Iulia Gheorghiu

Energy Brief: Saudi Arabia Seeks Oil Investments in U.S.

By Iulia Gheorghiu Government Brief The Nuclear Regulatory Commission routinely downplays warnings from nuclear power plant workers and overrules the concerns and recommendations of its own technical experts instead of imposing costly fixes, according to a Better Government Association investigation. BGA said power plant employees filed almost 700 complaints in recent years with the NRC, […]

Energy Brief: Subaru Probing Possible Manipulation of Fuel-Economy Data

By Iulia Gheorghiu Government Brief The Senate passed a tax overhaul package in 51-48 party-line vote after addressing some technical issues that require the House to hold another vote on the measure, which would lift a 40-year-old ban on energy development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. While President Donald Trump is expected to sign […]

Energy Brief: IEA Forecasts Steady U.S. Coal Exports Through 2022

By Iulia Gheorghiu Government Brief Weeks after Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt was sworn in, the EPA paid $3,000 for an examination of his office to look for covert surveillance devices, according to documents. Pruitt has taken several steps geared toward bolstering his security and privacy at the agency, from hiring the first-ever 24-hour […]

Energy Brief: Renewable Energy Industry Mostly Pleased With Final GOP Tax Bill

By Iulia Gheorghiu Government Brief The Trump administration is laying the groundwork for punitive tariffs on Chinese-made solar equipment, according to an unreleased White House document. Tariffs could sharply increase solar power costs in the United States, and the U.S. solar installation industry has warned it could lose tens of thousands of jobs due to […]

Energy Brief: Week in Review & What’s Ahead

By Iulia Gheorghiu Week in Review International energy talks Congressional aides said Trump administration officials briefed members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the White House’s consideration of nonproliferation standards in a potential agreement to sell nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia, but they did not indicate whether any deal would include allowing Saudi Arabia to […]

Energy Brief: Trump Hails Regulatory Rollback as ‘Most Far-Reaching’

By Iulia Gheorghiu Government Brief President Donald Trump said his administration’s regulatory rollback, including on environmental protections and other industries, is the “most far-reaching regulatory reform” in U.S. history, although he did not back up that claim. The Environmental Protection Agency has been particularly active in working to reverse the actions of the Obama administration, […]

Energy Brief: Trump’s Choice to Lead EPA Chemicals Office Withdraws

By Iulia Gheorghiu Government Brief Michael Dourson, President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency’s chemical office, withdrew from consideration before he could become the first Trump nominee rejected by the Senate, as it was likely that he would not get confirmed. Dourson has been criticized for his close ties to the chemical […]

Energy Brief: Trump Administration Said to Consider Softening Rules to Pave Way for Saudi Nuclear Deal

By Iulia Gheorghiu Government Brief The Government Accountability Office said the Trump administration violated the Impoundment Control Act by withholding $91 million already budgeted for the Advanced Research Projects ­Agency-Energy, a popular Energy Department program supporting innovation. The funds have since been released, but the GAO report underlined Democrats’ concerns that the administration could cut […]

Energy Brief: Exxon to Report on Climate Change-Related Risks to Its Business

By Iulia Gheorghiu Government Brief President Donald Trump told Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt that he supports a public “red-team, blue-team” debate to challenge the mainstream scientific consensus about the role of humans in climate change, according to a senior administration official. Conservative groups and some Republicans see the debate as a step toward […]

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