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Deregulating environment only talk, so far

Posted by   /  January 8, 2018  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Lisa Friedman | The New York Times If 2017 was the Trump administration’s year of grand pronouncements declaring an end to environmental regulations, 2018 will be the year of trying to finish what it started. Despite President Trump’s proclamation in the Rose Garden that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, […]

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APS electric rates heading back to corporation commissioners

Posted by   /  January 5, 2018  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Citizen petition pay off to get reconsideration of rate increase By Ryan Randazzo | The Republic State utility regulators will review their August decision to grant a $95 million rate hike to the state’s biggest electric company thanks to a petition filed Wednesday with the Arizona Corporation Commission. The five elected Corporation Commissioners eventually will […]

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‘Rich-Rod’ lawyers up for legal scrimmage over his benching

Posted by   /  January 5, 2018  /  Courts/Law, Energy and Environment, Sports  /  No Comments

By Mike Sunnucks |Phoenix Business Journal Rich Rodriguez has hired heavyweight Phoenix attorney Leo Beus and could be taking his own legal action after being fired as head football coach at the University of Arizona. “I have been retained,” said Beus, who is is one of the managing partners of Phoenix-based law firm Beus Gilbert […]

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10 ways America is falling behind

Posted by   /  December 30, 2017  /  Economy, Education, Energy and Environment, Government and Politics, Health Care, Transportation, Water  /  No Comments

  If 2017 has seemed to you like a long and terrible year filled with bad news, then here’s some good news to close things out: you were right! On a variety of fronts, the United States is falling farther and farther behind both other developed nations and its own lofty standards. The bottom line: […]

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10 ways America’s energy and climate world changed in 10 years

Posted by   /  December 26, 2017  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Amy Harder | Axios We’ve gone from an energy-scarce to an energy-abundant nation, and our climate debate has waxed and waned. Let’s drill down on a decade’s worth of changes. The oil boom America’s oil production has nearly doubled over the last decade, and we became the world’s biggest oil producer a few years […]

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OK, utilities, you got your tax breaks, now lower your rates

Posted by   /  December 21, 2017  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Mike Sunnucks | Phoenix Business Journal An Arizona utilities regulator wants President Donald Trump’s tax cuts to translate into lower electric and utility bills for consumers and businesses. Justin Olson, a Republican serving on the Arizona Corporation Commission, said Thursday utilities benefiting from Trump and GOP tax cuts should pass some of those saving […]

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Money, jobs promised for Superior mine

Posted by   /  December 21, 2017  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

Still a decade away from production By Ryan Randazzo | Arizona Republic (Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Resolution Copper.) The Resolution Copper Project near Superior will get nearly twice the funding in 2018, allowing the company to ramp up work on a second shaft that will be more than a mile deep. The project is […]

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After 16 years, hopes for Cape Cod wind farm float away

Posted by   /  December 20, 2017  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Katharine Q. Seeley | The New York Times At the height of the oil embargo in 1974, Jim Gordon was sitting in a line for gas that extended two blocks, frustrated that the United States had become so dependent on foreign oil. Related: Shutdown starts for coal-fired plant serving U.S. southwest That led him […]

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4 under federal criminal charges hit with another lawsuit for water rate scheme

Posted by   /  December 19, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Three Pinal County residents have filed a civil suit against Gary Pierce, Sherry Pierce, Jim Norton and George Johnson in connection to the criminal charges they face in federal court. The four were indicted in May over allegations that they conspired to commit bribery, mail fraud and wire fraud, a scheme revealed to authorities by […]

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Burns war with APS centers on two words

Posted by   /  December 19, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

They argue to judge about opening utility’s books By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times The question of whether utility regulator Bob Burns gets to grill the top executive at Arizona Public Service and review the company’s political spending could turn on what a judge decides is the meaning of the […]

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