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‘The Straw Police’: Nunes Associates California’s Straw Ban To Socialism

‘The Straw Police’: Nunes Associates California’s Straw Ban To Socialism

 By CHRIS WHITE, Energy Reporter Rep. Devin Nunes of California appeared to associate his state’s ban on plastic straws with socialism in a tweet Saturday after visiting a nearby restaurant. “At restaurant tonight waitress asks if we want straws,” the Republican told his Twitter followers. “Says she has to ask now in fear of ‘THE STRAW […]

Does Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal Outlaw Every Building In The Country?

Does Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal Outlaw Every Building In The Country?

 By CHRIS WHITE, Energy Reporter   Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal could outlaw every building in the country, according to a document Democrats posted online Thursday explaining the nuts and bolts of the deal. Ocasio-Cortez’s resolution calls for “10-year national mobilizations” toward a series of goals aimed at fighting global warming, NPR reported. […]

‘Diabolical’: Gov Cuomo Blames Trump As Citizens Flee New York For Low Tax Red States

‘Diabolical’: Gov Cuomo Blames Trump As Citizens Flee New York For Low Tax Red States

 By CHRIS WHITE, Energy Reporter New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other public officials from blue states are blaming President Donald Trump’s tax overhaul for people moving to Texas and Florida where the tax burden is less burdensome. The Democratic governor said Monday that changes to the federal tax law resulted in his state losing […]

Zinke Says Cost of Fending Off ‘False Allegations’ Prompted Resignation

Zinke Says Cost of Fending Off ‘False Allegations’ Prompted Resignation

 By CHRIS WHITE, Energy Reporter   Outgoing Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke claims that costs associated with defending himself and his family from “false allegations” prompted his decision Saturday morning to resign. “I love working for the President and am incredibly proud of all the good work we’ve accomplished together. However, after 30 […]

California | Anti-Exxon Attorneys Suffer Setback Amid Rash of Legal Defeats

California | Anti-Exxon Attorneys Suffer Setback Amid Rash of Legal Defeats

 By CHRIS WHITE, Energy Reporter San Francisco and Oakland cities fired a law firm representing them in their lawsuits targeting various oil companies for supposedly contributing to climate change. City officials hired the firm’s competitors as legal losses pileup. Hagens Berman represented both cities in their legal pursuits against Exxon Mobil and other oil companies. […]

Ryan Zinke Lashes Out at Critics of Trump’s Plan to Mitigate Wildfires

Ryan Zinke Lashes Out at Critics of Trump’s Plan to Mitigate Wildfires

 By CHRIS WHITE, Energy Reporter   Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke accused critics of the Trump administration’s position on forest management of being unscientific in their approach to mitigating future California wildfires. “People who claim forest management means clearcutting or largescale logging are either lying or just don’t know what they’re talking about,” Zinke wrote in […]

Water Hydrants Ran Dry as a Tsunami of Fire Chased Fleeing Californians

Water Hydrants Ran Dry as a Tsunami of Fire Chased Fleeing Californians

 By CHRIS WHITE, Energy Reporter Paradise ran dry on water as waves of fire rushed toward people running from wildfires engulfing the small California town. Yet many citizens managed to escape before the blaze consumed their village. One fire outpost near the Sierra Nevada town recorded wind blasts of 52 mph on Nov. 8. A […]

California Considers Bailing Out Utility Company Suspected of Starting Wildfires

California Considers Bailing Out Utility Company Suspected of Starting Wildfires

 By CHRIS WHITE, Energy Reporter A California public utility company suspected of starting deadly wildfires in the Golden State is holding out hope that officials might rescue it from liabilities threatening its financial stability. California’s energy regulator is pledging a review of Pacific Gas & Electric Co., as well as possibly breaking up the state’s largest […]

Death Toll From California’s Wildfires Jumps as Officials Deal with Staggering Losses

Death Toll From California’s Wildfires Jumps as Officials Deal with Staggering Losses

 By CHRIS WHITE, Energy Reporter More than 30 people have died in California as wildfires continue to blaze through parts of the state, officials said Monday. Destruction from the fires now equals that of the 1933 Griffith Park disaster in Los Angeles. The Woolsey Fire in the south has claimed two lives and destroyed tourist resort Malibu, […]

Death Toll From Wildfires Jumps as Trump Loses Patience with California Officials

Death Toll From Wildfires Jumps as Trump Loses Patience with California Officials

 By CHRIS WHITE, Energy Reporter Authorities have identified 14 additional bodies believed to have died from wildfires tearing through Northern California, bringing the official death toll to 23 people. The uptick in deaths comes as President Donald Trump warns California that federal funds might dry up if the state does not reform its forest management […]