Energy

Greta Thunberg Admonishes Leaders As U.N. Climate Summit Fails to Deliver Action
Climate
Greta Thunberg Admonishes Leaders As U.N. Climate Summit Fails to Deliver Action

UNITED NATIONS — Dozens of world leaders touted their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the United Nations Climate Action Summit Monday, but they were largely upstaged by youth activists angry at officials for not doing enough to prevent... Read More

Early Power Shut-Offs Are New Reality As California Enters Peak Wildfire Season
State News
Early Power Shut-Offs Are New Reality As California Enters Peak Wildfire Season

LOS ANGELES — Russ Brown and other emergency officials in Yuba County have been trying to get the word out. Charge your medical equipment and phone batteries now. Make you sure you have enough nonperishable food to last a few... Read More

Candidates Expound On Climate Change Fight at Georgetown/MSNBC Forum
2020 Elections
Candidates Expound On Climate Change Fight at Georgetown/MSNBC Forum
2019-09-20 20:40:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Andrew Yang could hardly contain himself. A day after he surprised a group of Georgetown University students by joining their pick-up basketball game, Yang had taken just three steps onto the stage at the university's Healy Hall Thursday... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Releases Priorities for U.S. Climate Policy
Climate
New Democrat Coalition Releases Priorities for U.S. Climate Policy
2019-09-19 12:43:50
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON -  The New Democrat Coalition released policy principles and endorsed legislation to combat climate change Wednesday, seeking to "address the climate challenge with the urgency the crisis demands" and further their belief the U.S. is best positioned to be... Read More

Federal Appeals Court Tosses Clean Power Plan Challenges
Climate
Federal Appeals Court Tosses Clean Power Plan Challenges
2019-09-17 21:39:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court Tuesday threw out legal challenges to the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, ending a long-running legal battle involving multiple states and scores of other parties. In a brief order, the U.S. Court of Appeals for... Read More

Saudi Attacks Reveal Oil Supply Fragility in Asymmetric War
Geopolitics
Saudi Attacks Reveal Oil Supply Fragility in Asymmetric War

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The latest and most destructive attacks on Saudi oil facilities provide stark evidence of the vulnerability of global crude supply in an age of disruptive technologies that can bring a century-old industry to its knees... Read More

Appeals Court Upholds Strengthened Cross-State Air Pollution Rule
Environment
Appeals Court Upholds Strengthened Cross-State Air Pollution Rule
2019-09-13 21:21:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Friday upheld an Obama-era update of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule designed to protect downwind states from coal plant air pollution that blows across their borders. Congress enacted... Read More

Feds Finalize Plan to Open Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to Oil Drilling
Environment
Feds Finalize Plan to Open Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to Oil Drilling

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced Thursday its final plan to open Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, giving the petroleum industry access to the pristine wildland for the first time. The plan would allow oil leasing on... Read More

House Votes to Ban Offshore Drilling, Throwing Down Gauntlet for Trump, GOP
Environment
House Votes to Ban Offshore Drilling, Throwing Down Gauntlet for Trump, GOP
2019-09-11 23:43:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., couldn't be happier that the House Wednesday passed a pair of bills blocking offshore oil drilling in almost all waters around the United States. But in an interview with The Well News, he acknowledged... Read More

House to Vote on Banning Offshore Drilling in Almost All US Waters
Environment
House to Vote on Banning Offshore Drilling in Almost All US Waters
2019-09-06 21:08:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House will vote next week on a trio of bills that would effectively block all new offshore oil and gas drilling in the waters around the United States. In a letter to House members, Democratic House Leader... Read More

EPA Moves to Revoke Rules on Methane Leaks From Oil and Gas Fields
Climate
EPA Moves to Revoke Rules on Methane Leaks From Oil and Gas Fields
2019-08-30 18:32:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Thursday that it intends to revoke regulations on methane leaks from oil facilities, a decision even some oil industry giants oppose. In announcing the plan, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the proposal... Read More

Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale Attracts $159 Million in High Bids
Energy
Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale Attracts $159 Million in High Bids
2019-08-29 19:46:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Last week's sales of Gulf of Mexico leases for oil and gas exploration generated over $159 million in high bids for 151 tracts covering 835,000 acres in federal waters, the Interior Department reports. A total of 27 companies... Read More

Coalition of Cities and States Sues to Save Obama-Era Power Plant Emissions Rules
Climate
Coalition of Cities and States Sues to Save Obama-Era Power Plant Emissions Rules
2019-08-13 22:58:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A coalition of 22 states and seven major cities sued the Trump administration Tuesday in a bid to prevent it from dismantling an Obama-era regulation that established national limits on the carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. In... Read More

Cunningham Takes On McConnell, Fights Offshore Drilling In Eventful District Visit
Climate
Cunningham Takes On McConnell, Fights Offshore Drilling In Eventful District Visit
2019-08-09 23:43:18
by Dan McCue

Freshman Representative Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., certainly didn't expect to be taking on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., let alone talking about gun control, when he returned to his South Carolina district for the August recess, but after mass shootings... Read More

L.A. County Supervisors Adopt Ambitious Regional Sustainability Plan
State News
L.A. County Supervisors Adopt Ambitious Regional Sustainability Plan
2019-08-07 21:13:15
by TWN Staff

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously adopted the Our County Sustainability Plan, which they are calling “the most comprehensive regional approach to sustainability ever issued by a county in the United States.” The plan was drafted... Read More

New Dems Climate Change Task Force Releases Principles for U.S. Climate Policy
Climate
New Dems Climate Change Task Force Releases Principles for U.S. Climate Policy
2019-08-07 20:12:46
by Dan McCue

