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Noteworthy

  • 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.

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

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

Click on a logo to go to that website.

Noteworthy

  • 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.


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 employs 17,000 people across the country, including headquarters offices in Washington, DC, 10 regional offices, and more than a dozen labs.
Staff are technically trained; more than half are 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, Scott Pruitt, a Trump appointee, who has a record of poor performance on 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.

 

 

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.

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.

 

 

 


 

 

 

Recent News

  • Court Ruling Favors NRDC over EPA
    Court Orders EPA to Ban Pesticide that
    Causes Learning Disabilities in Children

    Aug. 10, 2018 -After over a decade of fighting, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has finally scored a victory in securing the ban of the pesticide chlorpyrifos. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a court order to the EPA requiring it to ban the chemical agent, which has harmful neurodevelopmental effects. Longstanding studies have indicated that exposure to chlorpyrifos can lead to increased risk of learning disabilities such as ADHD, developmental delays, and a lower IQ.

    The NRDC and a coalition of labor and health organizations were represented by EarthJustice in the court case. The court found that the EPA broke the law by ignoring proven scientific evidence – including some evidence discovered by the agency itself – that chlorpyrifos could harm children who consumed produce treated with the chemical. Even small quantities of ingestion can cause developmental issues for some children, and so the long-overdue ban has left many parents relieved.

    Click now to read more from inhabitant.

  • Does the Acting E.P.A. Chief Bring Some Hope for the Environment?
    Acting E.P.A. Chief Closes Dirty-
    Truck Loophole Left by Scott Pruitt

    July 27, 2018 -Andrew R. Wheeler, the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has reversed the final policy act of his predecessor, Scott Pruitt: granting a loophole that would have allowed more highly polluting trucks on the nation’s roads.

    Wheeler’s decision, outlined in a memo to his top air policy staff, formally vacates the move Pruitt made on his last day in office, earlier this month, before resigning amid a host of ethics investigations. Pruitt had told manufacturers that the agency would not enforce a cap on what are known as “glider” trucks — vehicles with older and less efficient engines installed.

    Click now to read an encouraging
    article from The NY Times Climate Forward.

  • Wow! A Bi-partisan Act to Fight Marine Debris
    Save Our Seas Act Passes the House of Representatives

    July 25, 2018 -If you’re reading this, chances are you already know that our oceans are being overwhelmed by marine debris, particularly an ever-increasing amount of mismanaged plastic waste. This is a global problem that affects all of us, polluting otherwise beautiful beaches, entangling and suffocating hundreds of species of ocean wildlife, and disrupting the ocean’s delicate food chain from top to bottom. Here at Ocean Conservancy, we also believe it’s a problem that can be solved.

    That’s why the Ocean Conservancy is excited to report the House of Representatives has just passed the Save Our Seas (SOS) Act.

    Click now to see the article
    from The Ocean Conservancy.

  • Federal Judge Rejects NYC Climate Change Lawsuit
    Judge Dismisses New York City
    Climate Lawsuit Against 5 Oil Giants

    July 19, 2018 -A federal judge on Thursday dismissed New York City's lawsuit against five of the world's largest oil companies, dealing a setback to local governments that are trying to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable for climate change.

    The city had sought damages, expected to run into the billions of dollars, for the costs of adapting to rising seas and worsening heat waves as the planet warms.

    Click now to read the article
    from  Inside Climate News.

  • The Court is Coming to Take Away Your Environmental Protection
    How Brett Kavanaugh Could Reshape
    Environmental Law From the Supreme Court

    July 10, 2018 -Long before President Trump nominated him for the Supreme Court on Monday, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh had already made a name for himself as an influential conservative critic of sweeping environmental regulations.

    During his 12 years on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, often regarded as the nation’s second-most powerful court, Judge Kavanaugh voted in a number of high-profile cases to limit Environmental Protection Agency rules involving issues like climate change and air pollution. In two key instances, his arguments were later embraced by the Supreme Court.

    Click now for more from
    The NY Times Climate Forward.

  • The Trump Administration’s Environmental Rollbacks
    76 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump

    July 6, 2018 -Since taking office last year, President Trump has made eliminating federal regulations a priority. His administration, with help from Republicans in Congress, has often targeted environmental rules it sees as overly burdensome to the fossil fuel industry, including major Obama-era policies aimed at fighting climate change.

