Employees of the Environmental Protection Agency have been calling their senators to urge them to vote on Friday against the confirmation of Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s contentious nominee to run the agency, a remarkable display of activism and defiance that presages turbulent times ahead for the E.P.A. Many of the scientists, environmental lawyers and policy experts who work in E.P.A. offices around the country say the calls are a last resort for workers who fear a nominee selected to run an agency he has made a career out of fighting — by a president who has vowed to “get rid of” it.
Senate Republicans are poised to use their majority to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. A vote on Scott Pruitt’s nomination is set for Friday, despite a call from Democrats for a delay. A judge in Oklahoma on Thursday ordered Pruitt, the state’s attorney general, to release thousands of his emails with oil and gas executives by next week. Pruitt has refused to release the emails for more than two years.
A firm controlled by Philip Anschutz, the billionaire entertainment and pro sports magnate, will soon build the largest wind farm in the United States to serve utilities in California, where officials have set ambitious green power goals. The $5 billion project, however, will be constructed 700 miles away in Wyoming, a state better known for coal mines and oil fields. The vast distance between the two states provides a different Anschutz-owned firm with another big opportunity: a $3 billion project building transmission lines to deliver the power – one of a dozen similar power-line projects by other companies across the West. In all, about 5,700 miles of transmission lines are in development with the goal of delivering renewable energy to California from other states, according to the Western Interstate Energy Board.
Democratic lawmakers are proposing legislation to move Nevada away from fossil fuels more quickly than planned. Democratic Assemblyman Chris Brooks of Las Vegas introduced a bill this week that would double the amount of renewable energy Nevada will mandate by 2025. Assembly Bill 206 would require energy providers to generate 50 percent of electricity from so-called “clean” sources in the next eight years.
he Governors’ Wind and Solar Energy Coalition (GWSEC) has written to renewables opponent Donald Trump arguing the technologies’ importance and potential in the US. GWSEC is chaired by Gina Raimondo, governor of Rhode Island, the home state of the US’ first offshore wind project, Deepwater Wind’s 30MW Block Island site.
Trump’s environmental agenda is facing conflicting pressures, with calls from state governors for a rethink of clean energy policy and renewed support from US Republican grandees to implement a nationwide carbon tax clashing with pressure from US automakers to review President Obama’s fuel efficiency standards. The new President has been hit by a wave of fresh calls for him to reconsider his previous hostility towards renewable energy technologies and climate policies, but this time the plea is coming not from green campaigners or clean tech firms, but some of his own Republican colleagues.
The governors say they can already see what is happening in their states as solar, wind, and other renewables are creating thousands of jobs, giving concrete evidence that “renewables are providing a direct economic boost.” “Members of the Coalition have seen the benefits of renewable energy firsthand, and agree that expanding renewable energy production is one of the best ways to meet the country’s growing demand for energy,” read the letter, according to Green Tech Media.
This week, hundreds of Americans from across the country are coming to Washington, D.C. for one reason: they want to make sure their elected officials know wind energy is making life better for their families and communities. They want to say loud and clear: Wind works for America. And there are a lot of reasons why we feel this way.
Solar developers installed a record 14.6 gigawatts in the U.S. last year, almost double the total from 2015 and enough to make photovoltaic panels the largest source of new electric capacity for the first time. Solar panels on rooftops and fields accounted for 39 percent of new generation last year, according to a report Wednesday from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association. That beat the 29 percent contribution from natural gas and 26 percent from wind.
Greenhouse gas emissions in the United States declined by 2.2 percent between 2014 and 2015, federal officials reported on Tuesday. In its annual draft greenhouse gas report, the EPA said total emissions of climate change-causing gases decreased in 2015 after back-to-back years of small growth. The report uses the most up-to-date data about greenhouse gas emissions.