April 7, 2020

New Renewable Energy Capacity Hit Record Levels in 2019

Solar, wind and other green technologies now provide more than one-third of the world's power as last year saw a decline in fossil fuel power plants in Europe and the U.S., new data shows. Almost three-quarters of new electricity generation capacity built in 2019 uses renewable energy, representing an all-time record.

April 6, 2020

Interior Extends Tenure of Controversial Land Management Director

The Interior Department on Friday extended the appointment of William Perry Pendley, known for his controversial position on selling off federally owned land to development, to lead the Bureau of Land Management in an acting capacity until May 5. Critics argue the temporary appointments allow controversial figures to stay in power.

Oil Giants Meet at White House Amid Talk of Buying Strategic Reserves

Oil giants met with President Trump on Friday at the White House in the hopes of securing aid as crude prices plummeted in the face of coronavirus and a price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia. The move comes among growing calls from Republicans to assist oil producers after a proposal to spend $3 billion filling the nation's oil reserves was left out of the federal relief package.

April 3, 2020

California Uses Climate Cash to Cut Power Bills During Pandemic

California uses a carbon cap-and-trade program as a climate change mitigation method. The state uses the proceeds to credit its utility customers twice a year in April and October. With homebound Californians racking up higher than normal utility bills, the state's regulators are considering moving up the October pay date to May and June. 

Enbridge to Move Forward with Tunnel Permitting Amid Pandemic

The energy transportation company plans to replace two pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan's upper peninsula. To stay within set deadlines, Enbridge plans to move forward with permit applications, despite the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Tribal governments opposed to the project say it is impossible to provide proper comment and receive official consultation during this time. 

April 2, 2020

EPA Loses Case Seeking Modeling Behind Obama Mileage Rollback

The EPA was wrong to withhold information about how it devised its new fuel efficiency standards, a panel of judges ruled just a day after the Trump administration rolled back Obama-era mileage standards. The court sided with two environmental groups that sued the agency to gain insight into the modeling technique it used to argue in favor of the rollback.

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