CALIFORNIA/ENERGY/EPA/OBAMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “California and 12 other states, plus Chicago, are asking the Trump administration to stop rolling back an Obama rule requiring oil and gas companies to conduct frequent checks for methane leaks and upgrade technology to prevent the gas from escaping. They argue the move would constitute a direct violation of the federal […]

Read More… from 12/19/2018


CLIMATE CHANGE/ENERGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN: “Trump administration officials at high-stakes climate talks here offered an unapologetic defense of fossil fuels on Monday [12-10-18], arguing that a rapid retreat from coal, oil and gas was unrealistic. While that stance brought scorn from environmentalists and countries that favor stronger action to fight global warming, there are signs that […]

Read More… from 12/10/2018


CLIMATE CHANGE/ENERGY/EPA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration will reverse an Obama-era coal emissions rule as part of its effort to loosen restrictions on the coal industry, just days after a US government report warned that aggressive action is needed to curb greenhouse gases and ease the impact of global warming. The reversal won’t lead to […]

Read More… from 12/6/2018


ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The United States is consuming less and less coal, even as President Donald Trump pledges time and time again to revive the dying industry. On the same day the U.S. Energy Information Administration said it expects U.S. coal consumption to continue its decline this year, the Trump administration teased an ‘energy policy […]

Read More… from 12/5/2018


ENERGY/FRANCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I am glad that my friend @EmmanuelMacron and the protestors in Paris have agreed with the conclusion I reached two years ago. The Paris Agreement is fatally flawed because it raises the price of energy for responsible countries while whitewashing some of the worst polluters….” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 4, 2018 5:56 […]

Read More… from 12/4/2018


ENERGY/MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “You just can’t win with the Fake News Media. A big story today is that because I have pushed so hard and gotten Gasoline Prices so low, more people are driving and I have caused traffic jams throughout our Great Nation. Sorry everyone!” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 21, 2018 7:36 pm […]

Read More… from 11/21/2018


ENERGY/LIZ CHENEYMILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee called a Trump administration proposal to use West Coast military bases and federal properties to ship coal and natural gas to Asia ‘reckless’ and ‘harebrained.’ Rep. Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican, confirmed to CNN that she had discussed the proposal with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke […]

Read More… from 10/15/2018


ENERGY/NOMINATION/TRUMP PEOPLE: “U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday [10-3-18] nominated a proponent of his administration’s plan to subsidize aging coal and nuclear plants to a federal agency that regulates power transmission, a move criticized by environmental groups who questioned his independence on the issue. Trump nominated Bernard McNamee to the vacant seat of the five-member […]

Read More… from 10/3/2018


ENERGY/RUSSIA/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Global energy bosses assembled in Moscow on Wednesday [10-3-18] said the world needed Russian gas to keep the lights on, in a clear message to U.S. President Donald Trump who has warned he may impose sanctions on Russian gas export projects. Trump’s administration, citing what it calls Russia’s failure to act as […]

Read More… from 10/3/2018


CALIFORNIA/ENERGY/INTERIOR/LAWSUIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Latest on a Trump administration rollback of a rule meant to curb pollution emissions from oil and gas drilling on public lands (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Attorneys general from California and New Mexico are suing the Trump administration over its rollback of a rule aimed at reducing pollution from energy […]

Read More… from 9/18/2018


ENERGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @Edison_Electric: While customers may not see electric company personnel in their neighborhoods, the energy grid is heavily interconnect…” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 17, 2018 4:46 am […]

Read More… from 9/17/2018


CLIMATE CHANGE/ENERGY/EPA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration, taking its third major step this year to roll back federal efforts to fight climate change, is preparing to make it significantly easier for energy companies to release methane into the atmosphere. Methane, which is among the most powerful greenhouse gases, routinely leaks from oil and gas wells, […]

Read More… from 9/10/2018


ENERGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Big Rally tonight in West Virginia. Patrick Morrisey is running a GREAT race for U.S. Senate. I have done so much for West Virginia, against all odds, and having Patrick, a real fighter, by my side, would make things so much easier. See you later. CLEAN COAL!!!!” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 21, […]

Read More… from 8/21/2018


ENERGY/EPA/TRANSPORTATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “As the Trump administration moves to freeze vehicle fuel efficiency standards, some regulatory officials have disputed the Transportation Department rationale that the plan would significantly cut traffic deaths, internal documents made public on Tuesday [8-14-18] showed. The Transportation Department under President Donald Trump has proposed rolling back Obama administration rules requiring tough […]

