Category: Politics

Introspective profiles and spotlights on today’s global politics.

Trump’s FBI nominee Christopher Wray weighed in on the ExxonMobil climate change investigations

Christopher Wray, President Trump’s nominee for FBI director, advised corporate clients on how to avoid “being in the crosshairs” of law enforcement at a 2015 legal forum where investigations by state attorneys general into whether ExxonMobil misled investors and the public about...

/ June 8, 2017

Daniel Simmons: New head of EERE worked for groups that tried to “eliminate” it

Before Donald Trump appointed Daniel Simmons to lead the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Simmons worked for special interest groups that called on Congress to eliminate the same Department of Energy program. Simmons worked as a Vice President...

/ June 5, 2017

Travis Fisher: Author of Rick Perry’s grid study called clean energy policies a greater threat than terrorism

August 24, 2017 Update: The Department of Energy just released its long awaited grid study, along with a cover letter from Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. DOE staff was flooded with existing research that affirmed renewable energy is reliable (Appendix...

/ May 30, 2017

EPA webpage that rejected climate denial is removed by Trump administration

An EPA webpage that rejected climate denial claims and defended the endangerment finding for greenhouse gas emissions has been removed by the Trump administration. It’s just one of many pages that discussed climate change to be removed from the EPA website...

/ May 1, 2017

Rick Perry: Trump may try to preempt state renewable energy policies

Rick Perry said yesterday that the Trump administration is having “very classified” conversations about preempting state and local support for renewable energy under the pretense of national security. Perry’s remarks came during an on-stage interview at the 2017 Bloomberg New...

/ April 26, 2017

Trump cites alternative facts about Clean Power Plan from NERA Economic Consulting

A White House fact-sheet on President Trump’s executive order targeting key U.S. climate change policies cited a controversial report by NERA Economic Consulting that was sponsored by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. The fact-sheet circulated by the White...

/ March 28, 2017

Neil Chatterjee: Trump’s FERC pick is a rubber stamp for fossil fuel and utility interests

President Trump will soon nominate Neil Chatterjee to fill one of the three open seats on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), according to media reports. A coalition of 135 environmental groups is lining up to oppose Trump’s FERC nominees....

/ March 22, 2017