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 POTUS Appointees https://www.iatp.org/collection/potus-appointees <span>POTUS Appointees</span> <span><span lang="" about="/about/staff/account/colleen-borgendale" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Colleen Borgendale</span></span> <span>Mon, 03/20/2017 - 21:00</span> <div class="js-view-dom-id-c46e25b7ba2351428b3eb9bfceb95d3f89a061f02ee0ef335c84ebfc0b793769"> <h2>POTUS Appointees Blog</h2> <div class="count-6"> <div class="views-row"> <div class="views-field views-field-rendered-entity"><span class="field-content"><article data-history-node-id="43166" role="article" about="/blog/201902/private-or-public-interest-what-can-we-tell-trumps-cabinet-appointees" class="blog teaser clearfix"> <aside class='media'> <a href="/blog/201902/private-or-public-interest-what-can-we-tell-trumps-cabinet-appointees"> <div class="field field--name-field-teaser-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-teaser"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/teaser/public/3481066357_a908b7aeff_o.jpg?itok=JSFgIciZ" width="445" height="300" alt="Private or Public Interest: What can we tell from Trump’s Cabinet appointees?" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> </a> </aside> <div class="content"> <h2> <a href="/blog/201902/private-or-public-interest-what-can-we-tell-trumps-cabinet-appointees" rel="bookmark"><span>Private or Public Interest: What can we tell from Trump’s Cabinet appointees?</span> </a> </h2> <aside class="byline"> <div class="js-view-dom-id-1375f6ae4b58877737670f1cb86a4240fe7c386c2ee79774d58481eabfe7bdfb"> <div class="count-1"> <div class="views-row"> <div data-history-node-id="43166" class="node node--type-blog node--view-mode-metadata no-field-banner-image field-darken-banner-50 has-field-teaser-image title-not-empty ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="author"> <span class="field-label-inline">By</span> <span > <a href="/about/staff/ben-lilliston" hreflang="en">Ben Lilliston</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">January 11th, 2017</div> <div class="field field--name-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/issues/climate-change" hreflang="en">Climate Change</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/keyword/energy" hreflang="en">Energy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/keyword/money-and-politics" hreflang="en">Money and politics</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/keyword/election-2016" hreflang="en">Election 2016</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </aside> 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. </div> </article> </span></div> </div> <div class="views-row"> <div class="views-field views-field-rendered-entity"><span class="field-content"><article data-history-node-id="43209" role="article" about="/blog/201703/andrew-puzder-narrowly-avoided-threat-food-system-workers" class="blog teaser clearfix"> <aside class='media'> <a href="/blog/201703/andrew-puzder-narrowly-avoided-threat-food-system-workers"> </a> </aside> <div class="content"> <h2> <a href="/blog/201703/andrew-puzder-narrowly-avoided-threat-food-system-workers" rel="bookmark"><span>Andrew Puzder: the narrowly avoided threat to food system workers</span> </a> </h2> <aside class="byline"> <div class="js-view-dom-id-68662580e0d7e4f5ea1f68c54dee4e85c3a253d0937c6454b7a2786d2d210fd4"> <div class="count-1"> <div class="views-row"> <div data-history-node-id="43209" class="node node--type-blog node--view-mode-metadata no-field-banner-image no-field-teaser-image title-not-empty ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="author"> <span class="field-label-inline">By</span> <span > <a href="/about/staff/ben-lilliston" hreflang="en">Ben Lilliston</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">February 15th, 2017</div> <div class="field field--name-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/agriculture2" hreflang="en">Agriculture</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/keyword/potus-appointee" hreflang="en">POTUS appointee</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/keyword/justice" hreflang="en">Justice</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </aside> Just before this posting, Andrew Puzder withdrew from consideration for Secretary of Labor. We welcome this development for the reasons stated below. </div> </article> </span></div> </div> <div class="views-row"> <div class="views-field views-field-rendered-entity"><span class="field-content"><article data-history-node-id="43184" role="article" about="/blog/201902/eight-questions-trumps-department-agriculture-pick" class="blog teaser clearfix"> <aside class='media'> <a href="/blog/201902/eight-questions-trumps-department-agriculture-pick"> <div class="field field--name-field-teaser-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-teaser"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/teaser/public/4721361607_03241f5e5d_b.jpg?itok=qbFztQrl" width="445" height="300" alt="Eight Questions for Trump’s Department of Agriculture pick" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> </a> </aside> <div class="content"> <h2> <a href="/blog/201902/eight-questions-trumps-department-agriculture-pick" rel="bookmark"><span>Eight Questions for Trump’s Department of Agriculture pick</span> </a> </h2> <aside class="byline"> <div class="js-view-dom-id-ceae77667efa027e187a3a4aee2190f4aa5ad587f8849edcf82da8de4292912c"> <div class="count-1"> <div class="views-row"> <div data-history-node-id="43184" class="node node--type-blog node--view-mode-metadata no-field-banner-image