"A proposal by Energy Secretary Rick Perry to alter the nation's electricity markets would provide a windfall for a small group of companies — most strikingly one owned by coal magnate Bob Murray, a prominent backer of President Donald Trump."
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"The United States has withdrawn as an implementing country from the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), an international effort to fight corruption in managing revenues from oil, gas and mineral extraction."
"The official who's leading the charge for the Trump administration's effort to subsidize coal plants is a longtime lobbyist who represented a troubled Ohio utility that stands to directly benefit from the proposed change."
"The U.S. Commerce Department on Thursday announced it will impose finalized softwood lumber import duties on several Canadian firms."
"Many municipally owned utilities find themselves in a tough spot as they sue major chemical manufacturers for allegedly fixing the price of an ingredient used for treating drinking water and wastewater."
"House Republicans proposed eliminating a $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit that automakers have depended on to prop up early sales."
"In a closely watched trade case, the four commissioners of the U.S. International Trade Commission on Tuesday voiced their support for tariffs and other import restrictions to protect domestic solar companies from an influx of cheap solar panels being produced overseas."
"A young Oklahoma company's $200 million contract with Puerto Rico's bankrupt power utility recycles controversial language from an earlier deal with Whitefish Energy Holdings LLC, documents show."
"Top Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee yesterday pressed U.S. EPA's inspector general and administrator in separate letters for more information about the former American Chemistry Council executive now playing a key role at the agency."
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