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December 8, 2022


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Governmental News (Latest Stories First) - In the Last Six Months

  • • Feds to Update Solar Development
    Rules For Western Public Lands
    Announced Through an Updated Solar Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS).

    RE World

    Dec. 6, 2022 -- In 2012, the Bureau of Land ManagementDepartment of Energy (DOE) issued a Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Solar Energy Development in six southwestern states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.

    The 2012 Solar PEIS identified areas with high solar potential and low resource conflicts in order to guide responsible solar development and provide certainty to developers. 

  • • Who Is FERC Protecting?
    Commission Greenlighted a Mammoth LNG Project in Louisiana
    With 2 Pending Rulemakings

    Dec. 2, 2022 -After declaring nine months ago that it would start factoring climate change into regulatory decisions about major gas projects, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has thrown up its collective hands and concluded that it doesn’t know how. At least not yet.

    If not now, when?

  • • From the Amazon to Australia, Why
    Is Your Money Funding Earth’s Destruction?
    The World’s Most Destructive Industries are Protected – and Subsidized

    Guardian

    Nov. 30, 2022 -In every conflict over the living world, something is being protected. And most of the time, it’s the wrong thing.

    The world’s most destructive industries are fiercely protected by governments. The three sectors that appear to be most responsible for the collapse of ecosystems and erasure of wildlife are fossil fuels, fisheries and farming.

  • • Utilities Shift to Embrace Climate Goals
    The Results of Federal
    Aid on the Table

    NYT

    Nov. 29, 2021 -Just two years ago, DTE Energy, a Michigan-based electric utility, was still enmeshed in a court fight with federal regulators over emissions from a coal-burning power plant on the western shore of Lake Erie that ranks as one of the nation’s largest sources of climate-changing air pollution.

    But in September, Gerard M. Anderson, who led DTE for the last decade, was on the South Lawn of the White House alongside hundreds of other supporters of President Biden, giving a standing ovation to the president for his success in pushing a climate change package through Congress

  • • Bold Climate Protests Are
    Triggering Even Bolder Anti-Protest Laws
    The Opposite Should Be Happening

    ICN

    Nov. 22, 2022 -Increasingly bold climate protests are triggering a wave of harsh new laws in Western nations that aim to prevent the type of disruptive demonstrations experts say have long played an important role in healthy democracies.

  • • New York's 2-Year Ban
    on Some Crypto-Mining Operations
    Some Are Not Pleased

    NYT

    Nov. 22, 2022 -New York became the first state to enact a temporary ban on new cryptocurrency mining permits at fossil fuel plants, a move aimed at addressing the environmental concerns over the energy-intensive activity.

  • • Four Solar Projects Fined For
    Alleged Clean Water Act Violations
    The States of Alabama
    and Illinois Joined In

    RE World

    Nov 16, 2022 -The U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency reached settlement agreements with four separate solar farm owners in three states to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations.

    The alleged violations involved construction permit violations and stormwater mismanagement at large-scale solar generating facilities: a site near LaFayette, Alabama, owned by AL Solar A LLC; a site near American Falls, Idaho, owned by American Falls Solar LLC; a site in Perry County, Illinois, owned by Prairie State Solar LLC; and a site in White County, Illinois, owned by Big River Solar LLC.

  • • $600k Spent on a Market Redesign
    Study That Doesn’t Consider Extreme Weather
    That's What Texas
    Grid Regulators Did

    RE World

    Nov 17, 2022 -When someone offers up a solution, they should—at the very least—know what problem they’re trying to solve.

    You might assume that, in “solving” the issue of Texas’ ERCOT electricity market, the Public Utility Commission of Texas is focused on solving the reliability problems that led to days of blackouts and hundreds of deaths during Winter Storm Uri.

  • • Why Does the U.S. Allow a
    Controversial Weedkiller Banned Across The World?
    Paraquat is Outlawed In the EU, UK, Switzerland and China as a growing Chorus of US advocacy Groups Demand the EPA Change Its Position

    Guardian

    Oct. 29, 2022 -When US regulators issued a 2019 assessment of the widely used farm chemical paraquat, they determined that even though multiple scientific studies linked the chemical to Parkinson’s disease, that work was outweighed by other studies that did not find such links.

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reiterated its assessment in a 2021 report, determining that when weighing all the risks and benefits, US farmers could continue to apply the weedkiller across millions of US acres to help in the production of soybeans, corn, cotton and an array of other crops.

  • • New Jersey Sues Oil Companies
    for Deceiving Public About Climate Change
    Five Companies Were
    Named in the Suit

    WHYY, Philadelphia, Oct. 18, 2022 -New Jersey filed a lawsuit against five oil companies and a trade organization, saying the companies knowingly deceived the public about their contributions to global warming.

    New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin said internal industry documents show Exxon Mobil, Shell Oil, Chevron, BP, and ConocoPhillips all hid their knowledge that burning fossil fuels contributes to climate change.