field-darken-banner-50 field-primary-category-agriculture has-field-primary-category has-field-teaser-image title-not-empty ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="author"> <span class="field-label-inline">By</span> <span > <a href="/about/staff/ben-lilliston" hreflang="en">Ben Lilliston</a></span> <span > <a href="/about/staff/dr-steve-suppan" hreflang="en">Dr. Steve Suppan</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">February 5th, 2017</div> <div class="field field--name-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/agriculture2" hreflang="en">Agriculture</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/rural-development2" hreflang="en">Rural Development</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/keyword/food" hreflang="en">Food</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/keyword/cabinet" hreflang="en">Cabinet</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/keyword/potus-appointee" hreflang="en">POTUS appointee</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </aside> The next Secretary of Agriculture will have to hit the ground running, because the manure is hitting the fan. Farm income has fallen for three straight years. </div> </article> </span></div> </div> <div class="views-row"> <div class="views-field views-field-rendered-entity"><span class="field-content"><article data-history-node-id="43182" role="article" about="/blog/201702/mulvaney-as-budget-director-destructive-for-nutrition-agriculture-and-the-environment" class="blog teaser clearfix"> <aside class='media'> <a href="/blog/201702/mulvaney-as-budget-director-destructive-for-nutrition-agriculture-and-the-environment"> </a> </aside> <div class="content"> <h2> <a href="/blog/201702/mulvaney-as-budget-director-destructive-for-nutrition-agriculture-and-the-environment" rel="bookmark"><span>Mulvaney as Budget Director: destructive for nutrition, agriculture and the environment</span> </a> </h2> <aside class="byline"> <div class="js-view-dom-id-5871c7ecc751e5b2f92ae78e29deb5711ec42f4a7ecffb25a77e0b7c85620e3f"> <div class="count-1"> <div class="views-row"> <div data-history-node-id="43182" class="node node--type-blog node--view-mode-metadata no-field-banner-image no-field-teaser-image title-not-empty ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="author"> <span class="field-label-inline">By</span> <span > <a href="/about/staff/dr-steve-suppan" hreflang="en">Dr. Steve Suppan</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">February 1st, 2017</div> <div class="field field--name-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/agriculture2" hreflang="en">Agriculture</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/keyword/environment" hreflang="en">Environment</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/keyword/nutrition" hreflang="en">Nutrition</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/keyword/cabinet" hreflang="en">Cabinet</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/keyword/budget" hreflang="en">Budget</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </aside> Next week, the U.S. Senate will consider President Donald Trump’s nominee to direct the presidential Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Representative Mick Mulvaney (R-SC). </div> </article> </span></div> </div> <div class="views-row"> <div class="views-field views-field-rendered-entity"><span class="field-content"><article data-history-node-id="43170" role="article" about="/blog/201701/tillerson%E2%80%99s-damaging-record-of-extraction-and-opposing-climate-action" class="blog teaser clearfix"> <aside class='media'> <a href="/blog/201701/tillerson%E2%80%99s-damaging-record-of-extraction-and-opposing-climate-action"> </a> </aside> <div class="content"> <h2> <a href="/blog/201701/tillerson%E2%80%99s-damaging-record-of-extraction-and-opposing-climate-action" rel="bookmark"><span>Tillerson’s damaging record of extraction and opposing climate action</span> </a> </h2> <aside class="byline"> <div class="js-view-dom-id-78e2543ee1fcf50db3df4d31b2e5d1c5b0874d19fefa5d2e8acf0f25037c2a3d"> <div class="count-1"> <div class="views-row"> <div data-history-node-id="43170" class="node node--type-blog node--view-mode-metadata no-field-banner-image no-field-teaser-image title-not-empty ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="author"> <span class="field-label-inline">By</span> <span > <a href="/about/staff/ben-lilliston" hreflang="en">Ben Lilliston</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">January 23rd, 2017</div> <div class="field field--name-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/issues/climate-change" hreflang="en">Climate Change</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/keyword/environment" hreflang="en">Environment</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/keyword/energy" hreflang="en">Energy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/issue/climate-change/climate" hreflang="en">Climate</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </aside> 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. </div> </article> </span></div> </div> <div class="views-row"> <div class="views-field views-field-rendered-entity"><span class="field-content"><article data-history-node-id="43208" role="article" about="/blog/201902/trumps-epa-pick-protects-corporate-backers-over-environment" class="blog teaser clearfix"> <aside class='media'> <a href="/blog/201902/trumps-epa-pick-protects-corporate-backers-over-environment"> <div class="field field--name-field-teaser-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-teaser"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/teaser/public/2017-03/epaPick.jpg?itok=qzxHsEc3" width="445" height="300" alt="Scott