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February 15, 2018

‘Jaws drop’ as Trump floats gasoline tax hike

Nick Sobczyk and Geof Koss, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-02-15 06:41:21

President Trump yesterday told lawmakers he wants to raise the gasoline tax by 25 cents a gallon to help pay for his infrastructure plan, startling Republicans and rejecting the stance of his own administration. “He said we should raise the gas, diesel tax by 25 cents a gallon,” according to Senate Environment and Public Works ranking member Tom Carper (D-Del.). “He kept coming back to that and saying that these things are worth having, they’re worth paying for.” [ read more … ]

Utilities, NRDC to regulators: Clean energy is inevitable

Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-02-15 06:39:53

The leading lobby for the electric utility industry and a prominent environmental group today issued a joint statement in support of an “accelerating” clean energy transition that is defined by energy efficiency, reducing carbon emissions and empowering states and customers. The 21 recommendations from the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and the Natural Resources Defense Council speak not just to where the electricity industry is now, but — more important — to where it is headed in the coming decades. [ read more … ]

‘Made in the U.S.A.’ Turbines Complicate U.S. Offshore Wind Plan

By Jim Efstathiou Jr, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-02-15 06:40:13

With state officials eyeing $56 billion of wind farm projects off the American coastline, developers are worried the turbines will need to be stamped with a big “Made in the U.S.A.” That’s because the U.S. doesn’t make any. Each structure is enormous — almost half the height of the Empire State Building. Most all of them are constructed in Europe, at least for now. As states in the U.S. Northeast jump into wind power, they’re betting they can create their own windmill industry. [ read more … ]

Trump cuts offshore spending

By Renewable Energy News  •    •  Posted 2018-02-15 06:40:27

US President Donald Trump has cut government spending on offshore renewable projects in the proposed 2019 budget for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). The proposal for the 2019 fiscal year makes a total of $179.3m available to the federal outfit, but spending on offshore renewables is set to fall from its 2018 total of $23.7m to $20.7m next year [ read more … ]

In Oklahoma, a war over wind power

By Ryan Maye Handy, Houston Chronicle  •    •  Posted 2018-02-15 06:40:44

The fossil fuel and renewable power industries have fought a low-grade conflict for years, maneuvering in state capitols and Congress to gain advantage in tax and energy policies that might increase or protect market share. But in Oklahoma, where officials are contending with a massive budget deficit, the long-simmering tensions have broken out into a war over wind power that has already eliminated the state’s renewable energy tax credit program and threatens to further undermine financial supports for the burgeoning wind industry. In the latest development, a plan backed by oil and gas interests to impose new taxes on wind energy production failed in the Oklahoma House this week when it failed to gain the three-fourths majority needed to approve tax increases. [ read more … ]

Energy adviser quits over failure to get security clearance

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-02-15 06:41:37

The White House’s top energy adviser and most vocal proponent of engaging in the Paris climate accord resigned today after failing to obtain a permanent security clearance. George David Banks, the special assistant at the National Economic Council and National Security Council focused on international energy and environment, confirmed that the White House counsel’s office had told him he would not receive a permanent clearance because he admitted to smoking marijuana in 2013. Politico first reported his resignation. [ read more … ]

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