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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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Big Bank Tar Sands Financing More than Doubled in 2017

The world’s biggest banks continue to hasten the coming of extreme climate change by raising financing “extreme fossil fuels” exploration, production, distribution and consumption.

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.

Does Solar Change the Calculus on Bitcoin Mining?

We know that solar power can be used to save money on utility bills, but can renewable power help increase profits for your Bitcoin mining operation? The Bitcoin Profit Equation Bitcoin is seen by many as the money of the future. This completely digital source of currency has no physical representation and does not operate on the gold standard. Bitcoins…

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Zinke Strips Away Protections, Reduces Public Comment Period on Federal Lands

Expect more oil and gas drilling on federal lands. A new policy implemented by the Trump administration rolls back oil and gas drilling policies for federal land implemented in 2010 by the Obama administration. A recent Bureau of Land Management memo states that public review and disclosure of environmental harm from drilling and fracking will be eliminated. Stripping away protections…

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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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