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The Interior Department is In Bed With the Oil and Gas Industry

President Trump signed an executive order last year promoting energy independence. The day after, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued two orders with the intention of implementing Trump’s executive order. They promote the development of energy, including oil and gas, on public lands. Reuters recently reported that oil and gas drillers only bid on a “tiny fraction” of Gulf of Mexico…

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The Lowdown On Trump’s Infrastructure Bill

President Trump recently released his infrastructure and budget plan. Environmental and social justice organizations are opposed to the plan, depicting it as a giveaway to the wealthy. The Trump administration claims in a blog post on the White House website that the infrastructure plan will empower state and local authorities by expanding the states environmental review and permitting processes. The…

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IPEEC 2017 Energy Efficiency Report Highlights Achievements, Challenges

Acting under the auspices of the G20, the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) presented its 2017 Annual Report last week.

Solar tariffs from Donald Trump

President Trump Levies a Tariff On Solar Panels

The solar energy industry recently received a blow from the Trump administration. President Trump imposed a 30 percent tariff on imported solar cells and modules. The tariff will decrease to 25 percent for the second year, 20 percent for the third year and 15 percent for the fourth year. In April, Suniva, Inc., a Chinese owned U.S. based manufacturer of…

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Drill baby, drill. Trump seeks to expand offshore drilling along U.S. coasts

Trump Administration Opens Up U.S. Coasts To Offshore Drilling

“Drill baby drill” is more than a mantra by those that want to increase domestic output of fossil fuels. It is a way of life, as the recent proposal by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to increase offshore drilling on both coasts proves. Zinke’s proposal would make over 90 percent of the acreage within the National Outer Continental…

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FERC Charts Open, Unbiased Course to Enhance Energy System Resilience

Closing a DOE proposed new rulemaking and opening a new docket, FERC launched a more open, holistic and unbiased course aimed at enhancing the resiliency of U.S. power and energy systems.

Trump, U.S. Energy Policy and the Warming Climate

Pres. Trump’s energy and climate policies will put the US further behind in the global drive to reduce emissions and isolate the country internationally, according to the World Resources Institute.