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September 7, 2017

House mulls enviro amendments, avoids monuments fight

George Cahlink, Kellie Lunney and Ariel Wittenberg, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2017-09-07 06:49:36

The House is set to vote on dozens of energy and environment amendments to a massive spending package before the end of the week, but lawmakers will avoid wading into the controversy over the administration’s review of national monuments. [ read more … ]

Wind Power Wins Converts in Rural U.S.

By Erin Ailworth, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2017-09-07 06:49:54

Wind now produces more than 36% of Iowa’s electricity, nearly 7 gigawatts of capacity in all, second only to Texas’s 21 gigawatts. The falling price of wind power, along with its environmental benefits, helped persuade companies like Facebook Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google to open data centers in the state, said Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. [ read more … ]

Trump administration, states headed for showdown over fuel rules

By David Shepardson, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-09-07 06:50:31

The Trump administration and major U.S. states appear to be headed for a showdown over landmark rules aimed at doubling the fuel efficiency of vehicles sold in the United States. At an Environmental Protection Agency public hearing on Wednesday on the fuel rules in Washington, California air resources board official Annette Hebert warned that the state could withdraw from a nationwide vehicle emissions program if the EPA weakens the regulations or ignores the technical record. New York state also urged the administration not to weaken the rules. [ read more … ]

Hundreds set to leave EPA via buyout, retirement

Niina Heikkinen, Kevin Bogardus and Hannah Northey, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2017-09-07 06:50:49

Hundreds of U.S. EPA employees are heading for the exits after the agency offered a round of buyout and early retirement packages. An EPA official told E&E News that 362 employees have taken voluntary buyouts. Agency workers were expected to accept buyout offers by Sept. 2, but the official noted 45 other employees are still considering offers. [ read more … ]

Tidal energy wades toward viability

By Andrew Maykuth, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Inquirer  •    •  Posted 2017-09-07 06:51:17

Engineers are fine-tuning what they hope is the next big development in renewable power: energy generated by tides flowing in and out. High maintenance costs, environmental concerns and other obstacles have held back tidal power even as wind and solar power have become commercially competitive. Like other renewables, tidal energy is intermittent — ramping up every six hours and 25 minutes as the tides change — but the size and timing of its flows can be forecast years in advance, and the potential is enormous. [ read more … ]

Scotland aims to phase out new petrol, diesel cars by 2032

By Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-09-07 06:51:30

Scotland plans to phase out new petrol and diesel cars by 2032, eight years earlier than under proposals set out by the London government, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Tuesday. In July, Britain said it would ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040 to cut pollution, replicating plans by France and cities such as Madrid, Mexico City and Athens. [ read more … ]

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