Over the past two decades, some states have transitioned their electricity markets away from the traditional regulated monopoly model and toward competitive markets in which customers are empowered to choose their electricity supplier. Those experiments have proven successful and should be considered a model for the rest of the country, according to a new policy study by R Street Electricity Policy Manager Devin Hartman.
On Tuesday, January 24, 2017, President Trump issued an “Executive Order Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals ForHigh Priority Infrastructure Projects” (“Order”). The Order establishes an executive branch policy to “streamline and expedite . . . consistent with law” environmental reviews for infrastructure projects. The Order specifically highlights the significance of projects to improve the electric grid and telecommunications systems, as well as projects to repair and upgrade port facilities, airports, pipelines, bridges, and highways.
James Rubin is a partner at the international law firm Dorsey & Whitney. Before going into private practice, Mr. Rubin served for 15 years in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he was an assistant chief in the Law and Policy Section, a trial attorney in the Environmental Defense Section, and an agency representative to the White House Climate Change Task Force. He was on was on several US delegations from 1995-2000, including at Kyoto. He coordinated the division’s international program and worked on a wide variety of domestic and international environmental policy and litigation matters, as well as trade and investment negotiations and disputes.
Farmer Fair Practices Rules, designed to protect rights of contract farmers, included among those delayed
On Friday, January 21, the Trump Administration directed agencies to delay by 60 days all new rules that have yet to be implemented. The delaying of new rules is relatively normal for an incoming administration and is meant to allow a better review of those rules that have not yet gone into effect. Included amongst the delayed rules are the “Farmer Fair Practices Rules” (FFPR), also know as the “GIPSA rules”. These rules are critical for the protection of American farmers and ranchers, and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition urges the Administration to complete their review as swiftly as possible so that these rules can move forward.
The League of Women Voters president, Chris Carson, issued the following statement after President Trump signed executive actions to advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines.
The Trump administration approved construction of the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.