By Published On: April 11, 2017

The California Energy Commission April 7 launched the California Offshore Renewable Wind Energy Gateway, a website that provides geospatial information on ocean wind resources, ecological and natural resources, ocean commercial and recreational uses, and community values. The commission said it created the gateway to support the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s California Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force, a partnership of state, local, and tribal government as well as federal agency members, seeking to identify potential areas in federal waters that may be suitable to lease for offshore renewable energy development.

CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra requested the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide 32 categories of documents related to known conflicts of interest of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and any actions taken by EPA or Pruitt to comply with federal ethics laws. Administrator Pruitt, until Feb. 17, served as attorney and chief law enforcement officer for the Oklahoma in numerous lawsuits against EPA in which California is supporting EPA. He has taken legal and factual positions contrary to EPA on these matters in court filings, press statements, and congressional testimony. “The public has a right to know whether Administrator Pruitt and EPA are complying with federal ethics laws,” said Becerra. The move on April 7 comes as Pruitt and the Trump Administration are backtracking on Obama-era EPA policies to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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