Economy & Business

HB 6 Repeal Would Address Only Part Of Ohio Actions To Slow Renewables

"Both Republican and Democratic Ohio lawmakers are pushing to repeal the state’s nuclear bailout bill after this week’s release of a federal criminal complaint against House Speaker Larry Householder and others. Clean energy advocates say that would be a start, but more is needed to address eight years of lawmakers’ actions to slow the growth of renewables in the state."

Source: Energy News Network, 07/24/2020

"Western Water: Interior May Shift Projects To Former Bernhardt Client"

"The Trump administration is working to transfer ownership of federal water infrastructure to California's Westlands Water District, the country's largest irrigation provider and a former lobbying client of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt."

Source: E&E News, 07/24/2020

"New Emails Show How Energy Industry Moved Fast to Undo Curbs"

"The messages, made public in a lawsuit, suggest the E.P.A. rescinded a requirement on methane at the behest of an executive just weeks after President Trump took office."

"WASHINGTON — Not long after President Trump’s inauguration, the head of a fossil fuels industry group requested a call with the president’s transition team. The subject: Barack Obama’s requirement that oil and gas companies begin collecting data on their releases of methane.

That outreach, by Kathleen Sgamma, president of the Western Energy Alliance, appeared to quickly yield the desired results.

Source: NYTimes, 07/22/2020

Ohio House Speaker Charged With $61 Million in Bribes for Energy Bailout

"Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (R) helped pass a controversial nuclear bailout bill in exchange for almost $61 million in bribes, federal prosecutors said Tuesday as they announced racketeering charges against the official."

Source: The Hill, 07/22/2020

"FERC’s New PURPA Rule Undermines Clean Energy Projects, Advocates Say"

"The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has changed the rules for a federal law that allows independent energy projects to secure utility contracts for their power. Utility groups say the changes will reduce costs for customers, but clean-energy groups and independent power developers say they’ll stifle open competition."

Source: Greentech Media, 07/17/2020

Trump Scales Back Landmark Environmental Law, Claims Help To Economy

"President Trump finalized a major overhaul Wednesday of one of the country’s most consequential environmental laws on the grounds that it has slowed the construction of highways, pipelines and other major projects across the country. The sweeping changes to the 50-year-old National Environmental Policy Act, which opponents have vowed to fight in court and reverse if Democrats regain control of the executive and legislative branches this fall, underscore the stakes in this year’s election."

Source: Washington Post, 07/16/2020

"Biden Announces $2 Trillion Climate Plan"

"Joseph R. Biden Jr. announced on Tuesday a new plan to spend $2 trillion over four years to significantly escalate the use of clean energy in the transportation, electricity and building sectors, part of a suite of sweeping proposals designed to create economic opportunities and strengthen infrastructure while also tackling climate change."

Source: NYTimes, 07/15/2020

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