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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 22, 2016

With a Meeting, Trump Renewed a British Wind Farm Fight

By DANNY HAKIM, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-11-22 06:04:04

When President-elect Donald J. Trump met with the British politician Nigel Farage in recent days, he encouraged Mr. Farage and his entourage to oppose the kind of offshore wind farms that Mr. Trump believes will mar the pristine view from one of his two Scottish golf courses, according to one person present. The meeting, held shortly after the presidential election, raises new questions about Mr. Trump’s willingness to use the power of the presidency to advance his business interests. Mr. Trump has long opposed a wind farm planned near his course in Aberdeenshire, and he previously fought unsuccessfully all the way to Britain’s highest court to block it. [ read more … ]

Trump can’t halt wind, solar energy, environmentalists say

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2016-11-22 06:04:38

Trump has bashed wind energy on the campaign trail, raising concerns about its cost, and called global warming, a driving force to switch to energy generation that creates fewer greenhouse gases, a hoax perpetuated by China. That could spell trouble for Iowa, a wind energy leader that now gets more than one-third of its power from spinning blades. But alternative energy advocates say the state is now a poster child for clean energy’s economic and environmental benefits, especially in rural areas, where Trump’s core supporters live. [ read more … ]

‘Train’ has left station on clean energy, climate — McCarthy

Kevin Bogardus, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-11-22 06:05:06

She dismissed worries that much of EPA’s work under President Obama will be wiped clean from the history books by President-elect Donald Trump, noting the private sector had already begun moving to clean energy and a low-carbon economy long before EPA issued its controversial Clean Power Plan to reduce power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions. “The train to a global, clean energy future has already left the station,” McCarthy said. [ read more … ]

EPA Chief: Progress Under Obama Won’t Be Undone by Trump

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  •    •  Posted 2016-11-22 04:20:51

President-elect Donald Trump will not derail progress made in fighting climate change and creating clean-energy jobs, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency insisted on Monday in arguing “the inevitability of our clean energy future is bigger than any one person or nation.” EPA chief Gina McCarthy said the world is “in a spectacularly different place today than we were when President (Barack) Obama took office,” citing new environmental rules and actions to help create thousands of jobs in renewable energy such as wind and solar power. [ read more … ]

Senate weighs response to House offer

Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-11-22 06:05:44

Senate energy reform bill conferees are reviewing a Friday counteroffer from House negotiators, as efforts to break a decade long stalemate on major energy legislation come down to the wire. The House proposal “reflects policies that represent the current bipartisan consensus in the House,” said House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and House Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) in a joint statement Friday evening.
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Potential Interior, DOE picks prompt outcry

Robin Bravender and Hannah Northey, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-11-22 06:06:42

President-elect Donald Trump’s meetings yesterday with possible Interior and Energy secretary picks have already sparked a backlash from the left. Trump was scheduled to meet with Oklahoma Republican Gov. Mary Fallin and former Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who are rumored contenders to become Interior and Energy secretaries, respectively. Environmentalists were quick to paint the potential nominees as industry cronies who would seek to dismantle environmental regulations and push energy extraction on public lands. [ read more … ]

Trump’s energy team overhauled

Robin Bravender, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-11-22 06:07:04

The transition team announced yesterday that Thomas Pyle, president of the American Energy Alliance, will be taking over as head of the Energy Department transition operation. Doug Domenech, former Virginia secretary of natural resources and a George W. Bush administration Interior Department staffer, will lead Interior’s transition operation. The Trump team said Myron Ebell, a well-known climate skeptic and the head of the U.S. EPA transition operation, continues to lead that agency’s team. [ read more … ]

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