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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 2, 2017

Trump Will Withdraw U.S. From Paris Climate Agreement

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-06-02 06:49:50

President Trump announced on Thursday that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, weakening efforts to combat global warming and embracing isolationist voices in his White House who argued that the agreement was a pernicious threat to the economy and American sovereignty. In a speech from the Rose Garden, Mr. Trump said the landmark 2015 pact imposed wildly unfair environmental standards on American businesses and workers. He vowed to stand with the people of the United States against what he called a “draconian” international deal. [ read more … ]

Coastal Disappointment, Inland Joy at Trump Climate Move

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-06-02 06:50:33

From coal country to the ports of Maine to the wind farms of the West Coast, Americans react to President Donald Trump’s announcement Thursday that he’s pulling the country out of the Paris climate accord. [ read more … ]

Trump’s Climate Pullback Opens Door to Chinese Leadership

By Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-06-02 06:51:44

China may be poised to fill the breach. The world’s largest emitter of man-made carbon dioxide, considered a top cause of climate change, is already making rapid progress toward its Paris goal of stopping emissions growth by 2030. It has overtaken the U.S. in transitioning to renewable energy, generating a fifth of its electricity from renewable sources. The U.S. only sources about 13 percent of its electricity from renewables. [ read more … ]

Trump, Prioritizing Economy Over Climate, Cites Disputed Premises

By MARK LANDLER, BRAD PLUMER and LINDA QIU, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-06-02 06:52:21

The M.I.T. study in question looked at the difference between climate pledges made at previous talks and those made in the run-up to Paris, and it found that the Paris pledges would avoid an additional 0.2 degrees Celsius of global warming by 2100. But the M.I.T. researchers also looked at the difference between all of the climate pledges made to date and a business-as-usual scenario in which countries failed to act. In an updated 2016 analysis, they found that current climate pledges would result in global average temperatures rising between 2.7 and 3.6 degrees by the end of the century, compared with between 3.3 and 4.7 degrees if no action were taken, a difference of nearly a degree. And the aim of the Paris agreement was to improve those pledges over time. [ read more … ]

Vestas expects major wind investments despite U.S. climate deal exit

By Stine Jacobsen, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-06-02 06:52:49

Wind energy will still attract major investment in the United States and around the world despite President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the global climate accord, top wind turbine maker Vestas predicted on Friday. With the help of tax credits, wind energy surpassed hydropower as the biggest source of renewable electricity in the U.S. during former President Barack Obama’s administration, and the cost of output has steadily declined as technology evolved. [ read more … ]

World’s Biggest Wind-Turbine Maker Falls as Trump Drops Paris

By Christian Wienberg, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-06-02 06:53:14

Vestas Wind Systems A/S, the world’s biggest maker of wind turbines, dropped to its lowest in 1 1/2 months after U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate accord threw into doubt the future of renewable energy. Vestas fell as much as 2.8 percent, and traded 2.2 percent lower at 572 kroner as of 10:32 a.m. in Copenhagen. It was the worst performing stock on the Copenhagen benchmark index of Denmark’s most traded companies, and was among the biggest losers in the Stoxx Europe 600 index, which was up about 0.6 percent overall. [ read more … ]

Governors, faced with Paris withdrawal, pledge climate action

Benjamin Storrow, Debra Kahn and Scott Waldman, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2017-06-02 06:53:39

A host of governors pledged yesterday to intensify their efforts to address climate change regardless of President Trump’s ultimate decision over the Paris Agreement. The proclamations, made mostly by Democrats, were not a surprise in and of themselves. They nevertheless illustrated the evolution of U.S. climate efforts, as policymakers in green-tinged state capitals assume the responsibility for driving deep reductions in carbon emissions. [ read more … ]

Inslee, New York Governor Cuomo, and California Governor Brown announce formation of United States Climate Alliance

By Tara Lee, Governor Inslee’s Office  •    •  Posted 2017-06-02 06:53:59

In response to President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., and Washington State Governor Jay Inslee today announced the formation of the United States Climate Alliance, a coalition that will convene U.S. states committed to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement and taking aggressive action on climate change. “I am proud to stand with other governors as we make sure that the inaction in D.C. is met by an equal force of action from the states,” said Inslee. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: States, Cities, Businesses Will Fill Void Left by U.S. Abdication from Paris Pact

By Ernie Shea, 25×25  •    •  Posted 2017-06-02 06:50:59

President Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the global climate change agreement marks a disappointing abdication of this nation’s leadership role in meeting the challenges of the very real changing climatic conditions that pose undeniable threats to food production, water availability, coastal communities and government stability in many locations around the world. [ read more … ]

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