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White House ‘Concerned’ that House Bill Doesn’t Cut EPA Funding Enough

by Niv Elis (The Hill)  The White House is expressing concerns that a funding bill set for a vote Thursday in the House does not make deep enough cuts for agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The House is debating a package of two spending bills, one for Financial

July 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Ryan Zinke Moves to Protect Critical Minerals from Foreign Threats

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is listing 35 minerals used in aircraft, cellphones, and other important technologies as “vital” to national security in a move to wean the U.S. off foreign suppliers. The list includes such valuable metals as aluminum and titanium, as well as uranium, helium,

May 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Bill Aims to Dismantle RFS, Limit Biofuel Blending

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On March 8, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., and Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., introduced companion bills that aim to dismantle the Renewable Fuel Standard and sunset blending obligations for conventional, advanced, cellulosic, and biomass-based diesel fuels. The acts, titled the “Growing Renewable Energy through Existing and

March 9, 2018 Read Full Article

The Greenhouse Gas Pruitt Worries about

by Scott Waldman (E&E News)  Scott Pruitt is one of the Trump administration’s most aggressive critics of climate change science, but lately he’s been talking about the dangers of greenhouse gas. Well, one greenhouse gas in particular: methane. … But when it comes to methane, Pruitt has found common ground with

January 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Trump Signs Executive Order to Expand Critical Minerals Production, Says It Will End America’s ‘Vulnerability’

by Juliet Eilperin (Washington Post) 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. … Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who has backed expanded mining production on federal land, has lobbied

December 21, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Biodiesel Helps Clear the Air in Most Visited National Park

(National Biodiesel Board)   The last thing a hiker wants to encounter is a haze of smog that diminishes the view from atop a picturesque vista.  With more than 11 million visitors annually, Great Smoky Mountains National Park strives to maintain its pristine natural beauty by adopting practices that reduce the

September 11, 2017 Read Full Article

The United States of Oil and Gas

by Tim Meko and Laris Karklis (The Washington Post)  There are more than 900,000 active oil and gas wells in the United States, and more than 130,000 have been drilled since 2010, according to Drillinginfo, a company that provides data and analysis to the drilling industry. We’re familiar with oil-rich regions

February 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Trump Taps Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke as Interior Secretary

by Juliet Eilperin (The Washington Post)  President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke, who has represented Montana’s at-large congressional seat for one term, to serve as secretary of the Department of the Interior, according to an individual with firsthand knowledge of the decision. Zinke, who studied geology as an

December 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Trump Tabs Another Climate Denier, This Time for Interior

by Bobby Magill  (Climate Central)  U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a sixth-term Republican from Washington State who is a climate change denier and an ardent opponent of regulations for greenhouse gas emissions, has been nominated by President-elect Donald Trump for Secretary of Interior. … Perhaps most critically, she would oversee

December 12, 2016 Read Full Article

North America’s Grasslands Are Slowly Disappearing — And No One’s Paying Attention

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  The Great Plains lost more grassland to agriculture in 2014 than the Brazilian Amazon lost to deforestation, says a recent report from the World Wildlife Fund. And it argues that the continued expansion of cropland in the region may be threatening birds, pollinators and even

December 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Trump’s Victory Shatters Energy Landscape

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  …  Biofuels: Trump said in Iowa in January that he wants ethanol volumes set under the Renewable Fuel Standard restored to statutory levels, but he has surrounded himself with RFS opponents, leaving the future of the program in his administration in doubt. Trump has received

November 9, 2016 Read Full Article

What a Donald Trump EPA Will Look Like with Climate Change Skeptic Myron Ebell at the Helm

by Paul Raeburn (Newsweek)  … (Myron) Ebell, the director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and a prominent climate-change skeptic, was chosen at the end of September to head the Environmental Protection Agency’s transition team if Donald Trump is elected president. That does not necessarily

October 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Land-Use Change Rapidly Reducing Critical Honey Bee Habitat in Dakotas

(U.S. Geological Survey) The Northern Great Plains of North and South Dakota, which support over 40 percent of United States commercial honey bee colonies, are quickly becoming less conducive to commercial beekeeping as a result of land-use changes, according to a U.S. Geological Survey study published today. The USGS scientists found

August 30, 2016 Read Full Article

Exxon, ConocoPhillips Top List of Methane Polluters

by Katie Fehrenbacher (Fortune Magazine)  This is how much methane pollution that eleven oil and gas companies emit annually. Eleven oil and gas giants in the U.S. leak so much of a potent green house gas into the atmosphere every year that the emissions would be the equivalent of running seven coal-fired

