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Energy Brief: Week in Review & What’s Ahead

Week in Review

President talks energy abroad

  • President Donald Trump flew to Warsaw ahead of the Group of 20 Summit in Germany, where he presented U.S. natural gas exports as a solution to European independence from Russian oil. Trump indicated an export deal would be brokered between American and Polish companies.
  • Trump spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of the G20 summit to discuss issues including trade and climate, following announcing U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement.

Opposition to natural gas exports

Electric vehicles face fines

What’s Ahead

  • The Interior Department will close its public comment period on the status of national monuments on Monday and begin an analysis of public opinion. As part of the review process, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is evaluating the national monument status of sites in 11 states, with more than 1 million comments filed so far.
  • Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Reps. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) and Ryan Costello (R-Pa.) are expected to appear at the annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Efficiency Expo on Tuesday.

Events Calendar (All Times Local)

Monday
National Environmental Health Association Education Conference 8 a.m.
Regional Sea Level Changes and Coastal Impacts Conference 9 a.m.
Tuesday
National Environmental Health Association Education Conference 8 a.m.
Regional Sea Level Changes and Coastal Impacts Conference 9 a.m.
20th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Expo 9:30 a.m.
Outdoors Alliance for Kids briefing for Parks and Recreation Month on Capitol Hill 12 p.m.
EPA Sustainable and Healthy Communities Seminar for air pollution monitoring on tribal lands 3 p.m.
Wednesday
National Environmental Health Association Education Conference 8 a.m.
Regional Sea Level Changes and Coastal Impacts Conference 9 a.m.
Senate Environment and Public Works hearing on infrastructure financing 10 a.m.
House Science Space and Technology subcommittee on research and technology hearing on U.S. Fire Administration grant programs reauthorization 10 a.m.
House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing on offshore drilling and development 10 a.m.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs legislative hearing 12 p.m.
Atlantic Council panels on the Ukraine’s Energy Sector 2:30 p.m.
Roundtable on Consequences of Climate Change on National Security hosted by House Science Space and Technology Ranking Member Bernice Johnson 3 p.m.
Thursday
National Environmental Health Association Education Conference 8 a.m.
Regional Sea Level Changes and Coastal Impacts Conference 9 a.m.
House Natural Resources subcommittee oversight hearing on the Indian Reorganization Act 10 a.m.
Energy Department’s Better Buildings exchange on resilience and energy efficiency in low-income communities 1 p.m.
Friday
House Natural Resources subcommittee on federal lands legislative hearing on four bills 9 a.m.
Regional Sea Level Changes and Coastal Impacts Conference 9 a.m.
National Science Teachers Association STEM Forum workshop on EPA research 11:00 a.m.

 

Morning Consult Energy Top Reads

1) Court Blocks E.P.A. Effort to Suspend Obama-Era Methane Rule
Lisa Friedman, The New York Times

2) EPA lowers mandate for cellulosic biofuel, keeps ethanol at 15 billion gallons
Donnelle Eller, The Des Moines Register

3) Interior aims to speed oil and gas permitting on public lands with 30-day reviews
Dino Grandoni and Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post

4) States yanking electric-car incentives and slapping on new fees to pay for infrastructure
Ylan Mui, CNBC

5) Pruitt will launch program to ‘critique’ climate science
Emily Holden, E&E News

6) Tesla Model S Crushes Large Luxury Car Competition (H1 2017 US Sales)
Zachary Shahan, Clean Technica

7) Even as renewables increase, fossil fuels continue to dominate U.S. energy mix
U.S. Energy Information Administration

8) Interior chief: New offshore drilling funds should pay for parks
Timothy Cama, The Hill

9) Iowa State worked with utilities to uproot key energy center
Ryan Foley, The Associated Press

10) Texas companies penalized in less than 3% of illegal air pollution cases – report
Tom Dart, The Guardian