H. Sterling Burnett

H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D. is the director of The Heartland Institute's Robinson Center on Climate and Environmental Policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.
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Trump Administration Modifies Methane Emission Regulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rolled back rules imposed under the administration of President Barack Obama limiting regulating methane emissions from small small oil and gas producers.

Maine Supreme Court Declares Power Line Initiative Unconstitutional

Maine’s state Supreme Court has declared a ballot initiative to block a power line project running through Maine to Massachusetts, unconstitutional.

Trump Administration Cleans Up the Environment, Critics Carp from the Sidelines

Even as President Donald Trump kept his promise to roll back unnecessary regulations that hamper U.S. competitiveness and job creation, his administration demonstrated its commitment to cleaning up the environment and keeping statutory deadlines for making environmental decisions.

U.S. Energy Department Proposes Letting More Water Flow Through Shower Heads

The U.S. Department of Energy has proposed modifying restrictions on the amount of water that can flow through shower heads to allow for increased flow.

Climate Change Barely Registers Among Americans’ List of Top Concerns, Gallup Poll Shows

Just one percent of American’s surveyed identified the combined category of “Climate change/Environment/Pollution,” as “the most important problem facing this country today?,” in a Gallup poll conducted in July.

Federal Court Denies Oakland’s Efforts to Block Coal Shipments to Port Terminal

California Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, has lost the latest bid by public officials in the state to block shipments of coal through the Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal.

Border Wall Spending and Construction can Proceed, Rules the U.S. Supreme Court

The United States Supreme Court has rejected a challenge raised by environmental organizations to the Trump administration’s continued construction of a wall along the U.S. border between Mexico and the United States.

Federal Program Leaves Taxpayers on the Hook for Another Green Energy Company Failure

Tonopah Solar Energy LLC, which built and operated a huge solar-thermal power plant in the desert in Nye County, Nevada, has filed for bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware, a bankruptcy likely to cost U.S. taxpayers more than $225 million.

New Mexico Utility Regulators Approve Replacing Coal Power with Solar

Despite the threat of higher energy costs for ratepayers, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission unanimously imposed a plan to replace 100 percent of the electric power generated by the San Juan Generating Station solely with electricity generated by solar panels and batteries.

Federal Review Finds Alaskan Mine Won’t Damage the Environment, Permits Likely

A comprehensive environmental review by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of the proposed Pebble mine in southwest Alaska, found the mine would not significantly impact regional salmon numbers or reproduction.

H. Sterling Burnett

H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D. is the director of The Heartland Institute's Robinson Center on Climate and Environmental Policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.

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