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BLM to replace Obama-era gas flaring rule; EPA plan zeros in on air quality

BLM proposes replacing 'punitive' Obama-era gas venting, flaring rule

The Trump administration is moving to replace what it called a "punitive" 2016 natural gas venting and flaring rule in an attempt to encourage more production on federal and tribal lands.

EPA strategic plan zeros in on air quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is aiming to reduce the number of areas in the country that are not meeting national air quality standards, according to the newly released Strategic Plan for 2018 through 2022.

Pruitt seeks to clarify carbon neutral designation for biomass generation

During a visit to New Hampshire to meet with forestry industry representatives, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced his intention to make a clear and consistent determination on the carbon neutrality of biomass.

US renewables, gas climbed in 2017; emissions lowest since 1991, says report

The U.S. in 2017 continued its trajectory toward a transforming energy economy by amping up renewable power output and new natural gas installations while curbing greenhouse gas emissions to levels not seen since 1991, despite the Trump administration's efforts to roll back key environmental regulations.

EEI, NRDC find 'common ground' in new plan for clean energy development

Utility trade group, the Edison Electric Institute and the Natural Resources Defense Council issued a joint statement calling for increased grid efficiency and heavier reliance on renewable energy "to accelerate America's transition to a clean energy future."

Northeast carbon market prices slide before auction

Secondary market prices for carbon dioxide allowances under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative slid in value ahead of the program's next quarterly auction in March.

Campaign wants to push insurers away from US coal after progress in Europe

A global movement to pressure insurers to stop investing in coal and underwriting coal projects plans to pivot to the U.S. coal industry after seeing progress in Europe.

Investors, analysts tracking climate change threats to muni infrastructure bonds

Asset managers and ratings analysts are keeping close tabs on the extent to which climate change could make it harder for states, counties and cities to afford the municipal bonds they often rely on to fund local infrastructure projects.

Pa. regulator may be under-reporting oil, gas methane emissions, study finds

Pennsylvania regulators may be vastly underestimating the amount of methane emitted from the state's oil and gas production sites, in part because of an emphasis on unconventional shale wells, an environmental group's analysis found.