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March 28, 2017

Trump takes aim at Obama’s efforts to curb global warming

BY MATTHEW DALY AND JILL COLVIN, ASSOCIATED PRESS  •    •  Posted 2017-03-28 06:49:42

While Republicans have blamed Obama-era environmental regulations for the loss of coal jobs, federal data shows that U.S. mines have been shedding jobs for decades under presidents from both parties as a result of increasing automation and competition from cheaper natural gas. Another factor is the plummeting cost of solar panels and wind turbines, which now can produce emissions-free electricity cheaper than burning coal. According to an Energy Department analysis released in January, coal mining now accounts for fewer than 70,000 U.S. jobs. By contrast, renewable energy – including wind, solar and biofuels – now accounts for more than 650,000 U.S. jobs. [ read more … ]

Trump to Issue Far-Reaching Reversal of Obama Climate Push

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-03-28 06:50:06

President Donald Trump is set to sign a sweeping executive order on Tuesday aimed at promoting domestic oil, coal and natural gas by reversing much of his predecessor’s efforts to address climate change — prompting warnings the action will undermine U.S. leadership on the issue. The document lays out a broad blueprint for the Trump administration to dismantle the architecture that former President Barack Obama built to combat the phenomenon, according to details shared with Bloomberg News. Some of the changes would happen immediately, while others would take years to complete [ read more … ]

What to Know About Trump’s Order to Dismantle the Clean Power Plan

By TATIANA SCHLOSSBERG, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-03-28 06:50:54

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order today that calls on Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, to take steps to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, a set of rules regulating energy plants powered by fossil fuels.
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Was the climate rule really bad for the economy?

Emily Holden, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-03-28 06:51:13

As President Trump today pulls the first strings in unraveling President Obama’s signature climate change regulation, he will claim he’s saving Americans from skyrocketing electricity bills and putting coal miners back to work. In truth, that’s hard to show. Experts say it’s difficult to get more than a rough estimate of how the Clean Power Plan would influence power costs, since natural gas and renewable energy prices play a role, as do state choices about trading systems. [ read more … ]

Branstad backs Iowa wind energy, defends Trump on coal

By Kathie Obradovich, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2017-03-28 06:51:32

As the nation waits for President Donald Trump to dismantle clean-power regulations, Gov. Terry Branstad chose to start his week by highlighting the importance to Iowa of wind energy. “Perhaps the most important impact wind has had on our state are the high-quality, good-paying jobs that are helping grow family incomes across this state. But wind has also helped us reduce our dependency on coal and other non-renewable resources,” Branstad said Monday during his weekly news conference. [ read more … ]

Hundreds of Clean Energy Bills Have Been Introduced in States Nationwide This Year

BY ZAHRA HIRJI, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted 2017-03-28 06:52:37

State politicians have introduced measures to dramatically expand renewable electric power in nearly a dozen states in the first three months of 2017, some as ambitious as aiming to run entirely on renewables within a few decades; some would launch smaller-scale community solar ventures, like a pilot in Virginia; others would add tax breaks for solar users in South Carolina and Florida. But other state legislatures are resisting the advance of clean power as it begins to transform the energy landscape. Less a new assault inspired by the Republican-led backlash against green energy under way in Washington, D.C., it’s the continuation of campaigns by conservative groups such as the American Legislative Exchange Council, Americans for Prosperity and the Heartland Institute with ties to the fossil fuel billionaires, the Koch brothers. Members of traditional energy companies, including utilities and fossil fuel companies, have also supported some attacks. [ read more … ]

A Dream of Clean Energy at a Very High Price

By HENRY FOUNTAIN, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-03-28 06:51:53

At a dusty construction site here amid the limestone ridges of Provence, workers scurry around immense slabs of concrete arranged in a ring like a modern-day Stonehenge. It looks like the beginnings of a large commercial power plant, but it is not. The project, called ITER, is an enormous, and enormously complex and costly, physics experiment. But if it succeeds, it could determine the power plants of the future and make an invaluable contribution to reducing planet-warming emissions. [ read more … ]

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