Climate change missing from Trump’s G-7 syllabus

Source: By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner • Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2019

OK, then.

“Climate change will not be on the agenda,” White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Thursday of the Group of Seven meeting hosted by Trump at his Doral resort next summer.

This is not surprising given Trump’s seeming annoyance at climate change dominating previous G-7 meetings (he ditched a meeting on climate change at the group’s meeting this year in France).

But the fact the administration felt the need to try and outlaw discussions on climate change months in advance is a bit striking, given the meeting will occur in Miami, one of the cities most exposed to climate change and sea level rise, where state and city leaders are already taking steps to manage “sunny-day flooding,” as the Washington Post points out.

PUT THE BRAKES ON ELECTRIC VEHICLE TAX CREDIT, BARRASSO SAYS: Federal incentives for electric vehicles are being mismanaged and costing the American taxpayer way too much money, Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming wrote Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a letter Thursday.

Barrasso, a member of leadership and the top Republican on the environment committee, has been leading oil state senators in the fight to kill EV tax credit. In his letter, he pointed to a recent watchdog report finding the Internal Revenue Service has allowed as much as $81.7 million in credits to be claimed on ineligible vehicles.

But some of his Republican colleagues — Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Susan Collinsof Maine — are working to extend the credit with Democrats. Even with federal and some state-level incentives, EV sales are still less than 2% nationally.

Automakers like Tesla and General Motors, along with electric utilities and clean energy advocates, have been lobbying Congress to expand the credit. Currently, the $7,500 credit begins to phase out once automakers hit 200,000 cumulative EV sales. Both Tesla and General Motors have already hit that limit.