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June 5, 2017

Cabinet officials due on the Hill to defend spending plan

E&E News Staff  •    •  Posted 2017-06-05 06:33:44

Top Trump administration officials are due on Capitol Hill this week to defend the White House’s fiscal 2018 budget request, which calls for deep across-the-board cuts. [ read more … ]

Energy’s Perry having blast running agency he vowed to kill

By Matthew Daly , Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-06-05 04:28:58

Rick Perry twice ran for president and appeared as a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.” But since becoming President Donald Trump’s energy secretary, Perry has kept a low profile and rarely has been seen publicly around Washington. Comedian Hasan Minhaj joked at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner that Perry must be “sitting in a room full of plutonium waiting to become Spider-Man. That’s just my hunch.” [ read more … ]

Sen. Chuck Grassley stands up for Iowa’s energy economy

By Dylan Reed, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2017-06-05 04:28:31

Iowa is blessed with abundant energy resources and innovative state policies that allow it to have affordable and reliable electricity. Advanced energy has become a vital part of Iowa’s energy mix, and the state should be proud when leaders in Washington, D.C., stand up for the 18,845 Iowans working in energy efficiency, 3,859 in wind energy and 745 in solar.
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How G.O.P. Leaders Came to View Climate Change as Fake Science

By CORAL DAVENPORT and ERIC LIPTON, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-06-05 04:29:32

It is difficult to reconcile the Republican Party of 2008 with the party of 2017, whose leader, President Trump, has called global warming a hoax, reversed environmental policies that Mr. McCain advocated on his run for the White House, and this past week announced that he would take the nation out of the Paris climate accord, which was to bind the globe in an effort to halt the planet’s warming. [ read more … ]

What Is the Green Climate Fund and How Much Does the U.S. Actually Pay?

By NADJA POPOVICH and HENRY FOUNTAIN, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-06-05 04:27:05

Industrialized countries have voluntarily pledged $10.3 billion since 2013 to help poorer nations reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address the effects of climate change. The United States has pledged by far the most — $3 billion, twice that of the second-largest pledger, Japan. But on a per-capita basis, many other countries have offered more than the United States. Swedes, for example, will contribute nearly $60 each. If the United States contributed its full pledge, the total would be a little less than $10 per American. With Mr. Trump stopping payments, the United States will have contributed $1 billion, or just more than $3 per person. [ read more … ]

How ‘the Energy Capital of the Nation’ regained its optimism in the Trump era

By Robert Samuels, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-06-05 04:30:15

In Gillette and surrounding Campbell County, people were beginning to feel the comeback they voted for. Unemployment has dropped by more than a third since March 2016, from 8.9 percent to 5.1 percent. Coal companies are rehiring workers, if only on contract or for temporary jobs. More people are splurging for birthday parties at the Prime Rib and buying a second scoop at the Ice Cream Cafe. Maybe it was President Trump. Much was surely because of the market, after a colder winter led to increases in coal use and production. But in times when corporate profits are mixed with politics, it was difficult for people here to see the difference. [ read more … ]

Trump’s Paris Adieu Is a Win for Coal and Oil But Not a Big One

By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-06-05 04:30:55

“The impact is going to be irrelevant,” Richard Chatterton, a Bloomberg New Energy Finance analyst, said in an interview. “In terms of renewables, there isn’t going to be a change in the trend.” The reason boils down to state policies, economics and corporate demand. Even as Washington rolls back efforts to promote renewables, California, New York and other states are forging ahead. And after years of being supported by subsidies, wind and solar prices have plunged so much they can compete with fossil fuels in many areas. [ read more … ]

The Biggest, Strangest ‘Batteries’

By DIANE CARDWELL and ANDREW ROBERTS, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-06-05 04:31:19

What if you need a battery? A really big one — big enough to run a city? It’s a question that inventors have been tackling for decades. No one wants the fridge, or the hospital, going on the blink when demand surges or the power plant needs repairs. It turns out to be a surprisingly tricky question to answer. Today, with the rise of green energy sources like solar and wind, the need for industrial-scale energy storage is becoming ever more vital to make sure there’s power even after the sun sets or the breeze dies down. [ read more … ]

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