Energy & Fuel

Pruitt, Crew of EPA Aides Spent 4 Days In Morocco Promoting Natural Gas

"Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt returned Wednesday from a trip to Morocco, where he talked with officials about their interest in importing natural gas as well as other areas of “continued cooperation” between the two countries."

Source: Washington Post, 12/14/2017

United States of Petroleum: Government's Secret Alliance With Big Oil

"The Great War began in 1914 with cavalrymen on horseback and ended four years later with armored tanks and airplanes. It was, as one scholar put it, the 'first war to run on oil.' To ensure a steady flow of fuel, petroleum executives met regularly with federal officials in Standard Oil’s oak-paneled boardroom on Wall Street. The same industry broken up as an illegal monopoly in 1911 had become a quasi-arm of government."

Source: Center for Public Integrity, 12/13/2017

Investigations May Bring News in 2018

Almost a dozen investigations are underway at the U.S. EPA and the Interior Department, including of unusual travel, private sector connections and staff/advisory panel moves. This week's TipSheet runs down the probes in detail, and offers resources for coverage of developments in 2018.

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"World Leaders, High Security At Paris Climate Summit"

"More than 50 world leaders are joining bankers, energy magnates and others Tuesday in Paris for a summit that President Emmanuel Macron hopes will give new momentum to the fight against global warming — despite U.S. President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord."

Source: AP, 12/12/2017

Uranium Firm Urged Trump Officials To Shrink Bears Ears Monument

"A uranium company launched a concerted lobbying campaign to scale back Bears Ears National Monument, saying such action would give it easier access to the area’s uranium deposits and help it operate a nearby processing mill, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post."

Source: Washington Post, 12/11/2017

"Air Pollution: Pruitt Backs Off Enforcement Of Power Plant Program"

"U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is instructing agency officials to effectively drop enforcement of one key facet of the New Source Review program, in what could be a prelude to broad changes in the handling of air permits for both new plants and expansions of existing facilities."

Source: Greenwire, 12/11/2017

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