U.S. and Saudi companies signed more than $50 billion in energy deals on Saturday, including a $20 billion deal between ExxonMobil and Saudi Basic Industries Corporation on a Gulf Coast chemical initiative.
The president’s draft budget includes cuts to fossil and nuclear energy, and even deeper cuts to the Energy Department’s research and renewable energy programs.
The Environmental Protection Agency announced the allocation of $12 million in carry-over funds for government buyouts and early retirement options.
President Donald Trump’s draft budget for the Energy Department includes deep budget cuts of nearly 70 percent for renewables, as well as additional reductions in the energy efficiency, fossil fuel and nuclear power.
After requesting input on deregulating laws, the Environmental Protection Agency received more than 55,000 public comments with pleas to protect environmental safeguards.
Environmentalists called for the remand the Clean Power Plan by the Department of Justice instead of leaving it on freeze while the Trump administration evaluates it.
President Trump is expected to nominate White House senior adviser Sam Clovis, who lacks agricultural science or public health experience, as the chief scientist of the Department of Agriculture.
The Senate Homeland Security Committee will hold a business meeting Wednesday on 17 bills, including the Regulatory Accountability Act, which environmental and public health groups have warned would slow progress of regulations under the Clean Air Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act and others.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said at a meeting with leaders of Arctic nations the Trump administration is in no rush to determine its exact stance on climate change, and that officials will “make the right decision for the United States.”
The Department of the Interior will start reviewing applications for leases to conduct seismic testing for oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean, ending an Obama administration ban.