In this week's Energy SciPol Weekly, hundreds of U.S. mayors oppose Trump's reversal of Clean Power Plan; company building nuclear reactors faked inspections; and possible financial incentives to boost smart grid.
The New York Times – Life in Saudi Arabia has long been defined by the oil that flows from the kingdom. Now, the country is trying to tie its future to another natural resource it has in abundance: sunlight.
The Hill – The Interior Department is planning to hold the largest sale of oil and gas leases in the country's history. The plans, announced Friday, would auction off 77.3 million acres of offshore waters to drilling, covering coastal waters in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
U.S. News & World Report – A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants the Georgia legislature to formally denounce President Donald Trump's proposal to expand oil drilling into waters off Georgia and its coastal neighbors as a threat to tourism and fishing.
CleanTechnica – Navigant Research has published new figures which show a total of 3.3 gigawatts (GW) of new offshore wind energy capacity was installed in 2017, bringing the cumulative capacity up to almost 17 GW, with another 7.9 GW in the pipeline.
Reuters – California will block the transportation through its state of petroleum from new offshore oil rigs, a move meant to hobble the Trump administration’s effort to vastly expand drilling in U.S. federal waters.
The New York Times – The Trump administration moved to repeal one of the last unchallenged climate-change regulations rushed into place in the waning days of the Obama presidency — a rule restricting the release of planet-warming methane into the atmosphere.