Saturday December 10th 2016, 9:00 AMDonald Trump's nominee to run the agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, is a climate change denier, a tool of the fossil fuel industry, a "war on coal" alarmist and a leading voice among those who would have the U.S. turn its back on international agreements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. [News Source]
Trump’s disastrous pick for EPA.
There’s one main job requirement to lead a federal agency.
Saturday December 10th 2016, 9:00 AMPresidents should generally be allowed to choose their own employees. Unless nominees fall below reasonable standards for honesty and competence, senators should vote to confirm them, even if they disagree intensely with their views. [News Source]
Weather Service employees to the Hill: Save us from Trump’s ‘hiring freeze.’
Saturday December 10th 2016, 9:00 AMWhen Donald Trump was elected on Nov. 8, the National Weather Service Employees Organization grew anxious. One of the president-elect’s proposals is “a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce,” except in the case of the military, public safety or public health. [News Source]
Congress approves bill on Calif. drought, Flint water.
Saturday December 10th 2016, 9:00 AMCongress has approved a wide-ranging bill to authorize water projects across the country, including $170 million to address lead in Flint, Michigan's drinking water and $558 million to provide relief to drought-stricken California. [News Source]
Trump team’s demands fuel fear of Energy Department ‘witch hunt.’
Saturday December 10th 2016, 9:00 AMDonald Trump’s transition team wants the Energy Department to provide the names of any employees who have worked on President Barack Obama’s climate initiatives — a request that has current and former staffers fearing an oncoming “witch hunt.” [News Source]
Keep fracking out of Florida.
Saturday December 10th 2016, 9:00 AMTo frack or not to frack? That is the question Florida lawmakers will confront, again, when they convene in March for the upcoming legislative session. [News Source]
Trump team’s asking for ways to keep nuclear power alive.
Saturday December 10th 2016, 9:00 AMPresident-elect Donald Trump’s advisers are looking at ways in which the U.S. government could help nuclear power generators being forced out of the electricity market by cheaper natural gas and renewable resources. [News Source]
Donald Trump, in Louisiana, says he will end energy regulations.
Saturday December 10th 2016, 9:00 AMPresident-elect Donald J. Trump on Friday promised that his administration would strip away â€œjob-killing restrictionsâ€ on energy production and encourage the construction of refineries in the United States, as he campaigned for Republican candidates in a state heavily dependent on the oil and gas industry., President-elect Donald J. Trump on Friday promised that his administration would strip away "job-killing restrictions" on energy production and encourage the construction of refineries in the United States, as he campaigned for Republican candidates in a state heavily dependent on the oil and gas industry. [News Source]
Commentary: Trump Is considering Rex Tillerson, Exxon Mobil CEO with ties to Putin, for cabinet.
Saturday December 10th 2016, 9:00 AMIf I were Dan Jenkins, in addition to being a much better writer, I also would write a novel that included a blustering Texas oilman named Rex Tillerson. [News Source]
What Trump means for global catastrophic risk.
Saturday December 10th 2016, 9:00 AMIn 1987, Donald Trump said he had an aggressive plan for the United States to partner with the Soviet Union on nuclear non-proliferation. [News Source]
Governor’s friend sues to lift coal-shipping ban in Oakland.
Saturday December 10th 2016, 9:00 AMThe would-be shipper of coal from the Port of Oakland, a company controlled by a longtime friend of Gov. Jerry Brown, has sued Oakland for outlawing coal handling and storage within its borders, saying the ban interferes with interstate commerce and with federal authority over the transportation of hazardous substances. [News Source]