The challenge of alleviating energy poverty remains to be fully addressed. In a "key findings" brief for the Scholars Strategy Network, I suggest three ways restructuring of the processes and procedures of the the two primary low-income energy assistance programs (the Low Income Home Energy Assistance and Weatherization Assistance programs) could improve impact and effectiveness.
OBAMA POWER-PLANT EMISSIONS RULE FACES KEY TEST IN COURT (From WSJ article) The Obama administration’s power-plant emissions rule faces a courtroom showdown this week, and the outcome could have big repercussions for Washington’s ability to meet its promises under a landmark climate-change accord. The Environmental Protection Agency issued the regulations a little more than a year … Continue reading Clean Power Plan survival being tested in court this week
I was visiting my hometown, Bishopville, South Carolina, this summer and noticed a bus stop sign. I thought I must have been seeing things. See my hometown is only 2.4 square miles with a population just under 3500, so clearly there's no need for a bus system, right? Actually, there is a growing movement (and … Continue reading Rural public transportation needed and demand growing
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will buy $20 million of cheese currently in surplus on the market. I'll be honest, I had no idea such a market or surplus existed that would warrant government intervention. In fact, according to a recent article in TIME Magazine, the USDA will buy the cheese from private inventories … Continue reading Government buys 11million pounds of surplus cheese
The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) announced approval of the 287-megawatt Soda Mountain Solar Project on 1,767 acres of public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) located about six miles southwest of Baker, California. Soda Mountain Solar, LLC, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bechtel Development Company, Inc. According to DOI, when fully built, … Continue reading 287MW Solar Approved on Public Land
The Wall Street Journal ECO:nomics 2016 conference began with two heavy hitters involved in major industry and policy decisions related to energy and climate change issues. First, we received a warm welcome from Editor in Chief, Gerard Baker who has been at WSJ since 2013. Instead of keynotes and speeches, the speakers interact with an … Continue reading Day 1 Wall Street Journal ECO:nomics
In February 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (also known as, ARRA, the Recovery Act, or simply the stimulus). Through the Recovery Act, the Energy Department invested more than $31 billion to support a wide range of clean energy projects across the nation -- from investing in the smart grid and … Continue reading Update (Video): Recovery Act’s Clean Energy Revolution
The "EPA did it's job..." these are the words of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy on the Flint, Michigan lead-poisoned water crisis. State and local officials are rightfully to blame for what has happened in this community of just under 100,000 residents, which has been steadily losing nearly 50% of it's population … Continue reading When federalism fails: EPA knew about Flint