Author Archive | Denise Bode

New Administration and Congress Provide Opportunities to Rein in Costly Ozone Regulations

  Over the past eight years, the EPA issued numerous rules that have harmed businesses and done little, if anything, to benefit the environment.  One example is how the EPA administered ozone regulations. Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA sets the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone. Those counties and areas […]

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The Trump Super-Majority May be Coming to FERC

One of the biggest energy stories in Washington, D.C., is with whom and (more importantly) when the president is going to fill the three vacant Republican positions at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The agency is now down to just two commissioners. Members on both sides of the aisle written to the president, urging […]

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Administration Views on Debt and Tax Reform Revealed

Last week, business leaders in Houston, Texas, repeatedly raised questions about the House Republican’s “Better Way” Tax Reform package – specifically, its bold change to a territorial tax system and the attitude of the new governing majority to the federal debt. In a Fox News interview, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin clearly addressed some of the White […]

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American Energy Companies Balancing Much Needed Regulatory Relief With Dramatic Changes in Tax and Trade Policy

The American energy industry has applauded President Trump’s executive orders providing for regulatory freezes, a regulatory budget, streamlining of energy pipeline projects, and generally removing regulatory barriers to economic growth. However, with all of this good news has come some cause for pause. Requirements for pipelines to be built with American steel have raised serious […]

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The Better Way’s Border Adjustment Tax

One of the most discussed aspects of the tax reform proposal authored by Chairman Brady and advocated by the Speaker is converting the U.S. international tax code to more of a territorial plan. The border adjustment tax (BAT) would completely change the way a lot of corporations pay taxes by making the location of a […]

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The President and Congress Roll Back Obama Regulation

Between President Trump’s 17 executive orders and the new Congress’ wielding of the Congressional Review Act (CRA), regulatory reform has begun in earnest in Washington, D.C. The president not only ordered a regulatory freeze, but he also implemented a new policy for assessing new regulations to be proposed, by requiring that discretionary regulations must be offset […]

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The Pen May be Mightier than the Sword – President Trump’s First Week in Office

The president’s first week in office brought a flurry of twelve executive orders on a variety of topics. In case you aren’t familiar with the difference between legislation and executive orders, an executive order is a memorandum from the president to federal agencies, that allows them to take action to develop policy or propose regulations […]

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Cutting of Red-Tape Begins

Within hours of President Trump being sworn in, he will take action to change the energy and environmental oversight of the federal government. He is being urged to suspend guidelines with which federal agencies weigh climate change when approving pipelines, deciding what areas to open for drilling, or taking other major actions. He is looking […]

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Meet the New Trump Energy Cabinet

  As the Trump nominees started facing their Senatorial decision-makers this week, it is interesting to take a look at this confirmation process faced by a President. In addition, to nominating and getting the Senate to confirm a whole new cabinet, the President will be asking the Senate to approve as many as 2,000 other […]

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