    To date, the Trump administration has sought to reverse more than 70 environmental rules, according to a New York Times analysis, based on research from Harvard Law School’s Environmental Regulation Rollback Tracker, Columbia Law School’s Climate Tracker and other sources.

    These include: Air pollution and emissions, Drilling and extraction, Infrastructure and planning, Animals, Toxic substances and safety, Water pollution, and "Other."

    Click now for the the story
    from The NY Times Climate Forward.

  • Public Lands and Protected Spaces- Or Are They?
    The Budget Crunch at America’s National Parks

    July 2, 2018 -Crowded visitor centers, crumbling roads and aging buildings — those are the sights at some of America’s national parks lately, caused by years of chronic underfunding. Will the situation soon get even worse? The Trump administration has proposed stripping national parks’ funding even further, despite the fact that people are visiting our public lands more and more often.

    John Garder, senior director of budget and appropriations at the nonprofit National Parks Conservation Association, says the majority of national parks have been short on cash for years.

    Click now for more from The Revelator.

  • Scott Pruitt and the EPA Will Need a Lawyer
    11 States Sue EPA's Scott
    Pruitt Over Climate Super-Pollutants

    June 29, 2018- The lawsuits over HFCs are the latest legal challenges to a far-reaching agenda of rolling back environmental regulations, especially relating to climate change.

    Eleven states and the District of Columbia sued the Trump administration on Wednesday, demanding enforcement of regulations on super-polluting greenhouse gases in air conditioners and refrigerators.

    A similar lawsuit was filed by environmentalists on Tuesday. Both challenge an attempt by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to roll back federal regulations on the class of chemicals known as hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs.

    Click now for more of this story
    from Inside Climate News.

  • What's In Store For the Environment With the Supreme Court Changes?
    Kennedy’s Retirement Could Clear
    Path for Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks

    June 28, 2018 -The retirement of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy from the Supreme Court could significantly reshape environmental law in the decades ahead and potentially make it easier for the Trump administration to roll back Obama-era climate change policies in the coming years, legal experts said.

    In his 30 years on the court, Justice Kennedy was frequently a crucial swing vote on major environmental questions. While he tended to be skeptical of expansive federal regulations that intruded on private property rights, he was also willing to break with the court’s conservative wing in favor of more aggressive government action to limit air and water pollution.

    Click now for the story
    from NY Times Climate Forward.

  • Another Wolf Down for the Trump Administration
    Interior Department Plans to Let
    People Kill Endangered Red Wolves

    June 27, 2018 -In a proposal that would essentially end a 30-year effort to reestablish critically endangered American red wolves in North Carolina, the Interior Department on Wednesday announced a plan that would allow private landowners to kill wolves that stray onto their property from a protected federal wildlife refuge.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials who presented the proposal in a news conference said the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, which supports about a dozen of the 35 red wolves that roam a five-county area in eastern North Carolina, would be the only place where they would be safe.

    Click now to read the Washington Post story.

  • Big Tax Break For U.S. Solar Developers
    IRS Gifts US Solar Developers a 30% Tax Break

    June 26, 2018 - Last Friday the US Internal Revenue Service clarified its position on an existing federal investment tax credit for solar developers. That may sound a little ho-hum but it’s huge news for solar fans. What the IRS really means is that it has retroactively extended a key tax break, aka the ITC, for five years. What that means is that developers in the US will get a 30% break on any job they start beforenow the end of 2019.

    Click for more on this
    story from CleanTechnica.

  • The EPA Doesn’t Do It Again, And Again
    Read The Label: Chemical Safety Under the EPA

    June 22, 2018- Recently the Environmental Protection Agency did an about face on a chemical that’s been linked to dozens of deaths since 1980. The agency announced it would move forward “shortly” with a rule on methylene chloride. Under the Obama administration, EPA proposed a ban on the chemical for certain uses, but Scott Pruitt’s EPA put that on hold. The reversal came a couple of days after administrator Pruitt met with families whose loved ones had died of exposure to methylene chloride.

    This chemical is also one of 10 that the EPA has announced it’s evaluating to determine the risk to people’s health and the environment, which is a result of Congress updating the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) a couple of years ago.

