government policy

It’s Lights Out for Sam’s Club Workers, Despite Trump’s New Tax Law

Trump championed the new tax law as a boon to U.S. workers, but it didn't stop Walmart from closing 63 Sam's Club stores…

Coal on the Chopping Block as Trump Ponders NAFTA Withdrawal

Indications are growing that President Donald Trump will pull the U.S. out of NAFTA, effectively killing the market for coal power generation in…

On Trump’s Watch, FERC Deals a Death Blow to U.S. Coal Industry

The Energy Department threw one last lifeline to the U.S. coal industry, but Trump's appointees at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission yanked it…

AT&T Layoffs Stir Union Action, Putting More Heat on President Trump

By linking its fortunes to the Trump brand, AT&T has brought on a storm of criticism over layoffs and exposed its net neutrality…

Despite New Tax Promises, AT&T Layoffs Undercut Trump Brand

AT&T and other companies tried to bolster the Trump brand at the close of 2017 with good news about employee benefits, but more…

The Social Cost of Carbon Tells a Story about Carbon Pricing Policies

While the social cost of carbon is a useful regulatory metric for policy making, applying it to carbon price policies can be challenging…

Alaska Wildlife Open for Drilling; Tepid Demand from Big Oil

The U.S. held a new Alaska oil lease auction last week. Results indicate that Trump's push to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife…

Is ExxonMobil Finally Standing Up For Climate Science, Or Just Showing Up Coal?

ExxonMobil has been the arch enemy of climate science and now suddenly the company is a warrior for climate action, thanks to a…

CEOs Showed Backbone in 2017; How More Can Step up Next Year

Over and over – from the proposed ban on transgender military services members to the proposal to end DACA protections for America’s DREAMers…

How Trump Could Revive The Cape Wind Offshore Wind Energy Project

President Trump is no fan of offshore wind turbines, but his administration could breathe new life into the Cape Wind offshore wind farm…

New Tax “Reform” Bill Guts Carbon Capture Lifeline For U.S. Coal Industry

More bad news for coal: the Republican-led tax "reform" bill could chop out a key provision that provides low cost funds for carbon…

The Renewable Energy Transition at Work In Wisconsin: It’s Complicated

Wisconsin's renewable energy profile is a little behind the national average, but it is strong enough to shutter coal power plants and attract…

Policy Points: When Employers Take the High Road, Society Moves Ahead

  By Michael Eberhart Forward-thinking business leaders are increasingly choosing to take the “high road” by offering their employees better wages, flexible schedules,…

Keystone XL Approval Brings High Risk, Few Jobs to Nebraska

A recent oil spill in South Dakota failed to rattle Nebraska regulators, who just approved a leg of the controversial Keystone XL oil…

In Futile Attempt to Remain Relevant, U.S. Tries to Sell Coal Stocks to Developing Countries

In a sharp departure from reality, a U.S. energy policy spokesman revived an outdated "zombie" argument for coal during the climate talks in…