Read More… from 8/14/2018


AUTO INDUSTRY/CALIFORNIA/CLIMATE CHANGE/ENERGY/EPA/TRANSPORTATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration took direct aim Thursday [8-2-18]at California’s role as de facto auto regulator for the nation, proposing to end the state’s ability to set its own fuel-efficiency standards and to dial back Obama-era limits on tailpipe emissions. The proposal would eliminate the sharp increase in fuel-economy mandates adopted […]

Read More… from 8/2/2018


ENERGY/EU/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “When President Trump met with Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, at the White House, the two said they were entering a new phase in their relationship. Crucial to that will be natural gas. Demand for natural gas — a cleaner-burning fossil fuel than coal or oil — is rising […]

Read More… from 7/26/2018


ENERGY/EU/RUSSIA/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump wants Europe to buy more U.S. gas, but Vladimir Putin’s Russia stands in the way. On Wednesday [7-25-18], Mr. Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker dialed down trade tensions with measures that include a preliminary agreement for Europe to buy more liquefied natural gas from the U.S. […]

Read More… from 7/26/2018


ENERGY/OIL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. and Western officials are considering an eventual emergency release of stockpiled oil if new supplies can’t prevent another sharp rise in prices, according to people familiar with the matter. The Trump administration is actively assessing whether to dip into the country’s emergency oil stocks while it simultaneously pushes other countries to […]

Read More… from 7/13/2018


CHINA/ENERGY/NORTH KOREA/RUSSIA/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN: “The Trump administration asked a United Nations panel this week to ban oil-product sales to North Korea for the rest of the year, calling out China and Russia for exports Washington alleges have often been in violation of the international body’s sanctions against Pyongyang, according to people familiar with the matter. […]

Read More… from 7/12/2018


CLIMATE CHANGE/ENERGY/EPA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration has drafted a new proposal to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants, one that is far less stringent than the climate plan finalized in 2015 by former President Barack Obama. In writing the new rule to replace Mr. Obama’s Clean Power Plan, the Trump administration is […]

Read More… from 7/5/2018


ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER/ENERGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “‘The Terminator’ has a message for President Donald Trump: Don’t go back in time to ‘rescue the coal industry.’ In a video uploaded to Facebook by media company ATTN: on Thursday, former California Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger references a popular movie role he played to mock what he describes as efforts […]

Read More… from 6/28/2018


ECONOMY/ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT/TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDERS: “By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Purpose. The ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes waters of the United States are foundational to the economy, security, global competitiveness, and well-being of the […]

Read More… from 6/19/2018


ENERGY/NATIONAL SECURITY/RICK PERRY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Friday [6-1-18] formally threw his weight behind an administration push to compel power companies to keep their coal-fired and nuclear plants operating in the name of national security — an effort that has stirred criticism from environmentalists, the oil and gas industry and some free-market Republicans…The […]

Read More… from 6/1/2018


AGRICULTURE/CHINA/ENERGY/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators are haggling over how to get Beijing to carry out recent promises to purchase more American farm and energy products, with Washington pushing for long-term contracts that Chinese officials are reluctant to commit to. The snag is hanging over high-level negotiations scheduled for this weekend. U.S. […]

Read More… from 6/1/2018


ECONOMY/ENERGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump is hoping a wave of tax-cut-fueled economic euphoria will boost his approval ratings and his party’s political fortunes this fall. A sharp spike in gas prices could slam the brakes on all of that. As Americans head out for traditional Memorial Day weekend road trips, they’ll confront gas prices […]

Read More… from 5/25/2018


CONGRESS/ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT/INFRASTRUCTURE/TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDERS: “By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Policy. The Congress has enacted a wide range of statutory requirements related to energy and environmental performance of executive departments and agencies (agencies), including […]

Read More… from 5/17/2018


ENERGY/NAFTA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is at odds with American companies over a proposed rule change to the North American Free Trade Agreement that is endangering a bright spot—energy—in contentious treaty talks. All three Nafta countries—the U.S, Canada and Mexico—agree that a new treaty should aid the burgeoning energy trade. Under negotiation are initiatives […]

