Category: Energy

President Trump Approves Tariffs on Solar Cells and Modules

Stating that the Trump administration “will always defend American workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced that the president will impose safeguard tariffs on imports of solar cells and modules. The tariffs will apply over 4 years—30 percent in year 1; 25 percent in year 2; 20 percent in year 3; […]

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NYC: First City Posed to Divest Funds from Fossil Fuel Companies

Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City (NYC) announced that the City would be the first in the nation to divest funds from fossil fuel companies. The mayor also revealed that the City had filed a lawsuit in federal court against the five largest investor-owned fossil fuel companies as measured by their contributions to […]

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Offshore Drilling Opposed by Some Republicans

The Department of the Interior’s (DOI) draft proposed program (DPP) to open about 90 percent of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to oil and gas development has prompted a strong backlash from government leaders in coastal states, both Republicans and Democrats, to go along with the expected opposition of environmental groups. The DPP would […]

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OCS Sought After by DOI for Energy Leasing

In an almost complete reversal of the last Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas (O&G) leasing program established under the Obama administration, the Department of the Interior (DOI) under President Donald Trump and Secretary Ryan Zinke is proposing to make 90 percent of the OCS available for energy development. In its 2017–2022 National OCS […]

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DOE Proposal Rejected by FERC

The five-member Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rejected a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposal that would have provided financial assistance to coal-fired and nuclear electric power plants. The proposal or recommendation would have identified these facilities as energy “reliability and resilience resources” and enabled them to price their product so that all costs of […]

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Voluntary Partnership Announced by O&G Companies

Twenty-six oil and natural gas (O&G) companies have introduced a new voluntary program “focused initially on reducing methane and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions.” Calling themselves Environmental Partnership, the companies have agreed to phase into their operations three environmental performance goals starting January 1, 2018:

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Could Carbon Farming Contribute to Sustainable Product Development for Your Company?

About one-quarter of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are attributable to worldwide agricultural and forestry practices. That means three-quarters are attributable to other causes, and one of them is probably connected to your business in some way. After all, nearly all businesses use electricity and heat (responsible for another one-quarter of all GHG emissions), and […]

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Cows, Corn, and … Carbon? The Future of Farming Could Change the Climate

Farmers like to point out that they feed the world—but could farming practices actually save the world by reversing climate change? Perhaps. The practice of “carbon farming”—using farming practices that either directly reduce greenhouse gas emissions or that sequester carbon in soil or vegetation—is increasingly promoted as a method that could, together with fossil fuel […]

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EPA May Take Over Idaho UIC Class II Wells

Oil and gas (O&G) companies may get an opportunity to expand development operations in Idaho if the EPA finalizes a proposal to take over the state’s Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program for Class II wells. Currently, the state and its Department of Water Resources (IDWR) have not received approval from the EPA to issue Class […]

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ANWR O&G Development Bill Passed by Senate Committee

In a largely party-line vote—with only Democratic Senator Joe Manchin (WV) siding with Republicans—the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources approved budget reconciliation legislation that would open about 2,000 acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska to oil and gas (O&G) development.

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