  • • Alaska Cancels Snow Crab Season
    It Threatens Key Economic Driver

    NBCNews

    Oct. 14, 2022 -For the first time, crews in Alaska won’t be braving ice and sea spray to pluck snow crab from the Bering Sea.

    The Alaska Department of Fish and Game canceled the snow crab season earlier this week after a catastrophic population crash of the sizable crustaceans. The red king crab season was canceled for the second year in a row, making it a two-pronged disaster for Alaska’s economy and for those whose livelihoods rely on crab.

  • • Shell Fined $670K for Erosion,
    Spills During Falcon Pipeline Construction
    The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is Fining Shell and a Subcontractor

    AF Logo

    Oct. 13, 2022 -The Shell Pipeline Company built the Falcon pipeline to carry ethane, a type of natural gas liquid, to its nearly complete petrochemical plant in Beaver County. But the DEP said that on five occasions, the company spilled drilling fluids, which contain clay and possibly chemical additives, and are classified as industrial waste under state law, along the pipeline route.

  • • Hydrogen Hubs
    Another Step Toward a Decarbonized Future

    OM

    Oct. 3, 2022 -Many have heard of hydrogen as an up-and-coming energy source that helps reduce our carbon footprint. Hydrogen development for decarbonization is more advanced in Europe and other parts of the world; however, there’s recently been a significant push for researching and constructing hydrogen-related infrastructure here in the U.S.

    In June, as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) signed into law last fall, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) authorized an unprecedented $8 billion in funding for creating regional clean hydrogen hubs (H2Hub). The H2Hub program is part of the DOE’s strategy for achieving a 100% clean electrical grid by 2035 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

  • • California's Climate Action Next Step?
    Parking Reform

    BCL Logo

    Sep. 22, 2022 -Los Angeles County devotes more than 200 square miles of land for automobile parking — a swath of real estate that’s almost 10 times the size of Manhattan. In the Bay Area, home to the world’s most productive technology companies (and some of the most expensive housing in the world), there are over 15 million parking spots, or more than two per registered vehicle. That is in addition to private garages attached to single-family homes.

    California currently stands on the cusp of enacting a powerful climate policy that targets this enormously wasteful allocation of urban land. A bill now under consideration by Governor Gavin Newsom, Assembly Bill 2097, would eliminate parking mandates across the state. Currently, most California cities — like cities nationwide — require developers to create a certain number of parking spaces with any new homes or commercial projects they build, regardless of size. So a single-unit home in Costa Mesa must provide two parking spots, and a three-bedroom condo must do the same. A 1,000-square-foot restaurant or bar in Los Angeles must provide 10 parking spots — which ends up with the restaurant being half the size of its parking lot.

  • • Australia’s PM Backs Britain's
    New King on Climate Change
    Albanese: It Would Be “Perfectly Acceptable” for King Charles III to Continue to Advocate for Climate Change Action

    AP Logo

    Sep. 15, 2022 -Albanese said the new king would decide whether he continues to advocate for reduced greenhouse gas emissions, as he has done for years as a prince.

    “It’s important that the monarchy distance from party political issues. But there are issues like climate change where I think if he chooses to continue to make statements in that area, I think that is perfectly acceptable,” Albanese said. “It should be something that’s above politics, the need to act on climate change.”

  • • The New Cop on the Banking Beat:
    Chief Climate Risk Officer
    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Overseeing Big Banks, Hired a Chemical Engineer to Review Climate Change Risks

    NYT

    Sep. 12, 2022-The federal agency overseeing the country’s largest banks has hired its first climate cop.

    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced on Monday that Yue Chen would be the agency’s chief climate risk officer. Dr. Chen will focus on developing a new system to assess climate-driven risks to banks, and figure out how to monitor and manage them, the agency said in a statement.

  • • What India’s Updated Paris Agreement
    Pledge Mean for Climate Change
    India’s Government Has, Following a Long Delay, Finally Submitted an Updated Climate Pledge Under the Terms of the Paris Agreement

    CB_Logo

    Sep. 9, 2022 -The new four-page document, which was published on August 26th, arrives two years after the original deadline – and two months before the upcoming UN climate summit COP27 in Egypt.

    The world’s third-biggest emitter has committed to reduce the “emissions intensity” of its gross domestic product (GDP) to 45% below 2005 levels by 2030. India’s pledge is an update to its first nationally determined contribution (NDC), submitted in 2015, which targeted a 33-35% cut.

  • • Court Rejects Wyoming, Industry Challenge to
    Administration's Postponement of Oil, Gas Lease Sales
    A Federal Judge in Wyoming has Affirmed the Biden Administration’s Decisions to Postpone Oil and Gas Lease Sales

    CBD

    Sep. 6, 2022 -In his ruling Friday, U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl rejected arguments by the oil industry and the state of Wyoming and found that the Bureau of Land Management acted within its legal authority under the Mineral Leasing Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and other laws when it postponed lease sales to ensure that it fully considered the environmental harms they could cause. The court also held that industry and Wyoming lacked standing to challenge the postponement of certain 2021 sales.