Read More… from 4/24/2018


CABINET/ENERGY/RICK PERRY/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Energy Secretary Rick Perry once called for abolishing the agency he now runs — though he forgot its name. His biggest policy initiative of the past year went down in resounding defeat. And he was photographed in a bear hug with a coal magnate seeking a special break from the White House. […]

Read More… from 4/3/2018


ENERGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration’s commitment to coal is under its stiffest test yet after an Ohio energy company made a plea to favor that power source over its many rivals, including oil and natural gas, in a clash that could end with higher costs for consumers. FirstEnergy Corp.’s fleet of coal- and nuclear-power […]

Read More… from 4/1/2018


ENERGY/ETHICS/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/NOMINATIONS/RICK PERRY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VA: “President Donald Trump is considering replacing Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin with candidates including Energy Secretary Rick Perry, according to an administration official, after an inspector general’s report last month said Dr. Shulkin had misspent taxpayer money during an official trip to Europe last year. The official said the discussions […]

Read More… from 3/13/2018


ENERGY/RICK PERRY/TRUMP PEOPLE/VA: “President Donald Trump is considering replacing Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin with candidates including Energy Secretary Rick Perry, according to an administration official, after an inspector general’s report last month said Dr. Shulkin had misspent taxpayer money during an official trip to Europe last year. The official said the discussions of replacing […]

Read More… from 3/14/2018


CONFLICT OF INTERESTS/ENERGY/EPA/ETHICS/SCOTT PRUITT: “U.S. House Democrats want answers from Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt about political appointees in his agency who got special permission to moonlight for outside clients, which they said may compromise their impartiality. Top Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and its oversight subcommittee said they sent questions […]

Read More… from 3/6/2018


ENERGY/FAKE NEWS/MEDIA: “The new Fake News narrative is that there is CHAOS in the White House. Wrong! People will always come & go, and I want strong dialogue before making a final decision. I still have some people that I want to change (always seeking perfection). There is no Chaos, only great Energy!” -Donald Trump, […]

Read More… from 3/6/2018


ENERGY/RUSSIA/UKRAINE: “Russia is tearing up its contracts to supply Ukraine with natural gas, sparking another stand-off between Moscow and Kiev and raising fears of new gas supply shortages across Europe during the winter. … Russian energy officials said the dispute was commercial and reflected its disagreement with an arbitration decision that just went in Ukraine’s […]

Read More… from 3/3/2018


2016 ELECTION/CYBERWAR/ENERGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A Russian-backed propaganda group used social media in an attempt to disrupt the U.S. energy industry and influence energy policy, according to a new congressional staff report reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Unlike other Russian campaigns to stir political unrest in the U.S., this effort by the tech-savvy Internet Research […]

Read More… from 3/1/2018


CRISIS/ENERGY/PUERTO RICO: “Though hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans remain in the dark five months after a devastating hurricane trampled the island’s power grid, the federal government has begun to scale back the number of contractors it has working to get the lights back on. The United States Army Corps of Engineers is in charge […]

Read More… from 2/26/2018


CLIMATE CHANGE/ENERGY/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The White House’s senior adviser on energy and climate change stepped down last week after being denied a full security clearance for smoking marijuana about five years ago. Now he is speaking his mind about the Paris climate agreement that President Trump has disavowed. ‘I’m going to say something controversial,’ the former […]

Read More… from 2/22/2018


ENERGY/PUERTO RICO: “A federal judge approved an emergency $300 million loan that will keep Puerto Rico’s troubled electric utility in operation, averting a threat of more power outages at a time when the island is trying to recover from last summer’s devastating hurricanes. Judge Laura Taylor Swain of U.S. District Court in New York on […]

Read More… from 2/19/2018


COMMERCE/CONSUMER PROTECTION/ENERGY: “The top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee asked the Trump administration Monday [2-5-18] to investigate fake online comments uncovered by The Wall Street Journal on a rule to restrict high-interest payday lending. Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey made the request in a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s […]

Read More… from 2/5/2018


BUDGET/ENERGY/ENERGY [ALT]/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The White House will ask Congress next month for a 72 percent cut to research programs on clean energy and energy efficiency in fiscal 2019, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday [1-31-18], citing draft budget documents. The Trump administration is pursuing a so-called energy dominance policy that seeks to boost production […]

Read More… from 1/31/2018


ENERGY/NONTRUTHS/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Tuesday [1-30-18] delivered his first State of the Union address, and CNN’s Reality Check Team was there to vet his claims. The team of reporters, researchers and editors across CNN listened throughout the speech and analyzed key statements, rating them either true, true but misleading, or false. […]

