CHAIRMAN RAISES NEW QUESTIONS OVER WHITEFISH: A Republican House chairman mentioned Tuesday he has extra questions for Puerto Rican authorities about their controversial hurricane restoration contract with a small Montana vitality agency.
Rep. Rob BishopRobert (Rob) William BishopHouse panels investigating 0M Puerto Rico energy grid contract Western voices are ignored in Zinke’s Interior Department Overnight Energy: Senate sends catastrophe reduction invoice to Trump | Dems search probe into Puerto Rico utility deal | Interior proposes greater charges for common nationwide parks MORE (R-Utah) mentioned paperwork supplied to his House Natural Resources Committee final week raised contemporary considerations in regards to the island’s $300 million contract with Whitefish Energy. Officials rescinded that deal final month amid questions from lawmakers and authorities watchdogs.
“There are some other circumstances within those documents that add more questions, which means at some point I would like those to be answered, and someone needs to look at that,” Bishop mentioned throughout a listening to on Hurricane Maria restoration efforts. He didn’t broaden on what questions the paperwork raised through the listening to or in a brief interview later Tuesday.
Bishop’s committee was because of hear Tuesday from Ricardo Ramos, the manager director of the state-run Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA). But Ramos didn’t attend the listening to, with PREPA saying in a letter that “he is unable to participate in the scheduled hearing due to urgent efforts on the ongoing emergency restoration” to carry energy again to the island.
Instead, officers from a federal oversight board used the listening to to defend their determination to nominate an emergency “chief transformation officer” to handle PREPA and its response to Hurricane Maria.
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló and others are because of testify earlier than the Natural Resources Committee subsequent week.
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ENERGY INDUSTRY PUSHES BACK ON GRID RULE: A coalition of 20 vitality teams and firms argued Tuesday that the supporters of Energy Secretary Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryA renaissance to reverse US strategic minerals imports: Dig, Baby, Dig Week forward: Senate to vote on catastrophe reduction invoice Perry is safeguarding America’s vitality grid towards subsequent Polar Vortex MORE’s proposal to prop up coal and nuclear vegetation haven’t confirmed the necessity for the regulation.
The coalition, which incorporates unusual bedfellows representing pure gasoline, oil, wind vitality and photo voltaic vitality, requested the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to scrap the proposal, saying the feedback filed by supporters don’t present a authorized justification for it.
“The record in this proceeding, including the initial comments, does not support the discriminatory payments proposed” by Perry, the teams wrote.
“The commission is simply not authorized to provide an entire clbad of generation with a new payment stream, whether temporary or permanent, based on a desire to keep all options open for the future,” they mentioned.
“While the undersigned support the goals of a reliable and resilient grid, adoption of ill-considered discriminatory payments contemplated in the [proposal is not supportable — or even appropriate — from a legal or policy perspective.”
Tuesday was the deadline for ultimate reply feedback in FERC’s consideration of Perry’s September proposal.
The Nuclear Energy Institute used its reply feedback to reiterate its badist for the proposal and its place that there’s a actual grid resilience downside that wants a fast resolution.
“Generation resilience and resource diversity are critical to our ability to continue providing reliable electric supply, and those attributes are not currently valued by the markets,” the group wrote. “Few parties dispute either point. That alone provides a basis for the commission to act.”
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SYRIA SIGNS PARIS DEAL: Syrian officers mentioned Tuesday they might signal the Paris local weather deal, a transfer that leaves the U.S. remoted in its resistance to the greenhouse gas-cutting settlement.
Syria made the announcement throughout a United Nations local weather badembly in Germany, the primary since President Trump introduced he would pull the United States out of the local weather deal when it’s allowed to take action in 2020.
At the time, the one international locations to not signal the settlement had been Nicaragua and Syria. The former — which needed a stronger local weather deal — signed on in October.
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State hits again at Syria: The State Department hit again at Syria later Tuesday, mocking the nation’s Paris settlement signing and utilizing it to criticize the human rights abuses by President Bashar al-Assad.
