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China files WTO challenge to US tariffs on solar p...

BEIJING (AP) – China says it is challenging a U.S. tariff hike on solar panels before the World Trade Organization, adding to its sprawling conflicts with President Donald Trump over trade and technology. The 30 percent tariffs announced in January improperly help U.S. producers in violation of WTO rules, the Commerce Ministry said. It said a formal complaint was filed Tuesday with the WTO in Geneva. The solar duties...

Plans to allow mining, logging and more all-purpos...

Debate is already underway through public meetings and on social media over draft plans to allow mining and logging of hundreds of acres and expanding by miles all-purpose vehicle trails in some of Ohio’s 21 forests. Ohioans have just under a month to submit any concerns or other comments in writing to the state’s Division of Forestry, which has published drafts online of annual work plans for the forests. Combined, the...

GUEST COMMENTARY: Want to create jobs? Reduce foss...

We’ve all heard claims that fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas are major job creators. President Trump says so all the time. But it turns out that developing and installing the technology to reduce fossil fuel use — known in the industry as “energy efficiency” — creates many more jobs than fossil fuels. Energy efficiency jobs in the United States totaled 2.18 million in 2016, more than double the total of fossil fuel...

Trump Fuel Efficiency Proposal Is Attack on Global...

The Trump administration followed through on a move long dreaded by environmental groups and several states Thursday, publishing an official proposal to rollback Obama-era vehicle emissions standards and to revoke California’s waiver to set stricter air pollution standards under the Clean Air Act, E&E News reported. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety...

Researchers reveal scope of damage to Appalachia f...

Between 1985 and 2015, an average of 21,000 acres was converted to bare earth and rubble. Surface coal mining, including mountaintop removal mining, was responsible for the clearing of more than 7 percent of the land in central Appalachia — or an area about three times the size of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park — from the mid-1970s through 2015, according to new research. A total of almost 2,300 square miles of land...

Is there a conservative case for a carbon tax?

When a Republican congressman from Florida proposed a tax on carbon emissions, a conservative backlash followed. Yet many GOP voters and businesses support incentives for a clean-energy economy. – Amelia When Florida Congressman Carlos Curbelo proposed a federal tax on carbon emissions, he broke ranks with many Republicans who reject taxation on principle and who assert that human activity is not warming the planet. But his...

IEEFA op-ed: A U.S. coal bailout wouldn’t stop ele...

A blatant misuse of the law and a phony national-defense argument It seems a waste of time and resources to call on a nearly 70-year-old defense law to rescue certain failing and outdated sectors of the energy industry. Yet that is precisely what has been proposed. The Trump administration is floating a plan to use the Defense Production Act of 1950, enacted as a drastic national-security measure to be deployed in time of...

‘Climate Change’ Has Been Scrubbed Fro...

The Department of the Treasury removed mentions of “climate change” from an unpublished sustainability report it prepared for 2017, E&E News reports. Meanwhile, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health—which researches risks to workers’ health—has removed “climate change” from certain webpages, according to work from the Environmental Governance and Data Initiative, an...

Families and business owners near Perry State Fore...

PERRY COUNTY, Ohio — There’s a rumbling in Perry State Forest where coal mining could return by the end of this year if a permit is approved. Families who live and work near a proposed mining site don’t want it there. They say it would be a disruption to the beauty of the forest and their lives. Lauren Ketcham is co-owner of Down the Road Farm. The name spells out her vision. “Our name Down the Road, one of the reasons...

California’s Incredible New Solar Panel Law Could ...

In fact, the state has a law that at least 50 percent of all electricity will come from carbon-free sources by 2030. But on May 9, 2018, the state upped the ante, with the California Energy Commission unanimously approving a plan requiring all new homes and apartment buildings to have some form of solar power installed. That, in a word, is historic. Yes, similar mandates have been passed by US cities, but this one’s the...

Pruitt departure could boost Trump deregulatory ag...

Dive Brief: Scott Pruitt, the embattled administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has resigned his post as the nation’s top environmental regulator, President Trump announced Thursday on Twitter. Pruitt pursued an aggressive deregulatory agenda during his time at the helm of EPA, including attempts to weaken greenhouse gas regulations for power plants, fuel economy standards for cars and the nation’s...

United States energy independence – good or ...

U.S. energy independence relates to the goal of reducing the United States imports of petroleum and other foreign sources of energy. Energy independence is espoused by those who want to leave the U.S. unaffected by global energy supply disruptions, and to restrict reliance upon politically unstable states for its energy security. Energy independence is highly concerned with oil, the source of the country’s principal...

Could Proposed Mission Statement Changes Shake NOA...

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which is the foremost U.S. agency focusing on weather, climate and oceans, reassured reporters Monday that it would not shift its focus away from climate change and conservation after a presentation last week suggested it might do exactly that, USA Today reported. Last week, acting NOAA head Rear Admiral Timothy Gallaudet spoke at a Department of Commerce summit and...

Will Scott Pruitt Decide We’ve Been Reducing...

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has announced several plans, the latest on June 13, to revise the economic analysis that undergirds the nation’s limits on pollution, including the emissions of greenhouse gases that are warming the planet. Pruitt’s basic assumption in the agency’s rulemaking seems to be that the United States has reduced pollution too much, because government analysts have overestimated its adverse effects. ...

Pruitt Proposes Weakening EPA’s Power Over W...

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt on Wednesday proposed another way to weaken U.S. environmental regulations protecting the nation’s waterways from pollution. In a memo dated June 26 but released June 27, Pruitt asked the EPA’s Office of Water and Regional Administrators to draft a proposal that would restrict the agency’s ability to revoke permits issued by the U.S. Army Corps of...