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September 28, 2016

Appeals Court Hears Challenge to Obama’s Climate Change Rules

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-09-28 06:46:59

The nation’s second-most powerful court grappled Tuesday with the intractable and potentially catastrophic problem of climate change, weighing whether constitutional questions surrounding President Obama’s climate change regulations should trump the moral obligations of upholding a plan to curb global warming. [ read more … ]

Invoking Scalia, judges question whether EPA bent the law

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-09-28 06:47:37

The late Justice Antonin Scalia loomed large today as the courtroom battle over the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan kicked off.Several conservative judges suggested that Congress — not U.S. EPA — should be tasked with making major environmental policy decisions. They cited one of Scalia’s last major environmental opinions as a possible frame for viewing this case, which may not bode well for the administration.
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Mass. poised to join Calif. among clean energy elite

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-09-28 06:48:37

Make room, California. Massachusetts is making a run for the top echelon of U.S. clean-energy states. In an unprecedented string of policy developments this summer, Massachusetts has embraced core elements of what experts describe as a transformational blueprint for how carbon-free electricity flows from power producers and utilities to consumers. At the same time, the state has backed technology that could sock away vast amounts of electricity to hedge against high prices and weather-related emergencies. [ read more … ]

Clean Line Meets Resistance from Arkansas Lawmakers

By Kyle Massey, Arkansas Business  •    •  Posted 2016-09-28 06:49:09

Who wouldn’t support a project that promises to bring cheap, clean power to 160,000 Arkansas homes along with hundreds of jobs and tens of millions of dollars for state landowners and schools? Well, every member of the Arkansas congressional delegation, for starters. [ read more … ]

Mobile solar device hailed as ‘potentially game-changing’

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-09-28 06:49:42

“We’ve transformed solar — much like the smartphone revolutionized the personal computer sector, combining numerous components into a single device that’s significantly less expensive, more powerful and easier to use than conventional systems,” said CEO Christopher Estes. [ read more … ]

Cedar Rapids Fends Off Flood Damage With Temporary Barriers

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-09-28 06:48:05

An elaborate system of temporary floodwalls is so far protecting thousands of homes and businesses in Cedar Rapids from major flooding. Iowa’s second-largest city says its hastily erected 9.8-mile system of Hesco barriers and earthen berms is largely holding back the rain-swollen Cedar River, which crested Tuesday at its second-highest level on record. [ read more … ]

Tom Vilsack’s lonely fight for a ‘forgotten’ rural America

By Greg Jaffe and Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2016-09-28 06:46:32

Late last year, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack strode into the Oval Office to tell President Obama that he wanted to resign. “Mr. President,” he said, “I think it’s time to go.” [ read more … ]

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