Environmental Politics

Trump Fuel Economy Rollback Based On Misleading And Shoddy Calculations

"The Trump administration’s proposal to roll back fuel economy standards relies on an error-ridden and misleading analysis that overestimates the costs and understates the benefits of tighter regulation, an independent study by leading economists, engineers and other experts has found."

Source: LA Times, 12/10/2018

Schumer, Pelosi Want Climate-Change Measures In Infrastructure Deal

"Democratic congressional leaders are insisting that any deal cut with President Trump on legislation to rebuild the nation’s ailing infrastructure include provisions intended to promote clean energy and combat climate change."

Source: Washington Post, 12/10/2018

Zinke Swaps Academics For Business Execs On National Park Advisory Panel

"Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has resurrected a federally chartered board that advises the National Park Service with his own appointees, nearly a year after most of its former members resigned in frustration." ... "The new members are either all registered Republicans or have voted in GOP primaries."

Source: Washington Post, 12/07/2018

"EPA: Pruitt Discloses Billionaire Defense Fund Donor"

"Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has disclosed a single donor to his legal defense fund. Diane Hendricks of Beloit, Wis., gave $50,000 to Pruitt's fund, according to the last financial disclosure report filed by the ex-agency head, which EPA released today."

Source: E&E News PM, 12/07/2018

Manchin Faces Liberal Opposition in Bid to Be Energy Panel’s Top Dem

"During his first run for the Senate in 2010, Joe Manchin III, the Democrat from West Virginia, took aim — literally — at a climate change bill, shooting a bullet through it in a television ad. Now some Democrats are taking aim at Mr. Manchin, declaring him unfit to be the top Democrat on the committee that handles climate change."

Source: NY Times, 12/07/2018

"Senate Confirms Trump’s Controversial Energy Pick"

"The Senate confirmed President Trump’s pick for a key energy agency Thursday over Democrats' objections that he is too biased for the job. The 50-49 vote along party lines means Bernard McNamee, a Republican and former high-ranking political official at the Energy Department under Trump, can take his spot on the five-person Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)."

Source: The Hill, 12/07/2018

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