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July 14, 2017

Trump says ‘something could happen’ on climate accord

By Richard Lough and Ayesha Rascoe, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-07-14 07:03:27

President Donald Trump held the door open to a reversal of his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord on Thursday, but did not say what he would need in return to persuade him to do so. Trump, who has made few friends in Europe with his rejection of the 2015 Paris agreement and his “America First” trade stance, met with French President Emmanuel Macron as both leaders sought common ground to reset an awkward relationship. [ read more … ]

Trump says he might rethink withdrawal from climate pact

Arianna Skibell, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-07-14 07:03:53

President Trump today signaled he might be open to changing his mind about the Paris climate deal. Trump announced last month that the United States would leave the landmark climate pact in order to protect the U.S. economy from emissions restrictions, sending shock waves throughout international diplomatic circles. But he could be reconsidering. “Something could happen with respect to the Paris accord,” Trump said at a joint news conference today in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron. [ read more … ]

Excerpts From Trump’s Conversation With Journalists on Air Force One

By New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-07-14 07:04:09

“Now, why does that affect Russia? Because Russia makes its money through selling of oil, and we’ve got underneath us more oil than anybody, and nobody knew it until five years ago. And I want to use it. And I don’t want that taken away by the Paris Accord. I don’t want them to say all of that wealth that the United States has under its feet, but that China doesn’t have and that other countries don’t have, we can’t use. So now we no longer have the advantage. We have a tremendous advantage. We have more natural resources under our feet than any other country.” [ read more … ]

United States Climate Alliance launches website to inform Americans on state actions to address climate change

By The Office of Governor Jay Inslee  •    •  Posted 2017-07-14 07:04:31

The United States Climate Alliance today announced the launch of a new website to inform Americans on state actions to address climate change after the U.S. was the lone holdout in affirming the Paris Agreement at the G20 Summit. The new website includes information about the composition of the Alliance, member commitments, and guiding principles, while providing updates on the progress members are making to meet or exceed the emission reductions targets of the Paris Agreement. [ read more … ]

Trump hopes ‘MAGAnomics’ makes energy great again

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-07-14 07:04:54

The White House today unveiled a “MAGAnomics” strategy aimed at growing the nation’s economy by 3 percent over the next decade, a resurgence the administration hopes will occur on the backs of new energy projects, less red tape and cuts at key agencies. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal published this morning laying out a strategy for what he called the largest economic revival since the 1980s.
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LaFleur and ‘our wonderful staff’ keep the agency going

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-07-14 07:05:23

These are “odd” days for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s acting chairwoman, Cheryl LaFleur. She’s the only commissioner on the five-seat panel, following the February resignation of Norman Bay and the departure last month of Colette Honorable. “It’s not a status I ever expected to have” [ read more … ]

Trump picks Jones Day lawyer to chair FERC

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-07-14 07:05:41

President Trump announced last night that he plans to nominate Kevin McIntyre, an energy lawyer at the firm Jones Day, to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. McIntyre would be the fourth commissioner chosen for FERC by Trump, following Senate aides Neil Chatterjee and Richard Glick, and Pennsylvania regulator Robert Powelson. [ read more … ]

Researchers study links across U.S. grids to move renewable energy and share capacity

By James McCalley, Iowa State University  •    •  Posted 2017-07-14 07:06:02

The nearly 4,000 wind turbines all over the Iowa countryside, totaling more than 6,900 megawatts, provided almost 37 percent of all in-state electricity production in 2016. That’s enough to power about 1.8 million homes. But, on cool, windy days, when production is high and local demand is low, the market for any excess production is limited to the central and eastern states. No matter if western states are heating up and demand for power is peaking. [ read more … ]

Scientists see proposed climate debates as a trap

Emily Holden, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-07-14 07:06:24

Climate scientists are perplexed by U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s plans to challenge their work. They see it as a trap with no escape: Participating in the critique would lend the minority of researchers who question mainstream climate science an oversized microphone. But refusing the invitation to debate their findings could give the impression they’re hiding something or leave skeptics’ assertions unopposed. [ read more … ]

Solar company calls court decision a blow to climate fight

Amanda Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-07-14 07:06:43

A federal court’s recent decision upholding Connecticut’s program to promote the use of renewable sources of electricity actually “deals a major setback to fighting climate change,” a solar developer this week argued. That’s because the court’s ruling validates a state’s “coercive” regulation of the electricity sector, Allco Renewable Energy Ltd. argued in a court filing. That could benefit not only wind and solar but coal, oil, nuclear “and other forms of environmentally destructive electricity generation,” the developer said. [ read more … ]

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