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Opening move: On his first day on the job, the new chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission signaled that he wants to slow down consideration of Energy Secretary Rick Perry's controversial proposal to boost compensation for coal and nuclear plants in some markets.
State of the market: The Energy Information Administration is out with a helpful primer on the growth of U.S liquefied natural gas export infrastructure, and when various projects are expected to come online.
On the record: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's approach to a climate change rule came into sharper focus yesterday during his first appearance before Congress since his confirmation.
Some takeaways from the hearing before a House Energy and Commerce Committee panel:
The big picture: Put it together and it's clear that Pruitt remains keen to question the underlying scientific consensus on human-induced climate change. But he's steering clear—at least for now—of the nuclear option of launching a high-profile, legally perilous effort to nullify EPA's overall authority to regulate carbon.
On the record: The latest episode of Off the Charts — a podcast from the University of Chicago's Energy Policy Institute — is a wide-ranging interview with former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
Elsewhere, he lays out why holding the global temperature rise to two degrees celsius above preindustrial levels will be tough, but also warns that this difficulty achieving that metric should not be discouraging . . .
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And here's a few more recent energy-themed podcasts worth your time . . .
The view from Google: The new offering from CleanCapital's Experts Only podcast is a chat with Kate Brandt, the top sustainability executive at Google.
Next steps on biofuels: President Trump and top administration officials met with a group of GOP senators yesterday to discuss their concerns about the impact of the Renewable Fuel Standard on independent refiners.
According to multiple sources and press accounts . . .
ANWR battle: Democrats are using the low revenues from Wednesday's Interior Department sale of leases in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (which we looked at here) as a political weapon against the GOP effort to allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Around a billion dollars in projected ANWR leasing revenue is baked into the GOP tax code overhaul. But in a letter yesterday to the Congressional Budget Office, top Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee ask CBO to revisit the projection based on yesterday's NPR-A sale.
Beer run: Anheuser-Busch has ordered 40 of the electric semi-trucks that Tesla hopes to bring into production in 2019.
Flashback: My Axios colleague Steve LeVine wrote about Tesla's truck rollout here and explores the battery technology that Tesla may be using here.