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Trump EPA: less enforcement of laws, more leeway for polluters

Trump EPA: less enforcement of laws, more leeway for polluters

In grade school, students commonly ran through the halls when teachers or other school staff weren't looking. Signs forbidding the act of sprinting past lockers did little to deter the practice, since there was no incentive not to run unless someone present was enforcing the rule. The same can be... read more

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US governors release own plans to cut carbon at climate-change summit

While President Trump has announced the U.S. will pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, the United States cannot formally exit the agreement until November 5, 2020. Despite... read more November 14, 2017 by


 
EPA administrator Scott Pruitt  [photo from 2014]

EPA head: new report that climate change is manmade has 'no bearing' on plans to end climate action

When top U.S. scientists released the fourth National Climate Assessment, it spelled out one blunt conclusion: human activity in releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere... read more November 13, 2017 by


 
U.S. Capitol Building

Senate tax plan leaves electric-car purchase credit in place

The battle over early termination of the U.S. income-tax credit for purchase of an electric car took a new turn on Thursday. HR1, the draft Tax Cut and Jobs Act introduced in... read more November 13, 2017 by


 
Global carbon dioxide emissions, 1850-2030 [CO2 Information Analysis Center, World Energy Outlook]

Climate change all manmade, say actual scientists: awkward for Trump science deniers

When the Environmental Protection Agency quietly issued its new four-year plan in mid-October, the phrase "climate change" did not appear anywhere in the 38-page document. It... read more November 6, 2017 by


 
Chevrolet Bolt EV being charged outside Go Forth electric-car showroom, Portland   [photo: Forth]

Draft tax bill eliminates credit for all electric-car buyers: report (updated)

The process of drafting a so-called tax reform bill has been shrouded in mystery, with even Republican congressmembers admitting they didn't know what provisions it would... read more November 2, 2017 by


 
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When will U.S. ban sales of new cars with engines? Poll results

Presuming China sticks to its statement that it will ban sales of new vehicles with combustion engines in some future year, the auto industry is facing a very different... read more October 31, 2017 by


 
Pickup truck "rolling coal"

RPM Act in Congress would legalize emission defeat devices, for racing only (supposedly)

It’s being called “DIY Dieselgate,” and it could make the air people breathe a lot dirtier. An entire section of the automotive... read more October 25, 2017 by


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

Proposed ethanol cuts bring EPA up against Iowa's powerful politician

Following years of debate, the EPA said earlier this month it will study the possibilities of cutting the amount of ethanol in the United States' gasoline supply. Since 2007... read more October 19, 2017 by


 
Coal trains by Flickr user Kimon Berlin (Used under CC License)

EPA to roll back Obama-era greenhouse gas policies on coal power plants

EPA head Scott Pruitt told miners in Kentucky on Monday that he intends to begin dismantling former President Barack Obama's signature climate-change agenda effort to curb... read more October 9, 2017 by


 
EPA administrator Scott Pruitt  [photo from 2014]

Head of EPA ignores environmental groups, meets only with corporations

Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, has had a very busy schedule since being confirmed to lead the agency set up to protect America's air, water, and... read more October 6, 2017 by


 
Containers holding spent nucleat fuel [Nuclear Regulatory Commission photo]

Fossil-fuel lobbyists join renewable peers against DoE coal, nuclear support plans

Pity Energy Secretary Rick Perry, the man now running the cabinet department he couldn't remember that he wanted to eliminate altogether during a notorious 2011 presidential... read more October 4, 2017 by


 
Chrome exhaust pipe

Comment period ends tomorrow on EPA proposal to loosen emission limits on cars

The period for public comments on the EPA's proposed reconsideration of finalized rules to cut emissions of the climate-change gas carbon dioxide from light-duty vehicles... read more October 4, 2017 by


 
Electric power plant outside Ithaca, New York

Coming this week: Trump EPA's plan to neuter Clean Power Plan

Donald Trump's White House appears to be readying another of its next big climate change overhauls, and like many of the administration's plans, it will weaken or eliminate... read more October 3, 2017 by


 
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

What will happen to U.S. fuel-economy rules through 2025? Poll results

With the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president last November, it became clear that the regulatory environment for businesses would change once he took office. Indeed... read more September 25, 2017 by


 
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in 2008, when he was governor of Texas

Energy Dept grid report downplayed renewables, stressed coal, fossil fuels

The Trump administration hasn't been coy about trying to champion traditional fossil fuels while downplaying the importance and falling costs of renewable energy. Earlier... read more September 22, 2017 by


 

 
 

 
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