"After the onslaught of devastating hurricanes and wildfires, the United States is enduring one of its most costly years for extreme weather. A near-record $16 billion weather disasters have ravaged the nation. Meanwhile, the National Weather Service workforce is spread razor thin, with hundreds of vacant forecast positions."
"Two House committees and a federal watchdog have started investigating a $300 million repair contract that Puerto Rico’s electricity utility signed with a Montana company."
"The Trump administration is considering substantial increases in entrance fees to 17 of the most popular national parks during their peak season, asking Americans to pay prices that rival the gate costs of amusement parks such as Six Flags and Busch Gardens."
"He campaigned as a guardian of birds. Now, his administration is pushing policies that could send billions of them to their graves."
"Two of the nation's largest independent power producers are urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reject an Energy Department proposal even though the companies operate coal plants that stand to benefit if the rule is adopted."
"The Department of Energy released its long-awaited report today on policies that are ripe for repeal or reform because they hinder energy production."
"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday it will review how bedrock laws like the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act affect energy industry job losses, one of several measures U.S. agencies will take to “reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens” on business."
"U.S. Commerce Department Secretary Wilbur Ross sent a report to the White House on Wednesday containing recommendations on whether to change the boundaries of 11 marine sanctuaries to allow more oil and gas drilling, but the report was not made public."
"A leaked draft of a five-year plan reveals how the DOI will prioritize 'energy dominance' over conservation."
"Puerto Rico’s financial oversight board is moving to install an emergency manager at the island’s state-owned utility amid criticism of a $300 million contract it awarded to a small Montana energy firm for work on the territory’s crippled electrical grid."