Environmental Protection Agency acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler is expected to make key science-related decisions in the weeks to come, including nominations for advisory boards. Wheeler could also revisit former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's rule affecting the use of science when creating regulations.
A reformed North American Free Trade Agreement must retain provisions that protect US jobs and investments, such as the Investor State Dispute Settlement, writes Mario Lopez, president of the Hispanic Leadership Fund.
Chemical firms face a challenge in getting new employees up to speed on sensor technologies and liquid analysis, writes Jason Dalebroux of Emerson Automation Solutions. He offers seven steps for improving the learning process.
Restaurants are making daily efforts to reduce waste, such as composting, utilizing food scraps and eliminating single-use plastics. Chef Jehangir Mehta of New York City restaurant Graffiti has partnered with other restaurants in the area to pick up their scraps and imperfect food for use on his own menu.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern plans to eliminate single-use plastic bags, beginning with a public participation period that will allow citizens to share ideas and thoughts on the phase-out. "Every year in New Zealand we use hundreds of millions of single-use plastic bags -- a mountain of bags -- many of which end up polluting our precious coastal and marine environments and cause serious harm to all kinds of marine life," Ardern says.
Reports released this summer from both the Energy Information Administration and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission indicate the same thing: Renewables are outpacing fossil fuels and will continue to do so, Joshua Hill writes. Sun Day Campaign Executive Director Ken Bossong says, "Trying to reverse that situation with costly subsidies for environmentally-polluting nuclear power and coal defies common sense."
Front CEO Mathilde Collin schedules her entire week ahead of time, makes it publicly viewable and analyzes the results so she can make improvements. "You have to make sure you're not spending your entire week doing things, otherwise you never have freedom to think about spending time on the right things," she says.
US natural gas pipeline exports to Mexico hit a record 4.9 billion cubic feet per day in August, but delays in pipeline completions on Mexico's side of the border are limiting gas flows. To meet their needs, Mexican buyers are depending on more expensive US liquefied natural gas and are on pace to import 188.9 billion cubic feet of it this year, up from 140.3 billion cubic feet in 2017.
Fifty top US oil companies collectively spent $2 billion more than they generated in the second quarter, according to FactSet, but production forecasts were largely unchanged despite the increase in spending, a sign that US oil production growth may be slowing down. "Many companies have promised to live within cash flow and grow by 10% or 20%, and it's looking more and more like some are going to have to choose between the two," said Leigh Goehring, managing partner at investment firm Goehring & Rozencwajg.
ExxonMobil has committed to ship up to 450 million cubic feet of natural gas per day on the proposed joint Kinder Morgan-EagleClaw Permian Highway Pipeline. The $2 billion, 430-mile pipeline will have a capacity of 2 billion cubic feet per day and is expected to enter service in late 2020.