    Click now for more of this
    sad story from the Allegheny Front.

  • Narrowly Passed House Farm Bill Attacks Food Stamp Program
    House Narrowly Passes Farm Bill that Hurts SNAP

    June 21, 2018 -The House passed its farm bill Thursday by a vote of 213-211 after weeks of uncertainty over whether leadership would be able to secure enough support within the fractious GOP Conference to pass a measure that is critical to farm country.

    The vast majority of the bill's funding addresses food stamps, more formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The agriculture committee reformed the program to add more work and training requirements for those who receive benefits -- the main reason why Democrats opposed the measure.

    Click now to read more from CNN Politics.

  • U.S. $$ Went For Uganda Solar While Trump Wasn’t Looking
    Uganda Receives $500,000 Funding
    For Their Solar Energy Sector
    from the US Government

    June 19, 2018 -The government of Uganda has received 1.9 billion Ugandan shillings from the American government to aid in the off-grid solar electricity expansion in the country.

    The money was offered through Power Africa Uganda Accelerator and will be channeled through Uganda Solar Energy Association (USEA) to facilitate the increase of clean energy generation and access to electricity among Uganda’s rural and urban citizens.

    Click now for the the story
    from Greener Ideal.

  • Wash. State, the D.C. and Massachusetts on Carbon Fees
    Here Are the Carbon Pricing Battles to Watch Right Now

    June 18, 2018 -While 81 percent of economists say that a carbon tax or cap-and-trade policy is the most effective way to cut carbon pollution, state legislatures haven’t been so easy to convince. Carbon tax proposals keep crashing and burning, even in reliably blue states like Washington and Oregon.

    The only state to put an economy-wide cap on carbon emissions is California, where a cap-and-trade program began more than a decade ago. Now, the concept of a carbon fee is gaining popularity. The strategy ensures that funds go straight to a designated purpose, rather than being collected and used by the government like a more general tax.

    Click now to read the Grist Magazine story..

  • At Least One Sector of the U.S. Govt, Believes in Renewables
    U.S. Military Renewable Energy Goal
    – One Gigawatt Installed By 2025

    June 17, 2018 - These are confusing times. Officially the United States has pulled out of the climate accord and removed any wording from the their website regarding it. Officially then america does not believe in man made climate change if you listen to what we are being told. So why then is the U.S. military still gung-ho on renewable energy?

    As the U.S. military evaluates the role of energy independence on the country’s security, the National Security Forum of Northern Nevada welcomed Lieutenant General Richard Zilmer, USMC, to host its June 19 breakfast discussion at the Sands on “Toil and Treasure: the True Costs of U.S. Energy Choices.”

    Click now for more on this
    story from Solar Thermal Magazine.

  • Climate No Longer NOAH’s Mission
    Ocean Science Agency Chief Floats Removing
    ‘Climate’ From Mission Statement

    June 15, 2018 - A recent presentation by the acting head of the United States’ top weather and oceans agency suggested removing the study of “climate” from its official mission statement, focusing the agency’s work instead on economic goals and “homeland and national security.”

    Critics say this would upend the mission of the $5.9 billion National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. But the administration disputes that interpretation, saying the presentation did not intend to create a change of direction at a vast agency that tracks hurricanes and atmospheric carbon dioxide, operates weather satellites, manages marine reserves and protects endangered ocean species, among other functions.

    Click now for more on this
    story from The Washington Post.

  • Chemical Disasters - Who Will Protect the Public?
    Fear And Frustration Over EPA Move
    To Kill Chemical-Disaster Protections

    June 15, 2018 - The Environmental Protection Agency intends to block a proposal that would effectively shield companies from scrutiny about how they prevent and respond to chemical disasters. At a hearing Thursday, agency officials got an earful from dozens of people who live and work near refineries and chemical facilities across the country.

    Grandmothers, teachers, firefighters and community activists traveled to Washington, D.C. to urge the agency to block the proposal. Representatives from industry groups countered that they’re already doing enough to keep people safe and that companies don’t need more oversight.

    Click now for more on
    this story from NPR News.

