The First 100 Days of Energy Policy in the Trump Administration
“President Trump will become the first president to achieve American energy independence.”
In late May, Donald Trump (with policy input from fracking billionaire Harold Hamm) laid out his 100-day energy action plan:
“Rescind all the job-destroying Obama executive actions including the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the United States rule.”
“We’re going to save the coal industry, we’re going to save that coal...
GOP platform, which calls coal ‘clean’, would reverse decades of U.S. energy and climate policy
The Republican Party platform adopted Monday night would bring a total about-face on U.S. energy and climate policy, declaring that the priority placed on combating climate change under President Obama “the triumph of extremism over common sense, and Congress must stop it.”
The GOP platform calls coal “clean,” pledges to reverse a Supreme Court ruling on the scope of the Clean Air Act, seeks to open vast amounts of federally protected public lands...
Insurers, banks, and pension funds could all be hurt by climate change
Is climate change bad for business?
According to the Global Risk Institute (GRI), a nonprofit based in Toronto, it may be. In a new report, GRI warned that global warming could present significant risks for financial institutions.
“Given the financial service industry’s heavily integrated role in society, it is particularly susceptible to the risks associated with climate change,” GRI wrote in its report. “It must therefore ensure that proper...
Even States That Oppose U.S. Pollution Controls Are Preparing to Comply
Matt Mead, the governor of Wyoming, the nation’s leading coal-producing state, fiercely opposes President Obama’s climate change regulations, which could shutter hundreds of coal plants and deeply wound his state, one of 27 that are suing to block the plan.
Mead, a Republican, has ordered his top environmental officials to prepare to comply with the president’s effort, known as the Clean Power Plan — to prepare for a future in which Mr. Obama’s...
Fracking’s Total Environmental Impact Is Staggering, Report Finds
The body of evidence is growing that fracking is not only bad for the global climate, it is also dangerous for local communities.
And affected communities are growing in number. A new report, released Thursday, details the sheer amount of water contamination, air pollution, climate impacts, and chemical use in fracking in the United States.
“For the past decade, fracking has been a nightmare for our drinking water, our open spaces, and our climate,”...
Fiduciary Duty Rule Change to the Rescue: Should Millennials and Responsible Investors Take Heart?
Co-Authored by Perry Goldschein, a corporate sustainability consultant, and former environmental and regulatory lawyer, with 15 years of experience helping organizations create value through sustainability.
It’s not often that fiduciary duty makes the news. But when the Department of Labor (DOL) — which oversees pensions and retirement accounts — recently announced rules that will require financial advisors to act in their clients’ best...
Scientists say Lake Erie’s annual algae bloom should be moderate
PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio — After a monster toxic algae bloom blanketed Lake Erie last year, scientists are forecasting a more moderate bloom this summer.
But while the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s annual prediction calls for a smaller bloom this year, some scientists and environmental advocacy groups say it does not mean the problem behind the toxic mess has been solved.
“We do expect there to be a bloom, but substantially...
Hundreds of Offshore Fracking Wells Dump Billions of Gallons of Oil Waste Into Gulf
As the U.S. shale industry comes under increasing scrutiny for its environmental and health impact, it has emerged that the U.S. has approved fracking offshore leading to billions of gallons of wastewater to be dumped at sea.
The Center for Biological Diversity has released federal documents that reveal that officials approved more than 1,200 offshore fracks in 630 different wells in the four years from 2010 to 2014 in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Gulf of...
Reclaim our coal mines now, not later
The coal industry is in a crisis, largely of its own making, and it is now threatening to take taxpayers down with it. Hard-working Americans could be on the hook for billions of dollars in mine clean-up costs if we don’t put a stop to this.
The problem lies with “self-bonding,” a program that allows large, financially sound coal companies to pledge their own assets as insurance to guarantee cleanup in lieu of posting a real bond. But as several of...
What If We Redesigned the Grid From Nothing? – Podcast
The Energy Gang asks whether utilities, regulators and third-party energy companies will ever coalesce around a common vision for the future grid.
What would the electric grid look like if we redesigned it from scratch using today’s vast array of new technologies and rate designs? Would utilities, regulators and distributed energy providers agree on the design?
They might agree on more than you think.
In this week’s show, we’ll talk with...