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December 15, 2016

West Coast states to fight climate change even if Trump does not

By Sharon Bernstein, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-12-15 06:24:46

The governors of the three U.S. West Coast states on Tuesday vowed to step up their efforts to fight climate change in the face of the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump, who has dismissed global warming as a hoax. Democratic governors Jerry Brown of California, Jay Inslee of Washington and Katherine Brown of Oregon made stark warnings that climate change was already harming the Pacific Ocean along which their states lie. [ read more … ]

From Trump and His New Team, Mixed Signals on Climate Change

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-12-15 06:25:19

He brushed off it off as a Chinese hoax, then called it the real deal and finally declared that “nobody really knows.” When it comes to climate change, Donald Trump is sending mixed signals on whether or how he will try to slow Earth’s warming temperatures and rising sea levels. Since he was elected, Trump has met with prominent climate activists Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio. He’s suggested his daughter Ivanka, a close adviser, has a particular interest in the issue and could be his envoy. But he has also tapped oil industry champions for his Cabinet, men who say they’re determined to reverse President Barack Obama’s efforts to rein in emissions. [ read more … ]

U.S. Oil Industry Cheers Trump Energy Pick, Seeks Gas Export Boost

By Susan Heavey and Steve Holland, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-12-15 06:25:44

The U.S. oil and gas industry on Wednesday welcomed President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of former Texas Governor Rick Perry to head the U.S. Department of Energy, and wasted no time making its first specific request of him: to support increased exports of America’s natural gas overseas. Trump named Perry as his pick for the top U.S. energy job on Wednesday morning, handing the portfolio to a climate change skeptic with close ties to the oil and gas industry, and who previously proposed abolishing the department. [ read more … ]

Solar installations reach record high in the third quarter

By Ivan Penn, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2016-12-15 06:23:49

Solar energy continued its bullish growth across the United States in the three months ended Sept. 30 with a record number of installations for a single quarter. California, by far the nation’s leader in use of solar, led the expansion and became the first state to install 1 gigawatt of solar power in a single quarter, according to the Solar Energy Industries Assn. [ read more … ]

EPA Backs Off Finding That Fracking Is Safe for Water

By Jacqueline Toth , OPIS  •    •  Posted 2016-12-15 06:24:06

The EPA said Tuesday it’s less certain than it was 18 months ago that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, does not harm drinking water supplies. In June 2015, the agency issued a draft assessment of the oil and gas drilling process’ effects on nearby drinking water supplies that found “no widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources.” But the final report, issued Tuesday, does not include that finding. [ read more … ]

Utah regulators put Rocky Mountain Power net metering proposal on hold

By Krysti Shallenberger, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2016-12-15 06:23:28

RMP is returning to the drawing board for its net metering proposal in a move clean energy advocates applauded. Advocates earlier protested the proposal with additional fees and demand charges, both moves that have proved unpopular when utilities have tried them in other states. RMP however, had defended its proposal, saying last month that the average Utah solar customer underpays her actual cost-of service by $400 annually.
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