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July 10, 2018

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EPA sends proposed Clean Power Plan rule replacement to White House

Niina Heikkinen, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-10 15:58:19

EPA submitted its proposal to replace the Clean Power Plan to the White House yesterday, the same day Andrew Wheeler began work as the new temporary head of the agency. The proposal to replace the Obama-era regulation on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants is now under review by the Office of Management and Budget. [ read more … ]

The roiled solar power market shows how Trump’s tariffs can disrupt an industry

By Jim Puzzanghera and Don Lee, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2018-07-10 15:58:47

A 30% U.S. tariff on imported solar panels put in place last winter should have caused prices here to jump. But when tariffs are unleashed, as businesses are learning, things don’t always go as expected. Therein lies a cautionary tale of the uncertainty in store for other industries as the Trump administration’s latest tariffs took effect Friday against hundreds of Chinese imports valued at $34 billion, including semiconductors, farm machinery, medical devices and aircraft parts. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Kavanaugh can ‘sympathize’ on climate but questions action

Benjamin Hulac and Adam Aton, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-07-10 15:59:11

Since 2006, Kavanaugh has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. From that perch, he has bristled against EPA regulations. That tendency reflects his stringent views related to an agency’s responsibilities when creating rules, rather than a reflex against environmental regulations, some experts said. [ read more … ]

Kavanaugh’s record: Climate regs, pipelines, LNG and more

Ellen M. Gilmer, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-10 15:59:28

Kavanaugh has the lengthiest record on energy and environmental issues of all Trump’s finalists for Kennedy’s seat. The D.C. Circuit frequently hears cases dealing with EPA, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other agencies, and the court often has the final say on key environmental law questions. [ read more … ]

Growing number of Americans believe in warming — poll

Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-10 16:00:30

There remains a wide partisan gap in the way Americans view global warming, the survey found. The results suggest that 90 percent of Democrats and 50 percent of Republicans see evidence of climate change. The 40-percentage-point margin is tied for the widest partisan divide in the survey’s history.
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Unorthodox FERC chief of staff speaks out — to Breitbart

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-10 15:59:52

The chief of staff at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, a former White House adviser, gave an unusual interview to a Breitbart News Network radio show this weekend. [ read more … ]

DOE to seek comments on critical power infrastructure

Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-10 16:00:16

The Department of Energy will soon publish proposed regulations outlining how it plans to “receive, hold and share” critical electricity infrastructure information from utilities, a senior DOE official said yesterday. The new rules are necessary as a complement to the Trump administration’s efforts to focus on maintaining and improving the resilience of the nation’s bulk power and distributions systems. [ read more … ]


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