Read More… from 1/31/2018


CLIMATE CHANGE/ENERGY/KEYSTONE/OIL/PIPELINES: “President Donald Trump has resurrected the Keystone XL pipeline, renounced the Paris climate agreement, opened a long-disputed Alaska refuge to oil drilling and ordered his agencies to erase Obama-era regulations on the petroleum, coal and power industries — all in the name of asserting U.S. ‘energy dominance.’ But from here on, his victories […]

Read More… from 1/23/2018


ENERGY/OIL/TRADE DEALS: “Surging U.S. crude oil production this year is expected to surpass output in Saudi Arabia and rival that of Russia, the world’s two largest oil producers, the International Energy Agency said Friday [1-19-18]. Boosted by a resurgent shale industry, U.S. crude production will likely climb above 10 million barrels a day in 2018, […]

Read More… from 1/19/2018


ENERGY/RICK PERRY: “As a photographer for the Department of Energy, Simon Edelman regularly attended meetings with Secretary Rick Perry and snapped pictures for official purposes. Now he is out of a job and seeking whistle-blower protections after leaking photographs of Mr. Perry meeting with a major energy industry donor to President Trump. Late last year, […]

Read More… from 1/17/2018


ENERGY/TAXES: “The newly passed tax law could save Americans billions of dollars on their utility bills. In recent days, electric companies in Massachusetts, Illinois, Oregon and other states have announced plans to pass their tax cuts on to customers through lower rates. On Tuesday, Pepco, which provides power to nearly 300,000 customers in Washington, D.C., […]

Read More… from 1/9/2018


ENERGY/ENERGY ALT/NUCLEAR ENERGY: “Federal energy regulators on Monday [1-8-18] rejected a Trump administration proposal aimed at shoring up struggling coal-fired and nuclear power plants to bolster the nation’s electricity grid, saying the administration hadn’t persuaded them the plan was needed to ensure the system’s reliability. The administration plan, proposed in September, is one of its […]

Read More… from 1/8/2018


ENERGY/INTERIOR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is expected to announce Thursday [1-4-18] that it will propose opening up nearly all federal waters for oil and gas drilling, giving the energy industry access to fields in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and the eastern Gulf of Mexico that have been off limits for decades, according to […]

Read More… from 1/4/2018


CLIMATE CHANGE/ENERGY/ENERGY[ALT]/EPA: “References to climate change and the Environmental Protection Agency’s use of renewable energy have been removed from several of its web pages, according to an analysis by the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative. The group regularly monitors tens of thousands of federal environmental agency web pages to document what has been changed or […]

Read More… from 12/8/2017


ENERGY/ENERGY [ALT]/EPA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas will lead a delegation of lawmakers in a meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday to argue for changes to the nation’s biofuels policy to protect oil refining jobs. The meeting comes after the Environmental Protection Agency last month announced a slight increase in the […]

Read More… from 12/7/2017


ENERGY/STATE/TREASURY/TRUMP MEMORANDA: “Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Secretary of Energy Presidential Determination Pursuant to Section 1245(d)(4)(B) and (C) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, […]

Read More… from 11/16/2017


ENERGY/LOBBYING/NUCLEAR ENERGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump plans to nominate Melissa Burnison, a nuclear energy industry lobbyist, to serve as assistant secretary in charge of congressional and intergovernmental affairs at the U.S. Energy Department, the White House said on Wednesday. Burnison is currently director of federal programs for the Nuclear Energy Institute, ‘where she plans, […]

Read More… from 11/15/2017


ENERGY/RICK PERRY : “A proposal by Energy Secretary Rick Perry to alter the nation’s electricity markets would provide a windfall for a small group of companies — most strikingly one owned by coal magnate Bob Murray, a prominent backer of President Donald Trump. Perry’s plan would force consumers to subsidize ailing coal-fired and nuclear power […]

Read More… from 11/3/2017


ENERGY/RICK PERRY: “Energy Secretary Rick Perry suggested on Thursday [11-2-17] that increasing fossil fuel use to spread electricity across Africa would help prevent sexual assaults there. Perry, who traveled to South Africa last week to tout the Energy Department’s partnerships there, said he spoke with a young girl who wanted electricity so she could read […]

