Energy https://www.iatp.org/keyword/energy en Trump's energy plan leaves climate, rural communities behind https://www.iatp.org/blog/trumps-energy-plan-leaves-climate-rural-communities-behind <span>Trump&#039;s energy plan leaves climate, rural communities behind</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2863" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Chris Palmquist</span></span> <span>Wed, 08/22/2018 - 09:37</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span>On Tuesday, President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency announced a plan that will undermine climate protections, air quality and rural development opportunities. The so-called </span></span><a href="https://www.epa.gov/stationary-sources-air-pollution/proposal-affordable-clean-energy-ace-rule">“Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule”</a><span><span> will replace the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era rule unveiled in 2015 to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants</span></span> to 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.</div> Wed, 22 Aug 2018 14:37:26 +0000 Chris Palmquist 43734 at https://www.iatp.org Em(power)ing the People: How Stevens County is telling a different energy story https://www.iatp.org/blog/201712/empowering-people-in-stevens-county <span>Em(power)ing the People: How Stevens County is telling a different energy story</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2863" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Chris Palmquist</span></span> <span>Wed, 12/13/2017 - 15:48</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item">This blog overviews our December 2017 "Our Energy Future" event in Morris, MN.</div> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:48:19 +0000 Chris Palmquist 43434 at https://www.iatp.org New Climate Bill Promotes 100% Clean Energy, Keeps Equity Central https://www.iatp.org/blog/201902/new-climate-bill-promotes-100-clean-energy-keeps-equity-central <span>New Climate Bill Promotes 100% Clean Energy, Keeps Equity Central</span> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-feature"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/feat/public/2017-09/windTurbines_usfwshq.jpg?itok=GA29YXmB" width="950" height="590" alt="Wind turbines" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-credit-flickr field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Used under creative commons license from <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwshq">usfwshq</a></div> </article> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/about/staff/account/colleen-borgendale" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Colleen Borgendale</span></span> <span>Mon, 09/25/2017 - 12:06</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The newly introduced <a href="https://gabbard.house.gov/sites/gabbard.house.gov/files/H.R.%203671%20OFF%20Fossil%20Fuels%20Act.pdf">Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act (OFF Act)</a> is the most aggressive climate proposal to come out of the U.S. to date. As <a href="https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/goddard/2017/dozens-of-wildfires-in-western-united-states">rampant wildfires</a> burn in the western U.S.</div> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:06:52 +0000 Colleen Borgendale 43382 at https://www.iatp.org Trump’s rollback of Clean Power Plan a major setback for climate and rural communities https://www.iatp.org/blog/201902/trumps-rollback-clean-power-plan-major-setback-climate-and-rural-communities <span>Trump’s rollback of Clean Power Plan a major setback for climate and rural communities</span> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-feature"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/feat/public/2017-03/2925265946_bfa6f4930b_o.jpg?itok=N85ccoxz" width="950" height="590" alt="Wind turbines" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-credit-flickr field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Used under creative commons license from <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/lorriemcallister">lorriemcallister</a></div> </article> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/about/staff/account/colleen-borgendale" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Colleen Borgendale</span></span> <span>Tue, 03/28/2017 - 00:11</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>An Executive Order issued by President Trump today begins the process of dismantling the <a href="https://www.epa.gov/cleanpowerplan/clean-power-plan-existing-power-plants" target="_blank">Clean Power Plan</a>. The Clean Power Plan is the first regulation in the U.S. to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants, but the rule has been stalled in the courts since February 2016.</p></div> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:11:31 +0000 Colleen Borgendale 43213 at https://www.iatp.org Trump’s EPA Pick Protects Corporate Backers over the Environment https://www.iatp.org/blog/201902/trumps-epa-pick-protects-corporate-backers-over-environment <span>Trump’s EPA Pick Protects Corporate Backers over the Environment </span> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-feature"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/feat/public/2017-03/epaPick.jpg?itok=6BWhvZnd" width="950" height="590" alt="Scott Pruitt Trump EPA pick" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-caption field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a record of hostility for environmental and public health protection at both state and federal levels.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-credit-flickr field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Used under creative commons license from <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore">gageskidmore</a></div> </article> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/about/staff/account/colleen-borgendale" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Colleen Borgendale</span></span> <span>Thu, 02/16/2017 - 21:21</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a record of hostility for environmental and public health protection at both state and federal levels. