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August 7, 2017

Billions lost in nuclear power projects, with more bills due

By Seanna Adcox, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-08-07 04:30:59

This week, having spent more than $10 billion, executives with South Carolina Electric & Gas and Santee Cooper acknowledged that all their assumptions were wrong. Worse still: Consumers may have to pay billions more on the rusting remains of two partially-built reactors at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station north of Columbia. [ read more … ]

Climate, energy jobs vanish at science office

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-08-07 04:31:24

The White House science office has lost most of its energy and environment staff, including nearly all employees dedicated solely to climate change, according to records obtained by E&E News. The Trump administration’s overhaul of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, documented in papers obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, also shows many high-level positions, such as a chief of staff, remain vacant. President Trump has yet to nominate a director.
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Wyoming embraces wind energy, and the jobs that come with it

By Barry Petersen, CBS News  •    •  Posted 2017-08-07 04:31:46

Their jobs involve dangling 300 feet in the air, roping the blade of a wind turbine. The work comes with a view across the Wyoming prairie — and a view well into the future. Wind turbine jobs are expected to be the fastest growing jobs in America between now and 2024, growing 108 percent.
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Obama rules could yield $300B annually in benefits — study

Niina Heikkinen, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-08-07 04:32:07

The benefits of Obama-era rules to curb greenhouse gas emissions would greatly exceed the costs in the coming years, according to a new analysis. Regulations designed to control emissions from power plants, oil production and motor vehicles could together lead to close to $300 billion in net benefits per year by 2030, according to the report by Columbia University’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. [ read more … ]

Schwarzenegger teams up with states on climate, enviro work

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-08-07 04:32:28

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today will launch an effort focused on state legislatures to counter President Trump’s decision to leave the Paris climate agreement. The Republican, who has frequently sparred with the president on Twitter over climate change and other issues, is partnering with the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators to provide lawmakers with a digital “handbook” for action on environmental and public health issues. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: Dirty energy’s quiet war on solar panels

By Basav Sen, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2017-08-07 04:32:54

In statehouses all over the country, there’s a growing movement by industry front groups to undermine net metering and other renewable energy incentives. These front groups include the Edison Electric Institute, the utility industry’s trade association, and outfits such as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and Americans for Prosperity, both of which are funded by the Koch brothers. [ read more … ]

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