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December 8, 2016

Renewable energy advocate Branstad tapped for China post

Hannah Hess, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-12-08 06:23:13

Branstad is serving as chairman of a bipartisan coalition of governors that supports federal policies to promote wind and solar energy. The 22-member coalition pushed last year for the extension of renewable energy production and investment tax credits, which were signed into law by President Obama as part of the omnibus appropriations deal. [ read more … ]

Terry Branstad, Iowa Governor, Is Trump’s Pick as China Ambassador

By BINYAMIN APPELBAUM, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-12-08 06:23:55

Terry Branstad, the Iowa governor who has long embraced Chinaas a market for his state’s pork and soybeans, was tapped Wednesday by President-elect Donald J. Trump to represent the United States in one of its most complex and increasingly contentious foreign relationships, as his ambassador to China. In choosing Mr. Branstad, 70, an amiable politician who likes to describe President Xi Jinping of China as an “old friend,” Mr. Trump sounded a softer note alongside his unrelenting criticism of China’s economic relationship with the United States. [ read more … ]

Trump Picks Scott Pruitt, Climate Change Denialist, to Lead E.P.A.

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-12-08 06:24:14

President-elect Donald J. Trump has selected Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general and a close ally of the fossil fuel industry, to run the Environmental Protection Agency, signaling Mr. Trump’s determination to dismantle President Obama’s efforts to counter climate change — and much of the E.P.A. itself. Mr. Pruitt, a Republican, has been a key architect of the legal battle against Mr. Obama’s climate change policies, actions that fit with the president-elect’s comments during the campaign. Mr. Trump has criticized the established science of human-caused global warming as a hoax, vowed to “cancel” the Paris accord committing nearly every nation to taking action to fight climate change, and attacked Mr. Obama’s signature global warming policy, the Clean Power Plan, as a “war on coal.”
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Maine Wind developer drops plan for 119-turbine wind farm

BY TUX TURKEL, Portland Press Herald  •    •  Posted 2016-12-08 06:25:16

A 119-turbine wind farm in Aroostook County that would have been the largest in Maine and one of the largest ever planned for New England has withdrawn its application, citing interconnection problems. EDP Renewables has told the Department of Environmental Protection that it’s not going forward for now with the Number Nine Wind Farm. [ read more … ]

Energy reform push runs out of time — House GOP

Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-12-08 06:24:59

Efforts to enact a package of energy and natural resource provisions are out of time, a spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said this afternoon. “The conferees were not able to come to agreement on various outstanding issues in time for the House to consider a conference report,” Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in an email. [ read more … ]

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