Pruitt Trump EPA pick" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> </a> </aside> <div class="content"> <h2> <a href="/blog/201902/trumps-epa-pick-protects-corporate-backers-over-environment" rel="bookmark"><span>Trump’s EPA Pick Protects Corporate Backers over the Environment </span> </a> </h2> <aside class="byline"> <div class="js-view-dom-id-b1933ba10c5f559ccce98e2b9cb19bd06eb8ae4cc241b36b1e8c2a708765450a"> <div class="count-1"> <div class="views-row"> <div data-history-node-id="43208" class="node node--type-blog node--view-mode-metadata no-field-banner-image field-darken-banner-50 has-field-teaser-image title-not-empty ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="author"> <span class="field-label-inline">By</span> <span > <a href="/about/staff/juliette-majot" hreflang="en">Juliette Majot</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">February 16th, 2017</div> <div class="field field--name-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/issues/climate-change" hreflang="en">Climate Change</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/keyword/potus-appointee" hreflang="en">POTUS appointee</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/keyword/energy" hreflang="en">Energy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/keyword/environment" hreflang="en">Environment</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </aside> 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. </div> </article> </span></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/trade2" hreflang="en">Trade</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/agriculture2" hreflang="en">Agriculture</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-content-reference field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/blog/201902/private-or-public-interest-what-can-we-tell-trumps-cabinet-appointees" hreflang="en">Private or Public Interest: What can we tell from Trump’s Cabinet appointees?</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/blog/201703/andrew-puzder-narrowly-avoided-threat-food-system-workers" hreflang="en">Andrew Puzder: the narrowly avoided threat to food system workers</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/blog/201902/eight-questions-trumps-department-agriculture-pick" hreflang="en">Eight Questions for Trump’s Department of Agriculture pick</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/blog/201702/mulvaney-as-budget-director-destructive-for-nutrition-agriculture-and-the-environment" hreflang="en">Mulvaney as Budget Director: destructive for nutrition, agriculture and the environment</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/blog/201701/tillerson%E2%80%99s-damaging-record-of-extraction-and-opposing-climate-action" hreflang="en">Tillerson’s damaging record of extraction and opposing climate action</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/blog/201902/trumps-epa-pick-protects-corporate-backers-over-environment" hreflang="en">Trump’s EPA Pick Protects Corporate Backers over the Environment </a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/media/10434" hreflang="en">Andrew Puzder</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/keyword/potus-appointee" hreflang="en">POTUS appointee</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/keyword/energy" hreflang="en">Energy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/keyword/environment" hreflang="en">Environment</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-summary field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>One of the main ways a President influences policy is with his Cabinet picks. President Trump's appointees are no exception and have especially caused a stir with their private-sector connections. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-link-text field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Learn more</div> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 02:00:19 +0000 Colleen Borgendale 43210 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 Comments to the EPA Re: Clean Energy Incentive Program Design Details, Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2016–0033 https://www.iatp.org/documents/comments-to-the-epa-re-clean-energy-incentive-program-design-details-docket-id-no-epa%E2%80%93hq%E2%80%93o <div data-history-node-id="43086" class="node node--type-document node--view-mode-rss no-field-teaser-image title-not-empty ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><b>To:</b> Environmental Protection Agency</p> <p><b>From: </b>Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy</p> <p><b>Re: </b>Clean Energy Incentive Program Design Details, Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2016–0033</p> <p>The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) promotes rural development that boosts community resilience, equity, and democracy. IATP supports policies that address climate change in a way that benefits rural communities and addresses rural inequities.</p> <p>IATP thanks the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for establishing the Clean Power Plan and for including the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) to provide support for low-income communities—many of which are rural—to undertake renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Both renewable energy and energy efficiency can help keep energy affordable and mitigate the disproportionate public health impacts that low-income communities face as a result of air pollution and other environmental justice impacts.