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt may be best known for suing the agency he hopes to lead <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3290872-Pruitt-v-EPA-a-Compilation-of-Oklahoma-14.html">14 different times</a> in an attempt to block EPA rules protecting the air and water.</p></div> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 03:21:45 +0000 Colleen Borgendale 43208 at https://www.iatp.org Tillerson’s damaging record of extraction and opposing climate action https://www.iatp.org/blog/201701/tillerson%E2%80%99s-damaging-record-of-extraction-and-opposing-climate-action <span>Tillerson’s damaging record of extraction and opposing climate action</span> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-feature"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/feat/public/14991505125_fef9d27d5c_k.jpg?itok=BcY-JIcj" width="950" height="590" alt="Tillerson’s damaging record of extraction and opposing climate action" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-caption field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p> Tar Sands processing facility</p> </div> </article> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/about/staff/account/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span>Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:22</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Rural communities in the U.S. and around the world are vulnerable to industries, often with headquarters elsewhere, who view local natural resources simply as an asset to be extracted. No global corporation better exemplifies this approach than the oil giant ExxonMobil. Now, President Donald Trump has nominated the company’s CEO, Rex Tillerson, to run the U.S. State Department. Tillerson’s damaging record at ExxonMobil, often at the expense of the public good and even U.S. security interests, should disqualify him from managing U.S. policy around the world.</p></div> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:22:34 +0000 admin 43170 at https://www.iatp.org Private or Public Interest: What can we tell from Trump’s Cabinet appointees? https://www.iatp.org/blog/201902/private-or-public-interest-what-can-we-tell-trumps-cabinet-appointees <span>Private or Public Interest: What can we tell from Trump’s Cabinet appointees?</span> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-feature"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/feat/public/3481066357_a908b7aeff_o.jpg?itok=ZGSjEPxV" width="950" height="590" alt="Private or Public Interest: What can we tell from Trump’s Cabinet appointees?" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-caption field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p> Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump's pick to be Secretary of State, is one in a group of the president-elect's Cabinet nomiees with corporate ties and possible conflicts of interest.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-credit-flickr field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Used under creative commons license from <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/william-munoz">william-munoz</a></div> </article> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/about/staff/account/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span>Wed, 01/11/2017 - 14:04</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>This week, Congress begins the first round of confirmation hearings for President-elect Trump’s Cabinet. After a bombastic Presidential campaign that was often short on policy specifics, the Cabinet selections provide an initial glimpse into how first-time public officeholder Trump will actually govern.</p></div> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:04:22 +0000 admin 43166 at https://www.iatp.org Let’s make sure the Clean Power Plan provides opportunity for rural, low-income communities https://www.iatp.org/blog/201902/lets-make-sure-clean-power-plan-provides-opportunity-rural-low-income-communities <span>Let’s make sure the Clean Power Plan provides opportunity for rural, low-income communities</span> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-feature"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/feat/public/solarPanelInstallation_usdagov.jpg?itok=8vwsZtjg" width="950" height="590" alt="Let’s make sure the Clean Power Plan provides opportunity for rural, low-income communities" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-credit-flickr field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Used under creative commons license from <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/usdagov">usdagov</a></div> </article> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/about/staff/account/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span>Mon, 08/22/2016 - 11:22</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>This month marks the one-year anniversary of the announcement of the <a href="http://www.iatp.org/documents/the-clean-power-plan-0">Clean Power Plan</a>, President Obama and the EPA’s regulation to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants. While the Clean Power Plan focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, it also includes a program to make sure all communities benefit from a clean energy transition.