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Energy Secretary Rick Perry stated on Monday that carbon dioxide emissions are not the “primary control knob” behind climate change (The Hill).

Energy Secretary Rick Perry reiterated support for nuclear power (CNBC).

Renewable energy advocates released a report preemptively challenging claims that wind and solar energy negatively impact the reliability of the American electrical grid, in preparation for the release of a study recently commissioned by Secretary of Energy Rick Perry that is expected to undermine clean energy sources. (Reuters).

The Environmental Protection Agency has declined to renew the terms of 38 members of its Board of Scientific Counselors (Science).

  • EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s call for “EPA originalism” is incoherent, argues David Roberts at Vox.
  • And three possible candidates for deputy administrator of the EPA have differing views on climate change (Climatewire).
  • Energy CEOs who met with Pruitt recently expressed support for the Clean Power Plan (Climatewire).

At Legal Planet, Dan Farber outlines a post-Trump environmental agenda.

The House quickly passed a bill extending a nuclear energy tax credit (The Hill).

The Army Corps of Engineers must partially reconsider the environmental impact of the Dakota Access pipeline, a D.C. district court held this week (Religion Clause).

  • The 91-page opinion is here.

FOIA disclosures this week revealed that EPA head Scott Pruitt met with several fossil fuel and energy executives in his first weeks in office (The Hill).

  • At Politico, Alex Guillen explains the “radical idea” behind Pruitt’s vision for the EPA.

President Trump is likely to nominate former EPA official Jeff Holmstead to be the agency’s deputy administrator (The Hill).


Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018

1/28/18  //  Daily Update

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a unified national automobile emissions standard, which may preempt California's stricter standard. California is challenging the Interior Department's repeal of standards for fracking on federal land.

Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

FERC unanimously rejects Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal to support coal and nuclear power plants. The Trump Administration backs off of plans for new oil drilling off the Florida coast.

Update | The Week of November 27, 2017

12/4/17  //  Daily Update

The EPA finalized a rule that will maintain the biofuels quota.

Jeffrey Stein

Columbia Law School