Most coal plants in the United States were built before 1990
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EPA region chief slams ‘rumors’ of Great Lakes office closure
The Environmental Protection Agency came out strongly on Monday against “rumors” in the media that it is poised to close its regional Great Lakes office in Chicago to meet President Trump’s budget cuts. A memo circulated to staff by EPA Region 5 acting director Robert Kaplan called the news stories “rumors” and “pure speculation,” which “undermine our ability to communicate with the public the real information we have.”
City could lose its EPA regional office
Sneed hears President Trump’s plan to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency workforce may include the closing of the EPA regional branch office in Chicago. The office could be consolidated with one in Kansas, according to a city source who’s plugged in to federal-government happenings.
‘I take responsibility’ — rogue Badlands tweeter
A former Badlands National Park seasonal employee has confessed to setting off a social media storm with a series of unauthorized tweets on climate change. Just days into the Trump administration, the South Dakota park’s Twitter account went viral as it made several posts sharing facts on carbon emissions and ocean acidity.
This Man Is Spending Millions to Break Elon Musk’s Trump Ties
The day Donald Trump was elected President, Doug Derwin came into a lot of money. Derwin is a lawyer turned venture capitalist, and he’d cashed in on a successful investment.
Oil and Natural Gas
BP Gas Leak Is Under Control in Alaska Oil Field
A damaged BP oil and natural gas well that had been venting gas vapors on Alaska’s remote North Slope since Friday morning has been brought under control, the company and state officials said on Monday. No injuries or harm to wildlife were reported, and apparently only a limited amount of oil sprayed with the gas out of the well.
Alaska brings ambitious LNG export project to FERC
The state of Alaska plans to submit an application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today for construction of a $40 billion to $45 billion pipeline and export project aimed at commercializing the state’s giant North Slope natural gas reserve. The Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (AGDC), which is handling the project for the state, voted last week to send a 55,000-page application to FERC for construction of the massive three-phase venture.
Blackstone to buy EagleClaw Midstream for about $2 billion
EagleClaw Midstream Ventures LLC, the largest privately held operator of pipelines and processing facilities in West Texas’ Delaware Basin, said it agreed to be bought by funds managed by Blackstone Group LP (BX.N) for about $2 billion. Private equity firms, including Blackstone, Carlyle Group (CG.O), and CVC Partners, have built up significant firepower in recent years to invest in the oil and gas industry, where asset prices have dipped sharply since crude oil prices collapsed mid-2014.
China Gas Output Rises to Record as Coal Production Rebounds
China’s natural gas production surged to a record last month and coal output rebounded as economic growth accelerated power use in the world’s largest energy user. Natural gas production in March rose 8.2 percent from the average of the first two months of the year to a record 13.6 billion cubic meters, according to data Monday from the National Bureau of Statistics.
Utilities and Infrastructure
California utility launches first hybrid power systems
A California utility has launched hybrid battery and gas turbine systems to produce and store electricity for use during hot summer months when power demand soars. Officials with Southern California Edison and General Electric said during an event Monday in the Los Angeles suburb of Norwalk that the new Hybrid EGT systems are the first of their kind in the world.
Oklahoma to end tax credit that propelled wind production
A state tax credit that helped propel Oklahoma to third in the nation in its capacity to generate electricity from wind is coming to an end, but it will be years before state coffers see results of the change. Gov. Mary Fallin on Monday signed legislation that rolls back a 10-year tax credit for electricity generated by zero-emission facilities that was launched in 2003.
Big Business Pushes Coal-Friendly Kentucky To Embrace Renewables
Kevin Butt’s job is to find cleaner ways to power Toyota. One of the hardest places to do that is at the automaker’s sprawling plant in central Kentucky, a state where nearly 90 percent of energy still comes from coal.
How Wall Street Once Killed the U.S. Solar Industry
A new paper in Science Advances argues that enormous changes transformed the structure of the U.S. economy in the 1970s and 1980s, making it impossible for American firms to develop new industries and markets. They specifically gutted the solar industry, depriving the technology of funding at a critical moment in its development.