</p></div> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:22:40 +0000 admin 43087 at https://www.iatp.org Clean Power Plan and an equitable energy transition in rural America https://www.iatp.org/blog/201902/clean-power-plan-and-equitable-energy-transition-rural-america <span>Clean Power Plan and an equitable energy transition in rural America</span> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-feature"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/feat/public/windturbines_napdsp.jpg?itok=RZJKCYF_" width="950" height="590" alt="Clean Power Plan and an equitable energy transition in rural America" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-credit-flickr field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Used under creative commons license from <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/napdsp">napdsp</a></div> </article> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/about/staff/account/colleen-borgendale" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Colleen Borgendale</span></span> <span>Thu, 03/31/2016 - 10:55</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>In this season of political speeches and debates, a harmful myth continues to surface: taking action on climate change will ravage the economy. Recently, this myth has been applied to the <a href="http://www.epa.gov/cleanpowerplan/clean-power-plan-existing-power-plants">Clean Power Plan</a>, the first regulation in the U.S. to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants.</p></div> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 15:55:15 +0000 Colleen Borgendale 43029 at https://www.iatp.org Rural Engagement Critical to Success of Clean Power Plan, New Report https://www.iatp.org/documents/rural-engagement-critical-to-success-of-clean-power-plan-new-report <div data-history-node-id="43028" class="node node--type-document node--view-mode-rss no-field-teaser-image title-not-empty ds-1col clearfix"> <h3 > State Energy Plans Could Support Cleaner Energy, Greater Rural Equity</h3> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p class="Normal"><span class="Inline-heading">Minneapolis </span>– The success of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan will depend largely on state-level engagement with rural communities who are most directly affected by shifts in energy production, finds a new report from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP).</p> <p class="Normal">The report, “The Clean Power Plan: Opportunities for an Equitable Energy Transition in Rural America” by IATP’s Tara Ritter, concludes that states should actively integrate rural perspectives into their Clean Power Plan compliance plans. In February, the Supreme Court halted implementation of the Clean Power Plan until a federal appeals court rules on its legality. That ruling is expected sometime in June. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) remains confident that they have strong legal footing, and many states are moving forward to develop their compliance plans.</p> <p class="Normal">“The Clean Power Plan is a critical step in the fight against climate change, and it can also increase rural resilience if done right,” said Ritter, who works on rural responses to climate change for IATP. “The fossil fuel industry drives a boom-and-bust cycle that hurts rural communities. The Clean Power Plan is an opportunity to shift from the extractive energy model that removes financial and natural resources from rural communities towards an energy system that is both cleaner and more equitable.”</p> <p class="Normal">The Clean Power Plan, finalized in August 2015, is the first regulation to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants in the United States. It aims to reduce electricity sector emissions by 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. Each state has been assigned a unique emissions reduction goal, and must submit a State Implementation Plan (SIP) by 2018 that outlines how they will meet their goal. The flexibility afforded to states in creating their SIP will result in very different plans from state to state, each with its own implications for rural communities.</p> <p class="Normal">Policies like the Clean Power Plan are integral to addressing climate change, which disproportionately impacts rural communities, according to the report. Rural communities are more likely to have natural resource-based economies than urban communities, and those industries will become less stable as climate change worsens. Poverty rates are higher, on average, in rural communities, which means that many rural residents spend a larger percentage of their income on energy. This will be exacerbated as heating and cooling needs increase with more extreme temperatures and weather events.</p> <p class="Normal">Rural communities produce most of the nation’s energy, and will be impacted as mines and coal-burning power plants close or reduce capacity. This report finds that states could use the Clean Power Plan to ensure that the transition to clean energy is fair and equitable. The Clean Power Plan can be a path to sustainable, well-paying jobs in rural America as well as an affordable renewable energy supply, but only if states build the proper assistance mechanisms into their Implementation Plans, the report concludes.</p> <p class="Normal">IATP is part of the Rural Climate Network, composed of rural-based organizations taking action on climate, and is the co-organizer of a series of Rural Climate Dialogues in Minnesota. <a href="http://www.iatp.org/documents/the-clean-power-plan" target="_blank">Read the full report</a>.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-upload field--type-file field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field--item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf icon-before"><span class="file-icon"><span class="icon glyphicon glyphicon-file text-primary" aria-hidden="true"></span></span><span class="file-link"><a href="https://www.iatp.org/sites/default/files/2016_03_31_CleanPowerPlan_PR.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=89557" title="Open file in new window" target="_blank" data-toggle="tooltip" data-placement="bottom">2016_03_31_CleanPowerPlan_PR.pdf</a></span><span class="file-size">87.46 KB</span></span></div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 15:40:26 +0000 Colleen Borgendale 43028 at https://www.iatp.org