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Please read this page for more informations. You can unsubscribe at any time. Editor’s Note: This edition of Morning Energy is published weekdays at 10 a. POLITICO Pro Energy subscribers hold exclusive early access to the newsletter each morning at 6 a. To learn more about POLITICO Pro’s comprehensive policy intelligence coverage, policy tools and services, click here. THE COAL HARD TRUTH: The United States is consuming less and less coal, even as President Donald Trump pledges time and time again to revive the dying industry. On the same day the U.

Energy Information Administration said it expects U. EIA said Tuesday it expects U. 4 percent in 2018, reaching its lowest level since 1979 and bringing with it the continued retirement of coal-fired plants. The report underscored how coal is being outpaced by increased competition from natural gas and renewables — potentially welcome news for Democrats on the Hill pushing a “Green New Deal” and a shift to 100 percent renewable energy. The EIA report also precedes an announcement Tuesday by Xcel Energy that it would commit to reducing carbon emissions 80 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels and 100 percent by 2050.

Noah Long of the Natural Resources Defense Council said Xcel’s announcement “reinforces that the economics of energy have shifted: It is cheaper to be clean. Energy Secretary Rick Perry took time Tuesday to urge the development of petrochemicals and natural gas in the Appalachian region during his remarks at the National Petroleum Council. The Trump administration would support an ethane storage and distribution hub in the region, he said, to “strengthen our energy and manufacturing security by increasing our geographic production diversity. Still, acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is preparing to make an “energy policy announcement” at EPA headquarters Thursday afternoon. The proposal’s details are unclear, but, as Alex reports, it is widely expected to revoke the Obama administration’s requirement that any new coal plant built in the U.

NRECA’s Kirk Johnson was first to correctly name Wabash, Ind. For today: What state did the tallest ever National Christmas Tree come from? Throughout the week, Wheeler talked with key Republican lawmakers, including Senate EPW Chairman John Barrasso, House Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Lisa Murkowski and Sens. He also met with Monsanto executives Phil Miller and Jeremy Stump. Water Law Group and a former EPA water official in the George W. In the later portion of the month: Wheeler had separate calls with GOP Sens.

Chuck Grassley, Joni Ernst and Pat Toomey, and met with Sens. E News looked at Wheeler’s August calendar — his first full month on the job — which showed meetings with a host of companies and trade groups with interests before the agency. FIRST COMMITTEE CHAIR BACKS GREEN NEW DEAL: Rep. Nydia Velázquez, the presumptive incoming chairwoman of the Small Business Committee, became the latest House Democrat to back the Green New Deal on Tuesday. We cannot delay when it comes to addressing this existential threat to our planet,” she tweeted. INSLEE TAKES AIM AT MANCHIN: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is adding his voice to those opposing West Virginia Sen.

Joe Manchin’s potential elevation to the top Democratic spot on the Energy and Natural Resource Committee. NEW MEXICO UPS THE STAKES: The state of New Mexico has formally accused the U. Air Force of violating state law by failing to act on PFAS contamination emanating from Cannon Air Force Base after alerting the public in October that water wells near the base, including those serving dairies, contained the compounds at levels as high as 23 times EPA’s health advisory level. 15,000 per day for each violation. The state indicated it could soon seek to take the Air Force to court: In a statement, the Environment Department said the notice represents its “final effort to obtain the Air Force’s voluntary compliance in these matters.