Electric Grid Study Ordered by U.S. Energy Chief to Boost Coal
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is ordering a study of the U.S. electric grid, with an eye to examining whether policies that favor wind and solar energy are accelerating the retirement of coal and nuclear plants critical to ensuring steady, reliable power supplies. The 60-day review, which Perry set in motion Friday, comes as regulators increasingly wonder how to balance electric reliability with a raft of state policies that prioritize less stable renewable energy sources.
With coal plant’s shaky future, many in Page look toward tourism
Just 60 years ago, the city of Page wasn’t much more than a smattering of temporary homes and trailers at the edge of Glen Canyon. Called “Government Camp,” the structures were built at this sandy, rocky outcropping of high desert to support a labor force of thousands that were at work on the massive concrete wedge of Glen Canyon Dam.
Beijing Eyes Nuclear Power Markets From Belt and Road Initiative
As Beijing’s interest in renewable and non-traditional sources of energy grows, Chinese companies are demonstrating their interest in untapped nuclear energy markets, according to new reports emerging from the region. Nuclear power investments in Silk Road countries could amount to a $580 billion market, Wang Shoujun, the chairman of China National Nuclear Corp. (CNNC) told reporters on Monday.
Exxon and Shell Join Ivanka Trump to Defend Paris Climate Accord
As President Donald Trump contemplates whether to make good on his campaign promise to yank the United States out of the Paris climate accord, an unlikely lobbying force is hoping to talk him out of it: oil and coal producers. A pro-Paris bloc within the administration has recruited energy companies to lend their support ahead of a high-level White House meeting Tuesday to discuss the global pact to curtail greenhouse-gas emissions, according to two people familiar with the effort who asked not to be identified.
Climate change: Trump advisers warm to Paris pact
Senior Trump administration officials will huddle at the White House today about whether to remain in the Paris climate accord, and under what terms. A decision is expected by late May. Likely outcome: Several industry sources tell Axios that they expect the “remain” camp to prevail in the divided administration.
Trump Administration May Not Find Middle Ground on Paris Climate Deal
As the Trump administration debates whether to stay in the Paris climate agreement, observers are skeptical that opposing wings of the administration will reach a middle ground. President Donald Trump’s top advisers are expected to meet Tuesday to discuss whether the U.S. should remain in the agreement, Politico reported.
Scarborough: Leaving Paris climate deal ‘stupid and counterintuitive’
Joe Scarborough on Monday slammed the Trump administration’s push to leave the Paris climate deal, calling such a move “stupid and counterintuitive.” “I know Pruitt and Steve Bannon are both against this, but this is so stupid,” Scarborough said on “Morning Joe,” referencing the head of the Environmental Protection Agency and the White House chief strategist, respectively.
For the first time on record, human-caused climate change has rerouted an entire river
A team of scientists on Monday documented what they’re describing as the first case of large-scale river reorganization as a result of human-caused climate change. They found that in mid-2016, the retreat of a very large glacier in Canada’s Yukon territory led to the rerouting of its vast stream of meltwater from one river system to another — cutting down flow to the Yukon’s largest lake, and channeling freshwater to the Pacific Ocean south of Alaska, rather than to the Bering Sea.
Opinions, Editorials and Perspectives
The Devastating Consequences of Weakening the EPA
During President Barack Obama’s second term, I headed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The core mission at EPA always has been — and always will be — protecting public health.
Scott Pruitt is ready to get the EPA back on track
Scott Pruitt, the new head of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, dropped by The Post last week to discuss his priorities — some of which might surprise his critics. Yes, Pruitt, like the president who appointed him, is determined to end Obama-era excesses, such as the all-pain, trivial-gain Clean Power Plan and the overreaching “Waters of the United States” rule that claimed the right to regulate even puddles.
The dream of a bipartisan deal on carbon taxes is evergreen in US political circles. Lately, it has taken on a somewhat more specific form.
Migration induced by sea-level rise could reshape the US population landscape
Many sea-level rise (SLR) assessments focus on populations presently inhabiting vulnerable coastal communities1, 2, 3, but to date no studies have attempted to model the destinations of these potentially displaced persons. With millions of potential future migrants in heavily populated coastal communities, SLR scholarship focusing solely on coastal communities characterizes SLR as primarily a coastal issue, obscuring the potential impacts in landlocked communities created by SLR-induced displacement.