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June 14, 2018

Top Stories

Inhofe on Pruitt — ‘We’ve had enough’

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-14 06:42:15

Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe, one of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s closest allies on Capitol Hill, issued the agency chief and fellow Oklahoman a stern warning today after yet another controversy emerged. During an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham this morning, the senator from Oklahoma was asked about a string of reports involving the use of staff, overspending and other controversies Pruitt is facing. [ read more … ]

Trump Wants to Bail Out Coal and Nuclear Power. Here’s Why That Will Be Hard.

By BRAD PLUMER and NADJA POPOVICH, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-06-14 06:42:55

When Mr. Trump came into office, he vowed to revive America’s coal mining industry by rolling back Obama-era environmental regulations. But coal keeps getting edged out by cheaper and cleaner alternatives. At least 15.4 gigawatts of coal capacity is set to retire this year, one of the biggest years on record, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. And the coal units that are left now operate far less frequently than they used to, replaced by natural gas, wind and solar power. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

As Subsidies Wane, Market Forces Drive the Growth of Renewables

By Vaishnavi Chandrashekhar, Yale 360  •    •  Posted 2018-06-14 06:43:26

Competitive bidding on new power installations is becoming increasingly common worldwide, with solar and wind energy now reaching parity with fossil fuels in many countries. But the rise of renewables auctions carries risks, including the elimination of smaller green energy producers. [ read more … ]

DOE gets no love from FERC at Senate hearing

Rod Kuckro and Blake Sobczak, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-06-14 06:43:48

No member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission spoke up in support of the Trump administration’s plan to subsidize failing coal and nuclear plants at a meeting of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee yesterday. The opportunities were there as questions were posed both by senators skeptical of such aid and those in support. [ read more … ]

GAO launches social cost of carbon study

Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-14 06:44:16

The government’s top watchdog has officially started its study of how the Trump administration uses the social cost of carbon metric to calculate the impact of federal actions on greenhouse gas emissions. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and six other Democrats asked the Government Accountability Office in December to look into the Trump administration’s rationale for raising its default discount rate for climate regulations, a move that allowed EPA to vastly lower its cost-per-ton calculation for carbon. [ read more … ]

Another climate fight against Big Oil begins

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-14 06:44:33

The debate over making oil companies pay for climate damages cames to a New York City courtroom yesterday. The city is suing the five largest oil conglomerates for allegedly creating a public nuisance by worsening global warming. [ read more … ]

Koch bros. invest in utilities seeking coal subsidies

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-14 06:44:47

A weekend report in The Markets Daily about Koch’s FirstEnergy buy raised eyebrows in Washington, D.C. FirstEnergy’s power plant division recently filed for bankruptcy protection, and the company has been outspoken in its support of a federal bailout for coal and nuclear units. [ read more … ]

Tesla lays off 9% of workforce

David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-14 06:45:03

Tesla Inc.’s founder, Elon Musk, announced yesterday that the company would shed about 9 percent of its employees as it tries to become a moneymaking company for the first time. No production employees are being let go, he said, adding that Tesla is still hiring for manufacturing jobs. Production is urgent for Tesla because it is struggling to make timely deliveries of the new Model 3, a speedy electric sedan intended as its first mass-market vehicle. [ read more … ]

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