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Tariff could hurt PA solar, but won’t ‘slam the door shut’

Pennsylvania’s solar industry will feel the effects of the Trump administration’s move to place a tariff on foreign-built solar panels, but it won’t stop solar installations in the state, according to industry experts. American solar manufacturers had requested a tariff because they found it difficult to compete with imported panels, particularly ones built in China [...]

Who will pay for Trump’s plan to save coal?

The Trump administration has asked a federal agency to step in and help save the coal and nuclear industries. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has proposed a rule that will force the electric grids in some parts of the country to basically guarantee profits for coal and nuclear plants. But who will pay for that guarantee? Anyone who gets an [...]

Energy in 2017: Regulatory rollback and environmentalist angst

The priorities set by a new presidential administration dominated energy news in 2017. President Donald Trump and his cabinet set an agenda to “unleash” America’s energy potential, removing the barriers they perceive to be holding back domestic energy production — often to the dismay of the environmental community. Here’s a compilation of the year’s biggest [...]

PA, Philadelphia will press on with climate policies despite Trump withdrawal from Paris pact

President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the landmark Paris climate accord isn’t likely to derail Pennsylvania’s efforts to curb methane emissions, and it strengthens Philadelphia’s determination to set its own climate policy, officials said. Trump’s rejection on Thursday of the historic agreement to stop global temperatures rising more than an average of 2 degrees [...]

Trump’s EPA cuts would endanger Pennsylvanians, says environmental chief

The state’s top environmental regulator is warning his federal counterpart that proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency would have an “immediate and devastating effect” in Pennsylvania. On Thursday the Trump administration released a budget blueprint which seeks to cut roughly a third of the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget – some $2.6 billion. In a sharply-worded letter [...]

Delaware Estuary scientists fear Trump actions will accelerate sea-level rise

Scientists working to defend the mid-Atlantic coast from pollution, development, and sea-level rise fear they now have a new challenge: President Donald Trump. The new administration’s early actions to scrap President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, promote fossil fuels, and muzzle social media use by the Environmental Protection Agency all unnerved scientists meeting in Cape May [...]

Delaware basin conservation law resilient to any Trump rollbacks, supporters say

Supporters of a new law that provides federal support for conservation in the Delaware River Basin predicted that the measure won’t be derailed by any efforts by the incoming Trump administration to roll back environmental protections. Despite concerns in the environmental community that Trump will dismantle major initiatives such as the Clean Power Plan and [...]

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