Environmental Politics

"EPA Proposes Airplane Emission Standards That Airlines Already Meet"

"The Trump administration on Wednesday made public the federal government’s first proposal to control planet-warming pollution from airplanes, but the draft regulation would not push the airlines beyond emissions limits they have set for themselves."

Source: NYTimes, 07/23/2020

"EPA: How Biden Could Use Air Law To Vanquish Trump Climate Legacy"

"Because the Trump administration spent 3 ½ years demolishing its predecessor's Climate Action Plan, Biden's team would have an opening to update rules for carbon, methane and hydrofluorocarbons that would exceed their Obama-era counterparts or be more tailored to the political, judicial and economic realities of the 2020s."

Source: E&E News, 07/22/2020

"New Emails Show How Energy Industry Moved Fast to Undo Curbs"

"The messages, made public in a lawsuit, suggest the E.P.A. rescinded a requirement on methane at the behest of an executive just weeks after President Trump took office."

"WASHINGTON — Not long after President Trump’s inauguration, the head of a fossil fuels industry group requested a call with the president’s transition team. The subject: Barack Obama’s requirement that oil and gas companies begin collecting data on their releases of methane.

That outreach, by Kathleen Sgamma, president of the Western Energy Alliance, appeared to quickly yield the desired results.

Source: NYTimes, 07/22/2020

Ohio House Speaker Charged With $61 Million in Bribes for Energy Bailout

"Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (R) helped pass a controversial nuclear bailout bill in exchange for almost $61 million in bribes, federal prosecutors said Tuesday as they announced racketeering charges against the official."

Source: The Hill, 07/22/2020

"EPA Aims To Take East Chicago Homes Off Toxic Superfund List"

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to remove hundreds of once-contaminated East Chicago properties from its National Priorities List to spur development in the northwestern Indiana city that could potentially qualify homes for interior lead abatement."

Source: AP, 07/21/2020


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