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June 27, 2017

US Mayors Back Plan for Cities to Use Only Renewable Energy

By Adriana Gomez, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-06-27 06:49:22

bipartisan group of mayors from across the country unanimously backed an ambitious commitment for U.S. cities to run entirely on renewable sources such as wind and solar in two decades. As the U.S. Conference of Mayors wrapped up in Miami Beach on Monday, leaders from more than 250 cities voted on symbolic resolutions pushing back against President Donald Trump on climate change and immigration. [ read more … ]

Mayors, Sidestepping Trump, Vow to Fill Void on Climate Change

By LIZETTE ALVAREZ, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-06-27 06:49:44

“If the federal government doesn’t act, it doesn’t mean we don’t have a national policy; the federal government doesn’t occupy the only place on this,” Mitch Landrieu, the mayor of New Orleans and the new president of the conference, said before the vote on the nonbinding resolutions. “Mayors have to respond to circumstances. We have to keep moving no matter what.” [ read more … ]

Meet Jerry Brown, from ‘Gov. Moonbeam’ to climate beacon

Debra Kahn, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-06-27 06:50:08

The leader of the world’s sixth-largest economy and the longest-serving governor in state history is making climate change a signature focus of his final term. And he has made it his mission to jolt the world into action with a combination of tough talk and distinctly religious fervor. “We have to wake ourselves up, and we have to wake up our neighbors and our fellow countrymen; in fact, the whole world,” Brown said in Beijing. “Time’s not on our side, and we have a lot of inertia. Everywhere I look, I see inertia.” [ read more … ]

‘Global dominance’ the theme as Trump starts energy week

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-06-27 06:50:30

President Trump will double down on achieving “global energy dominance” this week with an appearance at the Department of Energy, leaving some industry experts wondering about the White House’s intentions abroad. The busy week of high-profile meetings will culminate with Trump’s appearance at the DOE headquarters in Washington on Thursday for an “Unleashing American Energy Event” hosted by Energy Secretary Rick Perry, according to an invitation obtained by E&E News. [ read more … ]

Scientists search a gorge for the secrets of wind

John Fialka, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-06-27 06:52:28

A team of researchers looking for ways to expand the use of wind power just finished measuring wind strengths in one of the toughest areas in the world to study it, the gusty, meandering Columbia River Gorge. The 80-mile gorge between Washington and Oregon amounts to a freeway for winds entering from the Pacific Ocean. It already hosts one of the world’s largest collections of wind farms at its eastern end. According to the Department of Energy, they generate 5 gigawatts of electricity, or more than twice the annual output of Hoover Dam. [ read more … ]

Perry was wrong about grid reliability — NRDC

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-06-27 06:53:16

Traditional “baseload” power plants often are not necessary to power the grid reliably, according to a study released this morning that was commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The analysis from the Brattle Group comes ahead of a wide-ranging grid study from the Department of Energy expected next month. In ordering that assessment, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said baseload power is “necessary for a well-functioning grid.” [ read more … ]

Carbon in Atmosphere Is Rising, Even as Emissions Stabilize

By JUSTIN GILLIS, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-06-27 06:52:56

Scientists have spent decades measuring what was happening to all of the carbon dioxide that was produced when people burned coal, oil and natural gas. They established that less than half of the gas was remaining in the atmosphere and warming the planet. The rest was being absorbed by the ocean and the land surface, in roughly equal amounts. In essence, these natural sponges were doing humanity a huge service by disposing of much of its gaseous waste. But as emissions have risen higher and higher, it has been unclear how much longer the natural sponges will be able to keep up. [ read more … ]

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