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Trump Moves to Open Nearly All Offshore Waters to ...

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Thursday it would allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all United States coastal waters, giving energy companies access to leases off California for the first time in decades and opening more than a billion acres in the Arctic and along the Eastern Seaboard. The proposal lifts a ban on such drilling imposed by President Barack Obama near the end of his term and would...

Belize Ends Oil Operations in Its Ocean Waters

Belize, home of the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere, has permanently suspended oil operations in its ocean waters. The legislation marks the first time that a developing country has taken such a major step to protect its oceans—and all the life within—from oil exploration and extraction. The new suspension of oil activity marks an enormous win for the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System World Heritage site, the...

GOP Tax Bill ‘Designed’ To Kneecap Renewable Energ...

“It’s not even subtle,” said one senator.  The Republican tax bill aims to cripple the solar power, wind power and electric vehicle industries at the behest of GOP campaign donors from the fossil fuel sector, seven Democratic senators said Tuesday. At a press conference, they called on Republicans to either restore tax benefits for the renewable energy industry taken away in the bill or dramatically reduce current giveaways...

Cutting U.S. electric vehicle tax credit ‘wi...

www.reuters.com | 3 mins read #Business News December 11, 2017 / 5:11 PM / a day ago Cutting U.S. electric vehicle tax credit ‘will have an impact’: GM Joseph White 2 Min Read DETROIT (Reuters) – If Congress eliminates an electric vehicle tax credit it “will have an impact” on sales of U.S. electric vehicles such as General Motors Co’s Chevrolet Bolt, GM Chief Executive Mary Barra said on Monday. General...

Map shows political divide on climate, common grou...

A majority of both Republicans and Democrats throughout Ohio favor clean energy policies, such as regulating carbon dioxide emissions as a pollutant and more government funding for renewable energy, according to a new interactive map. Moreover, people would favor those policies despite substantial divides on acceptance of climate change science and perceptions of risk from climate change impacts, said Anthony Leiserowitz at...

Scott Pruitt on a mission to change the culture of...

 EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt in his Washington, D.C. office.(Photo: Ledyard King, USA TODAY) Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt said Monday he’ll sign a proposed rule to withdraw the Clean Power Plan. WASHINGTON — EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt isn’t just dismantling the Clean Power Plan and other high-profile environmental programs of the Obama era. He’s on a mission to re-engineer the agency’s...

How other Midwestern states treat solar consumers

With Senate Bill 309 enacted, what is the affect on solar energy in Indiana? “I have not looked to Illinois for guidance policy on anything because I’ve rarely found a time when they’ve done anything right.”  That scathing review comes from Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Wheatfield, who authored the latest legislation determining net metering in the state of Indiana. The conservative lawmaker looked at a number of other states as...

New Indiana solar law could cripple small business...

With Senate Bill 309 enacted, what is the affect on solar energy in Indiana? Kelly Wilkinson/IndyStar Chris Rohaly is no stranger to the sun. His hands have the faint resemblance of worn leather. And there are the lines converging at the crease of his eyes. You could call the 56-year-old Kokomo resident a farmer. He harvests the sun. Specifically, he is the owner of a solar energy company. But it’s not his work installing...

Indiana politicians got thousands in gifts while p...

With Senate Bill 309 enacted, what is the affect on solar energy in Indiana? Kelly Wilkinson/IndyStar It may sound like the life of a top CEO or a major celebrity. But in fact, it’s all in a day’s work for some Indiana legislators. An IndyStar review has found that as the general assembly was considering crucial energy legislation, utilities and their political action committees poured millions into the general assembly in...

Advocates see few benefits for Ohio in Clean Power...

Despite Scott Pruitt’s claim that “the war on coal is over,” clean energy advocates say repeal of the Clean Power Plan is unlikely to bring back coal jobs to Ohio or revitalize the state’s coal-fired power plants. “It doesn’t change the fact that coal-fired power is uneconomic in Ohio right now and that coal plants can’t compete,” said Rob Kelter at the Environmental Law & Policy Center. “I see the factors that are...

IEEFA Update: Coal Is Dying, and EPA’s Clean Power...

Energy Policy From Washington Drifts Toward Irrelevance By turning the clock back on American energy policy through reversal of the Clean Power Plan, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt — if he succeeds — will end up making electricity for everyday Americans more expensive. And as power bills rise so will the coal industry’s harmful impacts public health and the environment. I say “if he succeeds” because his order will very...

Perry proposes law to force Americans to buy dirti...

Energy Secretary ignores his own grid study to make good on his threats to punish renewables In a brazen move, Energy Secretary Rick Perry has ignored the findings of his own grid study and proposed a new federal rule that would effectively force Americans to buy dirtier, more expensive power. The Department of Energy (DOE) announced Friday morning that Perry has “formally proposed that the Federal Energy Regulatory...

6 Ways to Encourage American Solar Manufacturing W...

The U.S. needs solar manufacturing. But not through Section 201. The verdict is in: By unanimous ruling, the U.S. International Trade Commission found that increased imports are causing serious harm to U.S. solar cell and module manufacturing. While domestic deployments of solar have grown nearly eightfold in the past five years, U.S. manufacturing has fallen behind. Previous trade cases were intended to stabilize pricing...

Trump Administration May Soon Ax Obama’s Big...

Many expect EPA will reassess the Clean Power Plan to show a higher price tag and smaller benefits U.S. EPA staff under Administrator Scott Pruitt might refute Obama-era findings that reducing carbon dioxide emissions has large health benefits. Credit: Riccardo Savi Getty Images When the Obama administration issued its landmark climate rule in 2015, officials declared that benefits to public health and the climate would be...

5 Ways to Take 100% Renewable Energy From Dream to...

Recommendations from 25-year industry veteran Thomas Leyden. At the Intersolar conference in San Francisco this year, I opened a presentation on new solar and storage business models by highlighting recent milestones for the industry: The United States now has an impressive 44.7 gigawatts of operating solar systems, solar became the No. 1 source of new electricity in 2016, and in April 2017, for the first time ever, solar...