Read More… from 11/2/2017


ENERGY/INTERIOR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration will work to minimize environmental impacts on Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge if Congress opens it to drilling, a top interior department official said ahead of his testimony today on Capitol Hill. Greg Sheehan, acting director of the Fish and Wildlife Service, said in an interview with The Wall […]

Read More… from 11/2/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/ENERGY/POLITICS: “Senator Lisa Murkowski was unequivocal when asked recently about rising global temperatures. ‘Climate change is real,’ the Alaska Republican told an audience in Anchorage. Yet her stance on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is just as clear. Senator Murkowski, who heads the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, has long argued […]

Read More… from 11/1/2017


ENERGY: “U.S. COAL PRODUCTION Up?7.8% past year. Down?31.5% last 10 years. #EndingWarOnCoal https://t.co/xr20OBb2DV” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 31, 2017 02:41pm […]

Read More… from 10/31/2017


CYBERWAR/DHS/ENERGY/NATIONAL SECURITY/NUCLEAR/POLICE: “The Department of Homeland Security plans to close a New York-based laboratory that has helped the city’s Police and Fire Departments develop systems to detect nuclear and biological threats, a move that some local officials fear could hamper efforts to prevent and respond to terrorist attacks. The radiological program that the laboratory, the […]

Read More… from 10/22/2017


ENERGY/EPA/NUCLEAR ENERGY: “A Trump administration proposal aimed at shoring up coal-fired and nuclear power plants across the nation has generated opposition from an array of energy and consumer interests, including some who are often at odds on energy policy. Oil and gas companies, wind and solar power producers, some public utilities, electricity consumers and environmentalists—rarely […]

Read More… from 10/22/2017


ENERGY/EPA/SCOTT PRUITT: “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has backed off a series of proposed changes to the nation’s biofuels policy after a massive backlash from corn-state lawmakers worried the moves would undercut ethanol demand, according to a letter from the agency to lawmakers seen by Reuters. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said in the letter dated […]

Read More… from 10/20/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/ENERGY/EPA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Some of the biggest U.S. power companies said they are pushing ahead with investments in renewable and gas-fired electricity and are including climate change as a part of their corporate strategy, regardless of the Trump administration’s plans to roll back Obama-era environmental rules. President Donald Trump has pledged to boost the […]

Read More… from 10/10/2017


ENERGY/ETHICS/RICK PERRY: “U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry took a chartered jet to Ohio last week, according to an airport management company, the day before fellow Cabinet member Tom Price resigned over his use of private charter flights for government business. Perry took the private plane from Hazleton Regional Airport in Pennsylvania to the Greater Portsmouth […]

Read More… from 10/4/2017


ENERGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is urging independent federal energy regulators to change how electricity is priced, proposing new rules that could bolster revenue for coal-fired and nuclear power plant owners. The Energy Department is mandating that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission consider new rules that would effectively raise power prices to pay more […]

Read More… from 9/29/2017


COMMERCE/ENERGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “In a bid to boost energy development, U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is considering shrinking or eliminating 11 marine sanctuaries designed to protect 425 million acres of coral reefs, marine mammal habitats and pristine beaches. The review is part of a broader strategy to open new areas to oil and gas drilling […]

Read More… from 9/28/2017


CRISIS/ENERGY: “The International Energy Agency (IEA) still sees no need for a coordinated international release of oil stocks after Hurricane Harvey disrupted a large chunk of U.S. refining and some production facilities, IEA boss Fatih Birol said on Monday [9-4-17]. ‘Currently as far as Harvey is concerned, we do not see that there is a […]

Read More… from 9/4/2017


ENERGY/RUSSIA/VENEZUELA: “The Trump administration is ready to block a Russian state-owned oil giant from gaining control of critical U.S. energy assets owned by Moscow’s ally in Venezuela, senior American officials say, a move that could feed tensions between the old Cold-War foes. Petróleos de Venezuela SA offered Russia’s PAO Rosneft nearly half of its Citgo […]

Read More… from 8/31/2017


ENERGY/FBI/POLITICS: “A Democratic U.S. senator on Wednesday urged the FBI to investigate whether billionaire investor Carl Icahn broke the law when he called for biofuels policies that would have benefited his investments while serving as an adviser to President Donald Trump. Senator Tammy Duckworth said Icahn’s guidance to Trump on the federal biofuel program may […]