  • • California Approves a Wave
    of Aggressive New Climate Measures
    Lawmakers Adopted $54 Billion in Climate Spending and Voted to Keep Open the State’s Last Nuclear Plant

    NYT

    Sep. 1, 2022 -California, with an economy that ranks as the world’s fifth-largest, embarked this week on its most aggressive effort yet to confront climate change, after lawmakers passed a flurry of bills designed to cut emissions and speed away from fossil fuels.

    Legislators approved a record $54 billion in climate spending and passed sweeping new restrictions on oil and gas drilling as well as a mandate that California stop adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere by 2045.

  • • N.C. Weatherization Funds Set to
    Nearly Double, Posing Challenge and Opportunity
    The State's Residents Have Struggled to Pay Their Utility Bills

    NYT

    Aug. 29, 2022 -The summer’s punishing heat has abated across much of North Carolina for now, a special respite for those struggling to pay rising air conditioning bills.

    But that’s not the only relief in store for the state’s most energy burdened. The state budget allocates $90 million from last year’s bipartisan infrastructure law for adding insulation, tightening seals, and other energy-saving home improvements for the state’s poorest residents. And while the details are still being sorted, congressional Democrats’ new climate law will make even more weatherization money available.

  • • Mexico's Govt. Just Doesn't Get It
    Sees Its Energy Future
    in Fossil Fuels, Not Renewables

    NYT

    Aug. 17, 22022 - On a recent scorching afternoon in his home state of Tabasco, the president of Mexico celebrated his government’s latest triumph: a new oil refinery.

    Though not yet operational, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador hailed the refinery as a centerpiece in his grand campaign to secure Mexico’s energy independence.

  • • Fed. Government Announces
    Historic Western Water Cuts
    The Colorado River River
    Falls to New Lows

    Grist

    Aug. 16, 22022 -The Interior Department announced sweeping changes on Tuesday to the way Colorado River water is doled out in the western United States and Mexico in response to the climate change-fueled megadrought that is desiccating freshwater resources in the region.

    For the first time ever, federal officials declared a Tier 2a water shortage, which requires Arizona, Nevada, and Mexico to reduce the amount of water they draw from Lake Mead starting at the beginning of next yea

  • • Massachusetts Passes Historic Bill
    to Advance Clean Energy, Transportation
    This Bill Will Help Reduce Emissions From Power Plants and Vehicles, Improve Public Health and Reduce the Dangers of Climate Change

    CT

    Aug. 15, 2022, -Below is a statement by Paula García, senior bilingual energy analyst in the Climate and Energy Program at UCS.

    “The climate crisis is here. We need to act quickly to cut the pollution that’s warming our planet and putting people in danger. Fortunately, Massachusetts is showing the way forward.

  • • BLM to Pause Oil, Gas Leasing
    on 2.2 Million Acres in Colorado
    Sage Grouses Were Thankful

    REUTERS

    Aug. 13, 2022, -The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will pause oil and gas leasing on 2.2 million acres of Colorado public land after environmental groups alleged its current management plan failed to consider climate impacts, according to a settlement.

    The agreement was filed Thursday in Colorado federal court and requires the government to conduct a new environmental analysis of the climate impacts of oil and gas leasing on public lands in southwestern Colorado. The government also agreed to consider how the leases may impact the endangered Gunnison sage- grouse and its habitat.

  • • ‘Solar Coaster’ Survivors Rejoice at Senate Bill
    The Legislation Would Lead to Much More Certainty on Federal Tax Policy for the Solar Industry

    ICN

    Aug. 11, 2022, -People who work in the solar industry can barely contain their glee this week.

    The Inflation Reduction Act, which passed the U.S. Senate on Sunday and appears to be heading to passage in the House, contains a wish list of the industry’s priorities.

    And here’s a big one: a 10-year extension of the investment tax credit, the main tax policy that has supported growth of the solar industry.

  • • India Passes an Energy Conservation Bill
    The legislation Will Now
    Go Through Parliament’s Upper House

    AP Logo

    Aug. 10, 2022, -India took another step toward meeting its climate goals Tuesday when lawmakers in parliament’s lower house approved legislation that would require greater use of renewable energy and force industrial polluters to pay a price for the carbon they emit.

    The bill sets out a minimum requirement for renewable energy use for corporations and residential buildings. It also grants clean energy users carbon-saving certificates that can be sold or traded and lays out a new energy efficiency standard in homes, which account for 24% of India’s electricity use.

  • • The Importance of Australia’s Climate Bill
    The World’s Third Largest Exporter of Fossil Fuels Decides to Get Serious About Global Warming

    NYT

    By Damien Cave, Aug. 5, 2022, -For as long as I’ve been in Australia, climate change policy has stymied governments, leading to division, inaction and embarrassment, most recently as the country became a global laggard at last year’s international climate conference in Copenhagen.

