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Will California Accept Volkswagen’s $800,000 Million Settlement?

The ECOreport looks at what could be the final chapter of Dieselgate, Will California accept Volkswagen’s $800,000 million settlement?

By Roy L Hales

The California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) ruling on the proposed settlement, from the dieselgate scandal, will come very soon. The Volkswagen Group of America is proposing to invest $2 billion into the nation’s zero emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure over the next ten years. A significant portion of this investment is earmarked for California. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the deal. Will California accept Volkswagen’s $800,000 million settlement?

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Trump’s Rollback of America’s Energy Infrastructure Takes A Giant Leap Today

The ECOreport published an OP-Ed, Trump’s Rollback of America’s Energy Infrastructure Takes A Giant Leap Today

By Roy L Hales

America’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oversees the development of approximately 570 million acres where there are coal deposits. Less than 1% of that is currently under development.1 That is about to change. President Donald Trump’s rollback of America’s energy infrastructure takes a giant leap today.

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  1. FEDERAL COAL PROGRAM, Programatic Environmental Impact Statement – Scoping Report, Bureau of Land Management, January 2017, p Es-1

How Much Damage Can Donald Trump Do?

The ECOreport asks a former senior analyst with the DOE, how much damage Can Donald Trump Do?

By Roy L Hales

The fears seem especially strong across the renewable and environmental communities. David Suzuki writes that  “a bigoted, misogynistic, climate change denier has been elected to the highest office in what is still the world’s most powerful nation.”  Many fear that President-elect Donald Trump “is set to gut US environmental regulations, open up federal lands for fossil fuel extraction, and quit the Paris climate agreement.” Academics from many North American universities are copying information and data from U.S. government environmental websites before the new administration eradicates it. The next President’s personality “is certainly extreme by any standard.” How much damage can Donald Trump do to America?

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EPA Calls Federal Review Of Longview Coal Terminal Inadequate

The ECOreport looks into why the EPA Calls Federal Review Of Longview Coal Terminal Inadequate

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1In what may soon be the type of action relegated to history, on November 29 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) criticized the U.S. Army Corps draft environmental impact statement for what could be the the largest coal export terminal in North America, “because it fails to consider adverse impacts from the project.”  The EPA calls federal review of Longview Coal Terminal inadequate.

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EPA Recognizes Renovate America As A Climate Leader

The ECOreport looks at why the EPA Recognizes Renovate America as a Climate Leader

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe Environmental Protection Agency recognized three local governments for their “Innovative Partnerships” with a PACE provider in their 2016 Climate Leadership Awards. Their partner runs the HERO PACE program, the EPA recognizes Renovate America as a Climate Leader.

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Longview Terminated Negotiations For Oil & Propane Facilities

The ECOreport looks into why Longview terminated negotiations for oil & propane facilities

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMWaterside Energy’s proposal to build the Columbia River’s first oil refinery (Riverside Refining LLC), as well as a propane export terminal (Washington Energy Storage & Transfer LLC, also known as “WEST”), has come to an abrupt end. Port commissioners say the proponent failed to provide necessary information.  Opponents of the projects are hailing the Port Commission’s vote as the latest in a string of defeats for fossil fuel projects on the Columbia River. After two years of negotiations, the Port of Longview terminated negotiations for oil & propane facilities.
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Omnibus Bill: The American People Deserve Better

The ECOreport looks at the Omnibus Bill: the American people deserve better.

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The US Omnibus Bill was passed by overwhelming majorities in both the Senate (65 to 33) and House of Representatives (316 to 113). America’s solar and wind sectors are now assured they will receive incentives for another five years, but there is a lot to be concerned about in legislation. I agree with Senator Dan Sullivan of Alaska’s (Rep.) summation of the process behind the omnibus bill: the American people deserve better.
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How Fracking Impacts America’s Drinking Water

The ECOreport interviews Amanda Frank, from the from the Centre of Effective Government & Dr Allan Hoffman, former senior analysts with the DOE,  about how fracking impact’s America’s water supply

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1On June 4 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft assessment on how fracking impacts America’s drinking water.  Contrary to industry claims, the EPA admits there have been incidents of water contamination and water being withdrawn from areas where there was little water available. The authors stated the number of incidents was small, but also admitted they had limited information from which to draw that conclusion. I reached out for expert opinions from two experts. Neither was impressed by the EPA’s report on how fracking impact’s America’s water supply.

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The EPA’s Painfully Inadequate Fracking Assessment

Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas and Its Potential Impact on Drinking Water Resources

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1After five years of research, the EPA’s painfully inadequate fracking assessment has been released. “It’s a bit underwhelming,” said Amanda Frank, from the Center for Effective Government. Dr Allan Hoffman, a retired senior analyst with the Department of Energy, referred to the draft report as “disappointing.” They were referring to the extent that industry was allowed to thwart the EPA investigation. Continue reading The EPA’s Painfully Inadequate Fracking Assessment

America’s Renewable Electricity Could Quadruple By 2030

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Rachel Cleetus, Senior Climate Economist of the Union of Concerned Scientists (USC),  says the EPA’s goal of 12% renewables by 2030 is just a fraction above “business as usual.” Raising this target to +23% of the nation’s electricity from non-hydro renewable sources would cost the average household only about 18 cents per month. Cleetus described this as a realistic and affordable goal, “Looking at the way renewable energy is ramping up and costs are falling dramatically, there is a real opportunity to go farther.”America’s Renewable Electricity Could Quadruple by 2030.

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