The New Democrat Coalition on Wednesday released a statement of principles aimed at reasserting the United States’ role as a global leader in addressing climate change. A statement outlining the principles says they are intended to combat climate change “with... Read More

Cuban Government Will Fight Exxon Mobil In US Courtroom
Litigation
Cuban Government Will Fight Exxon Mobil In US Courtroom

MIAMI — In an unusual move, the Cuban government will defend itself in a U.S. federal court to fight a lawsuit filed by Exxon Mobil seeking compensation for a refinery confiscated by the Fidel Castro government in 1960. “It’s a... Read More

Industrial Emissions Targeted in New Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation
Climate
Industrial Emissions Targeted in New Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation
2019-07-30 21:58:09
by Sean Trambley

Last week, a bipartisan, bicameral coalition led by freshman Representative Sean Casten D-Ill., introduced legislation aimed at encouraging innovation that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sources. Casten and his counterparts in the Senate, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and... Read More

House Democrats Oppose Trump Plan to Expand Uranium Mining
Energy
House Democrats Oppose Trump Plan to Expand Uranium Mining
2019-07-02 19:23:22
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - House Democrats are trying to block a Trump administration effort to expand uranium mining in the United States. The House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources is considering a new bill that would severely restrict uranium mining. Democrats... Read More

Trump Energy Plan Faces Legal Blitz Over Weaker Emissions Standards
Energy
Trump Energy Plan Faces Legal Blitz Over Weaker Emissions Standards

WASHINGTON — Blue states and green groups are gearing up to sue the Trump administration over its new carbon emissions rule finalized Wednesday, which critics say fails to address climate change and the public health risks associated with pollution from... Read More

Renewable Energy Surpasses Coal As Source of US Energy, Researchers Say
Climate
Renewable Energy Surpasses Coal As Source of US Energy, Researchers Say
2019-05-16 21:44:37
by Dan McCue

For the first time in history, renewable energy surpassed coal earlier this month as a source of electricity generation in the United States, the Brookings Institution reported Wednesday. The paper underlying the report attributes this remarkable development to U.S. municipalities... Read More

House Panel Criticizes Trump for Climate Change Policies That Harm Public Lands
Environment
House Panel Criticizes Trump for Climate Change Policies That Harm Public Lands
2019-05-16 21:32:15
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Democratic members of Congress said Wednesday that environmental policies of the Trump administration are threatening the nation’s outdoor recreation industry. During two House Natural Resources Committee hearings, a Trump administration official defended the Interior Department’s record, but environmentalists... Read More

Blue Dogs to Play Key Role on House Rural Broadband Task Force
Infrastructure
Blue Dogs to Play Key Role on House Rural Broadband Task Force
2019-05-15 20:44:21
by Dan McCue

House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., has launched a new House Task Force on Rural Broadband to provide coordination and leadership to end the rural-digital divide. The Task Force will work to advance solutions to ensure all Americans have access... Read More

New York on Track to End Coal-Fired Power Plant Emissions by 2020
Environment
New York on Track to End Coal-Fired Power Plant Emissions by 2020
2019-05-13 21:56:07
by Dan McCue

New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation last week adopted the final elements of a regulatory regime intended to end carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants in the state by the end of 2020. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo first announced... Read More

South Carolina Senate Passes Energy Freedom Act in Bipartisan Vote
Energy
South Carolina Senate Passes Energy Freedom Act in Bipartisan Vote
2019-05-10 20:36:44
by Dan McCue

The South Carolina State Senate Thursday unanimously passed The Energy Freedom Act, a comprehensive solar bill that will lift the state's 2 percent cap on net metering, among other solar-related actions. The state House is expected to take up the... Read More

Oregon Denies Permit to Controversial Natural Gas Project
Energy
Oregon Denies Permit to Controversial Natural Gas Project
2019-05-07 13:22:21
by Dan McCue

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality denied a key permit Monday to a controversial liquefied natural gas export terminal and its feeder pipeline, a move that cheered project opponents who argued the Trump administration is moving too fast when it... Read More

Pennsylvania Adopts Action Plan for Meeting Paris Climate Accord Goals
Climate
Pennsylvania Adopts Action Plan for Meeting Paris Climate Accord Goals
2019-04-29 21:30:06
by Dan McCue

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf released the state's Climate Action Plan Monday, a comprehensive strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Accord. The new state climate plan developed by Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection... Read More

Trump Fracking Plan Targets Over 1 Million Acres in California
Energy
Trump Fracking Plan Targets Over 1 Million Acres in California

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday detailed its plan to open more than a million acres of public and private land in California to fracking, raising environmental concerns at a time when opposition to oil and gas drilling in... Read More

Cunningham Warns Fight ‘Far From Over’ As White House Delays Offshore Drilling Plan
Political News
Cunningham Warns Fight ‘Far From Over’ As White House Delays Offshore Drilling Plan
2019-04-25 21:23:09
by Dan McCue

The Trump administration has indefinitely delayed its controversial plan to expand oil and gas exploration off the Atlantic Coast citing the need to await the outcome of litigation that currently blocks similar drilling in the Arctic. In March, U.S. District... Read More

San Francisco Mayor Unveils 100 Percent Renewable Power Plan for City's Downtown
Energy
San Francisco Mayor Unveils 100 Percent Renewable Power Plan for City's Downtown
2019-04-24 23:32:22
by Dan McCue

San Francisco could become the first city in the United States in which large commercial property owners use only renewable energy under a plan unveiled by Mayor London Breed earlier this week. She and city supervisors Vallie Brown and Ahsha... Read More

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