    That now stands poised to change with the lower house of Parliament passing a bill this week that will finally put Australia on a path toward reducing carbon emissions by a significant amount — 43 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

  • • Coal Mine Expansions in Powder
    River Basin Blocked By Federal Judge
    The Bureau of Land Management Failed to Consider the Long-Term Health Impacts of Burning Up to 6 Billion Tons of Coal Mined Over the Next 20 Years

    The Guardian

    Courthouse News Service, Aug. 4, 2022, -A federal judge has blocked Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposals that would have allowed for the expansion of two coal mines in the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming, which would have lead to the production of up to 6 billion tons of coal over the next 20 years.

    U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris, a Barack Obama appointee, found that the BLM failed to consider a range of alternatives to the agency's resource management plans, specifically the alternative of no new coal mining on the publicly owned land.

  • • Is the Biden Administration Fast-
    Tracking a ‘Carbon Disaster’ in Alaska?
    Congressional Democrats' Requests For More Time to Review ConocoPhillips’ Willow Project Have Been Met With Silence

    Grist

    Aug. 3, 2022 -For more than four years, ConocoPhillips has been working with the federal government to expand oil and gas development in the National Petroleum Reserve, a roughly 23-million-acre stretch of government-managed land on Alaska’s North Slope.

    If approved, the so-called Willow Project would allow for construction of up to 250 wells, two airstrips, as well as a network of gravel roads, pipelines, and a new central processing facility in a remote, ecologically sensitive corner of the Arctic.

  • • D.O.E. Will Lend G.M. and LG
    $2.5 Billion to Build Battery Factories
    The Loan Will Help the Automaker and its Supplier Build Electric Vehicle Battery Factories in Ohio, Tennessee and Michigan

    NYT

    July 25, 2022 -The U.S. Energy Department said Monday that it would lend $2.5 billion to a battery maker owned by General Motors and LG Energy Solution to build battery factories, advancing the Biden administration’s plan to promote electric vehicles and reduce dependence on China for critical components.

  • • The Government Is Failing
    Americans Uprooted by Calamity
    Climate Change is Creating a Growing Class of Displaced Americans

    NYT

    July 23, 2022 -Two summers ago, Hurricane Laura wrecked Betty Swope’s modest bungalow at the edge of Lake Charles, a city surrounded by oil refineries in southwest Louisiana. The Federal Emergency Management Agency helped at first, paying for Ms. Swope and her son Adrian to stay in hotels, then putting a trailer in their yard and providing about $7,000 toward fixing their house.

    But that covered a fraction of what repairs would cost Ms. Swope, who is 74 and, like many storm survivors, lacked insurance. And though Congress approved extra funds for victims of Hurricane Laura, that money has yet to reach Louisiana almost two years after the disaster.

  • • Emergency Steps to Protect Sequoias From Wildfires
    The U.S. Approach to Surpassing Them

    NYT

    July 23, 2022 -The U.S. Forest Service said on Friday that it would take emergency action, including removing low-lying vegetation that can fuel fires and other measures, to protect giant sequoia groves that are threatened by wildfires.

    Since 2015, wildfires have ravaged the groves in California. About one-fifth of all giant sequoias have been destroyed over the past two years, the Forest Service said.

  • • Positve Decision Change for U.S. Postal Service
    Half of Its New Mail Trucks Electric

    Car and Driver, July 21, 2022 -The U.S. Postal Service has announced that 50% of its upcoming Next Generation Delivery Vehicle postal vans, approved earlier this year, will be battery-electric powered.

    The USPS had said earlier this year that a much smaller number of the new delivery trucks—10 and later 20 percent—would be EVs.

    The U.S. Postal Service expects the NGDVs to join the fleet in late 2023.

  • • Dutch Farmers Opposing Pollution Cuts
    Anger is Simmering

    AP Logo

    July 10, 2022 -Bales of hay lie burning along Dutch highways. Supermarket shelves stand empty because distribution centers are blocked by farmers. Then, at dusk, a police officer pulls his pistol and shoots at a tractor.

    Dutch farmers are embroiled in a summer of discontent that shows no sign of abating. Their target? Government plans to rein in emissions of nitrogen oxide and ammonia that they say threatens to wreck their agricultural way of life and put them out of business.

  • • Court Victory: Federal Failure to Protect
    Right Whales from Deadly Entanglements Violates Law
    It Was the 'Right' Thing to Do

    CBD

    July 8, 2022 -A federal court ruled in favor of the Center for Biological Diversity, Conservation Law Foundation, and Defenders of Wildlife in a long-running case challenging NOAA Fisheries’ failure to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales from deadly entanglements in American lobster fishing gear.

    The court found that the agency had violated the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act when it issued a May 2021 biological opinion and a September 2021 final rule because not enough was done to reduce the lobster fishery’s lethal threat to right whales.

  • • The EU Just Decided Natural Gas Is 'Green' (???)
    Are They Color Blind?