Read More… from 8/30/2017


CRISIS/ENERGY/EPA/TEXAS: “Hobbled oil refineries and damaged fuel facilities along the Gulf Coast of Texas from Tropical storm Harvey have released more than two million pounds of dangerous chemicals into the air this week, adding new health threats to Houston’s already considerable woes. The big spike in releases, which include carcinogenic benzene and nitrogen oxide, will […]

Read More… from 8/29/2017


ENERGY/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump’s appointee to a Department of Energy post says inflammatory comments that appeared to have been made by him online were the result of ‘cyber attacks and Internet crimes’ committed against him over the past several years by ‘imposters in social media.’ William C. Bradford, Trump’s appointee to head the Energy […]

Read More… from 8/29/2017


EPA/ETHICS/SCOTT PRUITT: “The frequent travels of the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, to Oklahoma will be investigated following congressional requests, the agency’s Office of Inspector General said on Monday [8-28-17]. Pruitt’s many travels to his home state have fueled speculation that he intends to run for the U.S. Senate from Oklahoma… […]

Read More… from 8/28/2017


ENERGY/RICK PERRY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration on Wednesday [8-23-17] released a major report urging actions to protect the ‘reliability and resilience’ of the nation’s electric grid, a move that could lay the groundwork for future support of America’s ailing coal and nuclear industries. The 187-page study, commissioned by Energy Secretary Rick Perry in April, […]

Read More… from 8/23/2017


BUSINESS/ENERGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Coal magnate Robert Murray has just joined Wall Street billionaire Carl Icahn in an exclusive club — wealthy backers of President Donald Trump who tried and failed to get lucrative concessions from his administration. Murray, CEO of Murray Energy, one of the nation’s biggest and most politically active coal miners, complained in […]

Read More… from 8/22/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/ENERGY/RICK PERRY: “Environmental group the Sierra Club sued the U.S. Energy Department on Monday [8-14-17] in hopes of forcing it to reveal the groups it has consulted in conducting an eagerly awaited study on the electricity grid. It was the latest push-back on the department’s study from backers of renewable energy such as wind […]

Read More… from 8/14/2017


ENERGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is asking President Donald Trump to extend his support for the coal industry by providing some $4.5 billion a year in federal funding for Eastern coal, a proposal miners in Western states say goes against free-market principles. The governor, who days ago switched parties to Republican from […]

Read More… from 8/9/2017


ENERGY/LEGAL: “South Carolina’s attorney general is suing the federal government for $100 million, saying it hasn’t removed plutonium from the state as promised, a new tack in a long-running battle over the fate of a Cold War-era nuclear-weapons site. Attorney General Alan Wilson, a Republican, said in a complaint filed Monday [8-7-17] in the U.S. […]

Read More… from 8/8/2017


ENERGY/INTERIOR/OIL: “The U.S. Department of the Interior said on Monday [8-7-17] it has rescinded an Obama-era rule that reformed how energy companies value sales of oil, gas and coal extracted from federal and tribal land to protect taxpayers because it caused ‘confusion and uncertainty’ for energy companies. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said the department’s newly […]

Read More… from 8/7/2017


ENERGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is wading into one of the oldest and most contentious debates in the West by encouraging more coal mining on lands owned by the federal government. It is part of an aggressive push to both invigorate the struggling American coal industry and more broadly exploit commercial opportunities on public […]

Read More… from 8/6/2017


ENERGY/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson as members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, restoring a quorum to the agency. ‘After six months, we have finally restored a working quorum to FERC,’ Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said in […]

Read More… from 8/3/2017


DHS/ENERGY/RICK PERRY: “President Donald Trump may tap U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry to replace former Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, who took over as the president’s chief of staff in the White House this week, Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday [8-2-17]. Bloomberg, citing three people familiar with deliberations, said other people were also being considered […]

Read More… from 8/2/2017


ENERGY/NUCLEAR ENERGY: “In a major blow to the future of nuclear power in the United States, two South Carolina utilities said on Monday [7-31-17] that they would abandon two unfinished nuclear reactors in the state, putting an end to a project that was once expected to showcase advanced nuclear technology but has since been plagued […]

Read More… from 7/31/2017


ENERGY/RUSSIA/TRUMP PEOPLE/RICK PERRY/UKRAINE: “U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry optimistically discussed expanding American coal exports to Ukraine and other energy matters during a lengthy phone call this month with a Russian prankster who Perry thought was Ukraine’s prime minister. Perry actually was talking with comedians known in Russia for targeting celebrities and politicians with audacious stunts, […]

