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February 2, 2017

U.S. Senate Panel Suspends Rules, Backs Price, Mnuchin for Cabinet

By Susan Cornwell, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-02-02 06:31:07

Senate Democrats on Wednesday boycotted another committee vote on Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, who has expressed doubts about the science of climate change. That session ended without any committee action. Republicans accused the Democrats of deliberately stalling the functions of Trump’s new administration. “They (the Democrats) had tons of information (about Price and Mnuchin),” Hatch said. “It’s another way of roughing up the president and his choice of nominees.” [ read more … ]

Faced With U.S. Retreat on Climate Change, EU Looks to China

By Alissa de Carbonnel, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-02-02 06:31:38

Faced with a U.S. retreat from international efforts to tackle climate change, European Union officials are looking to China, fearing a leadership vacuum will embolden those within the bloc seeking to slow the fight against global warming. While U.S. President Donald Trump has yet to act on campaign pledges to pull out of the 2015 Paris accord to cut greenhouse gas emissions, his swift action in other areas has sparked sharp words from usually measured EU bureaucrats. [ read more … ]

U.S. Wind, Solar Power Tout Rural Jobs as Trump Pushes Coal

By Chris Martin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-02-02 06:31:59

The renewable-energy industry has a message for the Trump administration about bringing energy jobs to rural communities: get out of the coal mines and look to the sky. U.S. wind-farm developers and suppliers had more than 100,000 workers at the end of the year and the solar industry had more than double that, and they’re a significant source of employment in many of the rural red states that supported Donald Trump’s campaign. That compares to 65,971 coal mining jobs at the start of last year, according to the U.S. Energy Department. [ read more … ]

States Open Their Doors to Clean Energy

By Alli Gold Roberts, Triple Pundit  •    •  Posted 2017-02-02 06:32:27

As state legislatures kick off new legislative sessions around the country, clean-energy policies will likely remain on the agenda in a number of states. Unprecedented business support for climate action and clean energy investments will be a key factor for legislatures hoping to attract the attention of businesses interested in seizing fast-emerging clean energy opportunities. More than 720 companies and investors (and counting) are calling on President Trump to support the Paris Climate Agreement and state and federal low-carbon policies. [ read more … ]

New Mexico considers more aggressive renewable energy goals

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-02-02 06:32:45

The New Mexico Legislature will consider increasing by more than four-fold the amount of renewable energy from sources such as wind and solar that utilities would have to provide their customers by the year 2040. Two Democratic lawmakers introduced bills Wednesday that would gradually increase the share of renewable energy to 80 percent of power supplies by 2040, under the state’s investor-owned utilities. [ read more … ]

Questions about California’s clout stall plan for Western power grid

By EMMA PENROD, The Salt Lake Tribune  •    •  Posted 2017-02-02 06:33:09

Negotiations to create an 11-state regional electric grid that would include Utah have stagnated, with key players deadlocked over individual states’ authority. Utah’s largest utility company, Rocky Mountain Power, has put the proposal on hold while it waits to see how much authority California will retain over the grid’s operations, said Gary Hoogeveen, senior vice president. [ read more … ]

Canadian scientists offer support to muzzled US counterparts

By Ashifa Kassam, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2017-02-01 04:44:48

Canadian scientists – who were muzzled for nearly a decade by the country’s previous Conservative government – have been making contact with their counterparts in the US to offer their support and solidarity amid mounting fears that Donald Trump’s presidency will seek to suppress climate science. For nine years, scientists with Canada’s federal government grappled with what many described as an all out assault on science. [ read more … ]

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