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The latest news in energy and environmental politics & policy -- must-know stories and candid insights from POLITICO’s ten-person energy team and journalists across our newsroom. All in just five minutes each morning.
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The latest news in energy and environmental politics & policy -- must-know stories and candid insights from POLITICO’s ten-person energy team and journalists across our newsroom. All in just five minutes each morning.






All eyes on the EPA's chief of staff and the future Energy Secretary

Two Energy reporters dig in to find more about is Ryan Jackson, the EPA chief of staff accused of stonewalling investigations from the agency's watchdog. Also, Dan Brouillette is met by friendly faces at his Senate confirmation hearing. And, Twitter provides more details on its ban on political ads, which could impact messaging on climate change. Find more on the show at politico.com/energy-podcast.


Dan Brouillette's confirmation hearings begin

Dan Brouillette heads to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee to begin his confirmation hearings, as he's set to take over from outgoing Secretary Rick Perry next month. Also, one of the Trump administration's most frequent rivals in the courts, California's attorney general Xavier Becerra, sits down for an exclusive interview with POLITICO. And, president Donald Trump confirms that American troops remain in Syria to protect oil fields. Find more on the show at...


Why does the EPA want more data from its scientists?

EPA officials are preparing to face questions from the House Science Committee after news broke earlier this week about the agency's new science transparency proposal. But that's not all that's happening on the Hill, as the first witnesses in the impeachment probe prepare their public testimonies. Also, the Bureau of Land Management starts a 30-day notice to its employees ahead of its move west. Find more on the show at politico.com/energy-podcast.


The EPA asks scientists to release more data

The EPA is preparing to release an expansion into the science transparency proposal, which would force scientists to release more data used in their studies, including medical records, if they want the agency to consider their conclusions. Meanwhile, Ryan Jackson, the EPA's chief of staff, is facing multiple probes by the agency's inspector general. And, hundreds of activists are expected to flood the Capitol building today to support the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. Find more...


What we've learned about Rick Perry's role in the Ukraine scandal

Many important depositions in the impeachment probe were released last week, and Pro's Anthony Adragna and Ben Lefebvre have gone through them to understand how Secretary of Energy Rick Perry's name has come up. Meanwhile, his replacement in the cabinet will get his day in Congress later this week. Plus, Iran says it has found a huge oil field, and there are new reports about the Bureau of Land Management's planned relocation. Find more on the show at politico.com/energy-podcast.


How small environmental groups are shaping the 2020 presidential race

Environmental justice has become an important issue on the 2020 presidential race, and historically ostracized groups are now playing a major role on the campaign trail. Pro's Zack Colman is following these groups, and how environmental justice is playing out on the campaign trail. Also, the E.P.A. inspector general fires back at the agency's leadership, as investigations pile up on the chief of staff. And, some of the 2020 presidential nominees speak about climate change on national...


E.P.A. warns of rise of carcinogenic chemicals in the air

New data released by the E.P.A. shows people across the country are exposed to a cancer-causing chemical at rates a thousand times over what the agency considers acceptable. Still, the agency says there is no cause for alarm. Meanwhile, the agency's watchdog says a top official is refusing to cooperate with an investigation into whether he pressured an independent scientist to modify congressional testimony critical of the Trump administration. Plus, Rick Perry speaks about the latest...


Clean Water Act, and new questions for Perry

A lawsuit involving water pollution in Hawaii has its first day in the Supreme Court, and the outcome may redefine regulations on pollution permits all across the U.S. POLITICO Pro's Annie Snider discusses the case. Also, Energy secretary Rick Perry's name comes up multiple times in the released depositions of the U.S. ambassador to the E.U., Gordon Sondland, and former special envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker, which could spell trouble for the outgoing secretary, according to Pro's Anthony...


The Senate meets a nominee for FERC's board

President Trump's nominee for the Republican vacancy to FERC's board, James Danly, will be testifying before the Senate's Energy and Natural Resources committee, as his path to confirmation begins. But his nomination breaks with tradition of pairing nominations when there are vacancies from both parties. Pro's Gavin Bade discusses this controversy and Danly's nomination. Plus, depositions from the U.S. special envoy to Ukraine and from the U.S. ambassador to the E.U. may be released. And,...


