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Energy Brief: Week in Review & What’s Ahead

Week in Review

Administration still mulling options on emissions regulations

  • The White House plans to rescind the greenhouse-gas cutting Clean Power Plan without introducing a replacement.
  • Trump aides are considering formally staying in the Paris climate agreement, but rejecting the specific pledge that former President Barack Obama made to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
  • EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said he hopes to rein in the Obama administration’s emission standards for cars and light trucks “very, very soon.”

EPA environmental justice chief steps down

  • The EPA’s environmental justice chief resigned and said he has not been given any indication the agency will hire a replacement.

Kushner, Trump rent from billionaire who hopes for permission to mine

  • Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are renting a house from a Chilean billionaire who controls a company that is urging the president to undo an Obama administration ban on copper and nickel mining in northern Minnesota.

Major oil investments, discoveries

  • Exxon Mobil Corp. said it will invest $20 billion in Gulf Coast projects, creating 12,000 permanent and 35,000 temporary jobs.
  • Spanish oil company Repsol discovered 1.2 billion barrels of oil in Alaska, the biggest onshore find in the U.S. in decades.

Senate scraps another Obama-era rule

  • The Senate passed a resolution blocking the Bureau of Land Management’s “Planning 2.0” land management rule.

What’s Ahead

  • Trump is expected to sign executive orders on the Clean Power Plan and auto emission standards in the near future.
  • Trump is also expected to nominate Jones Day attorney Kevin McIntyre and Senate energy staffer Neil Chatterjee as members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Events Calendar (All Times Local)

Monday
No events scheduled
Tuesday
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on energy infrastructure 10 a.m.
Wednesday
ACORE National Renewable Energy Policy Forum 8 a.m.
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on invasive species 10 a.m.
House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on energy infrastructure 10 a.m.
House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing on marine monuments 10 a.m.
2017 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook 12 p.m.
Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on Indian Country infrastructure 2 p.m.
House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing on Venezuela 2 p.m.
Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna speaks at CSIS 2:30 p.m.
Thursday
House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing on infrastructure on federal lands 10 a.m.
USEA discussion on carbon capture 10 a.m.
House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on drinking water systems 10:15 a.m.
ASE event on efficiency and infrastructure 12:15 p.m.
Atlantic Council discussion on U.S.-Mexico energy relationship 12:30 p.m.
House Agriculture subcommittee hearing on forestry initiatives 2 p.m.
“Roast and Toast” of EIA Administrator Adam Sieminski 6 p.m.
Friday
No events scheduled

 

Morning Consult Energy Top Reads

1) Ivanka Trump’s Landlord Is a Chilean Billionaire Suing the U.S. Government
Mark Maremont and James V. Grimaldi

2) The Energy Star program is good for the climate and the economy. Trump wants to kill it anyway.
Chelsea Harvey, The Washington Post

3) Oil could begin flowing through Dakota Access pipeline as early as next week
William Yardley, Los Angeles Times

4) Trump to Undo Vehicle Rules That Curb Global Warming
Coral Davenport, The New York Times

5) Chief Environmental Justice Official at EPA Resigns, With Plea to Pruitt to Protect Vulnerable Communities
Phil McKenna, InsideClimate

6) Environmentalists to try to extend crisis at grid watchdog
John Siciliano, Washington Examiner

7) Trump order now ‘unlikely’ this week
Robin Bravender, E&E

8) Keystone pipeline won’t have to be built using US steel
The Associated Press

9) Senate passes bill ending Obama-era land rule
Devin Henry, The Hill

10) Trump slashes Great Lakes funding by 97 percent in early budget plan
Garret Ellison, MLive.com