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March 6, 2017

Automakers Near a Victory on Rollback of Fuel Standards

By BILL VLASIC, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-03-06 04:42:36

“Auto manufacturers are attempting to backpedal on vital climate and consumer protections,” said Michael Brune, the executive director of the Sierra Club. “A new administration is no reason to go in reverse.” Automakers are also hopeful that the new E.P.A. administrator, Scott Pruitt, will begin legal action to revoke California’s ability to enforce its tailpipe standards. [ read more … ]

Trump to Undo Vehicle Rules That Curb Global Warming

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-03-06 04:43:01

The announcement — which is expected as soon as Tuesday and will be made jointly by the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Scott Pruitt, and the transportation secretary, Elaine L. Chao — will immediately start to undo one of former President Barack Obama’s most significant environmental legacies. The E.P.A. will also begin legal proceedings to revoke a waiver for California that was allowing the state to enforce the tougher tailpipe standards for its drivers. During the same week, and possibly on the same day, Mr. Trump is expected to direct Mr. Pruitt to begin the more lengthy and legally complex process of dismantling the Clean Power Plan, Mr. Obama’s rules to cut planet-warming pollution from coal-fired power plants. [ read more … ]

Jobs Take Center Stage of Climate-Change Debate in Trump Era

By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-03-06 04:43:23

As the Trump administration sets to work gutting environmental regulations, the best weapon for battling climate change in the U.S. may be jobs. Many Republicans, including the president, have been unmoved by environmental or scientific arguments that federal policies should support clean energy as a way to combat global warming. They may be swayed by the 360,000 jobs provided by wind and solar in the U.S. last year, business executives and environmentalists said Friday at a climate-change conference in Chicago. [ read more … ]

China Premier Pledges: ‘We Will Make Our Skies Blue Again’

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-03-06 04:43:45

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang pledged Sunday to make the country’s smoggy skies blue again and “work faster” to address pollution caused by the burning of coal for heat and electricity. His words to delegates at the opening of the annual National People’s Congress highlight how public discontent has made reducing smog, the most visible of China’s environment problems, a priority for the leadership. The 10-day event got underway under a sunny blue sky, thanks to heavy gusts from the north that cleared away the unhealthy gray from the day before. [ read more … ]

‘Green’ funds flush with new cash, challenges as Trump era dawns

By David Randall, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-03-06 04:44:05

Environmentally conscious investors are using their pocketbooks to protest President Donald Trump’s plans to slash environmental regulations, fueling a rally in funds that only invest in companies that meet progressive criteria for sustainability. From the start of November to the end of January, investors poured $1.8 billion into actively managed equities funds in the “socially responsible” category, according to Lipper data. In the same period, there was a net outflow of $133 billion from funds that do not have environmental or social mandates.
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Editorial: Preserve ND’s wind energy future

By Editorial Board, Jamestown Sun  •    •  Posted 2017-03-06 04:44:21

The North Dakota Legislature’s attempts to increase regulations of the wind energy industry seem heavy handed and contrary to what has been a successful energy policy for the state. Wind energy has been a component of North Dakota’s electric generation scene for a couple of decades. It contributes a renewable component to North Dakota’s energy market basket that helps position us as an exporter of electricity. Currently, North Dakota residents use about half the electricity generated in the state with the rest sent through the grid to other areas. [ read more … ]

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