Reuters – California and 18 other states said they would sue to stop a Trump administration proposal to weaken Obama-era federal fuel efficiency standards.
The Washington Post – President Trump intends to nominate Kelvin Droegemeier, an expert in extreme weather from the University of Oklahoma, as his top science and technology adviser.
StateScoop – After creating the Department of Innovation and Technology by executive order in 2016, Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a bill codifying its place in the state government.
Bloomberg – The Trump administration will seek to revoke California’s authority to regulate automobile greenhouse gas emissions -- including its mandate for electric-car sales -- in a proposed revision of Obama-era standards.
Science – President Donald Trump’s administration wants a lawyer and energy investor to take over the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) in Washington, D.C.
Quartz – Donald Trump selected a new head of scientific research for the US Department of Agriculture this week: Scott Hutchins, an entomologist who has spent his career at Dow Agroscience’s pesticide and seed division.
Houston Chronicle – The American Petroleum Institute, the industry's largest lobbying group, said that it was disappointed in the White House's decision to deny an exemption request for tariffs "on imported steel used in certain parts of oil and natural gas industry operations."
Bloomberg – The Trump administration plans to open an investigation into whether uranium imports are harming national security, a move that could lead to tariffs on foreign shipments of the metal.
Reuters – A $1.1 billion US shale pipeline on Monday was denied an exclusion to the Trump administration’s tariff on imported steel, the first such ruling on a major energy project since the tariff went into effect.
FedScoop – The Trump administration wants to leverage a coalition of the public, private and academic sectors to ensure the US has the lead in artificial intelligence development.
Bloomberg – The Trump administration’s plan to keep money-losing power plants open would save coal mining jobs but at the same time unleash more pollution that would cost lives, according to a new analysis.