Iulia Gheorghiu



Iulia is a Reporter at Morning Consult covering energy policy.

Energy Brief: Senate Spending Bill Would Cut EPA Funding by $150 Million

By Iulia Gheorghiu Government Brief The Senate Appropriations Committee introduced a $32.6 billion spending bill for the Interior Department, Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies. The EPA would see the biggest cuts — almost $150 million — in the Senate’s latest spending package, but the agency’s annual funding of about $7.9 billion would be an […]

Energy Brief: Nebraska to Announce Keystone XL Pipeline Decision Today

By Iulia Gheorghiu Debuting Today: Morning Consult’s Inaugural Community Impact Rankings –– Over 300,000 Americans weigh in on the companies that are doing the most for their communities in our new rankings. Government Brief Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) said he plans to form a bipartisan coalition to formally request changes to an energy bill backed by House Majority […]

Energy Brief: Week in Review & What’s Ahead

By Iulia Gheorghiu Week in Review Coal promises At least 20 countries joined a coalition led by the United Kingdom and Canada to phase out coal-fired power generation before 2030. But the alliance does not include major coal suppliers such as Australia or some of the world’s biggest consumers of the carbon-emitting fossil fuel, including Asian […]

Energy Brief: Watchdog Faults Zinke for Improper Travel Records

By Iulia Gheorghiu Government Brief A rare memo from the Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General said Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke failed to keep complete records of his travel since taking office, hindering the watchdog’s investigation into allegations of improper travel practices. The inspector general is also looking into the travel expenses of Zinke’s wife, […]

Energy Brief: Senate Confirms Former Coal Executive to Oversee Mine Safety

By Iulia Gheorghiu Government Brief The Senate voted along party lines — 52 to 46 — to confirm David Zatezalo to lead the Labor Department’s mine safety agency. Zatezalo, who will be in charge of the Mine Safety and Health Administration, was previously an executive at coal company Rhino Resources, which received numerous warnings from […]

Energy Brief: Capito Says Congress May Struggle to Pay for Infrastructure Plan

By Iulia Gheorghiu Government Brief Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) said Congress is likely to face difficulties in paying for the White House’s long-awaited infrastructure package. She said the package — which is expected to come after tax reform — is unlikely to include two of the largest potential funding options: a gas tax hike and international […]

Energy Brief: Zinke Says Trump Will Shrink Bears Ears Monument

By Iulia Gheorghiu Government Brief In an interview, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said he believes President Donald Trump will follow his recommendations to trim the controversial Bears Ears National Monument but that it will be larger than the Zion and Bryce national parks combined. The reduction would open hundreds of thousands of acres of land […]

Energy Brief: U.S. Cities, States Pledge Support for Paris Climate Deal

By Iulia Gheorghiu Government Brief An alliance of U.S. states, cities and private groups that have pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions announced their continued commitment to the Paris climate accord in Bonn, Germany, despite the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the global pact in 2020. But the group, which calls itself “America’s Pledge,” […]

Energy Brief: Week in Review & What’s Ahead

By Iulia Gheorghiu Week in Review Coal and nuclear market fix Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Neil Chatterjee said a decision on the controversial Department of Energy proposal about supporting baseload energy sources will be made by Dec. 11. One option, which Chatterjee is circulating, is to approve an interim rule to address coal plant closures […]