U.S. Energy News

Climate-aware Big Tech firms still enabling fossil fuels

While major technology firms are pledging to slash their carbon emissions, they continue to court fossil fuel companies as customers. (Associated Press)
A new poll finds broad bipartisan support for transitioning to clean energy from fossil fuels. (Business Insider)

REGULATION: The Trump administration nominates a lawyer with scant energy industry experience to serve on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which would leave the traditionally bipartisan agency with a 3-1 Republican majority. (Greentech Media)

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The U.S. Department of Transportation adopts new safety measures for oil and gas pipelines that have been in the works since 2010 disasters in California and Michigan. (Associated Press)
Massachusetts regulators slammed Columbia Gas for a leak last week that revived memories of a fatal explosion a year ago, demanding detailed work plans and threatening daily fines of $1 million. (Eagle-Tribune)
A recent court ruling in New Jersey gives anti-pipeline activists hope that states can curb the use of eminent domain developers have relied on to pursue projects. (InsideClimate News)

OIL AND GAS: After warning that new regulations in Colorado would pose an existential threat to the industry, oil and gas developers proceed with drilling plans. (Colorado Public Radio)

PUBLIC LANDS: A federal judge rejects an attempt by the Trump administration to dismiss lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of a 2017 decision to downsize Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. (Associated Press)

TRANSPORTATION: Northeastern states take the first step to limiting tailpipe emissions in releasing the first draft of regulations for the 13-state Transportation Climate Initiative. (The Hill)

BIOFUELS: A tentative agreement by the Trump administration would increase biofuel quotas to compensate for waivers that have exempted some oil refineries from complying with the requirements, according to sources. (Bloomberg)

An uncertain policy landscape has so far stymied offshore wind development in the U.S. with no clear path forward, advocates say. (Bloomberg)
The financial backer of a massive Wyoming wind energy project says climate change is a concern but “we’re doing it to make money.” (Forbes)

EFFICIENCY: An energy efficiency advocacy group further downgrades Ohio in its state rankings, thanks to a new law rolling back the state’s clean energy standards. (Energy News Network)

COAL ASH: The EPA is holding a hearing today on a proposal that would loosen restrictions on coal ash disposal, raising concerns among North Carolina environmental groups and researchers. (News & Observer, WTVD)

COAL: An analyst says more U.S. coal mines are likely to shut down in the coming weeks and months after Murray Energy’s move to close a West Virginia mine. (S&P Global)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY: A Vermont utility wants to switch to 100% renewable power but advocates say the company needs to increase the amount of in-state sources it draws from. (Energy News Network)

• Virginia’s new renewable energy goals can spur job creation, but only if legislators support it, a solar advocate says. (Virginia Mercury)
An editorial board says that although tiny on a global scale, Maine shows international leadership on climate with Gov. Janet Mills’ recent speech at the United Nations. (Portland Press Herald)
A New Mexico columnist says nuclear energy needs to sustain itself without government assistance to be viable in the long term. (Eastern New Mexico News)

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