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January 23, 2017

With Trump in Charge, Climate Change References Purged From Website

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-01-21 07:57:24

Within moments of the inauguration of President Trump, the official White House website on Friday deleted nearly all mentions of climate change. The one exception: Mr. Trump’s vow to eliminate the Obama administration’s climate change policies, which previously had a prominent and detailed web page on [ read more … ]

Trump’s Victory Creates Uncertainty for Wind and Solar Power

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ AND GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-01-23 04:30:34

President Donald Trump has disputed climate change, pledged a revival of coal and disparaged wind power, and his nominee to head the Energy Department was once highly skeptical of the agency’s value. What this means for states’ efforts to promote renewable energy is an open question. States that are pushing for greater reliance on wind and solar power are not quite sure what to expect as Trump takes over. Many of them depend heavily on federal renewable-energy tax credits, grants and research, much of which comes from the Energy Department.Renewable energy accounts for about 15 percent of the electricity generated in the United States. And 29 states have set targets for boosting their reliance on such power. [ read more … ]

As U.S. Cedes Leadership on Climate, Others Step Up at Davos

By HIROKO TABUCHI, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-01-23 04:30:58

Under the Obama administration, the United States took on a climate leadership role. But President Trump has threatened to quit the Paris climate deal, and within minutes of his taking office on Friday, the White House website removed a discussion of the threat of climate change and replaced it with a commitment to eliminate cornerstone environmental policies. If the United States is willing to cede its role, however, there are plenty of countries happy to step up. Over four days of intense politicking and parleying at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the annual gathering in the Swiss Alps where global policy and business leaders debate the world’s challenges, the sizable Chinese delegation seemed to preach climate action every chance it got. [ read more … ]

As Trump enters White House, California renews climate change fight

By Rory Carroll, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-01-23 04:33:21

California released new measures to fight climate change within minutes of Donald Trump being sworn in as U.S. president on Friday, signaling the state’s commitment to be the nation’s environmental steward under an administration that has questioned the reality of global warming. California officials said it was a coincidence that the plan was released 37 minutes after the inauguration. The state outlined how it would achieve its goal of cutting output of heat-trapping greenhouse gases 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. [ read more … ]

Rural economy survey shows growth in Nebraska, Iowa, but overall decline in Midwest

By Steve Jordon, Omaha World Herald  •    •  Posted 2017-01-23 04:32:36

Demand and production of ethanol and biodiesel have helped Nebraska and Iowa, and investments in wind energy projects in Iowa have helped, too, Goss said. South Dakota’s banking industry, which employs people in both rural and urban communities, has been helped by a general upturn in financial services. [ read more … ]

Off Long Island, Wind Power Tests the Waters

By DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-01-23 04:31:18

Only a few years ago, the long-held dream of harnessing the strong, steady gusts off the Atlantic coast to make electricity seemed destined to remain just that. Proposals for offshore wind farms foundered on the shoals of high costs, regulatory hurdles and the fierce opposition of those who didn’t want giant industrial machinery puncturing the pristine ocean views. Now the industry is poised to take off, just as the American political landscape and energy policy itself face perhaps the greatest uncertainty in a generation. [ read more … ]

What will Trump mean for green energy in RI?

By Diana Pinzon and Brian Yocono, WPRI  •    •  Posted 2017-01-23 04:31:52

A North Kingstown business owner is confident that Rhode Island’s renewable energy industry will continue to thrive, despite President-elect Trump’s pledge to focus on fossil fuels over the next four years. Doug Sabetti’s business – Newport Solar – has expanded so much since it was founded in 2009 that he had to move from his home office in Newport to a much larger warehouse in North Kingstown. [ read more … ]

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