In this week's Energy SciPol Weekly, America's rise to possible energy independence; Chile could become a renewables superpower; and world's largest wind farm starts construction.
The Washington Post – A memorandum from the Interior Department directs its field offices “to simplify and streamline the leasing process” so that federal leases to the oil and gas industry can be expedited “to ensure quarterly oil and gas lease sales are consistently held.”
Utility Dive – President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, saying his administration has "ended the war on beautiful, 'clean coal.'"
E&E News – The Interior Department's map of its five-year offshore drilling plan for the Lower 48 could soon look dramatically different.
Bloomberg – Donald Trump’s administration is working “quite aggressively” to increase the use of renewable energy in the U.S. as part of the president’s plans to boost American energy independence, a senior adviser said during a fact-finding visit to Denmark.
Quartz – Moody’s Investor Service predicts that the US coal industry will continue a “sharp decline.” That is, unless carbon capture and storage (CCS) is deployed.
Reuters – Alaska’s Republican senator said on Thursday she will ask Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to remove certain sensitive offshore areas of Alaska from his proposed strategy to increase oil and gas drilling in federal waters.
Huffington Post – “The risks of fracking to our health and to our environment are real,” state Attorney General Xavier Becerra says.
In this week's Energy SciPol Weekly, tariffs on solar power; big tech companies are buying more clean energy than ever; Philadelphia oil refinery goes bankrupt; and ISIL bombing oil fields and refineries.
The Washington Post / The Associated Press – Puerto Rico’s governor announced that he is moving to privatize the territory’s public power company after its slow, troubled recovery from Hurricane Maria.
The New York Times – While the tariffs were welcomed by the companies that sought them, economists warned the levies could drive up prices for consumers and hurt some American businesses.