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White House seeks 72 percent cut to clean energy research, underscoring administration’s preference for fossil fuels - The Washington Post
The draft document says the administration will once again ask Congress to abolish the weatherization program, which has trained thousands of workers and helped reduce utility bills for thousands of homeowners.The budget proposal would also eliminate state energy grants. The budget would ax research in fuel efficient vehicles by 82 percent, bioenergy technologies by 82 percent, advanced manufacturing by 75 percent and solar energy technology by 78 percent.
energy  trump-environment  energy-renewable  fossil-fuels 
february 2018 by Peony43
Trump's State of the Union Calls For $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Plan - CityLab
But mayors, governors, and infrastructure experts have harshly criticized the idea of a grant program that would reward only the richest players. “There’s going to be many jurisdictions across the country that are desperately in need of infrastructure repair and new infrastructure that have difficulty coming up with the 20 percent match, much less the 80 percent match,” said Austin Mayor Steve Adler at a U.S. Conference of Mayors’ meeting last week.
On top of that, imagine how bad the optics would be for projects aimed at reducing carbon emissions and pollution, such as L.A. or Seattle’s transit expansions. Local leaders would potentially be forced to ask for federal funds generated by environmentally harmful sales—a net loss in so many ways, and mind-bogglingly bad politics for many states. Imagine asking to fund your city’s new electric bus fleet with fracking profits.
trump-promises  infrastructure  trump-environment 
february 2018 by Peony43
Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks Were Fast. It Could Get Messy in Court. - The New York Times
Some Obama-era rules have been blocked or delayed by courts. But there is one big difference, Mr. Parenteu said. Even though some rules “pushed the edges of legal authority,” the Obama administration mustered a stronger defense by assembling “thousands of pages of support and technical analysis, laid out in mind-numbing detail,” he said. “Here, you have much more ad hoc, knee-jerk decision-making.”
trump-undoing-obama  trump-environment  zinke  cabinet  trump-admin-incompetent 
february 2018 by Peony43
Interior rescinds climate, conservation policies because they’re ‘inconsistent’ with Trump’s energy goals - The Washington Post
Alex Daue, assistant director of energy and climate at the Wilderness Society, said in an interview that Interior officials will still face the same legal obligations to reduce negative environmental impacts on public land, but “they no longer have the tools to do so efficiently and effectively.”

Officials spent years compiling a list of “best practices” in this area, Daue said, and the Trump administration “just ripped them up.”
zinke  trump-environment  trump-undoing-obama 
january 2018 by Peony43

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