Energy Brief: Week in Review & What’s Ahead

Week in Review

Climate clashes 

  • Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said he wants the United States to exit the Paris climate agreement, in his strongest comments yet on the international accord.
  • At the same time, polling shows 2 out of 3 Americans are worried about how climate change could affect the U.S.

Overtures to industry

  • Government agencies continued their push to promote a new relationship with the energy industry, as Pruitt called for an end to the “regulatory assault” on coal mining and Energy Secretary Rick Perry focused on clean power investments to spur domestic energy production.
  • A draft priority list shows the Trump administration wants the Bureau of Land Management to focus on allowing more oil, gas and coal projects.
  • And the EPA plans to first repeal the contentious Clean Water Rule, which industry says amounts to government overreach, then think about its replacement.

Lawsuits from environmental groups

Oil prices rising, but not enough for Canadian sands

  • Oil prices are still too low to justify investment in the oil sands business, with Chevron becoming the latest major company looking to sell its stake in such projects.

What’s Ahead

  • Trump administration officials could meet on Tuesday to hash out whether the United States should remain in the Paris climate agreement.

Events Calendar (All Times Local)

Monday
Columbia University event on deep decarbonization 12 p.m.
Tuesday
Atlantic Council event on global energy architecture 12 p.m.
Energy Storage Association annual conference 12 p.m.
University of California event on behavior, energy, climate change 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday
Atlantic Council event on energy innovation in the Middle East 9 a.m.
Energy Storage Association annual conference 9 a.m.
Brookings Institution event on carbon pricing 2 p.m.
International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum 2 p.m.
Thursday
International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum 8:30 a.m.
Energy Storage Association annual conference 9 a.m.
Texas conference focused on creating smart cities 9 a.m.
Texas Electric Power conference 9 a.m.
U.S. Energy Association event on carbon capture and storage 12 p.m.
Friday
SAIS conference on women and climate change 8 a.m.
International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum 8:30 a.m.
Texas Electric Power conference 8:30 a.m.
Texas conference focused on creating smart cities 9 a.m.

 

Morning Consult Energy Top Reads

1) Court could decide next week if Trump has its blessing on climate reg rollback
John Siciliano, Washington Examiner

2) Trump’s energy review blocks Group of Seven from consensus
Karl Ritter and Colleen Barry, ABC News

3) D.C. Circuit grants EPA’s request to delay smog rule case
Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post

4) EPA Cheif Pruitt: U.S. Should ‘Exit’ Paris Climate Agreement
Marianne Lavelle, Inside Climate News

5) Trump’s border wall plan hits snag as congressman backs environmental suit
Julia Carrie Wong, The Guardian

6) Trump eyes climate skeptic for key White House environmental post
Alex Guillén and Andrew Restuccia, Politico

7) Climate change adaptation staffers reassigned
Hannah Hess and Niina Heikkinen, E&E

8) Russia could soon control a U.S. oil company
Heather Long, CNN Money

9) American energy use, in one diagram
David Roberts, Vox

10) Trump’s climate demands roils U.S. allies
Andrew Restuccia, Politico

Briefings

Energy Brief: Week in Review & What’s Ahead

A special science section of the National Climate Assessment and a separate report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show the severe effects of climate change on the United States, potentially making it more difficult for President Donald Trump to roll back his predecessor’s environmental regulations.

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