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March 15, 2016

Flint wrangling continues as Senate moves on to GMOs

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-15 07:01:03

Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) said the GMO legislation would likely take up much of the week. That would likely delay any action on the energy bill, S. 2012, and the Flint package until after next week’s recess. [ read more … ]

34% of Americans link winter warmth to climate change — poll

Amanda Reilly, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-15 06:32:11

A majority of Americans think this past winter was warmer than usual, and more people are attributing the atypical temperatures to climate change, according to a new poll. The Gallup Poll found 63 percent of Americans thought their local winter was warmer than usual and 34 percent attributed that warmth to climate change.
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Up to 13M Americans at risk from sea-level rise — study

Amanda Reilly, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-15 06:32:46

As many as 13 million people in the continental United States may be at risk from flooding due to sea-level rise by the year 2100, according to a study out today. Thirty-one counties could each see more than 100,000 people affected by 6 feet of sea-level rise, the study led by the University of Georgia found. The southeastern United States is likely to be hardest hit, representing 70 percent of the U.S. population that’s at risk, according to the data.
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Comment: A clean energy future blowing in the wind

By Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), South Coast Today  •    •  Posted 2016-03-15 06:41:18

For too long, our energy policies have benefitted the entrenched interests of big oil, gas and coal companies over clean energy industries like wind and solar. The tax subsidies for these fossil fuel industries are permanent pieces of the tax code that never expire. Meanwhile, the government spending bill that became law last December will begin phasing down the tax credits for wind power in 10 months. By the end of 2019 they will be completely gone. And the tax credits for solar will phase out by the end of 2021. [ read more … ]

United Wind introduces third-party leasing to Kansas wind energy market

By Morgan Chilson, Topeka Capital-Journal  •    •  Posted 2016-03-15 06:33:15

A New York startup is pushing into the distributed wind energy market in Kansas and other Midwestern states, backed by significant international dollars and the opportunity for landowners to use third-party financing to tap into wind energy. United Wind’s WindLease program, which has just been launched in Kansas by a company consultant located in Topeka, eliminates the substantial initial investment farmers and property owners would have to make to purchase a wind turbine, said CEO and co-founder Russell Tencer. [ read more … ]

Legal principle under fire on Capitol Hill

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-15 06:33:38

Congressional Republicans and legal scholars will take aim this week at the wiggle room federal judges generally give agencies during disputes about administration actions. Republican lawmakers in both chambers have scheduled hearings this week on the so-called Chevron doctrine, referring to an opinion holding that if Congress has been silent or ambiguous about how to tackle an issue, the courts should defer to an agency’s reasonable interpretation of the law.
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