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May 24, 2017

8 energy and environment numbers to watch on the Hill

George Cahlink, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-24 06:42:23

Perhaps the most important budget number is not in the fiscal blueprint but is rather the number of seats Republicans control in the Senate. With a narrow GOP majority, Democrats can unite to filibuster any spending bill because Republicans would lack the 60 votes to end it. In that sense, the fiscal 2018 spending bills won’t be set by budgeteers at OMB but decided by appropriators in the Senate. [ read more … ]

Trump swings ax at coal, renewable, nuclear programs

Christa Marshall and Hannah Northey, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2017-05-24 06:43:03

The budget request proposes deep cuts in the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE), which oversees one of DOE’s biggest regulatory functions — efficiency standards for buildings and appliances — and supports research in wind, solar, geothermal and other clean energy technologies. It also provides the majority of funding for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado. [ read more … ]

Trump plans a 69 percent budget cut, large staff reductions at clean energy office

By Chris Mooney, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-05-24 06:43:38

New budget documents released by the Trump administration Tuesday confirmed fears of an extremely deep cut aimed at the government’s leading clean energy research office, triggering criticism from the former secretary of energy under President Barack Obama, Ernest Moniz. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy would see just $636 million in new funding in 2018 under the proposal, compared with a budget allocation of $ 2.069 billion in 2017, a decline of more than 69 percent, according to the documents. It would also cut staffing expenditures from 634 full-time employee equivalents down to an estimated 458, an almost 28 percent reduction. [ read more … ]

Trump Budget Proposes Deep Cuts in Energy Innovation Programs

By BRAD PLUMER and CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-05-24 06:44:02

President Trump’s budget proposal for 2018 envisions a flurry of changes to domestic energy policy, reaping billions of dollars in one-time revenue from oil and gas resources while cutting research into future energy technologies that could pay long-term dividends. Mr. Trump’s budget, released Tuesday, says it will raise about $36 billion over the next 10 years by selling off major American energy resources and infrastructure, opening up vast new areas of public land for oil and gas drilling, and redirecting state revenues from oil and gas royalties back to Washington. [ read more … ]

Renewable Energy Powers Jobs for Almost 10 Million People

By Mahmoud Habboush, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-05-24 06:44:26

Renewable energy employed 9.8 million people last year, up 1.1 percent from 2015, led by solar photovoltaic at 3.09 million jobs, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency’s annual report on the industry. Growth has slowed in the past two years while solar photovoltaic and wind categories more than doubled their number of jobs since 2012, the first year assessed, Irena said in the report.
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Fighting Trump on Climate, California Becomes a Global Force

By CORAL DAVENPORT and ADAM NAGOURNEY, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-05-24 06:44:48

Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency chief, whom Mr. Trump has charged with rolling back Obama-era environmental policies, speaks often of his belief in the importance of federalism and states’ rights, describing Mr. Trump’s proposals as a way to lift the oppressive yoke of federal regulations and return authority to the states. But of Mr. Brown’s push to expand California’s environmental policies to the country and the world, Mr. Pruitt said, “That’s not federalism — that’s a political agenda hiding behind federalism.” [ read more … ]

G7 Leaders Expect Trump to Make Paris Accord Decision This Week

By Brian Parkin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-05-24 06:45:12

World leaders expect President Donald Trump to announce this week whether the U.S. will remain in the landmark Paris climate accord as they gather for the Group of Seven summit, Germany’s environment minister said. Trump, who has derided global warming as a hoax, will state his decision after arriving Friday for the two-day meeting in Taormina, Italy, Germany’s environment minister Barbara Hendricks, said Monday.
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