Energy

EPA Raises Legal Questions About California’s Plan to Ban New Gas-Powered Cars Starting in 2035

by Andrew Restuccia
The Wall Street Journal

EPA director Andrew Wheeler challenged California Governor Gavin Newsom’s mandate for only electric cars to be sold in the state by 2035 as being impossible in view of the state’s shortage of electrical power and grid inadequacies.  He also said the mandate is illegal in light of the state’s lack of authority to set such standards.

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Major drilling projects among dozens fast-tracked after Trump order

By Rebecca Beitsch and Rachel Frazin
The Hill

“Oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPRA) are just a few of the 21 fossil fuel and mining projects the Interior Department has forwarded with reduced environmental scrutiny due to the June order,” according to The Hill.

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There’s no climate benefit to keeping Obama-era rules on curbing methane emissions

by Seth Whitehead, executive director, Illinois Petroleum Resources Board
Chicago Sun Times, Letters to the Editor

“The repeal of the costly and redundant methane rule could help save up to 14,000 Illinois jobs, far outweighing the negligible climate benefit,” according to the author.

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