The Interior Department took another step to undo smart environmental standards by formally proposing the elimination of an Obama-era rule setting new standards for methane emissions (a highly destructive greenhouse gas). The standards aimed to limit wasteful venting and leaks from new and modified oil and gas industrial operations and would have sent a strong, clear market signal for economic growth in the methane mitigation industry
The Trump Administration unveiled its draft for the FY19 budget, once again focusing on cutting or eliminating programs that drive investment into innovating technologies, that help American entrepreneurs building businesses across the country.
President Trump released his long-awaited infrastructure plan, disappointing many in the energy and transportation sectors looking for a true modernization plan for our nation’s infrastructure.
“Tuesday night President Trump failed to even mention a single clean energy industry. Now he is not just ignoring clean energy, it is looking like he wants to wipe out its future."
“Trump’s single-minded vision on energy was on full display tonight. Not only has there never been a war on American energy, it is his administration’s actions that are threatening energy production.
“Tonight, President Trump is expected to simplify America’s future on energy, transportation and the environment."
This decision comes despite calls from companies, members of Congress, worker groups, and Republican-led organizations urging Trump not to impede U.S. clean energy growth.
“The president’s decision today targeting the solar industry once again puts campaign rhetoric before real-world consequences. America can expect to see reduced job growth, canceled construction projects increased energy costs and more damage to our environment from fossil fuels.”
"Congress has a chance in the coming months to correct these mistakes through either an extenders package or a technical fix bill"
“Weighting the scales for fossil fuels over clean energy, which is adding jobs faster than the overall economy, is a disappointing addition by Washington,” added Keefe.