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February 22, 2018

‘I never imagined this would happen’ — ex-EPA staffer

Niina Heikkinen, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-02-22 06:28:03

Former U.S. EPA staff members who worked on the Clean Power Plan are urging the Trump administration to back off its plans to kill the rule. In public comments submitted yesterday, a volunteer group of retired and former agency staff called Save EPA said it should be up to a federal appeals court — not the Trump administration — to decide whether the Obama administration’s signature climate regulation should proceed as originally written. The group includes ex-EPA staffers who helped craft that rule. [ read more … ]

Trump rollbacks won’t hold up in court — Gina McCarthy

Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-02-22 06:28:40

Gina McCarthy, who served as U.S. EPA administrator under President Obama, said yesterday that the courts will likely overturn the Trump administration’s rollbacks of major environmental rules. “I think the important thing is that none of [the rules] should be touched unless the administration has a real reason to touch it, other than it was done during the Obama administration, and that’s the problem that we see,” McCarthy told BuzzFeed’s morning livestream program, “AM to DM.” [ read more … ]

Obama EPA chief: Trump regulation rollbacks won’t hold up legally

BY MIRANDA GREEN, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2018-02-22 06:28:59

Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says that regulations struck down by the Trump administration simply because they were issued under President Obama won’t carry weight in court. McCarthy, who led the Environmental Protection Agency from 2013 to 2017, called the recent political targeting of regulations at the agency a “real problem.” [ read more … ]

New Candidates Emerge for Trump’s Top Environmental Adviser

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-02-22 06:29:14

The Trump administration is considering a North Carolina regulator who questions mainstream climate science to be the next White House environmental adviser, just weeks after withdrawing a previous nominee who held similar views. Donald van der Vaart, the former secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, said in a telephone interview that he had been in discussions with the White House for several positions in recent months, most recently to possibly lead the Council on Environmental Quality, which is responsible for coordinating federal environmental policy. [ read more … ]

LaFleur warns against PJM plan altering ‘fundamental’ energy market mechanics

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-02-22 06:29:31

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should “think very hard” before it approves any proposal — like one pending in the PJM Interconnection — that would change which resources can set prices in wholesale energy markets, FERC Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur told a federal advisory group on Wednesday. LaFleur told the Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee that market reform proposals from PJM and other regional grid operators put wholesale markets at a “pivotal point” to either prosper or “wither toward gradual re-regulation.” She said she would continue to push for market redesign to prevent the latter outcome. [ read more … ]

How General Electric gambled on fossil fuel power, and lost

By Alwyn Scott, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-02-22 06:29:45

Last March, executives at General Electric Co’s power-plant business gave Wall Street a surprisingly bullish forecast for the year. Despite flat demand for new natural gas power plants, they said, GE Power’s revenue and profit would rise. Showing data from financial firm Lazard and other sources, their presentation said natural gas, coal and even some nuclear power plants were the lowest-cost producers of electricity on the planet, cheaper than wind or solar.
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