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Energy Trends

David T. Stevenson, Policy Director | 8/26/2019

Executive Summary:  The stage for action on energy policy is shifting from the federal level to the states.  Significant de-regulation has occurred under President Trump.  The EPA is no longer driving closure of coal-fired power plants, federal lands have been opened for exploration and production of fossil fuels, methane rules have been relaxed, it is getting easier to build pipelines and export facilities, CAFE Standards will likely be reduced, and the U.S. will be withdrawing from the Paris Accord on greenhouse gas emission reductions. President Trump and the Republican Senate will likely form a firewall against federal economy wide taxes on carbon dioxide emissions, and extending federal tax subsidies on wind, solar, and electric vehicles (EV).  

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