Pa. regulators advance plan to join RGGI

Source: By Arianna Skibell, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

Pennsylvania regulators yesterday approved plans to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a carbon cap-and-trade pact among Northeastern states, despite the Republican-controlled Legislature’s attempts to thwart the move. The Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board (EQB), controlled by appointees of Gov. Tom Wolf (D), voted 13-6 to approve a draft rule that would limit carbon emissions from power plants. The proposal now moves to the state Office of the Attorney General for review and is open for public comment until Nov. 30.

6 energy battles to watch this fall

Source: By Niina H. Farah, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

Federal judges across the country are poised to take on a slew of cases with important implications for pipelines, power plants, and oil and gas leasing — just as the country prepares for the possibility of a new president with a markedly different energy agenda. Blue-state leaders and conservation groups say they are watching to see if the judiciary will help lay the groundwork for that potential policy shift.

On the West Coast, leaders plead for ‘all the help we can get.’

Source: By Peter Baker, Lisa Friedman, and Alan Yuhas, New York Times • Posted: Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

The wildfires raging on the West Coast became an all but inescapable crisis around the country on Tuesday, with at least 27 people dead in three states, fires and evacuations starting in Idaho, milky smoke clouding the skies over Michigan and haze reaching as far as New York City. In the states where the fires are burning worst — with more than five million acres charred so far in Oregon, California and Washington State — the authorities were trying to adapt to a disaster with no clear end in sight, under conditions deeply exacerbated by climate change.

Climate Cases Put Big Oil’s Behemoth Trade Group in Bull’s-Eye

Source: By Bloomberg Law • Posted: Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

State and local governments taking Big Oil to court over climate change have a new target: the American Petroleum Institute—an approach that could pay off for plaintiffs and create headaches for the industry’s biggest trade group, lawyers say. Recent lawsuits from Delaware, Minnesota, and Hoboken, N.J., name API as a defendant, saying the group should be on the hook alongside oil companies for allegedly misleading the public about fossil fuels’ climate impacts.

We didn’t start the fire

Source: BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico • Posted: Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

Wade Crowfoot, the head of the California’s Natural Resources Agency, challenged the president on his climate change views. “I think we want to work with you to really recognize the changing climate and what it means for our forests and actually work together with that science,” Crowfoot told the president, but he also argued that it would be misguided to “sort of put our heads in the sand and think it’s all about vegetation management.”

End of combustion engine moves closer with E.U. climate plan

Source: By Ewa Krukowska, Bloomberg • Posted: Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

The European Union’s executive will unveil an ambitious emissions-cut plan this week that’ll leave no sector of the economy untouched, forcing wholesale lifestyle changes and stricter standards for industries. Under a new climate target for 2030, European automakers would need to embrace tougher pollution standards, with new rules that could retire combustion engines to science museums. Energy will grow increasingly cleaner, with an additional €350 billion ($415 billion) per year required for investment in production and infrastructure. And to help cut greenhouse gases in agriculture, Europeans would be encouraged to eat less meat.

Biden’s wildfire attacks signal new era of climate politics

Source: By Adam Aton, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

Joe Biden stepped into the future of climate politics. The Democratic presidential nominee used a series of ongoing national disasters — worsened by climate change — to attack President Trump and tout his own energy agenda. Wildfires were still burning and storms were still raging when Biden delivered his climate remarks.

Trump on climate: ‘I don’t think science knows actually’

Source: By Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

President Trump doubled down on his denial of climate change yesterday by saying that scientists are wrong and claiming that the world will “start getting cooler.” The remarks, delivered during a brief visit to California to discuss the state’s historic wildfires, run counter to mountains of research on global warming — including reports issued by his own administration

Nikola issues fuller denial of distortion claims

Source: By Ed Ludlow, Bloomberg • Posted: Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

Nikola Corp. made a fuller-throated denial of a report last week that claimed the electric-truck maker had deceived investors, accusing a short seller of mischaracterizations and distortions. Hindenburg Research, the short seller whose report sent Nikola shares tumbling last week, made false and misleading statements that were designed to manipulate the market, Nikola said early yesterday. The Phoenix-based company’s shares reversed a decline of as much as 16% in premarket trading, rising 6.9% to $34.35 as of 11:30 a.m. in New York.

BP, Google shun fossil fuels. Will governments follow?

Source: By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

One of the world’s largest fossil fuel companies said yesterday it expects global oil demand will wane and consumption of electricity will soar in the coming years if governments move to tackle climate change. A few hours later, one of the world’s largest technology companies appeared to confirm that prediction, saying it intends to power all its operations with carbon-free sources by 2030.