  • EPA Chief Pruitt Faces 13 Federal Inquiries
    13 Scott Pruitt Investigations:
    The Running List of E.P.A. Troubles

    June. 15, 2018 -Scott Pruitt is facing 13 federal inquiries into his spending and management practices as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

    The subjects of the investigations include Mr. Pruitt’s first-class travel expenses, the installation of a $43,000 soundproof phone booth in his office, and his rental of a $50-a-night condo from the wife of a lobbyist with business before the agency. The negative headlines have continued well into Mr. Pruitt’s second year on the job, though he continues to enjoy the support of President Trump.

    Click now for more from
    The New York Times Climate Forward.

  • Good News From the Department of Energy (D.O.E.)
    Solar Competition Is Putting $3
    Million Behind Innovation in Manufacturing

    June 8, 2018 -The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) yesterday launched the American-Made Solar Prize competition with a focus on supporting innovative ideas for solar industry manufacturing.

    The contest includes a series of three prize rounds designed to develop new products to be made in the U.S. Competitors will have access to mentoring and other supportive resources through a network of national labs, incubators, investors, and industry experts.

    Click now to read more
    from Renewable Energy World.

  • Who’s Protecting the Environment - Not the EPA
    Industry Is Taking Over the EPA

    June 7, 2018 - The Environmental Protection Agency made news recently for excluding reporters from a “summit” meeting on chemical contamination in drinking water. Episodes like this are symptoms of a larger problem: an ongoing, broad-scale takeover of the agency by industries it regulates.

    We are social scientists with interests in environmental health, environmental justice and inequality and democracy. We recently published a study, conducted under the auspices of the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative and based on interviews with 45 current and retired EPA employees, which concludes that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and the Trump administration have steered the agency to the verge of what scholars call “regulatory capture.”

    Click now to read the whole
    story from The Revelator.

  • Renewable Portfolio Stadards (RPS): States Lead the Way
    States Are Leading the Way
    (Again) on the Utility of the Future

    June 4, 2018 -Remember when U.S. states started voting renewable portfolio standards (RPS) into law? Iowa had the first and it was passed in 1983 requiring investor-owned utilities to build or procure 105 MW of alternative energy generating capacity. (Funny how small that amount is — 105 MWs would not even qualify as a “large” wind farm today).

    Other states followed Iowa, creating statutes with renewable energy targets all the way through the 2000s, at which time states then began to modify their goals. Today, states are still upping the ante. California, New York and Hawaii boast the most aggressive RPS’s having modified their original goals multiple times.

    These early RPS’s were indications that states were serious about forcing utilities to incorporate renewable energy into their energy portfolios.

    Click now to read the Renewable Energy World story.

  • Councilman Espinal: “This is the last straw.”
    New York Today: The Scourge of Plastic Straws

    May 23, 2018 -As you sip your iced coffee this morning, imagine doing it without a straw.

    A bill being introduced in the City Council today would outlaw plastic straws at eateries across the boroughs.

    “It’s important for New Yorkers to understand that the plastic straw is not a necessity; it’s more of a luxury, and our luxury is causing great harm to other environments,” said the bill’s lead sponsor, Councilman Rafael L. Espinal Jr., a Democrat from Brooklyn.

    Click now to read more from The New York Times.

  • Cough It Up, Oil Companies - What Do Have to Hide?
    A Federal Judge In a Climate
    Change Lawsuit Is Forcing Oil Companies To
    Reveal Internal Documents

    May 25, 2018 -Two cities seeking damages from BP, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Shell, and ConocoPhillips can now demand documents.

    A federal judge wants the litigants in two high-profile climate change lawsuits against the five largest oil companies to make the case for whether he should consider the benefits of fossil fuels. He also wants the oil companies to start ponying up documents about their internal operations, which could contradict one of their key arguments in the case while also opening them up to new lines of attack.

    Click now for more of the story from Vox.

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  • Appropriations Cuts Renewables, Increases Fossil Fuels
    US Appropriations Committee Approves
    $243M Cut for Renewable Programs, $58M
    Increase to Fossil Fuels Research

    May 17, 2018 - The U.S. House Appropriations Committee yesterday approved an energy and water funding bill that, as compared to fiscal year 2018, cuts energy efficiency and renewable energy (EERE) programs by $243 million, and increases research and development funding for fossil fuels by $58 million.

