Overnight Energy: Obama defends Paris deal as Trump reality sets in

Overnight Energy: Obama defends Paris deal as Trump reality sets in
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TRUMP LOOMS OVER ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT WORLD: Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy MORE's presidency-in-waiting is, naturally, dominating the discussion of energy and environmental policy in the United States -- and around the world.

Six days after his election to the presidency, Trump hasn't outlined any more extensive details on his energy and environmental policy than what he laid out in his campaign.


But his campaign promises, paired with the leaders in his transition team, are stoking fear among environmentalists and climate diplomats, and excitement in the GOP and energy industry.

Here is some of the fallout from Monday over Trump's potential policy moves:

OBAMA TO TRUMP: DON'T EXIT PARIS: President Obama tried laying out the reasons why Trump shouldn't fulfill his campaign pledge to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement.

At a Monday news conference, Obama said the pact "made our economy more efficient, it's helped the bottom line of folks and it's cleaned up the environment."

He continued, saying that the accord "says to China and India and other counties that are potentially polluting: come on board. Let's work together so you guys can do the same thing."

Obama put the Paris pact on par with the Iran nuclear agreement, saying they're both international agreements that could likely prove more difficult to cancel than to just stay the course.

Trump, who believes climate change is a hoax, wants to "cancel" the Paris agreement, and his advisers are reportedly exploring ways to do so quickly, faster than the four-year period dictated by the agreement itself.

Read more here.

ENERGY SECRETARY SHORTLIST: Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) is on Trump's shortlist for secretary of Energy, along with oil mogul Harold Hamm and venture capitalist Robert Grady, according to the Associated Press.

Hamm, head of Continental Resources, was an early proponent of fracking, while Grady worked for President George H.W. Bush.

Cramer was an early endorser of Trump's, so his consideration fits with Trump's pattern of rewarding his early allies.

Cramer told reporters on Capitol Hill Monday that he would defer to Hamm, and the oil mogul should get first pick.

"I'd feel like I won the lottery," Cramer said of Hamm, a close friend, being named to lead the Department of Energy.

But if Cramer got the offer? "I wouldn't accept it out of hand and I wouldn't reject it out of hand," the lawmaker said.

Read more here.

CLIMATE ENVOY HOPEFUL ON TRUMP: Jonathan Pershing, Obama's climate change diplomat, said Monday that he doesn't really know what Trump will do about the Paris agreement, but he's optimistic.

"I cannot speak for the president-elect's team or to their outlook on international climate policy," Pershing said at a news conference in Marrakech, Morocco, when asked what the international community should expect from Trump on climate.

"We are not yet in touch with the transition team. As I noted, they have not yet been named for our agency. We're waiting to talk with them. I anticipate that will happen soon after I return to Washington," he continued.

Pershing is in Marrakech for the two-week annual climate change conference for the United Nations.

"The new administration may look at the commitment globally, at the interest globally in the issue, and decide how it can move forward in ways that are consistent with its own policies," he said. "We'll have to wait and see."

Read more here.

EU COULD ADD U.S. TARIFF: French presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy said that if Trump pulls out of the Paris pact, he'll seek a European Union tax on United States imports.

The tax would be on the carbon dioxide used to create the goods, in an attempt to punish Trump for not taking action on climate change.

"Donald Trump has said -- we'll see if he keeps this promise -- that he won't respect the conclusions of the Paris climate agreement," Sarkozy said late Sunday, according to Agence France-Presse.

"Well, I will demand that Europe put in place a carbon tax at its border, a tax of 1 to 3 percent, for all products coming from the United States, if the United States doesn't apply environmental rules that we are imposing on our companies," he added.

Sarkozy was France's president from 2007 to 2012, and is seeking his party's nomination to run again next year.

Read more here.

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FEDS DELAY DAKOTA ACCESS AGAIN: The Army Corps of Engineers will not issue the easement necessary for construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) until it has discussed the project further with the North Dakota tribe suing against it.

The Corps on Monday said it has completed its two-month review of the permitting decisions that went into the Dakota Access Pipeline.

That review approved of the permitting process, with the Corps saying in a letter to Dakota Access developers and tribal opponents that its "previous decision comported with legal requirements."

But the agency said it would not issue the easement necessary for construction near the Missouri River's Lake Oahe until it has had a chance to discuss the pipeline with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

"We take seriously our government-to-government relationship with the tribe," Assistant Secretary for the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy wrote in the letter.

"This history, the importance of Lake Oahe to the tribe and our government-to-government relationship call for caution, respect and particular care regarding the proposed DAPL crossing at Lake Oahe."

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has warned that the pipeline threatens its drinking water and cultural heritage sites in North Dakota. The tribe, and a host of demonstrators opposed to fossil fuel projects, have protested against the project extensively in Washington and North Dakota.

The tribe and the pipeline's developers did not immediately have comments on the decision on Monday.

Read more here.

ON  TAP TUESDAY I: The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a markup on four bills in its jurisdiction.

ON TAP TUESDAY II: The House Natural Resources Committee's subcommittee on energy and mineral resources will hold a hearing on two bills.

Rest of Tuesday's agenda ...

The House Natural Resources subcommittee on federal lands will hold a hearing on a bill to create a conservation and recreation area in Utah.

The National Press Club will host a forum on carbon capture technology.


An anti-Dakota Access protest in Bismarck led to a brief lockdown of the North Dakota state Capitol on Monday, the Bismarck Tribune reports.

Pennsylvania has far more abandoned oil and natural gas wells than previously estimated, StateImpact Pennsylvania reports.

A new report says there's hope for restoring the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in California to some semblance of its former glory, the Stockton Record reports.


Check out stories from Monday and the weekend ...

- Feds call for further discussion before Dakota pipeline can move forward

- Reid: Reviving Nevada nuclear waste proposal 'doomed to failure'

- Obama: Trump should not end Paris climate agreement

- Sarkozy warns Trump against leaving climate pact

- Oil exec, lawmaker on shortlist for Trump Energy chief: report

- Climate envoy strikes hopeful tone on Trump

- UN agency: 2016 'very likely' to be hottest year on record

- Trump considering ways to quickly exit Paris agreement: report

- 14 Obama regs Trump could undo 

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