    GIZMODO

    July 8, 2022 -On Wednesday, the European Parliament rejected a motion that would have excluded some nuclear and gas projects from the bloc’s list of “environmentally sustainable economic activities,” which are intended to help increase investment in climate- and environment-friendly undertakings and prevent greenwashing.

    The highly anticipated vote, which came after months of heated debate, will allow investments in gas and nuclear technologies to be classified as “green,” opening the door for those projects to access a huge range of subsidies and loans.

  • • The Power, and Limits, of Local Climate Action
    How Much Can Be Done at the Local Level?

    NYT

    July 8, 2022 -The White House can’t get climate legislation passed. Congress is gridlocked. The Supreme Court has tied the hands of the federal agency entrusted to protect the environment.

    All this at a time when a majority of Americans, according to public opinion polls, say the government should do more to address climate change.

    So who can?

  • • How the EPA Will Regulate Power
    Plants After Supreme Court Setback
    Many Regulatory Options Still Remain,
    But the Path Will Be More Difficult

    NYT

    July 7, 2022 -Following the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling last week limiting the government’s ability to restrict the pollution that is causing global warming, the Biden administration is planning to use other regulatory tools in hopes of achieving similar goals.

    A key part of the plan: Further restrict other pollutants that coal-burning power plants emit such as soot, mercury and nitrous oxides — a move that also will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • • Pearl Harbor’s Toxic Water
    Caused By Shoddy Management
    US Military Investigation Points to Human Error After Fuel Leak that Poisoned Thousands

    The Guardian

    July 1, 2022 -A US navy investigation has revealed that shoddy management and human error caused fuel to leak into Pearl Harbor’s tap water last year, poisoning thousands of people and forcing military families to evacuate their homes for hotels.

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  • • What the EPA Ruling Means
    for Your EV's Carbon Footprint
    Electric Cars are Only as Clean as the Grid they Plug Into

    Green Car Reports

    July 1, 2022 - The emissions from using your EV will keep dropping over the years you use it because the grid keeps getting cleaner.

    It’s a point we emphasize regularly, and after Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling, the assurance of a cleaner grid over time, everywhere, is no longer a foregone conclusion. That’s because based on this ruling, it’s quite possible that electric vehicles in some regions of the U.S. will carry a heavier carbon footprint than they might have otherwise, for years to come.

  • • Fisheries Service Finalizes Protections
    Against Three Pesticides Harming Salmon, Orcas
    Critical Protections for Salmon and Puget Sound Orcas from Exposure to Three Widely Used Insecticides

    CBD

    June 30, 2022 -Today’s analysis finalizes a March draft biological opinion that concluded the three insecticides put 37 protected species in jeopardy of extinction and harm their designated critical habitat.

    “This is how pesticide consultations are supposed to work. The Fisheries Service followed the science and the law, and now salmon and orcas will receive long-overdue protections,” said Brett Hartl, government affairs director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “The agency should be commended for upholding scientific integrity despite industry pressure to water down restrictions on these pesticides.”

  • • 35 Communities Outside Pittsburgh
    Are Closer to Passing Climate Plans
    A New Report Provides a Road Map and Emissions Data for Pittsburgh Suburbs

    AF Logo

    June 24, 2022 -In 2017 the city of Pittsburgh released its third comprehensive plan to reduce its climate emissions. But it’s often difficult for many smaller communities to produce their own plans, according to the Congress of Neighboring Communities in Allegheny County. So only a couple of the 130 municipalities in the county have since followed suit.

    But last week, the Congress released a report that makes it significantly easier for 35 of these communities. The new report shows communities where their greenhouse gas emissions are coming from and outlines actions communities can take to reduce their carbon footprint.

  • • People Who Want a Pesticide-Free
    World Score Back-to-Back Court Victories
    Environmental Groups are Doing Victory Dances After Back-To-Back Court Wins

    June 22, 2022, Food Safety News, -By denying a writ of certiorari in Hardeman v. Monsanto, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand an early $25 million award to a person with cancer overuse of Roundup (glyphosate) herbicides.

    Beyond Pesticides is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., called the unsuccessful petition to the Supreme Court the Bayer-owed Monsanto’s “Hail Mary attempt.

  • • Is Transport of LNG By Rail Safe?
    Pipeline and Hazardous Materials
    Safety Administration Grappling
    With 2 Pending Rulemakings

    June 20, 2022, FREGHTWAVES, -The debate on whether the U.S. federal government should allow the movement of liquefied natural gas by rail could come to a head this summer, with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) poised to make some big decisions.

    By June 30, PHMSA and the Federal Railroad Administration are expected to issue their decision on whether they should temporarily suspend a 2020 rule allowing for the transport of LNG by rail via specialized tank cars while they review the impact on safety, the environment and on Native American tribes. That 2020 rule was enacted under former President Donald Trump.

    But there are other pending matters before federal regulators pertaining to LNG by rail. PHMSA is also considering a final rule-making to modify regulations governing LNG by rail to incorporate ongoing research efforts. That decision is due by June 30, 2024.

