Trump Administration

Our experts and analysts weigh in on the latest developments in the Trump administration.


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Getting Renewables to the Consumer – PJM and FERC Aren’t Helping

, Senior energy analyst

Electricity is almost always invisible. Same with the workings of the power grid. But a new decision on energy policy by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is pulling back the curtain and picking a fight with just about everyone just when popular demand for clean energy is pushing our energy system to adapt and grow. For the business types, think of the grid as a trading platform – the rules set who is able to do business on the grid.

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How the Trump Administration Plans to Gut Our Nation’s Bedrock Environmental Law

, executive director

Make no mistake. This is a very big deal. President Trump has launched one of his most destructive assaults yet on our nation’s environmental and public safeguards. Read more >

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PFAS, or "forever chemicals," have contaminated drinking water supplies across the country. Photo: Bob Walker/Flickr

Profiles in Cowardice: Chemicals, Climate, and a Toxic Disregard by the Trump Administration

, executive director

A new report from FEMA completely ignores climate change. The administration and Congress block efforts to protect the public from PFAS, or “forever chemicals,” which have contaminated drinking water supplies across the country. Two more striking examples of cowardice from our elected leaders. Read more >

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Another Attack on Endangered Species Escalates Need for New Legislation

, Research scientist

The Trump administration is no stranger to attacking protections for endangered species, the implementation of the process by which endangered species are afforded protections by the federal government, the science underpinning that process, or the piece of legislation that spells all of these processes out and has resounding bipartisan support (i.e., the Endangered Species Act). And there are lots of endangered species at risk of losing their much-needed protections such as the American burying beetle, Chinook salmon, and (still) the polar bear. This is all happening as scientists continue to provide evidence that Earth is currently experiencing a sixth major extinction event. Read more >

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FERC’s Move to Defend Competition Actually Hurts Competition

, Senior energy analyst

The FERC  (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) decision expected Thursday will allow PJM to counteract the intended effects of state energy policies supporting nuclear and renewable energy.  But the decision is expected to allow PJM to ignore a larger, and more common state policy protecting monopolies from competition. Read more >

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