    Click now for more from
    Renewable Energy World.

  • What The E.P.A. Calls “Safe” - Standards Are Questionable
    New Study: EPA's 'Safe' Levels of this Chemical
    in Your Food Aren't So Safe After All

    May 16, 2018 - Last summer, the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) announced that our testing of Ben & Jerry’s popular ice cream flavors for glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller) turned up positive results in 10 of 11 samples we tested.

    Our critics fired back that the glyphosate levels we found were “well below” the levels that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tells us are “safe.”

    Click now for the story
    from Organic Consumers Association.

  • EPA Head Grilled Over Spending/Management Decisions
    Democrats Sharpen Focus as Scott Pruitt
    Testifies Again on Capitol Hill

    May 16, 2018 -Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, told a Senate panel on Wednesday that one of his employees had worked without pay on her personal time to find him a place to live, a service that Democrats said amounted to a violation of federal law.

    He also confirmed that he had established a legal defense fund to defray the costs of defending himself against 12 federal investigations into his spending and management decisions.

    Click now for the story
    from the  NY Times Climate Forward.

  • Sorry, Folks - NASA Will No Longer Monitor CO2 Emissions
    Administration Shuts Down NASA's Carbon
    Monitoring Program While CO2 Levels Soar

    May 14, 2018 - The Trump administration has killed NASA's Carbon Monitoring System, which was responsible for compiling data from separate satellite and aircraft measurements of CO2 and methane emission across the Earth.

    This program allowed scientists to have a picture of the flow of carbon all over Earth.

    Click now for more of
    this disturbing news from Tech Times.

  • Another Thing the Enviormmental Protection Agency Gets Wrong
    The EPA Says Burning Wood to Generate
    Power is 'Carbon-Neutral.' Is That True?

    May 10, 2018 - Environmental Protection Agency (hah!) Administrator Scott Pruitt recently told a group of forestry executives and students that from now on the U.S. government would consider burning wood to generate electricity, commonly known as forest or woody biomass, to be “carbon neutral.”

    Click now for more from Renewable Energy World,
    to see just how wrong they are.

  • Billionaires Need Bailouts, Too. Don’t They?
    U.S. EPA grants Biofuels Waiver to
    Billionaire Icahn's Oil Refinery - Sources

    Apr 30, 2018 -The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted a financial hardship waiver to an oil refinery owned by billionaire Carl Icahn, a former adviser to President Donald Trump, exempting the Oklahoma facility from requirements under a federal biofuels law, according to two industry sources briefed on the matter.

    The waiver enables Icahn’s CVR Energy Inc (CVI.N) to avoid tens of millions of dollars in costs related to the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. The regulation is meant to cut air pollution, reduce petroleum imports and support corn farmers by requiring refiners to mix billions of gallons of biofuels into the nation’s gasoline and diesel each year.

    Click now for much more from Reuters.

  • Some Congressmen Hate the Environment
    Scalise Offers Anti-Carbon Tax Resolution

    Apr. 27, 2018 -House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) has reintroduced a resolution condemning a carbon tax, arguing that such a levy would be harmful to the economy.

    The non-binding resolution, offered by Scalise and Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.) on Thursday, would state that it's Congress's opinion that "a carbon tax would be detrimental to American families and businesses, and is not in the best interest of the United States."

    Note: The health of the planet is optional.

    Click now for the whole story from The Hill.

  • Good Geothermal News From Dept. of Energy
    U.S. DOE Puts Up $14.5 Million
    for Innovative Geothermal Drilling Tech

    Apr 27, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) last week said it is making up to $14.5 million in new funding available to advance geothermal energy development. The Efficient Drilling for Geothermal Energy (EDGE) funding opportunity announcement (FOA) focuses on geothermal drilling in support of accelerating the research and development of innovative geothermal energy technologies in the U.S.

    Click now for more from Renewable Energy World.

  • Science? Hey, Do We Really Need It
    E.P.A. Announces a New Rule. One Likely
    Effect: Less Science in Policymaking.

    Apr 24, 2017 -WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency announced a new regulation Tuesday that would restrict the kinds of scientific studies the agency can use when it develops policies, a move critics say will permanently weaken the agency’s ability to protect public health.