  • • States Continue to Show
    Impressive Progress on Climate
    Rural African Communities Can Benefit

    LCV

    June 14, 2022 -Over the last year, much of the nation’s attention has focused on Congress and the tremendous opportunity we have to pass comprehensive national climate legislation for the first time. While federal action remains necessary to reach U.S. climate goals and ensure communities have the resources to invest in equitable clean energy and climate solutions, state legislatures and Governors have quietly passed new climate and clean energy efforts across the country.

    Together these new laws and executive orders help set a national model and are a key driver to reduce climate pollution, invest in clean energy jobs, and ensure the clean energy transition centers racial and economic justice.

  • • Why We Need to Set Climate Targets
    Anker 625 Solar Panel Makes That Happen

    Greener Ideal

    June 14, 2022 -The fight against climate change is an urgent global issue that requires decisive action. One of the most critical tools in this fight is setting targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

    Target-setting provides a clear and measurable goal to strive for and helps to focus and coordinate efforts both within governments and across different sectors.

  • • NREL Helps Develop Colombia’s Next
    Generation of Renewable Energy Leaders
    Training Young Energy Leaders in Colombia Through Hands-on Training and Education

    CT

    June 14, 2022 -While much of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) campus sat quietly late on a Friday afternoon, one conference room was still bustling with activity. Nearly 20 international visitors sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) were just wrapping up an action-packed, week-long site visit to NREL.



Noteworthy

  • • History of the Clean Water Act
    History of the Clean Water Act

    Sep. 12, 2019  (EPA)- The Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1948 was the first major U.S. law to address water pollution. Growing public awareness and concern for controlling water pollution led to sweeping amendments in 1972. As amended in 1972, the law became commonly known as the Clean Water Act (CWA).

    The 1972 amendments:

    Established basic structure for regulating discharges into the waters of the U.S.
    Gave EPA the authority including setting wastewater standards for industry
    Maintained requirements for water quality standards
    Illegalized discharge any pollutant into navigable waters, unless a permit was obtained under its provisions
    Funded the construction of sewage treatment plants
    Recognized the need for planning to address the critical source pollution problems

  • • Is Ethanol Really a Good Idea?
    Food Vs. Fuel: What
    Trump's Ethanol Policy
    Means For The Food System

    Forbes Magazine -The EPA moved forward with President Trump’s directive to lift a federal ban on high ethanol blended gas during the summer months, though not quickly enough for Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who Reuters reports is urging the EPA to lift the ban on a much quicker timeline.

    Lifting the ban is a policy shift that’s being celebrated by large-scale corn growers and decried by biofuel opponents. But the policy has implications for the food system too, as many food system reformers say the last thing U.S. farmers should be growing is more corn.

  • • EPA to Halt Fuel Economy Standards
    California Getting Ready
    to Fight Back

    Mar. 29, 2018 - The Trump administration is poised to abandon America's pioneering fuel economy targets for cars and SUVs, a move that would undermine one of the world's most aggressive programs to confront climate change and invite another major confrontation with California.

    The EPA is expected to announce in the coming days that it will scrap mileage targets the Obama administration drafted in tandem with California that aim to boost average fuel economy for passenger cars and SUVs to 55 miles per gallon by 2025, according to people familiar with the plans.

  • • The E.P.A is a Sinking Ship
    E.P.A. Officials,
    Disheartened by Agency’s
    Direction, Are Leaving in Droves

    Dec. 22, 2018 - More than 700 people have left the Environmental Protection Agency since President Trump took office, a wave of departures that puts the administration nearly a quarter of the way toward its goal of shrinking the agency to levels last seen during the Reagan administration.

  • • How Low Can the EPA Go?
    EPA Reverses Policy on
    'Major Sources' of Pollution

    Jan. 25, 2018 - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday it was withdrawing a provision of the Clean Air Act that requires a major source of pollution like a power plant to always be treated as a major source, even if it makes changes to reduce emissions.

    The decision to withdraw the "once-in always-in" policy is part of President Donald Trump's effort to roll back federal regulations and was sought by utilities, the petroleum industry and others. Never mind about the health of the American people.

  • • Trump Imposed Tariffs on PV Imports
    30% Tariff Disappoints
    Trade Industry

    Jan. 22, 2018 - Trump has agreed to a recommendation by the International Trade Commission (ITC) to grant U.S. solar manufacturers relief from unfair trade practices in the form of tariffs on solar cells and modules imported to the U.S.

    This will hurt the solar industry which currently employs over 250,000 workers.

  • • Fed. Compromise on Anti-PACE Law
    Industry, Lawmakers Compromise
    on Anti-Property Assessed
    Clean Energy Legislation

    Dec. 27, 2017 - A financing program that’s let more than 180,000 homeowners pay for solar panels and clean-energy appliances through their local tax bills is poised to survive an effort by Republicans to add regulations that would have effectively shut it down.

