Environment, Energy Issues Will Make Headlines in 2020

As part of our “2020 Journalists’ Guide to Energy & Environment” to help reporters track the stories coming their way this year, SEJournal Online looks ahead to major developments on the beat — from Washington, D.C. to the Arctic, from public lands to fossil fuels. We also explore pending news on transportation, agriculture, nukes, federal funding, freedom of information and even algae. Also under our gaze, key facets of the climate story. Read our overview analysis and then dive deep into the full offering of special Backgrounders, TipSheets and WatchDogs.

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"EPA Aims to Reduce Truck Pollution, and Avert Tougher State Controls"

"The Trump administration on Monday took its first step toward tighter pollution controls on trucks, an anomalous move for a government known for weakening environmental policies but one that would pre-empt tougher state rules."

Source: NY Times, 01/07/2020

"Eastern States Introduce a Plan to Cap Tailpipe Pollution"

"A coalition of twelve mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states and the District of Columbia on Tuesday released a draft plan for an ambitious cap-and-trade program to curb tailpipe emissions from cars, trucks and other forms of transportation, tackling what has fast become the largest source of planet-warming gases."

Source: NY Times, 12/18/2019

Oil Train Derails, Burns in Saskatchewan

"RCMP say no injuries reported, local highway closed after Canadian Pacific Railway derailment"

"Melanie Loessl says she's never seen anything like it.

Early Monday morning, Loessl received a phone call from her daughter, just down the road from her farmstead near Guernsey, Sask., roughly 110 kilometres east of Saskatoon.

Her daughter told her a train had derailed and caught fire.

"When I looked out my window, all I could see was flames and crazy smoke," she said. "I thought our whole place was on fire.""

Source: CBC News, 12/10/2019

"EV Chargers At Rest Stops? Not So Fast, Say The Feds"

"In 2016, California's Department of Transportation settled on what seemed like a no-brainer way to reduce emissions and make it easier to use electric vehicles. It would establish fast-charging stations at 30 highway rest stops and other sites it operates around the state. That, it turns out, is harder to do than it seems."

Source: EnergyWire, 12/02/2019


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