- President Donald Trump signed executive actions to advance approval of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. The decision to advance the pipelines cast aside efforts by the Obama administration to block construction of the pipelines, while making good on one of the campaign promises Trump had made. [CNN]
- President Donald Trump’s administration has ordered a freeze on some EPA grants and contracts to states. An administration “wish list” for the EPA takes aim at regulations such as carbon emission rules that limit the amount of greenhouse gases that are allowed from power plants, and cutting $193 million from climate programs. [CNN]
- “Trump has a great opportunity to save our environment” • Donald Trump is rolling back EPA rules. But the nonpartisan federal Office of Management and Budget calculated that the rules imposed by the EPA over the decade ending 2012 yielded benefits 10 times their costs, the best ratio of all federal agencies they reviewed. [Huffington Post]
- “Renewables = Over 50% New Electricity Capacity But 16% Of Energy Investment” • The wide gap in investment figures versus new capacity figures is striking. Cheap renewables dominate new power plant installations, but polluting fossil fuels dominate the energy investments. Why? Partly because of the cost to transport fossil fuels. [CleanTechnica]
- Ministers in Scotland unveiled plans to ensure that 50% of the nation’s energy needs are supplied by low-carbon or zero-carbon renewable sources, by 2030. The move represents a significant shift for the Scottish National Party, after decades of support for North Sea oil production, which supplies about 47% of Scotland’s petroleum. [The Westside Story]
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