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Donald Trump to scrap rule to protect roads and in...

Republican Carlos Curbelo condemns President’s plans as ‘irresponsible’ and ‘not fiscally conservative’, saying it will lead to taxpayers’ money being wasted. Overshadowed by his decision to describe some of those who took part in the far-right rally in Charlottesville as “very fine people”, Donald Trump announced plans to scrap regulations designed to protect roads and other...

Court Tosses an Obama-Era Climate Rule That Trump ...

The Trump administration’s attempt to defend one aspect of Barack Obama’s climate agenda failed as a federal court tossed a regulation to limit harmful chemicals used in air conditioners and refrigerators. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, in a 2-1 decision, ruled Tuesday the Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its authority in prohibiting the use of certain refrigerants that are potent greenhouse gases. In...

Net metering debates rev up, but regulators are sk...

More regulators are also revisiting net metering successor tariffs, according to a recent report Fights over net metering policies are showing no signs of slowing down in the second quarter of this year. According to the latest quarterly report from North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, there are 42 proceedings in 25 states plus the District of Columbia to increase fixed charges or minimum bills on residential solar...

Indiana’s governor just (May, 2017) signed a law t...

Gov. Eric Holcomb just slashed incentives for rooftop solar. In Indiana, solar employs nearly three times as many people as natural gas, according to the Department of Energy. You might think, given the numbers, that legislators would want to protect the state’s nascent solar industry. You would be wrong. On Tuesday, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) signed a bill that shreds incentives for rooftop solar, delivering a blow to...

Protest Challenges Fracking Plan for Ohio’s Only N...

  For Immediate Release, August 1, 2017 Contact: Taylor McKinnon, Center for Biological Diversity, (801) 300-2414, tmckinnon@biologicaldiversity.org Nathan Johnson, Ohio Environmental Council, (614) 487-5841, NJohnson@theOEC.org Jen Miller, Sierra Club Ohio Chapter, (614) 461-0734 x 300 jen.miller@sierraclub.org Tabitha Tripp, Heartwood, (812) 307-4326, info@heartwood.org Protest Challenges Fracking Plan for Ohio’s Only...

UK to ban gas and diesel cars by 2040

Electric cars will soon be as cheap as gas ones, “signaling economic turmoil for oil-exporting countries.” The UK will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040 to reduce pollution and improve public health, its government is announcing Wednesday. The UK joins a growing list of countries — including India, France, and Norway — with similar plans to phase out fossil fuel-burning cars. Peak oil demand is now...

State criticized for shifting millions from oil-an...

With three legislators objecting to the “raid,” a state board on Monday approved appropriating $15 million from an oil-and-gas fund designated by law to protect Ohioans and the environment, to be used to pay a settlement of an unrelated lawsuit. The Controlling Board voted 4-3 to remove the money from the fund, which is used in part to seal “orphan” natural-gas and oil wells, to fund a settlement with landowners near Grand...

Al Franken’s devastating strategy for taking on Tr...

Knowledge of climate science plus mastery of storytelling is a rare combination. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has emerged as one of Congress’ most devastating questioners of the myriad climate science deniers who fill President Donald Trump’s cabinet. And it’s largely because the comedian turned Senator combines two abilities rarely seen together — actual knowledge of climate science and genuine communications chops. Franken knows...

TAKE ACTION TO SAVE OUR STATE PARKS!

The most recent version of Ohio’s budget bill includes a proposal meant to fast track oil and gas development on Ohio’s public lands. This final version of the budget is on its way to Governor Kasich as you read this. You have less than 48 hours to weigh in: fracking should stay OUT of Ohio’s precious state parks and forest. Tell Governor Kasich to veto the state parks fracking provision of the Ohio budget bill! Governor...

EPA halts Obama-era methane emissions rule for oil...

Delay will increase health risks for residents who live near industry facilities, groups say. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt ordered his agency halt and reconsider portions of a methane rule issued by the Obama administration in 2016. CREDIT: AP Photo/Susan Walsh The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency ordered a halt on Wednesday to an Obama-era rule created to reduce methane leaks from new and modified...

On the Blogs: Ohio’s Fight Against Wind Turbines I...

American Wind Energy Association: For years, Ohio has largely missed out on economic development opportunities from the U.S. wind industry. Currently, Ohio contains just three utility-scale wind projects, significantly less than neighboring states. As a result, Ohio wind projects represent just $1.1 billion of capital investments, significantly lagging neighboring states. In comparison, the U.S. wind industry has invested...

Michigan Rep. Tim Walberg says God will ‘tak...

                        U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg.(Photo: J. Scott Park, Associated Press)   U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg of Michigan said last week that while he believes climate change is real, it is something for God — not humans — to fix, according to a report in Time.  The congressman told his constituents during a town hall meeting in Coldwater that he believes God will...

Another Fracking Time Bomb Lurks Beneath U.S.

You’ve heard about the earthquakes, the controversial claims of flammable tap water, the potential contamination of streams, lakes and drinking water aquifers, but the system that’s supposed to pay for these calamities may itself be a pending disaster. Most states protect taxpayers from cleanup costs by requiring oil and gas producers to buy a surety bond that will pay in the event of a disaster. But those bond...

Report: Expanded efficiency opt-out could cost Ohi...

An expansion of the opt-out provisions for Ohio’s energy efficiency standard will likely lead to more than $6 billion in added energy and health costs over the next decade, according to a new report from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. ACEEE issued its analysis Wednesday morning, shortly before state representative Lou Blessing (R-Colerain Township) was due to provide sponsor testimony to an Ohio Senate...

If the Arctic Refuge isn’t protected, no pub...

President Trump is taking aim at the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. His proposed federal budget would open the Refuge to extensive oil drilling and industrial development. The Arctic Refuge, often referred to as “America’s greatest wilderness,” is one of the most beautiful, yet fragile places in the world. If our leaders are willing to allow drilling in places as pristine and vulnerable as the Arctic Refuge, then none of...