"Russ Vought, the acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, on Tuesday doubled down on proposed cuts to health services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), despite the coronavirus outbreak."
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"The White House has released a working copy of EPA's latest controversial "secret science" proposal replete with red edits. The document shows there is a battle going on within the administration over what language to use on a rule that aims to retool the scientific research underpinning EPA policy."Source: Greenwire, 03/11/2020
"Living on an island forces one to be an innovator in ways large and small. For the 50 or so year-round residents of Isle au Haut, an island off the coast of Maine, innovation can look like using PVC pipe as a curtain rod because there are no real curtain rods at hand — or it can look like the future of the nation’s electrical grid."Source: Ensia, 03/11/2020
"Utah took a step forward yesterday in switching a coal plant to 100% renewable hydrogen — a plan that would allow Los Angeles to be the first U.S. city powered by the fuel."Source: EnergyWire, 03/11/2020
"The dramatic fall of oil prices could upend the American fracking industry, analysts said Monday, as panic over the coronavirus outbreak lessened global demand and Saudi Arabia and Russia flooded the market with new supply."Source: HuffPost, 03/10/2020
"Democratic White House hopefuls Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders believe climate change is an existential threat, that the United States should immediately rejoin global climate talks, and that fossil fuel workers need help adjusting to a cleaner energy economy. The similarities end there."Source: Reuters, 03/10/2020
"The heads of EPA and the departments of the Interior and Energy were at a conservative political conference late last month also attended by a confirmed carrier of a respiratory illness that's spreading rapidly and taking a toll on global markets."Source: Greenwire, 03/10/2020
"Virginia's General Assembly sent a bill to the governor's desk last week that would create the South's first mandate for 100% carbon-free power and effectively remake the state's grid with clean energy."Source: EnergyWire, 03/10/2020
"The Senate moved last night to expedite major bipartisan conservation legislation to the floor for consideration."Source: E&E Daily, 03/10/2020
"Honolulu city officials, lashing out at the fossil fuel industry in a climate change lawsuit filed Monday, accused oil producers of concealing the dangers that greenhouse gas emissions from petroleum products would create, while reaping billions in profits."Source: InsideClimate News, 03/10/2020
"The coronavirus outbreak is pushing the world’s airlines toward financial crisis — and that is starting to complicate efforts to tame airlines’ greenhouse gas emissions, which had been growing rapidly in recent years."Source: NY Times, 03/10/2020
"The EPA’s preliminary conclusions that a widely used solvent poses no environmental risks “are misleading and must be modified,” the agency’s chemical advisers said Monday."Source: Bloomberg Environment, 03/10/2020
"Brazil’s federal environment agency last year gave out the fewest fines for breaking conservation laws since 1995, the agency’s press office told Reuters on Monday, as the efficacy of the agency, known as Ibama, continues to fall under President Jair Bolsonaro."Source: Reuters, 03/10/2020
"A coalition of left-wing environmental groups is criticizing an environmental plan from House Democrats, arguing it is not ambitious enough to combat climate change with needed speed."Source: The Hill, 03/10/2020
"Saudi Arabia slashed its export oil prices over the weekend in what is likely to be the start of a price war aimed at Russia but with potentially devastating repercussions for Russia’s ally Venezuela, Saudi Arabia’s enemy Iran and even American oil companies."Source: NY Times, 03/09/2020