    Under the measure, the E.P.A. will require that the underlying data for all scientific studies used by the agency to formulate air and water regulations be publicly available. That would sharply limit the number of studies available for consideration because much research relies on confidential health data from study subjects.

    Click now for much more from
    the New York Times.

  • Pretending Doesn’t Make It Go Away
    National Park Service Has Tried To Delete
    Mentions That Climate Change Is Caused By Humans

    Apr. 13, 2018 -Democrats on Capitol Hill are calling for an investigation into the National Park Service, pointing to a report they say follows a "pattern" of censoring scientists who study climate change. So I checked in with the scientist who wrote the latest report and is now worried about her future.

    When the reporter arrived at Climate Scientist, Maria Caffrey’s house, her husband was about to take their 3-month-old baby out for a stroll. Her real baby is called Katherine, but Caffrey’s professional baby is her 86-page report on the National Park Service. It’s about what sea level rise and storms could do to coastal parks in the coming decades, and she’s been toiling over it for the better part of six years.

    Click now to read more
    from the Mountain West News Bureau.

  • What Happens When Foxes Guard the Chicken Coop?
    Pruitt’s New Deputy: A Coal Lobbyist

    Apr. 12, 2018 -WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday confirmed the Environmental Protection Agency’s second-in-command, Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist who not only shares the deregulatory zeal of Scott Pruitt, the E.P.A. chief, but also his doubtful view of climate science.

    Unlike Mr. Pruitt, a Washington outsider caught in a swirl of controversy over his costly first-class travel and security spending, Mr. Wheeler is viewed as a low-key insider with years of Washington experience in the art of pursuing policy change while avoiding public distraction.

    Let us know if this makes you more comfortable with the pick.

    Click now to read more
    from The NY Times.

  • A California/Trump Deal on Automobile Emmisions
    Quietly, Trump Officials and
    California Seek a Deal on Car Emissions

    Apr. 5, 2018 -Officials from the Trump administration and the State of California, who have been negotiating behind the scenes on car emissions standards, are expected to reopen talks that could preserve rules targeted by the Environmental Protection Agency for elimination, according to people briefed on the talks.

    Scott Pruitt, the E.P.A. administrator, announced this week that his agency would start the process of rolling back the federal standards, which are aimed at cutting tailpipe emissions of carbon dioxide, a major contributor to global warming. He also demanded that California, which has vowed to stick to its own stricter standards, fall in line and follow Washington’s lead.

    Click now for more on this
    story from the NY Times.

  • Pruitt’s E.P.A. Won’t Protect the Environment
    No Studies, No Data, No Rules

    Mar. 31, 2018- The other day, Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, took yet another step to muzzle the scientific inquiry that for years has informed sound policy at an agency he seems determined to destroy. He told his subordinates that they could no longer make policy on the basis of studies that included data from participants who were guaranteed confidentiality.

    Over the years, such studies have been crucial to establishing links between mortality and pollution, led to regulations and saved many lives. Limiting policymakers to only those studies with publicly available health data greatly narrows the field of research.

    Click now for more from the NY Times opinion page.

  • Economics is Not the Only Thing Trickling Down
    Lawrence Livermore Climate
    Scientist battles ‘trickle down ignorance’

    Mar. 17, 2018 -Ben Santer has clung to sheer granite walls. He’s hoisted himself onto narrow ledges. He’s inched his way to survival out of a deep, dark and deadly crevasse.

    Decades of stressful high-stakes mountaineering have prepared the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientist for his latest perilous challenge: refuting the Trump Administration’s denial of climate change.

    Click now to read all about it, from Mercury News.

  • Energy Sec Casts Aspersions on Renewables
    Perry Calls Global Moves
    to Shift From Fossil Fuels 'immoral'

    Mar. 8, 2018 - President Trump’s Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Wednesday called the global shift away from fossil fuels “immoral,” saying that it threatened poorer nations from developing economically.

    “Look those people in the eyes that are starving and tell them you can’t have electricity,” Perry said. “Because as a society we decided fossil fuels were bad. I think that is immoral.”

    Click now for more from The Hill.

  • The Low-Down on Tax Credits and Carbon Capture
    Can Updated Tax Credits Bring
    Carbon Capture Into the Mainstream?

