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March 22, 2017

Trump Lays Plans to Reverse Obama’s Climate Change Legacy

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-03-22 07:04:00

In an announcement that could come as soon as Thursday or as late as next month, according to people familiar with the White House’s planning, Mr. Trump will order Mr. Pruitt to withdraw and rewrite a set of Obama-era regulations known as the Clean Power Plan, according to a draft document obtained by The New York Times. The Obama rule was devised to shut down hundreds of heavily polluting coal-fired power plants and freeze construction of new coal plants, while replacing them with vast wind and solar farms. The draft also lays out options for legally blocking or weakening about a half-dozen additional Obama-era executive orders and policies on climate change. [ read more … ]

Trump Says Regulations Impede. Perhaps Not in the Electric Car Business

By FARHAD MANJOO, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-03-22 07:05:08

Last week was the auto industry’s turn. In a speech in Ypsilanti, Mich., Mr. Trump said he would alter rules imposed by the Obama administration to raise vehicles’ fuel standards, which are aimed at curbing greenhouse gases. The rules, Mr. Trump said, are killing jobs. Getting rid of them would prompt a resurgence in the auto industry that would make America “the car capital of the world again,” he said. That’s one possibility. We also have to consider another scenario: Loosening the fuel-economy rules could remove a primary incentive for big carmakers to catch up with innovative upstarts like Tesla and leave the American car industry out of step with a future ruled by electric motors rather than the internal combustion engine. [ read more … ]

BMW bets on SUVs to lift profit, pay for electric car shift

By Edward Taylor, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-03-22 07:05:27

German carmaker BMW plans to increase output of profitable sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) to boost earnings this year and help fund the rollout of a mass production system for electric cars, it said on Tuesday. BMW Group and rival Mercedes have both forecast that demand for electric and hybrid cars will rise to 15-25 percent of sales by 2025, forcing them to overhaul their production lines and vehicle platforms to accommodate mass production techniques. [ read more … ]

Cuomo rolls out electric car incentives

Saqib Rahim, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-03-22 07:05:46

“With the auto industry’s push to roll back regulations, the U.S. is entering crisis-mode for people’s lungs and pocketbooks,” Conor Bambrick, air and energy director at Environmental Advocates of New York, said in a statement. “This rebate program is the first of many steps the State must take, and it demonstrates that New York has the ability and willingness to break from the status quo despite President Trump’s fossil-fuel agenda.” [ read more … ]

Minnesota Governor vetoes GOP solar fees legislation

Daniel Cusick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-03-22 07:06:52

Gov. Mark Dayton (D) vetoed the first in what are expected to be a series of legislative reforms of the state’s energy policies, giving a win to renewables advocates who said the Republican-backed measure would discourage solar adoption by rural Minnesotans. The bill, which passed the Minnesota Legislature last week on a 39-26 Senate vote, would have stripped the state Public Utilities Commission from its role as an arbitrator of disputes brought by customers of electric cooperatives and municipal utilities over grid-connection fees imposed on solar users. Instead, such disputes would have gone to a third-party mediator for resolution. [ read more … ]

Republican green groups seek to temper Trump on climate change

By Emily Flitter, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-03-22 07:03:34

President Donald Trump’s outspoken doubts about climate change and his administration’s efforts to roll back regulation to combat it have stirred a sleepy faction in U.S. politics: the Republican environmental movement. The various groups represent conservatives, Catholics and the younger generation of Republicans who, unlike Trump, not only recognize the science of climate change but want to see their party wrest the initiative from Democrats and lead efforts to combat global warming.
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Op-Ed: Wind energy is far too important to let it stall

BY DAVID HOCHSCHILD AND NANCY RADER, Sacramento Bee  •    •  Posted 2017-03-22 07:03:12

As wind energy achieves a historic milestone – surpassing the total capacity of hydropower dams to become the nation’s largest renewable energy resource – many of California’s pioneer wind projects are in danger of shutting down. Instead, California should promote the revival of these projects with state-of-the-art technology. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy Is a Jobs and Economic Engine

By Kelley Welf and Isak Kvam, Morning Consult  •    •  Posted 2017-03-22 07:06:39

The wind industry is an economic engine. In 2016, wind power installations represented more than $14 billion in new investment. That’s greater than the annual revenue of the National Football League. Wind power currently generates 5.5 percent of the nation’s electricity with 82,183 megawatts of installed capacity generating clean, low-cost energy. It is now the largest source of renewable electric capacity in the U.S., eclipsing hydropower, and its growth spurt is expected to continue. The new report by Navigant finds that wind could grow by 8-10 gigawatts per year through 2020, resulting in 35 GW of new U.S. wind installations by 2020. This means more jobs and economic development will follow. [ read more … ]

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