The U.S. can now start leaving the Paris Climate Agreement

Starting today, the administration can begin paperwork to leave the Paris Climate Agreement, a process that could be completed as soon as November, 2020. Pro's Zack Colman discusses how starting the process affects foreign relations related to climate policy. Plus, the E.P.A. is expected to change the rules that govern a potentially toxic leftover from coal-fired power plants. And, more government officials will talk to lawmakers as part of the impeachment probe, but the energy secretary...


The Keystone piepline has a major oil spill in North Dakota

A major U.S.-Canada pipeline has spilled almost 400,000 gallons of oil along wetlands in North Dakota, which may threaten permits for TC Energy's already controversial pipeline, Keystone XL. Also, reports that the administration's much-anticipated federal auto emissions rule will institute annual increases. And, as the deadline to avoid another government shutdown nears, the Senate has passed the first set of bills regarding fiscal spending for 2020, which involve budgets for the Department...


More Russian natural gas may be headed to Europe.

A Russian natural gas pipeline has received approval to go through Denmark's territory and reach Germany, despite efforts by the U.S. to keep the project from moving along. Now, with a closing window of opportunity, Congress is considering what it can do to keep the pipeline from completion. Also, the E.U. is considering a carbon tax on products that cross its borders. And, the House takes a vote on another major public lands bill. Find more on the show at politico.com/energy-podcast.


Testimony appears to contradict Rick Perry Ukraine claims

Tuesday's testimony by Army Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman to House Democrats puts Energy Secretary Rick Perry in the room as top administration officials discussed a possible investigation into Joe Biden by Ukraine. POLITICO Pro's Ben Lefebvre discusses what we know of Perry's involvement in the scandal that sparked the impeachment inquiry. Plus, despite Trump's promises on the campaign trail, coal companies continue to go bankrupt in key political states. And, the House will pick up public...


PG&E tests California's patience

House Democrats on the Oversight Committee start going through the Trump administration's decision to roll back automobile fuel economy standards. Also, as Californians deal with massive wildfires and a 2-day planned blackout, many are turning to state leaders for a better solution to fire prevention, forcing local governments to consider options in regulating, and possibly restructuring, the biggest utility in the country. And, the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee,...


Lawsuits line up as the E.P.A. repeals WOTUS rule

The E.P.A.’s decision to repeal the Water of The United States rule without introducing a replacement is forcing agencies to use a decades-old regulation. POLITICO Pro’s environmental reporter Annie Snider discusses the administration’s decision and the lawsuits that it is already facing. Also, Energy Secretary Rick Perry defends the president’s call with the leader of Ukraine that sparked the impeachment enquiry. And on Sunday, California governor Gavin Newsom issued a state-wide state of...


Trump keeps U.S. troops in Syria to "secure oil fields."

POLITICO Pro’s energy editor Matt Daily discuss what president Donald Trump meant when he said some troops would have to stay in northwest Syria to “secure oil fields.” Also, Massachusetts attorney general announces the state is suing Exxon for downplaying potential liability resulting from climate change. And, New York city looks to the Great White North for energy. Find more on the show at politico.com/energy-podcast.


A possible tipping point in how the EPA uses science

The E.P.A.'s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee begins a 2-day meeting to discuss the agency's science behind the particulate matter standard, but absent in the talks will be a large number of scientists that administrator Andrew Wheeler dismissed last year. Plus, an investigation into whether a Ukrainian natural gas oligarch funneled money into president Trump's campaign through Rudy Giuliani's associates. Also, the president delays an important announcement related to the Paris...


Trump talks Paris in Pittsburgh

President Donald Trump will be at the Shale Insight natural gas conference today, where he's expected to formally announce the U.S. will start filing the paperwork to leave the Paris Climate Agreement at the earliest possible date. Also, the Supreme Court opens a door for potential state lawsuits related to climate change. Plus, California environmental policy reporter Debra Kahn discusses the administration's decision to loosen endangered species protections in order to allow more water to...


A new tack on assigning climate change culpability

A modern field of research could reshape the way blame for climate change is distributed, And how culprits are penalized. Pro's Zack Colman explains attribution science, and how it can reshape the fight over climate change policy. Plus, POLITICO's Gavin Bade had a first seat in Kentucky, as a coal magnate presses FERC on grid resilience. Find more on the show at politico.com/energy-podcast.


FERC hosts an unusual summit in Kentucky

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is looking to push forward several spending bills this week, including some that would set funding levels for the Energy department and the E.P.A. Pro's Gavin Bade is in Kentucky covering an unusual summit on energy. Plus, a look into tensions between FERC's board members. Find more on the show at politico.com/energy-podcast.