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December 13, 2016

Trump Picks Rex Tillerson, Exxon C.E.O., as Secretary of State

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-12-13 06:43:56

President-elect Donald J. Trump settled Monday on Rex W. Tillerson, the chief executive of Exxon Mobil, to be his secretary of state, transition officials said. In naming him, the president-elect is dismissing bipartisan concerns that Mr. Tillerson, the globe-trotting leader of an energy giant, has a too-cozy relationship with Vladimir V. Putin, the president of Russia. [ read more … ]

1st US Offshore Wind Farm Opens Off Rhode Island’s Coast

By Frank Eltman, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-12-13 06:43:33

The nation’s first offshore wind farm has opened off the coast of Rhode Island, ushering in a new era in the U.S. for the industry. Deepwater Wind built five turbines 3 miles off Block Island to power about 17,000 homes, a project costing about $300 million. It announced Monday that the wind farm has begun producing energy for the grid. [ read more … ]

Bill Gates Leads New Fund as Fears of U.S. Retreat on Climate Grow

By HIROKO TABUCHI, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-12-13 06:44:24

President-elect Donald J. Trump has bred fears that the United States will take a back seat in global efforts to tackle climate change. Could a billion-dollar investment fund led by Bill Gates and his fellow technology titans fill the void? [ read more … ]

Trump says ‘nobody really knows’ if climate change is real

By Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2016-12-13 06:43:11

President-elect Donald Trump said Sunday that “nobody really knows” whether climate change is real and that he is “studying” whether the United States should withdraw from the global warming agreement struck in Paris a year ago. In an interview with “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace, Trump said he’s “very open-minded” on whether climate change is underway but has serious concerns about how President Obama’s efforts to cut carbon emissions have undercut America’s global competitiveness. [ read more … ]

Clean Energy ‘Moving Forward’ Despite Trump’s E.P.A. Pick, Experts Say

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-12-13 06:42:09

President-elect Donald J. Trump’s choice of a fossil-fuel advocate and climate-change denier to head the Environmental Protection Agency comes at a moment when the American energy market has already shifted away from the most polluting fossil fuels, driven more by investors and economics than by federal regulations. Those market forces could make Mr. Trump’s promise to create at least half a million energy jobs a year in the nation’s coal mines and oil shale fields all but impossible.
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Apple, Goldwind’s Unit Agree to Cooperate on Wind Power Projects

By Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2016-12-13 06:42:39

Apple Inc. agreed to cooperate with China’s biggest wind turbine maker Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co. on wind power projects. Goldwind’s wholly-owned wind-farm operating unit Beijing Tianrun New Energy Investment Co. will transfer a 30 percent stake each in four project companies to Apple, the turbine producer said in a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange on Wednesday. Financial details weren’t disclosed. [ read more … ]

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