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Biden executive order to temporarily halt new leases on land for oil and gas has met resistance from small communities dependant on energy jobs

March 22, 2021
Ed O'Keefe | CBS News
An executive order meant to fight climate change has been met with resistance from communities like Vernal, Utah, where the oil and gas industry brings in the majority of the income.
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White House wants to change environmental rules to speed up highway projects, pipelines and more

January 9, 2020
Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis | The Washington Post
The White House is moving to exempt projects without significant federal funding from environmental reviews that have been required for 50 years, a major shift that would make it easier to build mines, expand airports and lay pipelines, among other things, according to three people familiar with the proposal.
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Rick Perry planning to step down as energy secretary by year end

October 4, 2019
Juliet Eilperin, Josh Dawsey | The Washington Post
Energy Secretary Rick Perry is planning to step down from his post by the end of the year, according to four individuals briefed on his plans, making him one of about a dozen Cabinet members to leave their post during President Trump’s administration.
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Midwestern senators to press EPA chief on ethanol

October 17, 2017
Jonathan Swan | Axios
A group of Midwestern Republican senators are meeting Tuesday with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to express their concerns about the agency's recent moves on ethanol, according to a spokesman for Sen. Grassley. The Iowa Republican lunched with Pruitt Monday to discuss the same issues.
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Natural gas causing coal, nuclear shutdowns, gov. report says

August 24, 2017
Amy Harder | Axios
The Energy Department's highly anticipated report on America's electricity grid is out, and our biggest takeaway is that it affirms generally accepted knowledge in the energy industry — cheap natural gas has been the primary factor causing coal and nuclear power plants to shut down over the last several years.
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Manchin Emerges as Possible Pick for Energy Department

August 14, 2017
Jennifer Jacobs, Kevin Cirilli, Steven Dennis | Bloomberg
Some White House and Republican officials are exploring the idea of putting West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin in charge of the Energy Department, according to four people familiar with the discussions, a move that could boost President Donald Trump’s stalled legislative agenda.
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As interior secretary swaggers through parks, his staff rolls back regulations

July 26, 2017
Coral Davenport, Nicholas Fandos | The New York Times
Ryan Zinke, a former member of the Navy SEALs and lifelong Montana outdoorsman who now heads the Interior Department, loves to compare himself to Theodore Roosevelt, the father of American conservation.
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Trump to tap longtime coal lobbyist for EPA’s No. 2 spot

July 24, 2017
Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis | The Washington Post
President Trump will nominate a prominent coal lobbyist and former Senate aide, Andrew Wheeler, to serve as the Environmental Protection Agency’s deputy administrator, according to two senior administration officials.
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