  • • The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
    Summary of the National
    Environmental Policy Act

    Originally Passed in 1968 (EPA) — NEPA was one of the first laws ever written that establishes the broad national framework for protecting our environment. NEPA's basic policy is to assure that all branches of government give proper consideration to the environment prior to undertaking any major federal action that significantly affects the environment.

    NEPA requirements are invoked when airports, buildings, military complexes, highways, parkland purchases, and other federal activities are proposed. Environmental Assessments (EAs) and Environmental Impact Statements (EISs), which are assessments of the likelihood of impacts from alternative courses of action, are required from all Federal agencies and are the most visible NEPA requirements.

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    including a history of this act.

  • • Shouldn’t We Abolish Fossil Fuel Subsidies?
    America Spends Over $20Bn Per
    Year On Fossil Fuel Subsidies.

    July 30, 2018 (The Guardian) -Imagine that instead of taxing cigarettes, America subsidized the tobacco industry in order to make each pack of smokes cheaper.

    A report from Oil Change International (OCI) investigated American energy industry subsidies and found that in 2015–2016, the federal government provided $14.7bn per year to the oil, gas, and coal industries, on top of $5.8bn of state-level incentives (globally, the figure is around $500bn). And the report only accounted for production subsidies, excluding consumption subsidies (support to consumers to lower the cost of fossil fuel use – another $14.5bn annually) as well as the costs of carbon and other fossil fuel pollutants.

  • • The D.O.E. Solar Decathlon
    How To Shine In The Solar Village

    October 6, 2017 - At noon Eastern Standard Time today — the second day of competition for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon in Denver — the Northwestern University team was sitting in first place, according to scores released on the competition website.

    The Solar Village, where all 13 teams’ houses are standing for the competition, is now open to the public.

    With scoring under way on three of the 10 competition categories — Heath & Comfort, Appliances, and Home Life — Northwestern was tied with Swiss Team and UC Berkeley/U of Denver on the three segments in Health & Comfort — temperature, humidity and indoor air quality.

  • • Budget Slashed for Clean Energy
    Trump’s Budget Expected
    to Massively Slash Research
    On Renewable Energy
    — And ‘Clean Coal’

    May 18, 2017 -The Trump administration is expected to propose massive cuts to federal government research on wind and solar energy next week, according to current and former Energy Department officials familiar with budget discussions.

    The department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), which funds research on advanced vehicles as well as other aspects of clean energy, would face a roughly 70 percent cut in 2018, carving about $ 1.45 billion from its $2.09 billion 2017 budget.

  • • The SunShot Initiative
    What is the SunShot Initiative?

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office focuses on achieving the goals of the SunShot Initiative, which seeks to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by the end of the decade.

  • • The Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act
    Notes from the Solar Underground:
    US Solar’s Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act

    The global solar industry relies on mandate. Let's hope it doesn't go away.

  • • Carbon Tax Center
    What is the Carbon Tax Center?

    Why revenue-neutral carbon taxes are essential,what’s happening now, and how you can help.

    In a carbon-constrained world, a permanent U.S. carbon tax is essential to reduce emissions that drive global warming.

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Federal, state and local agencies that can assist
with your questions about renewable energy, environmental
protection, tax credits, rebate incentives and more.

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Governmental Agencies

Federal Agencies

 


The Bureau of Ocean
Energy Management


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BOEM offshore leasing and operations are governed by a wide variety of laws, regulations, and other communications with the offshore industry.
The Bureau enforces compliance with these regulations and periodically updates rules to reflect advancements in technology and new information. This section provides access to BOEM rules, regulations, and guidance to the offshore industry.

Combined Heat and Power Partnership


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The CHP Partnership is a voluntary program seeking to reduce the environmental impact of power generation by promoting the use of CHP. The Partnership works closely with energy users, the CHP industry, state and local governments, and other clean energy stakeholders to facilitate the development of new projects and to promote their environmental and economic benefits.

Energy Resources Program

Geothermal Energy

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Geothermal energy is a significant source of renewable electric power in the western United States and, with advances in exploration and development technologies, a potential source of a large fraction of baseload electric power for the entire country. The USGS Geothermal Resource Investigations Project is focused on advancing geothermal research through a better understanding of geothermal resources and the impacts of geothermal development. This is achieved by applying a wide range of research methods to characterize resource occurrences, perform monitoring, and develop resource assessments. The project team works closely with a number of external collaborators from federal and state agencies, academia and industry on projects throughout the US and internationally (provide link to map of field study areas).

The Solar Energy
Technologies Program

(Dept. of Energy)

The Solar Energy Technologies Program focuses on developing cost-effective solar energy technologies that have the greatest potential to benefit the nation and the world. A growing solar industry also stimulates our economy by creating jobs in solar manufacturing and installation. See also the SunShot Initiative which strives to make solar competitive with fossil fuels by 2020.
 

