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NATSO Asks Administration to Avoid Tolling to Fund Infrastructure

“We encourage the Administration to refrain from widespread tolling of America’s infrastructure and rather to seek sustainable solutions to funding infrastructure that don’t harm American businesses and highway users,” NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings said in a statement following President Trump’s remarks at the Department of Transportation announcing a new infrastructure council. “The truckstop and travel plaza industry is encouraged by ...

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EIA: Earthquake Trends in Some States Likely Related to Wastewater Injection

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the number of earthquakes east of the Rocky Mountains has increased dramatically since 2009, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports. More earthquakes in these areas have coincided with the increase in oil and natural gas production from shale formations. Seismic events caused by human activity—also known as induced seismicity—are most often caused by ...

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HVAC Company Promotes ‘National HVAC Tech Day’

American Residential Services (ARS), Memphis, Tenn., a privately-held national provider of air conditioning, heating and plumbing services, is promoting National HVAC Tech Day: Thursday, June 22. National HVAC Tech Day was pioneered by ARS as an official declaration to show appreciation to their hardworking HVAC technicians, the company says. The date chosen is significant as it marks the official first ...

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Proposed Rule on Minimum Motor Carrier Liability Insurance to be Withdrawn

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will withdraw a rulemaking designed to explore the pros and cons of increasing liability insurance minimums for motor carriers, news outlets and trade groups report. The agency is withdrawing the rule because of a lack of data from insurance providers and carriers, according to the reports. John V. Kulik, executive vice president of ...

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ASHRAE Responds to U.S. Paris Accord Announcement

The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) issued a statement on June 2 saying the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement “does not change or alter ASHRAE’s commitment to accelerate the transformation to a more sustainable global built environment.” Tim Wentz, president of the Society, said, “Our mission will not waiver ...

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Trump Announces Withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord

“In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord,” President Donald J. Trump announced in the White House Rose Garden. The U.S. will begin negotiations to reenter either the Paris Accord or an entirely new transaction “on terms that are fair to the United States, its ...

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U.S. House Passes GOP Healthcare; a Spending Bill Keeps Funding for LIHEAP

  The U.S. House of Representatives on May 4 passed a bill to repeal and replace some provisions of the 2010 healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.” The Republicans’ replacement, the “American Health Care Act” now heads to the Senate, “where it faces a slim two-seat Republican majority and lots of political uncertainty,” reported the New ...

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Paraco Gas Acquires Island Propane

Paraco Gas Corp., Rye Brook, N.Y., announced that it acquired Island Propane, based in Ronkonkoma, N.Y. The acquisition adds Island Propane’s nearly 5,800 customers and 2.2 million gallons in the Long Island counties of Nassau and Suffolk counties to Paraco Gas, the company said in a May 1 announcement. The amount of the transaction was not disclosed. Paraco is committed to expanding its footprint in ...

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NYSEC Opposes Elimination of LIHEAP

  After President Trump submitted his first official budget request to Congress, titled, “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” the New York State Energy Coalition, which includes the New York Oil Heating Association and the Oil Heat Association of Long Island, issued this statement: “The so-called “skinny budget” is barely 53-pages long and proposes a $54 ...

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NEFI Joins National Coalition to Save LIHEAP

The New England Fuel Institute (NEFI) joined a new national coalition whose goal is to preserve and protect the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The Save LIHEAP Coalition was created in response to President Trump’s proposal that the program be eliminated to help pay for requested increases in national security spending, notes the April 3 issue of ...

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