Perry Vows to Defend Energy Department Research, Loan Programs

Source: By Ari Natter, Bloomberg • Posted: Friday, January 20th, 2017

Rick Perry, Trump’s choice to lead the Energy Department, said he supported the department’s broad research programs and its controversial loan guarantees for innovative technologies. He also disavowed a questionnaire sent by Trump’s team demanding a list of staff members working on climate change programs. “I’m a big believer that we have a role to play, both in basic research, obviously, but also in that applied research — to bring new technologies, new commercialization, new economic development opportunities to this country,” Perry told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. “I will be an advocate,” he said, noting he has a background of “defending budgets.”

Energy Pick Vows to Boost Agency He Had Pledged to Eliminate

Source: By MATTHEW DALY, The Associated Press • Posted: Friday, January 20th, 2017

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to head the Energy Department, vowed to be an advocate for an agency he once pledged to eliminate and promised to rely on federal scientists, including those who work on climate change. Perry told a Senate committee on Thursday that he regrets his infamous statement about abolishing the department and insisted it performs critical functions, particularly in protecting and modernizing the nation’s nuclear stockpile.

Trump team prepares dramatic cuts

Source: By BY ALEXANDER BOLTON, The Hill • Posted: Friday, January 20th, 2017

At the Department of Energy, it would roll back funding for nuclear physics and advanced scientific computing research to 2008 levels, eliminate the Office of Electricity, eliminate the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and scrap the Office of Fossil Energy, which focuses on technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Overall, the blueprint being used by Trump’s team would reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years.

Shell bolsters offshore wind interests with bid in U.S. tender

Source: By Karolin Schaps, Reuters • Posted: Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Royal Dutch Shell has been shortlisted by the U.S. government to make a bid for an offshore wind project license in the waters off North Carolina, as it comes under pressure from shareholders to diversify into green energy. Shell, as well as Norway’s Statoil, qualified to participate in the upcoming leasing round offshore Kitty Hawk, the U.S. interior ministry said on Tuesday. The lease award is set for March 16.

Wyoming Considers De Facto Prohibition On Solar And Wind Energy

Source: By William Pentland, Forbes • Posted: Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Wyoming’s legislature is considering a bill that would effectively outlaw renewable energy in the state. The so-called “Electricity Production Standard” proposes to penalize utilities in Wyoming for generating electricity from solar and wind energy. The bill would allow electric power to be generated using one of six pre-approved sources, including oil, natural gas, nuclear, hydropower and coal, to be used by Wyoming utility companies for electricity generation. Neither solar nor wind energy are included on the list of allowed fuel sources.

China quietly gears up for possibility of trade war with United States

Source: By Simon Denyer, Washington Post • Posted: Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Publicly, China’s Ministry of Commerce has responded calmly to Trump’s repeated criticism of the two countries’ relationship, with its spokesman Shen Danyang insisting last month that the transfer of power in Washington won’t change ties, which he described as “interwoven,” “interdependent” and “mutually beneficial.” But behind the scenes, the ministry is not standing still.

Scott Pruitt, Testifying to Lead E.P.A., Criticizes Environmental Rules

Source: By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times • Posted: Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Mr. Pruitt said that he would not revisit a landmark 2009 E.P.A. finding that carbon dioxide emissions endanger human life by warming the planet. That finding created the legal requirement that the E.P.A. regulate those climate-warming emissions. “It is there, and it needs to be enforced and respected,” Mr. Pruitt said. “There is nothing that I know that would cause it to be reviewed.”

Trump EPA Pick Expresses Doubts on Climate, Defends Oil Industry Funding

Source: By Valerie Volcovic, Reuters • Posted: Thursday, January 19th, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expressed doubt about the science behind global climate change during a contentious Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, but added he would be obliged for now to uphold the EPA’s finding carbon dioxide poses a public danger. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, 48, sued the agency he intends to run more than a dozen times on behalf of his state. This earned him strong support from petroleum companies and convinced both his opponents and supporters that he would aggressively carry out Trump’s campaign vows to slash EPA regulation to boost drilling and mining.

In Break With Trump, EPA Pick Says Climate Change Isn’t Hoax

Source: By Michael Biesecker, Associated Press • Posted: Thursday, January 19th, 2017

In response to questions from Democrats during his Senate confirmation hearing, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said he disagreed with Trump’s earlier claims that global warming is a hoax created by the Chinese to harm the economic competitiveness of the United States. “I do not believe climate change is a hoax,” Pruitt said.

Rick Perry praised for role in making Texas a leader in clean energy

Source: By Ben Wolfgang, Washington Times • Posted: Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Mr. Perry, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Energy Department, oversaw a massive expansion of clean power in Texas during his 15 years as governor. Since his nomination, advocates of renewable power have praised Mr. Perry for his role in making Texas a leader in clean energy, and they think he could help spur similar growth at a national level.