Related Articles
Forward article link
Share PDF with colleagues

Red Washington, greener states

Market forces will keep hurting coal, strengthening gas and supporting renewables—whatever Trump thinks about climate science

Four months after Donald Trump's inauguration his federal government has already started rolling back years of federal climate policies. It's not yet clear, though, what the union's states will do. So far, President Trump has announced Executive Orders that cut the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) budget by a third, overturn regulations governing toxic coal-mine waste, suspend work on the Clean Power Plan (CPP) and loosen restrictions on emissions of methane from oil and gas production. That fulfils some of the campaign promises, although the market and its cheap gas, wind and solar—not DC—will decide whether Trump's measures bring back the coal jobs he pledged. For now, Trump is s

Also in this section
US and Russia duel over production dominance
22 June 2018
Fuelled by shale gains, US output has risen rapidly, now outstripping Russia’s production; but Moscow won’t accept the shift lying down
Barents comes into focus for Norway
22 June 2018
There's a lot more gas and oil to be found in the Norwegian Arctic, if the explorers can be persuaded to look for it
Egypt wears the East Med LNG crown
20 June 2018
With production rising fast and other East Med countries looking for markets, Egypt is hoping that its LNG plants will soon come into their own