller, renewable generators. Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire quietly reintroduced a bill in recent days that would require the Department of Energy to tackle regulatory obstacles limiting the integration of rooftop solar and other distributed power onto the grid. [ read more … ]

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