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Noteworthy

  • 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.

    Surprised? Click now for the story.

  • 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.

    Click now for the LA Times story.

  • 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.

    Click now for the New York Times/ProPublica story.

  • 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.

    Click now for the story.

  • Trump Imposes 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.

    Click now for the story
    from Renewable Energy World.

  • Fed. Compromise on Anti-PACE Law
    Industry, Lawmakers Compromise on Anti-Property
    AssessedClean 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.

    Click now to read more
    from Renewable Energy World.

  • 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.



Recent News

  • Fl. Governor Allows Local Govts. to Ban Plastic Straws In First Veto, Fla, Governor Allows
    Local Governments to Ban Plastic Straws

    MAY 14, 2019 Governing.com -Gov. Ron DeSantis flexed his veto power for the first time Friday night, declining to sign an environmental bill that would have prohibited local governments from banning plastic straws for the next five years.

    In his veto letter to Secretary of State Laurel Lee, he said municipalities that prohibit plastic straws have not "frustrated any state policy" or "harmed the state's interest."

    Click now to read the article.

  •    Congressional Uncharted Territory On Climate Policy   Green New Deal vs. Carbon Tax:
    A Clash of 2 Worldviews,
    Both Seeking Climate Action

    Inside Climate News, Mar. 4, 2019 - For the first time ever, lawmakers face competing approaches to reviving U.S. climate action. And despite hostility from the White House, each has significant support and the potential to shape the 2020 elections.

    On one side are the student activists of the Sunrise Movement and Congress's new young firebrands; on the other, more moderate groups, including grassroots advocates and some of the Republican Party's elder statesmen, supported both by established environmental groups and by major energy corporations.

  •  Senate Passes a Sweeping Land Conservation Bill Senate Passes a Sweeping
    Land Conservation Bill

    Feb. 12, 2019 NY Times Climate Forward -As a lobbyist and lawyer, David Bernhardt fought for years on behalf of a group of California The Senate on Tuesday passed a sweeping public lands conservation bill, designating more than one million acres of wilderness for environmental protection and permanently reauthorizing a federal program to pay for conservation measures.

    The Senate voted 92 to 8 in favor of the bill, offering a rare moment of bipartisanship in a divided chamber and a rare victory for environmentalists at a time when the Trump administration is working aggressively to strip away protections on public lands and open them to mining and drilling.

  •   Promises Broken to Hurricain-Ravaged Communities  Why Is HUD Ghosting America’s
    Hurricane-Ravaged Communities?

    Feb. 8, 2019  National Resources Defense Council(NRDC) - The Trump administration promised $16 billion to help places like Texas, Puerto Rico, and Florida weather future storms. Now, nearly a year later, it won’t even return their calls.

    The costliest hurricane season in our nation’s history took place two years ago, when 17 named storms—including three that went by the names of Harvey, Irma, and Maria—all came ashore within a six-month period, killing more than 3,300 Americans and causing more than $300 billion in damage. So when the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced last April that it would be distributing nearly $16 billion in mitigation funding to the areas hit hardest by storm activity since 2015, officials in places like Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands must have breathed a little easier.

    Not so fast…

  • What Else Will the E.P.A. Fail to Regulate? Report Says EPA Refuses to
    Regulate Two PFAS Chemicals

    Feb. 1, 2019 The Allegheny Front -Pennsylvania lawmakers on Tuesday slammed the reported decision of the federal government not to regulate two chemicals that have been linked to cancer and other illnesses when present in drinking water.

    PFAS are man-made chemicals that have been used in industry and consumer products worldwide since the 1950s, in non-stick cookware, water-repellent clothing, stain resistant fabrics and carpets, some cosmetics, some firefighting foams, and products that resist grease, water, and oil.

    Politico reported Monday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has decided not to set enforceable health limits for PFOA and PFOS, two of the PFAS class of chemicals that are being increasingly strictly regulated by some states as more becomes known about their risks to public health.

  • House Reintroduces Bi-partisan Carbon Dividend Act Bipartisan Energy Innovation
    and Carbon Dividend Act
    Reintroduced in House

    Jan. 24, 2019 Citizens’ Climate Lobby -A group of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives has reintroduced the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, the groundbreaking bipartisan climate solution to price carbon, give revenue to households and bring greenhouse gas emissions down 90 percent by 2050.

    Sponsored by Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL), Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL), Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), and Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA), the bill will create over 2 million new jobs, lower health care costs and promote energy innovation.

  • Is the Green New Deal Grounded in Science? Let’s keep the Green
    New Deal Grounded in Science

    Jan. 18, 2019 M.I.T. Technology Review -The promise of a Green New Deal has become a galvanizing force in US politics, inspiring climate activists and building much-needed pressure behind a sweeping federal climate

    But the proposed environmental and economic policy package has contained a technical flaw from the start that’s coming into sharper relief as interest groups seek to translate its high-minded ideals into nuts-and-bolts policies. Specifically, the early language sets the goal of meeting “100% of national power demand through renewable sources,” which in general usage excludes carbon-free sources like nuclear power and fossil-fuel plants equipped with systems to capture climate-affecting emissions.

