UK to seek exemption from US steel import tariffs

UK Trade Secretary Liam Fox is travelling to Washington today where he will be discussing the duties

Trump budget proposes renewable cuts and coal boosts

US President Donald Trump’s has proposed to increase funding for coal while reducing the money available to support schemes for nuclear energy and clean power. Under his latest budget proposal, he would offer $502 million (£361m) for fossil energy research and development, an increase of $81 million (£58m) on the year before, which the President […]

California sues Trump over rollback of fracking rules

California’s attorney general said the state has filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration over its decision to repeal fracking rules. The US Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) 2015 fracking legislation required companies to provide data on chemicals used in fracking and to take steps to prevent leakage from oil and gas wells on federally-owned […]

Trump slaps tax on foreign solar panels

The US Government has confirmed it will be imposing tariffs on imported solar panels. The announcement marks Donald Trump’s first major trade action of 2018 and is part of his “America First” policy. A tariff of 30% will be applied to imported solar panels, most of which come from China. It will fall to 25% […]

Trump signs order rolling back environmental rules on infrastructure

US President Donald Trump has rolled back rules regarding environmental reviews and restrictions on government-funded infrastructure projects. He has signed an executive order, which would speed up the process to get permits for projects including energy production and generation such as fossil fuels, renewables, nuclear and hydro sources as well as electricity transmission and pipelines. […]

US fuel standard rollbacks open for consultation

Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt, Chief of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), have begun the process of weakening fuel standards for cars and light trucks in the US. The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) rules are regulations intended to improve the average fuel economy of these popular types of vehicle and were originally introduced in […]

US officially notifies UN of Paris climate exit

The US has officially notified the United Nations (UN) of its intention to withdraw from the Paris climate change pact. UN Secretary-General António Guterres received the notification from the US to exit from the deal “as soon as it is eligible to do so”, unless it identifies “suitable terms for re-engagement”. The notification comes two […]

Trump says Putin ‘won’t like US exporting energy’

Donald Trump has said the President of Russia doesn’t want the US to become a net exporter of energy through fracking and renewed domestic gas and coal production. In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), the US President discussed his first face-to-face meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Hamburg. He […]

Trump wants Mexico toupée for solar wall

Donald Trump has suggested his proposed wall on the US-Mexico border could be made cheaper by attaching solar panels to it. Addressing a rally in Iowa, the US President said the panels would provide cheap energy and help to pay for the controversial project, which he used as a rallying point against illegal immigration and […]

Trump administration ‘broke law on energy efficiency rules’

The Trump Administration has been accused of violating the law by not publishing energy efficiency standards. The California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman yesterday filed a lawsuit against the US Department of Energy (DoE). Joined by 11 other Attorney Generals and the City of New York, they say the DoE failed […]