June 27, 2016 Read Full Article

Two Florida Men Plead Guilty to Multi-State Biodiesel Fraud Scheme

(U.S. Department of Justice)  Thomas Davanzo, of Estero, Florida, and Robert Fedyna, of Naples, Florida, pleaded guilty today for their participation in a multi-state scheme to defraud biodiesel buyers and U.S. taxpayers by fraudulently selling biodiesel credits and fraudulently claiming tax credits, announced Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden of

June 27, 2016 Read Full Article

Missing a Turn on the Road to a Billion Tons

by Corinne Young and Michele Jalbert (re:chem/Biofuels Digest)  A Billion Ton Bioeconomy. For those of us who have worked in this space for the last decade, the US government’s aspiration to grow the sector to such size and scope is music to our ears. At the Renewable Chemical & Advanced Materials

June 20, 2016 Read Full Article

‘Status Quo’: Shell Spews Nearly 90,000 Gallons of Oil into Gulf of Mexico in Latest Spill

by Nika Knight  (CommonDreams.org)  ‘This spill shows why there is a new and vibrant movement in the Gulf of Mexico for no new drilling’  —  Royal Dutch Shell’s offshore drilling operations were pouring oil into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, ultimately releasing nearly 90,000 gallons of oil into the

May 16, 2016 Read Full Article

This Mystery Was Solved: Scientists Say Chemicals from Fracking Wastewater Can Taint Fresh Water Nearby

by Darryl Fears (The Washington Post)  But a study by the U.S. Geological Survey appears to have answered a critical question about the millions of gallons of chemical-laced water that are injected into the wells to fracture rocks and release trapped gas. Is there any cause for concern when that water

May 12, 2016 Read Full Article

There’s One Group Not Ready to Ditch the Donald: Ethanol Producers

by Mark Drajem (Bloomberg)  Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association, says he’s confident that the next president — whether Donald Trump, or Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton — would be fine for the biofuel industry. … Both Trump and Clinton advocated for ethanol while campaigning in the Corn Belt. “Trump

May 10, 2016 Read Full Article

Seismic Report Links Earthquakes to Fracking

by Adam Klasfeld (Courthouse News Service)  Officially linking a controversial natural gas-drilling method to earthquakes for the first time, the U.S. Geological Survey released a groundbreaking report documenting links between fracking and skyrocketing seismic activity. Released on Monday, the agency’s “2016 One-Year Seismic Hazard Forecast” contains no explicit reference to

April 7, 2016 Read Full Article

Invisible Disaster of Aliso Canyon Leak May Give Methane Rules Momentum

by Eric Wolff (Politico Morning Energy)  The massive methane spill at the Aliso Canyon storage field has pumped out at least 77,500 metric tons of gas since Oct. 23, and it will be months before the spill can be closed. As Pro’s Elana Schor and your host report, the spill

January 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Why Activists Are Pushing a ‘Supply Side’ Strategy for Fighting Climate Change

by Chris Mooney (The Washington Post)  Even as President Obama further amplifies his rhetoric about addressing climate change, a coalition of environmental organizations released a letter Monday seeking to push his administration much further still. Not content with recently announced curbs on emissions from fossil fuel fired power plants, the groups want the

September 15, 2015 Read Full Article

NM Lawmakers Call on Administration to Curb Natural Gas Waste Causing Methane Hot Spot Over San Juan Basin

(Office of Senator Tom Udall (D-NM))  In a letter this week to Office of Management and Budget (OPM) Director Shaun Donovan, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham called for prompt action on upcoming federal standards to curb natural gas

July 28, 2015 Read Full Article

OMB Weighs in on Biomass Language Included in Appropriations Bill

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The White House Office of Management and Budget has published a statement of administration policy that details its opposition to several components of an appropriations bill pending the in the U.S. House of Representatives, including a provision related to biogenic carbon emissions. The Department

July 6, 2015 Read Full Article

Oklahoma Worries Over Swarm of Earthquakes and Connection to Oil Industry

by Lori Montgomery (The Washington Post)  … What to do about the plague of earthquakes is, however, very much an open question in Oklahoma. Last year, 567 quakes of at least 3.0 magnitude rocked a swath of counties from the state capital to the Kansas line, alarming a populace long accustomed to

