Commentary: As Trump threatens historic climate protections, Midwest Republican governors embrace clean energy economy

By Dick Munson, Midwest Energy News.

Any day now, President Trump is expected to issue an executive order attacking key climate and air standards, including the Clean Power Plan — America’s first-ever nationwide standards to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. His EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, has also questioned the scientific consensus that such man-made pollution is disrupting our climate. But the new administration does not reflect all Republicans’ attitudes toward the environment and cleaner power — far from it.

Xebec announces a breakthrough in biogas upgrading to renewable natural gas

By Xebec Adsorption Inc., Biomass Magazine.

Xebec Adsorption Inc., a global provider of gas generation, purification, and filtration solutions for the industrial, energy and renewables marketplace, announced today that it has achieved a significant breakthrough in its fast-cycle pressure swing adsorption (PSA) technology for upgrading biogas to renewable natural gas (RNG). By optimizing the process design and combining it with a novel adsorption/desorption cycle, Xebec can now achieve recovery rates of up to 98.5 percent while operating at low pressure, allowing operators to maximize revenue, lower operating costs and, consequently, increase profitability.

California commits to cleaner cars in break with Trump administration

By Patrick Reilly, Christian Science Monitor.

MARCH 25, 2017 —On Friday, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted to finalize new vehicle emissions rules for the model years 2022-2025.

Eight years from now, new cars and trucks sold in the Golden State will be required to have an average fuel economy of 54.5 miles per gallon. The CARB rules will also mean more “zero emission vehicles” powered by batteries and fuel cells, and tough new standards on particulate matter pollution.

White House looks past conservatives on tax reform - to Democrats

By Lindsay Dunsmuir and Doina Chiacu, via WHTC News.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fresh off a defeat on U.S. healthcare legislation, the White House warned rebellious conservative lawmakers that they should get behind President Donald Trump's agenda or he may bypass them on future legislative fights, including tax reform.

The threat by White House chief of staff Reince Priebus to build a broad coalition on tax reform that could include moderate Democrats came as the Republican head of the tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives said he hoped to move a tax bill through his panel this spring.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady said his committee had been working on tax reform in parallel with the failed healthcare reform push.

House Ways and Means Chairman Aims to Move Tax Bill Through Committee in Spring

By Joel Schectman, Reuters.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representative Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady said he aims to move a tax reform bill through his committee this spring.

Brady told Fox News's "Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo" that his committee had been working on tax reform in parallel with the failed healthcare reform push.

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Washington & Oregon Governors Join Gov. Jerry Brown in Banding Together To Challenge Trump's Energy Plans

By Molly Solomon, KUOW News.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington are banding together in support of clean energy. They met Saturday in Seattle to discuss concerns over the Trump administration’s efforts to eliminate policies that combat climate change. 

“It doesn’t make sense for Oregon to do it alone; it makes sense when we do it in a regional basis,” Brown said, emphasizing that West Coast states need to work together. 

British Columbia seeks to increase the market for LNG and renewable natural gas

From BC Gov News.

The Government of British Columbia is taking action under the Climate Leadership Plan to support investments by natural gas utilities that will increase the use of LNG and renewable natural gas in the transportation, marine and other sectors and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

“We’re working with utilities to stimulate the use of LNG as a marine fuel in large, ocean-going ships, and to increase the supply and use of renewable natural gas,” said Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett. “Building the market for B.C.’s abundant supplies of natural gas offers the opportunity to achieve significant GHG emissions reductions and supports jobs and economic opportunities in British Columbia’s natural gas sector.”

LA & Long Beach Port Fleets Now Include Zero-Emissions Natural Gas Engine

By HDT Trucking Info.

Total Transportation Services, Inc. (TTSI), a drayage trucking company in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., has begun using one of the first Cummins Westport (CWI) ISX12 G low-NOx natural gas engines for its trucking operations.

Available for order later this year, the 12.0L engine’s emissions will be certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to produce 90% less NOx than the current EPA standard for heavy-duty engines, and are equivalent to that of a truck powered by electricity from the electrical grid.

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Over Three Dozen Senators Call for Reversal of Proposed EPA Cuts

From the office of Senator Jeff Merkley.

Senators: Trump’s pledge for clean air and water is “meaningless” when followed by proposal for drastic cuts that would undercut EPA’s core mission

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley led a group of 37 Senators in opposing President Trump’s proposal to inflict a more than 30 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) budget.