Read More… from 7/25/2017


ENERGY/OIL: “The weather was hot and humid on July 21, 1977, the day the U.S. government began stockpiling oil. It started small. Just 412,000 barrels of Saudi Arabian light crude stashed in a Southeast Texas salt cavern. In the wake of the Arab oil embargo, which sent prices through the roof and forced Americans to […]

Read More… from 7/21/2017


DEFENSE/DHS/ECONOMY/ENERGY/JOBS/LABOR/MANUFACTURING/MILITARY/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDERS: “By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Policy. A healthy manufacturing and defense industrial base and resilient supply chains are essential to the economic strength and national security of the […]

Read More… from 7/21/2017


COMMERCE/ENERGY/GOP/HOUSE OF REPS: “U.S. House Republicans expect to introduce bills later this week that would bar states from setting their own rules for self-driving cars and take other steps to remove obstacles to putting such vehicles on the road, a spokeswoman said. The legislative action comes as major automakers are joining forces with auto suppliers […]

Read More… from 7/11/2017


ENERGY/TRUMP PEOPLE/RICK PERRY: “After touring one of the few recently built coal-fired power plants in the U.S., Energy Secretary Rick Perry says they’re important for the country’s future. Perry says a stable baseload of electricity is important and this technology provides ‘the ability to deliver a secure, economical and environmentally good source of energy.’ He […]

Read More… from 7/6/2017


ECONOMY/ENERGY/TRUMP PEOPLE/RICK PERRY: “Speaking at a coal-fired power plant in Maidsville, W.Va., on Thursday [7-6-17], Energy Secretary Rick Perry made a strange argument about supply and demand, seeming to confuse the relationship between two of the essential forces in the economy. ‘Here’s a little economics lesson: supply and demand,’ Perry said, according to Taylor Kuykendall […]

Read More… from 7/6/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/ENERGY: “The Southern Company on Wednesday [6-28-17] effectively gave up on an ambitious ‘clean coal’ project, announcing that a flawed coal-fired power plant in central Mississippi would now burn natural gas instead. The Kemper County plant, built to take advantage of a strip coal mine next door, was three years behind schedule and, at […]

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CLIMATE CHANGE/ENERGY/TRUMP PEOPLE/RICK PERRY: “Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Monday [6-19-17] denied that man-made carbon dioxide emissions are the primary cause of climate change. Asked in an interview on CNBC’s ‘Squawk Box’ whether he believed that carbon dioxide was ‘the primary control knob for the temperature of the Earth and for climate,’ Perry said that […]

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ENERGY/TRUMP PEOPLE/RICK PERRY: “The Energy Department is closing an office that works with other countries to develop clean energy technology, another sign of the Trump administration’s retreat on climate-related activities after its withdrawal from the Paris agreement this month. The 11 staff members of the Office of International Climate and Technology were told this month […]

Read More… from 6/15/2017


ENERGY/OIL/TRADE DEALS: “American oil exports are emerging as a disruptive new force in global markets. The U.S. exported 1 million barrels of oil a day during some months so far this year—double the pace of 2016—and is on track to average that amount for all of 2017, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of […]

Read More… from 6/7/2017


CLIMATE CHANGE/ENERGY/POLITICS: “A day after President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, states and cities around the country are vowing to adhere to their own aggressive climate policies, independent of the federal government. Twenty states and Washington have adopted their own greenhouse gas emission targets, according to the Center for […]

Read More… from 6/2/2017


CLIMATE CONTROL/ENERGY/FOREIGN POLICY/POLITICS: “Leaders from around the world maintained a defiant front on Thursday [6-1-17] after President Trump announced that he would withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement. President Emmanuel Macron of France, speaking in French before switching to English, said he believed Mr. Trump was making a mistake. He then extended an […]

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ENERGY/TRUMP MEMORANDA: “Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Treasury, and the Secretary of Energy Presidential Determination Pursuant to Section 1245(d)(4)(B) and (C) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, after […]

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CLIMATE CHANGE/ENERGY/POLITICS: “In a blow to administration efforts to free the oil and gas industry from Obama-era environmental rules, a Senate resolution to revoke a rule to limit leaks and flaring of methane from oil and gas production on federal lands fell short of votes 49-51 on Wednesday [5-10-17]. The surprise vote outcome came after […]

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