Energy + Environment

‘Simply unconscionable’: Advocates push Ameren to keep electric bills low during pandemic

BY: - September 8, 2021

Ameren Missouri should not increase its electrical rates for its customers as they struggle to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and economic fallout, a coalition of environmental, veterans and tenants advocates said Wednesday.  The St. Louis-based utility filed with regulators in March seeking a rate increase worth nearly $300 million per year to pay for […]

White House seeks at least $24 billion to aid states struck natural disasters

BY: - September 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House is urging Congress to approve at least $24 billion — and likely more — for disaster relief costs, saying that the aid should be included in a short-term spending bill expected this month. That tally includes $14 billion for recovery costs related to extreme weather events including hurricanes, floods and wildfires during […]

Spire’s St. Louis natural gas pipeline dealt another blow by federal court ruling

BY: - September 7, 2021

The Spire STL Pipeline is running out of options to continue operating its natural gas pipeline near St. Louis after a federal appeals court declined to reconsider a previous decision Tuesday.  Following the denial, the natural gas company argued it’s even more urgent that federal energy regulators grant it temporary approval to keep operating the […]

Missouri’s Cori Bush joins with fellow progressives to oppose Minnesota pipeline

BY: - September 7, 2021

Democratic U.S. Reps. Cori Bush, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib traveled to Minneapolis last week before embarking on a trip to northern Minnesota in opposition to Enbridge’s Line 3 oil pipeline. The four members of The Squad, as the group of progressive Democrats are known, called on President Joe Biden to revoke a […]

Judge tosses Missouri AG lawsuit targeting ‘social cost of carbon’ emissions

BY: - September 1, 2021

A federal judge found a group of Republican attorneys general lacked the standing to sue President Joe Biden’s administration for taking steps to consider the “social cost of carbon” in federal regulations. The suit, supported by officials in 13 states, was led by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who is running for the U.S. Senate […]

Kansas City suffers from severe urban heat. Research underway may help leaders address it

BY: - August 30, 2021

KANSAS CITY — The strain excessive heat was putting on the streets of Kansas City was obvious during a streak of days earlier this month when peak temperatures stayed above 90 degrees for days in a row. In and around downtown, volunteers with the Salvation Army handed out water bottles just after noon, hoping to […]

Biden administration to restart oil and gas leasing

BY: - August 25, 2021

The Interior Department will make significant steps toward restarting its leasing programs for onshore and offshore oil and gas development in the coming months, the Biden administration said in a court filing Tuesday. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management anticipates holding a sale for offshore leases in October or November, the administration said. The Bureau […]

Environmental justice advocates look to $3.5T federal spending bill for bold action

BY: - August 23, 2021

Congressional Democrats and the Biden administration want to use their massive $3.5 trillion spending plan to help communities that have been devastated by environmental pollution and degradation. For years, activists have been pushing for government recognition of what’s known as environmental justice, the broad movement to provide restitution to communities that have suffered disproportionate harm. […]

Ruling could come soon after final arguments in lawsuit challenging Missouri CAFO law

BY: - August 20, 2021

A lawsuit seeking to block a state law restricting local governments’ ability to rein in industrial hog farms has expanded to challenge a wide-ranging bill passed this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday, attorneys for Cooper County argued that House Bill 271, passed this year to restrict local government’s ability to issue […]

White House pledges to fight court order on oil and gas leases, but activists want more

BY: - August 18, 2021

The Biden administration plans to appeal a federal court decision forcing the government to restart oil and gas leases that have been paused since January. But administration officials are also promising to comply in a way that takes into account the damage caused by fossil fuel development. The two-part move worries progressive activists and members […]

Missouri, Kansas lost thousands of clean energy jobs last year, report says

BY: - August 17, 2021

After several years of continual gains, Kansas and Missouri lost more than 7,200 combined clean energy jobs last year — primarily because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  A report published last week by E2 and the Clean Energy Trust found that the Midwest, home to nearly one-quarter of the nation’s clean energy jobs, lost about 9% of […]

Cost of winter cold snap nears $1B for Kansans. Missouri tally remains unclear

BY: - August 15, 2021

KANSAS CITY — The total cost from a more than week-long cold snap that brought the Midwest power supply to the brink of collapse is nearly $1 billion — and growing. The greatest breakdown during the storm, which forced controlled electrical blackouts in Kansas and Missouri, industry groups have said, was natural gas, which was […]