Monday, December 18, 2017
Clean Power Plan repeal or reform hangs on appeals court ruling

Any changes or repeal of President Obama’s signature Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions will depend heavily on the outcome of a legal challenge by a federal appeals court in Washington D.C.
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Overturn of rule aimed at protecting rivers is called good for coal industry

President Donald Trump’s signing of a bill overturning a rule aimed at protecting rivers from surface coal mining debris has been welcomed by a conservative advocacy group based in Washington D.C.
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Billionaire-funded "green" orgs oppose "billionaire" Trump's EPA nominee

Three organizations funded, in part, by hedge-fund billionaires are opposing Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's nomination to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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Virginia bill to stymie clean power plan welcomed by states' rights advocates

States’ rights advocates have welcomed a bill that, if passed by the Virginia legislature, will subject the federal clean power plan to lawmaker oversight.
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Kansas State gets $2 million to help tribes with cleanup

The Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded Kansas State University (KSU) $2 million to give technical assistance to tribes cleaning up contaminated lands known as brownfields.
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Santa Fe gets federal help wth stormwater problem

Santa Fe’s stormwater pollution has drawn the assistance of the US government, which has stepped in with a $150,000 toolkit to help manage the problem.
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Pruitt, as EPA boss, will stay within the law: consultant

Despite concerns in some quarters that Scott Pruitt, if confirmed to lead the EPA, will dismantle many of the country’s environmental protections, the nominee is a person with a deep respect for the law, according to those who know the Oklahoma attorney general.
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Massachusetts looks to cut greenhouse gas emissions

Massachusetts’ governor's office recently filed draft regulations with the secretary of state to establish an integrated plan to address climate change through efforts to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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Cassidy: Renewable Fuel Standard 'Flawed, Unworkable'

U.S. senators will work next year to address the renewable fuel standard (RFS), with some calling for it to be repealed, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) said.
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Three congressmen respond to 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard requirements

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, recently joined with other congressmen in issuing a statement on the EPA’s final rule on the 2017 requirements for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
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Trump vows action on energy, but modifies stance on climate accord

Donald Trump has vowed to roll back regulations he believes are stifling production of energy, including coal and shale oil and gas.But, in a recent interview, the president-elect suggested a softening of his earlier hard stance against the Paris climate agreement.
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Opinions split on Trump's energy promises

President-elect Donald Trump’s promises to kill off a clean power plan, refuse to ratify the Paris climate accord and support proposed measures to boost the use of fossil fuels are being warmly welcomed by many. Trump also promises to gut the Environmental Protection Agency.
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EPA launches effort to encourage switch to LED light bulbs

The Environmental Protection Agency is encouraging Americans to swap out their light bulbs for Energy Star certified LED bulbs, which can save consumers on energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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Bipartisan support growing to reform renewable fuel standards

Bipartisan congressional support for legislation to significantly reform renewable fuel standards is increasing as more is learned about flaws with the standards, according to the American Petroleum Institute (API).
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As states wait on Clean Power Plan ruling, Alabama says it will write own if challenge unsuccessful

Alabama will write its own Clean Power Plan rules if challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposals are unsuccessful, a senior official in the state’s environmental management department said.
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Analysis of Clean Power Plan overestimates benefits, underestimates costs: Economist

Government analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan is deeply flawed, overestimating the benefits and underestimating the costs, an economist commissioned to carry out his own study of the plan said.
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Consumer interests under threat if RSF proposals are introduced

Consumer interests are at stake if the renewable fuel standard (RFS) is not scrapped, or radically reformed, a writer who pens the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) blog recently declared.
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Oil and gas industry steps up campaign against RFS

A national trade association for the oil and natural gas industry has stepped up its campaign against the renewable fuel standard (RFS).
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Heritage Foundation fellow wants Congress to admit Renewable Fuel Standard a failure

U.S. lawmakers should stop trying to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), recognize it is a failure and let the market resume control of the nation's fuel supply, a Heritage Foundation official believes.
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Institute for Energy Research says Renewable Fuel Standard will hurt corn farmers

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has not been advantageous for consumers, and it doesn’t bode well for corn farmers either, according to Robert L. Bradley Jr., founder and CEO of the Institute for Energy Research in Houston.
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