 

 

National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration

 
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is a scientific agency within the United States Department of Commerce focused on the conditions of the oceans and the atmosphere. NOAA warns of dangerous weather, charts seas and skies, guides the use and protection of ocean and coastal resources, and conducts research to improve understanding and stewardship of the environment.
 

National Renewable
Energy Laboratory


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Focusing on creative answers to today's energy challenges.
From fundamental science and energy analysis to validating new products for the commercial market, NREL researchers are dedicated to transforming the way the world uses energy.
With more than 35 years of successful innovation in energy efficiency and renewable energy, today our discoveries provide sustainable alternatives for powering our homes, businesses, and our transportation system.

 

U.S. Dept. of Environmental Protection


EPA had employed 17,000 people across the country, including headquarters offices in Washington, DC, 10 regional offices, and more than a dozen labs.

Staff were technically trained; more than half were engineers, scientists, and policy analysts. In addition, a large number of employees are legal, public affairs,financial, information management and computer specialists.

Michael S. Regan was sworn in as the 16th Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency on March 11, 2021, becoming the first Black man and second person of color to lead the U.S. EPA.

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System addresses water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants to waters of the United States.

Created in 1972 by the Clean Water Act, the NPDES permit program is authorized to state governments by EPA to perform many permitting, administrative, and enforcement aspects of the program.
 
 

 

State Agencies

The California Solar Initiative - CSI


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The California Solar Initiative offers cash back for installing solar on your home or business.
The state strives to create megawatts of new solar-generated electricity, moving it towards a clean energy future.
And you can help!

Join the thousands of home and business owners who have earned cash back rebates by installing solar energy systems through the California Solar Initiative. Customers earn cash rebates for every watt of solar energy installed on homes, businesses, farms, schools, and government and non-profit organizations.


Connecticut Energy and
Environmental Protection


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In charge of conserving, improving and protecting the state's natural resources and environment. Promotes the supply of clean, affordable and reliable energy.

 

 

 


 

 

State Agencies (continued)

Database of State Incentives
for Renewable and Efficiency


Overview of Florida's state rebate program. Applies to Commercial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Fed. Government, Multi-Family Residential, Institutional. Also covers other states' similar incentive programs.
 

Florida Dept. of
Environmental Protection


The lead agency for environmental management and stewardship and is one of the more diverse agencies in state government, protecting air, water, and land. It is divided into three primary areas: Regulatory Programs, Land and Recreation and Planning and Management.

 

Illinois Environmental
Protection Agency


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This site covers all aspects of the environment in the state.
Use the link to report violations of air and water quality rules and regulations.

 

Maine Department of
Environmental Protection


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The DEP is responsible for protecting and restoring Maine's natural resources and enforcing the state's environmental laws.
The agency can trace its roots back to the Sanitary Water Board that was created in 1941. The purpose of that Board was to study, investigate, recommend means of eliminating and preventing pollution in waters used for recreational purposes.
The Board was renamed the Water Improvement Commission in 1951. In 1969, the Commission's title was abbreviated to the Environmental Improvement Commission.

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Massachusetts Department
of Environmental Protection


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The Department of Environmental Protection is the state agency responsible for ensuring clean air and water, the safe management of toxins and hazards, the recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, the timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.

 

NJ Board of Public Utilities


A regulatory authority with a statutory mandate to ensure safe, adequate, and proper utility services at reasonable rates for customers in New Jersey.



NJ Department of
Environmental Protection

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On America's first official "Earth Day" — April 22, 1970, the NJ DEP was born. It became the third state to consolidate its past programs into a unified major agency to administer aggressive environmental protection and conservation efforts.
Since then it began a role to manage natural resources and solve pollution problems. In what started with about 1,400 employees in five divisions, NJDEP now has a staff of approximately 2,900 and is a leader in the country for its pollution prevention efforts and innovative environmental management strategies.

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NY: NYSERDA


NYSERDA’s earliest efforts focused solely on research and development with the goal of reducing the State’s petroleum consumption. Subsequent research and development projects focused on topics including environmental effects of energy consumption, development of renewable resources, and advancement of innovative technologies. Check the website for funding opportunities and other incentives to go green.

 

 

Ohio EPA


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Their mission is to protect the environment and public health by ensuring compliance with environmental laws and demonstrating leadership in environmental stewardship.


Oregon Department
of Environmental Quality


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The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is a regulatory agency whose job is to protect the quality of Oregon's environment. Well, YEAH!

 

 

PA Department of
Environmental Protection


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Responsible for administering Pennsylvania's environmental laws and regulations. They work to reduce air pollution, insure water quality, and more.

 

Sarasota County (Fla.) Government

Roadmap to Sustainability.


Sarasota County government is committed to environmental, cultural and economic sustainability. This means:
  Replenish the resources we use or consume.
  Ensuring our values guide us into the future.
  Investing in our community to ensure future prosperity.
To achieve the balance necessary for a sustainable community, our programs and services must be economically viable, environmentally sound and socially equitable.

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