Good morning and welcome back to Generate. I didn't attend President Trump's high-profile appearance at the EPA to sign his big executive order on energy and climate. Why? I hung around outside instead. More on that in a moment, but first, are you getting all of our newsletters yet? They're fun and smart (and free!) reads on health care, tech, politics, business and more. You can sign up easily here. Ok, let's dive in . . .
Yesterday, EPA employees got a memo from Administrator Scott Pruitt's chief of staff ahead of President Trump's arrival to sign the executive order rolling back Obama-era climate change and energy policies.
But outside EPA's big downtown headquarters, I spoke with a number of career staff who hardly shared the rah-rah vibe as Trump seeks to undo major EPA rules and slash its budget deeply.
Why it matters: This admittedly unscientific survey reveals how Trump's efforts to undo Obama's legacy are cutting against the grain at the agency. Undoing rules is a careful and time-consuming bureaucratic slog, so resistance among career staff to the Trump-Pruitt agenda could complicate the effort even further.
Flashback: If you want more on the substance and impact of the executive order — which was signed by Trump flanked by coal miners, Pruitt, Energy secretary Rick Perry, Interior secretary Ryan Zinke and VP Mike Pence — we have you covered here and here.
Nuclear reactor giant Westinghouse Electric Co. filed for bankruptcy early Wednesday morning amid cost overruns and delays at reactor projects in Georgia and South Carolina.
As Axios reported yesterday, the big Chinese tech company Tencent Holdings bought 5 percent of Silicon Valley electric automaker Tesla, Inc.
Why it matters: The $1.8 billion stake in Tesla gives the powerful Chinese company "another foothold in a growing industry" and gives Tesla a "much needed" cash infusion as it prepares to launch its Model 3 sedan, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Energy storage: Deployment of storage tech is taking off, according to new data from GTM Research, which finds that 21 states have 20 megawatts of projects either proposed, in construction, or completed.
Exxon's Paris play: In case you missed it in the Axios stream yesterday, Exxon is urging the Trump administration not to abandon the Paris climate change accord, a pitch that comes as the White House is grappling with its approach.
New gig for familiar name: Eben Burnham-Snyder, previously an aide to Sen. Ed Markey and former Energy secretary Ernest Moniz, is the new VP for communications at the liquefied natural gas company Cheniere Energy. Congrats Eben!
Lobbying news: Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co. has tapped Steptoe & Johnson to lobby on the wind energy production tax credit. The refiner Valero Energy has hired Daryl Owen Associates to lobby on the Renewable Fuel Standard and other topics.
Trump's energy plan: Interior secretary Zinke will hold a conference call with reporters to talk about lifting the Obama-era moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands and other "energy initiatives."
Climate change: A House Science Committee hearing will look at the state of climate science, a gathering that includes GOP-invited researchers who break with the scientific mainstream on the scope and impact of human-induced global warming.
Energy policy: A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee will dive into energy tax policy as Congress prepares to enter into a huge tax reform battle.
Thanks for reading! I'll see you all tomorrow morning, and in the meantime please check out the Axios stream for more coverage, and of course a standing reminder: tips and feedback are always welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.