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Morning Consult: Tax reform — the Devil Is Still in the Details

Stump speeches, floor remarks, water cooler chatter and kitchen table conversations have all characterized the U.S. tax code as “a giant self-inflicted wound” over much of the last generation. President Donald Trump has changed all that by undertaking tax reform … Read More

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Washington Post: EPA employees are blind to their own mistakes

The Feb. 7 Power Post article “Current, past EPA employees fight Pruitt” showed how blindly those Environmental Protection Agency employees viewed agency behavior during the years they worked at the EPA and what they fear. In a letter to Congress, … Read More

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Statement on Executive Actions on Pipelines

Statement from Jack Rafuse, former White House energy adviser: “President Donald Trump’s support of a broader energy policy is now becoming a reality. By advancing the Keystone XL pipeline and the Dakota Access pipeline, Trump is encouraging the U.S. to … Read More

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Real Clear Energy: Repercussions of Dakota Access Pipeline Delay

The repercussions of the Obama administration’s decision to continue delaying the more than half-completed Dakota Access pipeline would extend well beyond billions in private investment dollars, tens of thousands of lost jobs, and hundreds of millions in denied annual tax … Read More

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Washington Post: The fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline is a movement — backward

As an employee of the White House, Office of Management and Budget, Federal Energy Administration and an international oil and gas company (Unocal), I participated on both sides of energy regulatory proceedings. I still closely follow energy industry and policy developments. The … Read More

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The Hill: Emotions Overcoming Facts In North Dakota Pipeline Dispute

It’s easy to overlook facts when issues strike an emotional chord.  The saying goes that everyone is entitled to their own opinion; but not their own facts.  Unfortunately, it appears that opinions have already trumped facts when it comes to … Read More

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The Hill: Is Puerto Rico the next Flint?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has faced growing crises in recent years resulting from poor oversight and enforcement of rules meant to protect the public. The common thread in many of them is the disadvantaged socioeconomic status of each … Read More

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New Report: Environmental Justice Beyond Flint

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) faces three crises that require urgent attention from federal and local regulators for years to come. First, in Flint, media-driven Congressional inquiries and a Presidential visit focus on lead in the city’s drinking water. … Read More

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Grand Junction Business Times: Squeaker wheels distract from energy conversation

There’s an old saying: “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.” Environmental activists and groups are taking this idiom to new heights, planning extreme events across the country and the world to act out in civil disobedience in protest of the … Read More

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Morning Consult: Governors, Disinvestment and Climate Logic

In January, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, in State of the State addresses, vowed new climate change efforts. Governor Baker proposed initiatives on renewables to meet Bay State energy needs.  He cited Massachusetts’ $37 million investment … Read More

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