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June 7, 2017

Trump floats plan to pay for border wall with sun panels

George Cahlink, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-06-07 06:44:51

Trump pitched Republican congressional leaders on a proposal to put solar panels on the proposed wall yesterday, a source familiar with the White House meeting on legislative priorities confirmed to E&E News. Trump suggested solar power would be an option for covering the expected multibillion-dollar cost of the border wall. Trump has long insisted Mexico pay for the barrier, which is aimed at curbing illegal immigration into the United States. [ read more … ]

Existing climate efforts expected to keep US goals on track

By Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-06-07 06:45:58

The momentum of climate change efforts and the affordability of cleaner fuels will keep the United States moving toward its goals of cutting emissions despite the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris global accord, business and government leaders in a growing alliance said. New York, California and 11 other states representing nearly 40 percent of the U.S. economy, mayors of about 200 cities, and leaders of business giants including Amazon, Apple and Target have signed pledges to keep reducing their fossil-fuel emissions after President Donald Trump announced he would withdraw the U.S. from the 2015 Paris climate accord.
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Most Americans want ‘aggressive’ action on climate change: Reuters/Ipsos poll

By Chris Kahn, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-06-07 06:46:34

Most Americans believe the United States should take “aggressive action” to fight climate change, but few see it as a priority issue when compared with the economy or security, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday. The June 2-4 opinion poll suggests American voters may not penalize President Donald Trump too harshly for walking away from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, even if they would have preferred he keep the country in the deal. [ read more … ]

Renewable Energy Push Is Strongest in the Reddest States

By JUSTIN GILLIS and NADJA POPOVICH, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-06-07 06:47:57

Some of the fastest progress on clean energy is occurring in states led by Republican governors and legislators, and states carried by Donald J. Trump in the presidential election. The five states that get the largest percentage of their power from wind turbines — Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, Oklahoma and North Dakota — all voted for Mr. Trump. So did Texas, which produces the most wind power in absolute terms. In fact, 69 percent of the wind power produced in the country comes from states that Mr. Trump carried in November. Renewable energy that produces no carbon dioxide emissions is not solely a coastal, blue-state phenomenon. From Georgia to the Dakotas, business and political leaders are embracing clean energy sources even as the Trump administration pushes for more exploitation of oil, gas and coal. [ read more … ]

19 state AGs pledge to enforce pact

Hannah Hess, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-06-07 06:46:58

Democratic attorneys general promised today to keep fighting climate change in the wake of President Trump’s announced exit from the Paris Agreement. Attorneys general from 18 states and the District of Columbia joined governors, mayors and business leaders who pledged yesterday to stick with the pact aimed at curbing emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. “We are still in” for Paris goals, they declared. [ read more … ]

Gas, renewables outpace coal expansions — FERC

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporte  •    •  Posted 2017-06-07 06:48:24

Natural gas, wind and solar continued to dominate additions to the U.S. energy system during the past four months, according to a new federal study. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s infrastructure update shows the nation added 4,055 megawatts of new natural gas capacity from January through April, as well as 3,216 MW of wind and almost 1,400 MW of solar power. Missing during that period: new coal-fired capacity.
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Japan ramps up clean energy as U.S. recedes

Umair Irfan, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-06-07 06:48:52

The people here want to show that the hot springs, known as onsen, also have benefits for the environment. They say countries, many of them smarting from President Trump’s announcement he will withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, should take notice. “Not buying coal and petrol from other countries and using geothermal effectively, that is one of the things that I think is Japan’s role in the world,” said Takuma Oguri, an engineer at Tsuchiyu Onsen Energy Co. Ltd. [ read more … ]

India, Once a Coal Goliath, Is Fast Turning Green

By GEETA ANAND, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-06-07 06:49:26

Just a few years ago, the world watched nervously as India went on a building spree of coal-fired power plants, more than doubling its capacity and claiming that more were needed. Coal output, officials said, would almost triple, to 1.5 billion tons, by 2020. India’s plans were cited by American critics of the Paris climate accord as proof of the futility of advanced nations trying to limit their carbon output. But now, even as President Trump pulls the United States out of the pact, India has undergone an astonishing turnaround, driven in great part by a steep fall in the cost of solar power. [ read more … ]

Trump’s Paris Exit Sidelines D.C. for Danish Wind Energy

By Peter Levring, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-06-07 06:50:14

The country’s energy minister, Lars Chr. Lilleholt, watched in dismay as U.S. President Donald Trump extracted the world’s biggest economy from the Paris accord, ignoring decades of science-based work that had guided political efforts to protect the globe from climate change. But Lilleholt says the move also ignored the sound economics of renewable energy, and if the White House isn’t listening, he’s ready to take his message elsewhere. [ read more … ]

Prince Was a Secret Patron of Solar Power

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-06-07 06:49:47

Before his abrupt death a year ago, the pop musician Prince made an investment in green energy that’s now helping solar start-ups weather an assault from President Donald Trump. It started with a conversation in 2011 between Prince and his friend Van Jones, a CNN commentator and California human rights agitator and onetime green-jobs adviser to President Barack Obama. “He asked, ‘If I have a quarter-million dollars, what can I do with it?’” Jones recalled in an interview. “My wife said he should put solar panels all over Oakland.” [ read more … ]

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