The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a new rule that would rescind the Obama administration’s Clean Water Rule.
President Donald Trump promoted the potential signing of long-term agreements to send U.S. natural gas to India after meeting for the first time with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Indian companies already receive natural gas from the U.S. through previously existing agreements.
The White House announced preparations for an energy focus for its upcoming policy-themed week, as President Donald Trump is expected to promote “energy dominance.”
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke presented his department’s budget to Congress, defending his decision to cut 4,000 employees and outlining his plan for energy independence by granting access to drilling and mining on public lands.
The EPA released rules ordered by Congress last year on testing for chemicals used in commercial products.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke testified before Senate about his plans to cut 4,000 employees (about 8 percent of his department’s workforce) through attrition, buyouts and reassignments.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry said the government needs to prioritize nuclear waste storage and move forward on the Yucca Mountain waste depository project when he testified on the energy budget before a House budget subcommittee.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry denied that carbon dioxide emissions from human activities are the main cause of climate change or that climate change is primarily caused by CO2, contrary to scientific opinions and the conclusions of government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Environmental Protection Agency dismissed implications that fossil fuel companies had any special access to Administrator Scott Pruitt after emails were released last week.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended that President Donald Trump shrink the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument. Zinke also said he is considering changes to Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, a move that may include making it a national park.