</p> <p>The CEIP can benefit rural, low-income communities throughout the country that are facing negative impacts from climate change. Rural communities have higher poverty rates (18.1% in rural areas compared to 15.1% in urban areas), more persistent long-term poverty rates, and higher child poverty rates than urban communities. Rural areas also have lower housing quality with lower average energy efficiency. This means that households with lower average incomes are paying a higher percentage of their income to heat, cool, and power their homes. Climate change will exacerbate this inequity by increasing the number and extremity of heat and cold events. The CEIP can help lower the average energy bill for rural households by increasing the energy efficiency of rural building stock. In addition, investment in renewable energy in rural communities can create local jobs and decrease the air and water pollution associated with fossil fuel production.</p> <p>We support the goals of the CEIP to reward states for early action, install more renewable energy, and improve energy efficiency in low-income communities. However, we have several comments to increase equity overall and for rural communities in particular.</p> <p><b>Define “low-income communities” to direct investment to those households and communities that need it most, including rural communities.</b> We understand that definitions of low-income communities will vary from state to state, but it is important that the definition remains narrow and specific enough everywhere to ensure the funding goes to those households and communities that need it most. We support requiring states to use existing definitions used by federal and state agencies, utilities, or affordable housing providers. The definition of low-income communities should ensure that both urban and rural communities benefit; for instance, incomes in rural areas are often uniformly low, so using a definition that compares the median income of a census tract to the area’s median income can exclude rural communities from qualifying as low-income. Rural communities are disproportionately impacted by climate change and could greatly benefit from CEIP funding. Many rural economies are linked to natural resources (agriculture, forestry, fishing, tourism), so extreme weather impacts these areas much more. In addition, rural communities tend to have fewer resources to invest in infrastructure and lower average incomes, making climate disruptions more challenging to handle financially. For these reasons, rural communities should be eligible in the low-income communities definition for CEIP funding as much as possible.</p> <p><b>Do not tie the CEIP to trading-based State Implementation Plans.</b> The CEIP incentivizes energy efficiency in low-income communities through matching allocations of Emission Rate Credits or Allowances, depending on whether the State Implementation Plan at hand is rate-based or mass-based. This encourages states to engage in carbon trading if they wish to participate in the CEIP. We disagree with this approach. Carbon market schemes have struggled in other contexts and have raised serious environmental justice issues when certain highly polluting entities responsible for a disproportionate amount of emissions are allowed to avoid reductions. These highly polluting entities are often located in rural and minority communities, furthering existing inequities. Although we strongly support incentives for low-income energy efficiency and renewable energy investments, we encourage the EPA to decouple the CEIP from carbon trading.</p> <p><b>Focus CEIP funding on residential projects over commercial projects.</b> We recommend that CEIP funding be used to expand energy efficiency and renewable energy access for homes and apartment buildings occupied by low-income residents. Although we recognize that investment in public buildings and community spaces is also important, we believe that directing CEIP funding to residential projects will reduce monthly electricity demand and bills for those households directly, thereby providing the most benefit for low-income individuals. An EPA fact sheet says that the Clean Power Plan will “reduce electricitiy bills in 2030 by $7/month on average for American families and businesses.” The only way American families will see this direct energy bill decrease is if their homes receive the necessary energy efficiency upgrades. In order to ensure that all eligible and interested households can reap benefits, there should be enough funding for the CEIP to prevent creating a scenario where some individuals or communities receive funding and others do not.</p> <p>We thank the EPA for the ability to comment on the CEIP. We are supportive of this mechanism to reward states for early action on renewable energy and energy efficiency, and we are especially happy to see a program within the Clean Power Plan that benefits low-income communities specifically. If implemented well, the CEIP could be an enormous help to low-income and rural communities across the country.</p> <p>Sincerely,</p> <p>Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy</p> <p>Minneapolis, MN  </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/IATP%20CEIP%20comments%20letterhead.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=225975" title="Open file in new window" target="_blank" data-toggle="tooltip" data-placement="bottom">IATP CEIP comments letterhead.pdf</a></span><span class="file-size">220.68 KB</span></span></div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:12:33 +0000 admin 43086 at https://www.iatp.org