"Congressional Republicans allowed a tax on oil companies that generated hundreds of millions of dollars annually for federal oil-spill response efforts to expire this week — a move that amounts to another corporate break in the wake of lawmakers’ sweeping tax overhaul late last month."
Economy & Business
"Dominion Energy delivered a blockbuster offer to buy SCANA Corp. on Wednesday in the wake of South Carolina’s failed nuclear project, pitching a $14.6 billion deal that would be among the largest in state history."
"Wind turbines bring jobs, tax dollars for new schools, income security for farmers and energy independence. To these Texans, climate change has little to do with it."
"One of the longest and most consequential campaigns against science in modern history is becoming more extreme—and turning against its originators."
"The island is getting slapped with new taxes as it drowns in debt and tries to recover from a catastrophic hurricane."
"President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday instructing his deputies to devise “a strategy to reduce the Nation’s reliance on critical minerals” that are largely imported and used to produce everything from smartphones to weaponry."
"Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard on Tuesday rejected an invitation to testify before the House Natural Resources Committee, calling it “disingenuous.”"
"Missoula was the only city in Montana that had a privately owned water system. Now, after decades of effort, it has succeeded in taking back the utility. City leaders explain how it happened."
"A coalition of nearly 20 environmental and Native American tribal groups sued the Trump administration on Tuesday, challenging its delay of a rule limiting emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas drilling operations on federal lands."
As President Trump continues to fill environment and energy leadership positions in 2018, one source of stories will be potential conflicts of interest for appointed regulators and agency leaders. This week's TipSheet runs down more than 20 key appointments to watch at EPA, Interior, Ag, Energy and more.