“I find it ironic that the government Syria would say that it wants to be involved and that it cares so much [about] climate and things like CO2 gases,” State spokeswoman Heather Nauert instructed reporters.
“If the government of Syria cared so much about what was put in the air, then it wouldn’t be gbading its own people.”
Nauert reiterated the Trump administration’s place in Paris: it can pull out as quickly as attainable until the phrases will be improved for the United States.
Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonTillerson eliminates key State Department sanctions workplace: report Overnight Defense: McCain sees ‘progress’ after Niger briefing | Second US army group was close to ambush | Pentagon begins pulling again ships from Puerto Rico Tillerson: ‘Reign of the Assad household is coming to an finish’ in Syria MORE had supported Paris and unsuccessfully pushed Trump to remain within the pact.
France received’t invite Trump to local weather badembly: A French official mentioned Tuesday that Trump received’t be invited to a local weather change summit President Emmanuel Macron is internet hosting subsequent month in Paris.
“The United States have a bit of a special status for that summit,” the official instructed Reuters, including that it will likely be restricted to nations dedicated to the Paris pact.
But a spokeswoman for the French embbady in Washington downplayed the Reuters report, telling the Washington Examiner that it’s nonetheless attainable Trump will probably be invited, and that invites haven’t but gone out.
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DEMS SLAM EPA OVER SCIENCE PANEL MOVE: A bunch of principally Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday slammed a brand new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) coverage designed to overtake the company’s scientific advisory panels.
In a letter to EPA Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott Pruitt19 sens query EPA methodology behind Clean Power Plan repeal Overnight Energy: House panels open probes into Whitefish energy cope with Puerto Rico Trump’s Senate oversight vacation should finish MORE, 62 members of the House mentioned his new coverage blocking scientists who obtain EPA grants from serving on the company’s science panels is an “arbitrary and unnecessary limitation to disqualify preeminent experts” from advising the company.
“We are alarmed at the signal this sends about the EPA’s willingness to seek out objective, independent scientific expertise in fulfilling its mandate to protect the environment,” the members wrote of their letter.
“The [Science Advisory Board] has been well-respected because of its historical inclusion of independent, objective scientists from both academic and industry backgrounds.”
Pruitt final week introduced the company would block scientists who obtain EPA grants from serving on science advisory boards, saying such positions symbolize a battle of curiosity and controlled industries ought to have a louder voice in EPA operations.
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ON TAP WEDNESDAY I: The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hear from two Trump nominees: Andrew Wheeler to be Deputy Administrator of the EPA, and Kathleen Hartnett White to guide the Council on Environmental Quality
ON TAP WEDNESDAY II: The House Natural Resources Committee will vote on the GOP’s vitality invoice for public lands and offshore, together with eight different payments in its jurisdiction.
Rest of Wednesday’s agenda …
The Senate Commerce Committee is scheduled to vote on whether or not to substantiate Jim BridenstineJames (Jim) Frederick BridenstineDem senator calls on Congress to oppose Trump’s choose for NASA chief Jim Bridenstine is the chief NASA wants The United States and Canada could make house nice once more collectively MORE to be administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
AROUND THE WEB:
Officials in New Delhi mentioned poisonous haze there has gotten so unhealthy that the town is akin to a “gas chamber,” the New York Times studies.
The choose overseeing rancher Cliven Bundy’s trial in Las Vegas delayed proceedings Tuesday so she might evaluation a newly disclosed video that Bundy’s lawyer says exhibits that the federal government had a surveillance digital camera at his home, the Las Vegas Review Journal studies.
EBay is cracking down on gross sales of Hawaii seashore sand, a violation of state regulation, HawaiiNewsNow studies.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
Check out Tuesday’s tales …
-Lawmakers ‘alarmed’ by EPA’s science board adjustments
-Supporters of DOE coal rule haven’t confirmed their case, vitality teams say
-GOP chairman has ‘more questions’ about Puerto Rico’s Whitefish Energy contract
-France: Trump not invited to local weather change summit ‘in the meanwhile’
-Syria indicators Paris local weather settlement
-EPA, Pruitt might face lawsuits over advisory board adjustments