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Infrastructure Bill Provision Could Be Used to Usurp States’ Control over Energy Development

A provision of the sweeping infrastructure law signed in November by President Joe Biden could extend the federal government’s control over electric power transmission expansions.

Businesses Sue Over California Animal Welfare Law

A 2018 animal welfare law enacted in California through a ballot initiative took effect in January, triggering lawsuits from livestock and meat processing industry groups, as well as restaurants and retailers.

Restrictions on Midwives Drive Up Birth Costs and Create Maternity Deserts – Report

“A lot of people think the regulations are following the science, but they're not. They're following the money, and the money is in big, consolidated hospital complexes that employ a lot of people and hold incredible political sway.”

Nuclear Power Backers Choose Wyoming Town as the Site for Experimental Reactor

TerraPower has selected Kemmerer, Wyoming as the preferred site for its Natrium reactor demonstration project.

Senate Energy Committee Deadlocks on Biden Interior Nominee

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee deadlocked on a vote to move the nomination of Laura Daniel-Davis, President Joe Biden’s nominee for assistant secretary of Land and Minerals Management at the Department of the Interior, forward.

Florida Governor Signs Bill Preventing Local Fossil Fuel Bans, Miami Scraps Natural Gas Ban

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a law preventing local governments in the state from banning new commercial, industrial, and residential natural gas hookups.

Citizen Group Files Lawsuits to Block Virginia Wind Farm

A citizens group calling itself Citizens for Responsible Energy is suing to halt the siting of row of 612-foot-tall wind turbines on top of mountains in Botetourt County, Virginia.

Economic Effects of States’ COVID-19 Policies Could Lead to ‘Two Americas’

Differing local approaches to the Covid-19 pandemic have led to an uneven recovery across the United States

U.S. EPA Schedules Safe, Inexpensive Refrigerant for Phase-Out

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is beginning a multi-year stepped phase-out of the domestic use of the refrigerant hydrofluorocarbon.

Congress Renews Efforts to Assign Americans a Patient I.D.

“A unique patient identifier will weaken health care by making individuals reluctant to share personal information—such as drug and alcohol use and past sexual history—with health care providers.”

Kevin Stone

Kevin Stone writes from Dallas, Texas.

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