February 6, 2015 Read Full Article

5 Things to Know about Obama’s Next Climate Move: Methane

(Associated Press/The Washington Post)  The Obama administration on Wednesday announced its latest move to combat global warming, this time trying to rein in heat-trapping methane gas that escapes from oil and gas fields. The plan relies on voluntary steps and new rules to reduce leaks from oil and gas production

January 16, 2015 Read Full Article

House Oversight Committee to Feature New Energy, Cybersecurity Subcommittees

by Esther Whieldon (SNL)  The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will feature a new subcommittee in 2015 dedicated almost entirely to energy issues and another that will examine cybersecurity, incoming Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, announced Dec. 17. The new Interior Subcommittee, to be led by Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., will

December 22, 2014 Read Full Article

Lifting America’s Game in Climate Education, Literacy, and Training

(The White House Office of Science and Technology)  …  Continued progress into the future will depend on ensuring a climate-smart citizenry and a next-generation American workforce of city planners, community leaders, engineers, and entrepreneurs who understand the urgent climate-change challenge and are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and training to seek and implement solutions.

December 8, 2014 Read Full Article

The Old Man and the Rising Sea

by Jeff Guo (The Washington Post)  Assateague, a 37-mile-long smear off the shores of Maryland and Virginia, is the East Coast’s climate change canary. It’s one of the most vulnerable islands in America, almost certain to be one of the first places claimed by the rising sea. As 190 nations

December 7, 2014 Read Full Article

Groups Call for Federal Regulations to Curb Methane Leaks

by Lenny Bernstein (The Washington Post)  Ninety health, environmental and sportsmen’s groups asked the federal government Thursday to clamp down on the release of methane gas by the petrochemical industry, asserting that the United States cannot reach its goal for reducing heat-trapping emissions without addressing the issue. Led by the

December 6, 2013 Read Full Article

The Clogged Carbon Sink: U.S. Public Lands Are the Source of 4.5 Times More Carbon Pollution Than They Can Absorb

by  Jessica Goad and Matt Lee-Ashley  (Center for American Progress)  Spanning more than one-fifth of the U.S. landmass, America’s national forests, national parks, and other public lands have long been valued for their ability to absorb and store carbon and other air pollutants. “Forests,” said President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “are the lungs of our

December 5, 2013 Read Full Article

Park Service Withdraws Comments on Fracking Rule

by Matthew Daly (Associated Press/ABC News)  The National Park Service has withdrawn “inappropriate” comments about a proposed rule regulating hydraulic fracturing operations on public lands. Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis says no one in management reviewed the staff comments, which he said were submitted erroneously to the federal Bureau of

November 27, 2013 Read Full Article

Running Late, 4FRI Plan Gets New Steward

by Raquel Hendrickson (Bugle/Verde Independent)  … The unprecedented project intends to treat and restore ponderosa pine forests in the Coconino, Kaibab, Tonto and Apache-Sitgreaves national forests in Arizona. Now, the massive stewardship contract has been transferred from Pioneer Forest Projects to an Africa-based company, Good Earth Power AZ LLC. The purpose

September 16, 2013 Read Full Article

Team Up for Energy Victory

by Col. Bill Holmberg (ret.)  (American Council On Renewable Energy)   “Up with octane, down with aromatics, and embrace the needs of people and nature,” says ACORE’s legendary biomass guru. But less freak-out, more reach-out is needed, he cautions. …However, certain forces routinely turn to political, corporate and financial tools to

February 25, 2013 Read Full Article

White House Wants $2 billion to Give Cleaner Transport a Boost

by Patrick Rucker (Reuters)  President Barack Obama wants Congress to create a $2 billion clean-energy transportation fund using fees paid by oil and gas producers on federal lands, the White House said Wednesday, expanding a plan announced in Obama’s State of the Union address. “This $2 billion investment will support research into

February 14, 2013 Read Full Article

Mapping Grasslands for Biofuel Potential

(U.S. Geological Survey)  USGS scientists have developed a new method for mapping grasslands that demonstrate high potential for growing biofuel crops with relatively little energy input and environmental impact. The pioneering investigation used remote sensing data from satellites to identify detailed areas of the Greater Platte River Basin (most of

April 10, 2012 Read Full Article

Obama Administration Signals Higher Gas Royalties on Public Lands — and Anticipated Industry Resistance

by Evan Bush (iwatchnews)  In election year, Interior Department may take on a popular target: Big Oil The Obama administration may be readying for a fight with the energy industry as it prepares to raise royalty charges for oil and gas obtained from public lands – and tighten up practices

June 17, 2011 Read Full Article

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