November 16, 2018

November 15, 2018

People—and Cities—Are Making Hurricanes Worse, Two Studies Show

Two studies provide new insight into the role human activity can play in making hurricane impacts worse. One study concluded that climate change increased rainfall between 5 and 10 percent in hurricanes Katrina, Irma and Maria. The other found that Houston's urban footprint dramatically increased the odds of extreme flooding during Hurricane Harvey.

November 14, 2018

EPA to Weigh Tougher Pollution Standards for Heavy-Duty Trucks

The Trump administration says it is considering stricter nitrogen oxide emissions regulations for heavy duty trucks, though it didn't release a specific proposal.  "This is a positive step and may be the first thing this EPA has done that will actually reduce air pollution," an official with the American Lung Association told the Washington Post.

Farmers, Wind Industry Sue Ohio Over Restrictive Setback Law

Farmers in Ohio allege in a new lawsuit that a requirement increasing the distance that wind turbines must be from other structures violates the state constitution. Prior to the new law, 12 commercial-scale wind farms were approved by the Ohio Power Siting Board, but since the bill's passage, there have been zero, according to the lawsuit. 

November 13, 2018

Early Plans Announced for New Bakken Pipeline

Phillips 66 and Bridger Pipeline have announced preliminary plans for a new pipeline to transport crude oil from North Dakota to Texas. Although details about the pipeline route have not yet been shared, the companies say it would transport 350,000 barrels of oil per day and could begin operating soon as late 2020.

November 12, 2018

The Zinke Effect: How the Interior Department Became a Tool of Big Business

Since becoming Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke has turned the agency's priorities away from conservation and toward fossil fuel industry interests, resource extraction and environmental deregulation. While presenting himself as a cowboy-esque modern-day Theodore Roosevelt, Zinke has given industry the keys to public lands, The Guardian reports.

Big Oil Spent 1% on Green Energy in 2018

Top oil and gas companies jointly spent around 1 percent of their 2018 budgets on clean energy, a new study shows. Investments by European companies vastly outpaced their U.S. and Asian rivals. "With less domestic pressure to diversify, U.S. companies have not embraced renewables in the same way as their European peers," the report says.

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