AP News – A new proposal to store nuclear waste underground in southern New Mexico has cleared an initial regulatory hurdle and can now be vetted for detailed safety, security and environmental concerns, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Thursday.
In this week's Energy SciPol Weekly, college republican propose carbon tax; Exxon tries to create biofuels on massive scale; and Tesla and Uber try to boost electric vehicles.
Houston Chronicle – Energy Secretary Rick Perry attacked climate change policy, arguing global efforts to shift away from fossil fuels were "immoral" by denying developing nations the plentiful, cheap energy needed to lift people out of poverty.
Utility Dive – The Department of Energy wants the private sector to help it develop small modular coal-fired power plants, a senior DOE official told reporters at a Houston energy conference this week.
The Denver Post – Interior Secretary Zinke says his agency should be a partner with oil and gas companies that seek to drill on public land and that long regulatory reviews with an uncertain outcome are “un-American.”
In this week's Energy SciPol Weekly, government scales back on help to Puerto Rico; Hawaii's largest solar and storage system begins construction; and lower oil prices could cause problems for Saudi Arabia.
The Washington Post – Energy Secretary Rick Perry will fly to London this week to discuss a nuclear cooperation agreement with senior officials from Saudi Arabia, which is planning to build two reactors along the Persian Gulf.
InsideClimate News – Leaks of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, from oil and gas sites in Pennsylvania could be five times greater than industry reports to state regulators, according to a new analysis by the Environmental Defense Fund.
The Hill – Three environmental groups teamed up to sue the Trump administration on Tuesday for allowing oil companies to dump leftover waste from drilling and fracking into the Gulf of Mexico.
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.