Economy & Business

"White House Docs: Trump Aides Pushed EPA for Fewer Methane Checks"

"EPA bowed to White House pressure during interagency review of an oil and gas emissions rule by reducing requirements for a segment of the natural gas supply chain to monitor and repair methane leaks."

Source: E&E News, 09/21/2020

"As Wildfires Rage, California Presses Insurers to Cut Rates"

"Faced with the twin climate crises of historic wildfires and spiraling insurance costs, California on Wednesday laid out new rules to make insurance more affordable in fire-prone areas. But the changes could backfire, experts say — pushing insurers to stop offering insurance in those areas and further imperiling communities on the front lines of climate change."

Source: NYTimes, 09/17/2020

‘The Power of Partnerships’ Helps Uncover America’s Energy Gamble

It took teams of journalists to produce an award-winning series of reports digging into environment and climate health effects of massive oil and natural gas production in the Southwestern United States. Our latest Inside Story talks with Jamie Smith Hopkins of the Center for Public Integrity about the benefits of reporting a big story jointly and the project’s sometimes surprising findings.

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Trump Cuts Oil & Gas Drillers' Royalties On Public Lands; States Suffer

"The oil and gas industry has been allowed to pay far less than usual to the government for the right to drill on public lands under a controversial Trump administration coronavirus relief policy, an analysis by a watchdog group and the Guardian reveals."

Source: Guardian, 09/04/2020

BLM Rule Allows Itself To Issue Mass Royalty Cuts For Mining

"The Trump administration on Monday finalized a rule allowing itself to issue areawide and industrywide reductions on fees that companies pay to the government in exchange for the ability to extract certain minerals from public lands."

Source: The Hill, 09/02/2020

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