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June 13, 2017

Big majority of Americans want states to act on climate — poll

Daniel Cusick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-06-13 06:40:01

Two-thirds of Americans believe that states should take responsibility for addressing climate change in the absence of federal leadership on the world’s most pressing environmental challenge, according to a new poll by researchers at the University of Michigan. The survey, conducted before President Trump’s announcement that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Agreement, but after the dismantling of U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, buttresses arguments that the Trump administration’s environmental directives diverge from the views of many Americans. [ read more … ]

Gov. Brown seeks global stage on climate

Debra Kahn, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-06-13 06:40:39

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) continues to take a leadership role on climate change in the wake of President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement by planning to attend global talks on warming in the fall. Brown returned Thursday from a trip to China, where he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and signed multiple agreements with national and provincial governments to cooperate on clean energy and greenhouse gas trading programs. He announced Friday at a meeting with German officials that he would attend the upcoming U.N. climate talks in Bonn, Germany, in November. [ read more … ]

Local governments step up fight with Trump on climate

By Timothy Cama, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2017-06-13 06:41:52

Puerto Rico, a dozen states and hundreds of municipalities have stepped up to fight climate change in response to President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement. Through formal and informal initiatives, the non-federal government bodies are seeking to work directly with foreign governments to reduce emissions. They see Trump’s decision to abandon the climate pact as an opportunity to play their part on global warming while seeking new opportunities in clean energy. [ read more … ]

Details emerge about Trump’s planned rollback

Emily Holden, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-06-13 06:41:19

The Trump administration will use a central argument from legal challengers of U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan to rescind the Obama-era climate standards. EPA chief Scott Pruitt will argue that the agency went too far in setting carbon reduction goals by looking at what the broader power system could achieve instead of focusing solely on improvements at coal plants, an administration official told E&E News. [ read more … ]

Pruitt rebuffs G-7 on climate

Hannah Hess, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-06-13 06:42:14

The Trump administration bucked Group of Seven allies, refusing to endorse climate action in a statement on environmental priorities. Ministers representing Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the European Union reaffirmed their “strong commitment to the swift and effective implementation of the Paris Agreement” as part of a 63-point communiqué developed during a two-day meeting in Italy. [ read more … ]

U.S, G7 Partners Remain at Odds on Climate at Environment Meeting

By Stephen Jewkes, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-06-13 06:42:33

Differences between the United States and other leading economies over climate change remain wide and are not likely to narrow, environment ministers from G7 countries said on Sunday. Group of Seven (G7) environment ministers and officials are meeting in Bologna on Sunday and Monday to discuss issues ranging from climate change to sustainable development and litter at sea. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: No, Rick Perry, California’s renewable energy policies aren’t dangerous for the grid

By Jacques Leslie. Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2017-06-13 06:43:13

When Energy Secretary Rick Perry ordered a 60-day review of the “long-term reliability of the electric grid” on April 15, he might as well have cited California’s energy policies as the target of his inquiry. California, after all, is the nation’s leading supporter of renewable energy, which fossil fuel advocates maintain is destabilizing the grid. Regulations and incentives that favor solar and wind power, Perry’s memo said, have “caused the erosion of critical baseload resources … destroyed jobs and economic growth, and … threaten to undercut the performance of the grid well into the future.” In other words, Perry has already decided what the study should find: Its purpose is to buttress the Trump administration’s pro-fossil fuel policies. [ read more … ]

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