    Feb. 22, 2018 - Among the energy credits tucked inside the budget deal eked out in early February lies a controversial measure: carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) credits designed to push the technology from the clean energy margins toward the mainstream.

    For years the technology has divided environmentalists and many working in the energy industry, even as some researchers argued for its essentiality in a decarbonized world. Now, modifications to an existing credit called Section 45Q offer more money per ton of carbon dioxide captured and remove a cap on how much plants can store.

    Click now for more from Green Techn Media.

  • Infrastructure Plan May Ignore Climate Change
    Trump’s Infrastructure Plan May
    Ignore Climate Change. It Could Be Costly

    Feb. 10, 2018 - President Trump is expected to unveil on Monday a plan that would fulfill one of his signature campaign promises: a $1.5 trillion, once-in-a-generation proposal to rebuild, restore and modernize the nation’s aging infrastructure.

    But while the proposal represents one of the administration’s main legislative ambitions, it could directly clash with one of its defining regulatory principles, which is to question the risk from global warming and roll back regulations addressing climate change.

    Click now for more of
    this story from The NY Times .

  • Trumps’s Solar Tariffs Face Legal Challenges
    Legal Pushback Takes Shape
    on Trump’s Solar Tariffs

    Feb. 13, 2018 - Countries and entities negatively affected by solar tariffs set by the Trump Administration in January on imports of crystalline silicon PV cells are beginning to seek redress — with the latest action taking the form of a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of International Trade.

    Manufacturers in Canada came together last week to file the lawsuit, according to international law firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, which is not involved in the litigation. Three companies — Silfab Solar, Heliene and Canadian Solar — claim that the tariffs violate the U.S. Trade Act and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Requests for consultation also have been filed with the World Trade Organization (WTO) by Taiwan and the Republic of Korea.

    Click now to read more from Renewable Energy World .

  • California Will Block Crude Drilling Off Its Coast
    California Says It Will Block Crude
    Oil from Trump Offshore Drilling Plan

    Feb. 8, 2018 -SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California will block the transportation through its state of petroleum from new offshore oil rigs, officials told Reuters on Wednesday, a move meant to hobble the Trump administration’s effort to vastly expand drilling in U.S. federal waters.

    Click now for the story from Yahoo News.

  • Wind Permitting: European Has the Right Idea
    US Regulators Look to Europe for
    Offshore Wind Permitting Approach

    Jan. 16, 2018 -The way that developers approach offshore wind project planning for permitting in the U.S. could follow the lead of Europe’s successful offshore industry.

    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) last week said it sees benefits to allowing offshore wind area lessees to describe a range of designs as part of construction and operations plans — an approach called project design envelope (PDE) that is used by European countries for project permitting.

    Click now for more
    from Renewable Energy World.

  • U.S. Military Relationship With Renewables
    HSGS Selected to Build Solar Plus Storage
    Microgrid Projects for the U.S. Military

    Jan. 17, 2018 -Johnson Controls Federal Systems has selected Hannah Solar Government Services (HSGS) to design, engineer, and construct a solar plus storage microgrid at a U.S. Army base in the Marshall Islands.

    Located at the Army Garrison Kwajalein Atoll on Meck Island, the project will include a 3 MWh energy storage system and 8,000 ground mounted solar photovoltaic modules with a capacity of 2.3 MW.

    Click now for the rest of the story.

  • 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.

  • Tariff Decision on PV Imports Await
    Investors Keen to Support
    Mongolia’s Renewable Energy Goals

    Dec. 22, 2017 - SolarWorld Americas Inc., one of two U.S. solar manufacturers asking President Donald Trump for tariffs on imported panels, says the move could revive a struggling industry. It may also boost the company’s value ahead of a potential sale.

    Click now for the story
    from Renewable Energy World.

  • Joint Congressional Approach to Energy Storage
    House Bill Seeks New Energy Storage Tax Credit

    Dec. 19, 2017 - U.S. Reps. Ryan Costello (R-Penn.) and Mike Doyle (D-Penn.) last week introduced a House bill that would create a new investment tax credit for energy storage.

    “Supporting and encouraging the use of innovative energy technologies can help lower energy costs and improve grid resiliency,” Costello said in a statement. “When paired with recent advancements in clean and renewable energy choices, energy storage can strengthen the security of our electric grid, offer consumers greater choice, and lower the cost of energy bills.”

