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March 17, 2017

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March 17, 2017 Headlines

Heritage-tinged Trump plan tilts DOE toward warheads, away from clean energy
In a largely detail-free spending plan that generally follows his stated policy priorities—and those of the Heritage Foundation—President Trump Thursday proposed a $28 billion budget for the Energy Department in fiscal year 2018 that provides an 11 percent increase for its nuclear weapons programs while slashing its energy research and science programs by nearly 18 percent...

Trump zeros out climate programs at EPA, State
In cuts that may go beyond what some moderate Republicans in Congress will support, President Trump Thursday proposed eliminating a range of climate change programs at the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department, including State support for United Nations climate programs and U.S. contributions to an international fund seen as crucial for advancing the Paris climate change agreement...   

Trump budget backs Yucca revival
Moving to reverse President Obama's effort to kill the project, President Trump Thursday proposed to give the Energy Department $120 million in fiscal year 2018 to resume licensing work on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository and "initiate a robust interim storage program" to take waste until the Nevada facility is opened...

Schukar tapped to run Ameren transmission unit
Ameren Corp. Thursday named Shawn Schukar, a 32-year veteran of the company, as chairman and president of its transmission development subsidiary, effective May 1...

Interior to rescind fracking rules
The Interior Department said Wednesday it plans to rescind its 2015 rules setting oil and gas well integrity standards for hydraulic fracturing operations on federal lands, saying the regulations are not consistent with the policies and priorities of the new administration...

Trump proposes 12 percent cut to Interior budget
The Trump administration Thursday proposed slashing the Interior Department's fiscal year 2018 budget by nearly 12 percent, including elimination of programs such as abandoned mine lands grants and trimming permitting processes to speed oil, gas, coal and renewable energy development on federal lands...

Trump faces tough sell in Congress on plan to cut DOE aid to states
In what may be a key test of GOP lawmakers' budget-cutting zeal, President Trump has proposed slashing millions of dollars in Energy Department home weatherization and energy program grants to states—money that legislators have fiercely guarded in the past as key aid to their poorest constituents and strapped state governments...