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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 19, 2016

It could be the nation’s first carbon tax. And environmentalists are fighting over it

By Chelsea Harvey, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2016-10-19 06:51:09

A new initiative slated for the ballot in Washington state next month would create the first-ever carbon tax to be implemented in the United States. But while the initiative promises to fight climate change by making it more expensive to emit greenhouse gases, it’s caused an unexpected controversy among environmentalists. Despite the endorsement of dozens of climate scientists and economists, many environmental groups have refused to support it at all, citing concerns about the proposal’s revenue projections, its approach to the involvement of disadvantaged communities, and a lack of true investment in clean energy. [ read more … ]

Conservative desert town on the cusp of emerging solar trend

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-10-19 06:51:36

Kathy Reinhart bought a new home in north Los Angeles County last year, picking it for its single-story design, new construction upgrades, and extra bedrooms for visiting children and grandchildren. She also liked the shiny solar panels on the tiled roof of the beige and brown house. Reinhart, 61, didn’t realize at the time that the builder had been required to add solar, part of a city mandate for new homes. At the time the city of Lancaster passed the mandate, it was the first of its kind in the nation. It was also at the front of a trend. [ read more … ]

House Dems could revive climate panel, push renewables if they prevail

George Cahlink and Arianna Skibell, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-10-19 06:51:59

If House Democrats can complete a long-shot-but-not-out-of-reach takeover of the House in next month’s election, expanding environmental protections and increasing the use of renewables are expected to be centerpieces of their legislative agenda. “You can’t guarantee anything, but this is looking like it’s building up to be a wave election,” Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, told E&E News in a recent interview. [ read more … ]

For Clinton and Trump, There’s Little Debating a Climate Change Divide

By JOHN SCHWARTZ, New York Times   •    •  Posted 2016-10-19 06:52:52

The third presidential debate, scheduled for Wednesday, might seem like a rerun. Chris Wallace, the moderator and an anchor for Fox News, has chosen topics familiar from previous debates, including debt, immigration, foreign affairs, the economy and the Supreme Court. Notably missing is any mention of climate change, which was also almost ignored in the earlier debates. [ read more … ]

New admin should form office to coordinate strategy — report

Hannah Northey and Arianna Skibell, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-10-19 06:50:42

Former top administration officials from both Republican and Democratic presidents today called for the next White House to create a new federal body to coordinate the nation’s disparate energy policy. The Center for New American Security released a blueprint for the first 100 days of the next administration that includes the creation of a “mechanism” to convene various federal agencies handling all aspects of energy and environmental matters and develop policy for the next president.
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Wind could supply fifth of world electricity by 2030: group

By David Stanway, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-10-19 06:49:53

Wind power could supply as much as 20 percent of the world’s total electricity by 2030 due to dramatic cost reductions and pledges to curb climate change, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) said in a report released in Beijing on Tuesday. If last year’s Paris climate accord leads to a worldwide commitment to the decarbonization of the electricity sector, total wind power capacity could reach as much as 2,110 gigawatts (GW) by then, nearly five times its current level, the industry group said. [ read more … ]

DOE mounts defense of contentious loan program

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-10-19 06:50:22

The Department of Energy is pushing back against critics who say its loan program office spawned useless renewable spending and led to bankruptcy flops like Solyndra. In a new report, DOE notes its loan guarantee office supported the first five utility-scale solar projects in the United States larger than 100 megawatts. When Obama took office, there were no large-scale solar photovoltaics projects of that size in the United States. That initial financing “demonstrated the technology’s success” and fostered a private market, according to DOE. [ read more … ]

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