  • Trump’s Shrinking of National Monuments
    What Does it Mean?

    Dec. 4, 2017 - In a move presaged by leaked government documents, Trump announced that he would reduce the 1.35-million acre Bears Ears National Monument, created by President Barack Obama in late 2016, by 85%. He also boasted that he would cut the 1.88-million acre Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, designated by President Bill Clinton in 1996, nearly in half.

    Click to see maps of the
    monuments under recent review.

  • Artic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) Drilling Effort Hits Snag
    It's What Happens When You Sneak
    Drilling Into a Terrible Tax Bill

    Nov. 30, 2017 - The Republican-led effort to open the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and natural gas drilling could violate the Byrd Rule, which outlines what can be included in the Senate's budgetary legislation.

    According to the Associated Press:
    "Senate Democrats objected to the provision opening a portion of the remote refuge to oil drilling, saying measures to fast-track environmental approvals violate a rule designed to limit budget legislation to provisions that are mainly fiscal in nature. Congressional aides say the Senate parliamentarian has signaled agreement with Democrats, which could force Republicans to secure 60 votes for drilling, instead of 50 needed for the tax bill."

    Click now to read the EcoWatch story.

  • Will Solar Be Economically Viable Without the ITC?
    Trump's Tax Reform Proposal
    'Leaves Door Open' to Repeal ITC/PTC

    Nov. 22, 2017 - The solar investment tax credit (ITC) is one of the most important federal policy mechanisms to support the deployment of solar energy in the U.S. The ITC continues to drive growth in the industry and thereby job creation across the country.

    Click now to read more.

  • Dirty Energy-Friendly Tax Bill - Why Not?
    Just-Passed House Tax Bill
    would Doom America to a Dirty Energy Future

    Nov. 16, 2017 - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed their tax bill that slashes incentives for clean energy sources such as wind and solar and electric vehicles, while maintaining most of the permanent oil incentives and extending nuclear tax breaks.

    Click now for the news from Environment America.

  • Trump's Plan to Save Coal and Hobble Clean Energy
    You Can't Say Trump Doesn't Plan

    October 2, 2017 -President Donald Trump may soon have a chance to prove wrong the notion that economics will kill the U.S. coal industry and keep clean energy thriving.

    Two initiatives pending in Washington -- one to prop up large traditional power plants and a second to impose tariffs on solar panels -- could let Trump upend wholesale electricity markets and tip the advantage away from renewables.

    Click now for more.

  • A NOPR That Makes No Environmental Sense
    How Catastrophic is
    Perry’s NOPR for Renewables?

    Oct 3, 2017- Last week, the U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) that directed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to come up with a new way to pay coal and nuclear power plants more than other power generators (renewables and natural gas) for the energy they generate.

    The additional revenue would be in recognition of the coal and nuclear power plants’ ability to be “resilient” power sources, which the NOPR defines as having a 90-day stockpile of fuel onsite.

    Click now (if you can stand the pain).

  • Trump's Policies Put Northwest's Nat. Parks at Risk
    Policy Reversal Raises Concerns
    For Northwest's National Parks

    Sept. 4, 2017 - Advocates are worried that Trump administration policy changes will damage the ability of national parks to deal with climate change.

    Studies show climate change could have serious impacts on national parks in the Northwest.

    Over time, it could melt glaciers and snowpack in Olympic National Park and the North Cascades, reduce alpine habitat and increase landslides at Mount Rainier and degrade water quality in Crater Lake.

  • EPA May Be Weakening Chemical Safety Law
    The Agency Has Released Controversial
    New Rules For Evaluating a Chemical’s Risk

    Aug. 16, 2017 Asbestos, trichloroethylene, pigment violet 29—these are just three of thousands of chemicals the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is assessing for risks to human health and ecosystems under the revamped Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

    Congress overhauled the chemical safety law last summer, with wide bipartisan and industry support. Many viewed the legislation as a much-needed update to old, feeble regulations. Now, though, the Trump administration may be undermining the reformed law.

    Click now to see what your
    country is not doing for you.

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State Agencies (continued)

 

 

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.

 

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.
 
 
 
 
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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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