  • U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Contrast With Trump’s Policies All The Good News About Renewable
    Energy — From The US Department Of Energy

    Jan. 13, 2019  CleanTechnica - File this one under ‘W’ for With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies? President* Trump front-loaded his 2016 campaign with a pledge to revive the US coal industry, but during his tenure the growth prospects for coal power have flatlined. The latest outlook on electricity generation from Trump’s own Department of Energy serves up the bad news for coal with a side of good news about renewable energy and some so-so news for natural gas, too.

    The new update comes from the Energy Information Administration. The office was established in 1974 as part of the federal response to the oil crisis. EIA comes under the Department of Energy umbrella, though its Congressional mandate provides it with a semi-independent mandate to produce policy-neutral data, analysis, and forecasts.

  • Climate-Caused Migration Reported by the GAO Activities of Selected
    Agencies to Address Potential
    Impact on Global Migration

    Jan. 15, 2019 U.S. Govt. Accountability Office -The effects of climate change, combined with other factors, may alter human migration trends across the globe, according to the International Organization for Migration.

    For example, climate change can increase the frequency and intensity of natural disasters, causing populations to move from an area. Climate change can also intensify slow-onset disasters, such as drought, crop failure, or sea level rise, potentially altering longer-term migration trends.

  • Shutdown Forced Scientists to Halt Research How the Record-
    Breaking Government Shutdown
    Is Disrupting Science

    Jan. 12, 2019Science News - As the partial federal government shutdown enters its fourth week — on January 12 becoming the longest in U.S. history — scientists are increasingly feeling the impact. Thousands of federal workers who handle food safety and public health are furloughed. Countless projects researching everything from climate change to pest control to hurricane prediction are on hold.

    Among government agencies hit by the partial shutdown are the U.S. Geological Survey, the Department of Agriculture, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and NASA, where nearly all employees are on leave. Additionally, 40% of the Food and Drug Administration’s 14,000 workers are furloughed, as are most employees of the National Parks Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • DC & 9 States Collaborate On Carbon Emissions Policy DC & 9 States Collaborating On
    Carbon Emissions Reduction Policy

    Clean Technica, Jan. 7, 2019 - Washington, D.C., Virginia, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont are working together to formulate a policy proposal to reduce transportation carbon emissions.

    The point of the collective effort is to reduce air pollution, improve transportation to underserved people and develop economic opportunities.

    The collaborators have a goal to generate the low-carbon regional policy in one year, after which they can decide if they are going to adopt it.

  • How the Government Shutdown Hurts Climate Science Toll on Science and
    Research Mounts as
    Government Shutdown Continues

    NY Times Climate Forward, Jan. 5, 2019 - One of the first sessions of the American Meteorological Society’s annual conference in Phoenix this weekend seemed like just the sort to attract plenty of government scientists: “Building Resilience to Extreme Political Weather: Advice for Unpredictable Times.”

    But the conference, where more than 700 federal employees had been expected, will have few federal scientists in attendance. Many are barred from participating during the partial government shutdown, just one of the numerous consequences for the science community during the capital’s latest spending standoff.

  • Something Positive About the Government Shutdown The Government Shutdown Has
    Stalled Trump’s Plan to Drill
    in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

    Earther , Dec. 31, 2018 - In a rare bit of good news about the partial government shutdown, President Trump’s dream of building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border seems to be putting a damper on his administration’s plans to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska to oil and gas drilling.

    The government shutdown is causing this effort to hit delays as the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are unable to move forward with issuing permits for seismic testing, reports the Anchorage Daily News.

  • Alexandris Ocasio-Cortez’s Green Ideas Select Committee for a Green New Deal

    Nov. 21, 2018 -Draft Text for Proposed Addendum To House Rules For 116th Congress:

    1. ESTABLISHMENT; COMPOSITION
      2. JURISDICTION; FUNCTIONS
      3. PROCEDURE
      4. FUNDING
      5. INTERIM REPORTING; SUBMISSION OF THE PLAN FOR A GREEN NEW DEAL; SUBMISSION OF DRAFT LEGISLATION
      6. SCOPE OF THE PLAN FOR A GREEN NEW DEAL AND THE DRAFT LEGISLATION.

      FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    Click now for all of the details.

  • Washington. State Rejects a Carbon Tax Washington State Voters
    Reject Carbon-Fee Initiative

    Nov. 6, 2018 -Washington state voters on Tuesday rejected Initiative 1631, a proposed carbon fee on fossil-fuel emissions that spurred the biggest ballot-measure spending spree in state history.

    As of Tuesday evening, with more than 1.9 million votes tallied from all 39 counties, 56.3 percent of the voters opposed the initiative, while 43.7 percent supported the measure. There are many more votes to be counted but the lead was unlikely to be overtaken.

    Click now for more from The Seattle Times

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

Note: Since the change to the Trump
Regime, Federal agencies might
not be as helpful as they
have been in the past.


Click on an agency logo
below to go to that website.


Governmental Agencies

Federal Agencies

Note: During the current
administration, services and
staff have been cut significantly

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.


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.

EPA is now led by the Administrator, Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyest, who has a questionable allegiance to the environment.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 


 

 

State Agencies (continued)

 

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.

 

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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