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August 8, 2017

Warren Buffett Likes Solar, but Not the Price Tag

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-08-08 06:34:18

Warren Buffett has called global warming a “major problem” and put his company’s money where his mouth is, spending billions to develop solar and wind power. Yet he’s no hero to some renewable energy proponents. Their beef: They say the utility arm of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., his conglomerate, has been trying to undermine an almost 40-year-old law intended in part to promote the growth of cleaner energy. [ read more … ]

Government Report Finds Drastic Impact of Climate Change on U.S.

By LISA FRIEDMAN, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-08-08 06:34:46

The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration. The draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies, which has not yet been made public, concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now. It directly contradicts claims by President Trump and members of his cabinet who say that the human contribution to climate change is uncertain, and that the ability to predict the effects is limited. [ read more … ]

Trump files notice with UN to withdraw US from Paris climate deal

By Devin Henry, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2017-08-08 06:35:04

The Trump administration issued a formal notice announcing the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris climate deal, the State Department said Friday. The State Department sent the notice to the United Nations through diplomats, saying the U.S. intends to leave the deal “as soon as it is eligible to do so.”
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Under Trump, Coal Mining Gets New Life on U.S. Lands

By ERIC LIPTON and BARRY MEIER, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-08-08 06:35:36

The Trump administration is wading into one of the oldest and most contentious debates in the West by encouraging more coal mining on lands owned by the federal government. It is part of an aggressive push to both invigorate the struggling American coal industry and more broadly exploit commercial opportunities on public lands. [ read more … ]

Nonprofit installs solar panels on roofs of lower-income households — free

By Mary Hui, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-08-08 06:35:51

The trainees are part of the summer cohort of the newly launched Solar Works DC, a low-income solar installation and job-training program jointly developed by the District’s Department of Energy and Environment and the Department of Employment Services. The program will train more than 200 D.C. residents over three years, and GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic was awarded a grant to implement the first year of the program. The organization will train about 75 program participants in skills needed for careers in solar and related fields, and install solar panels for 60 to 100 income-qualified District homeowners. [ read more … ]

U.S. Renewables Portfolio Standards 2017 Annual Status Report

By Galen Barbose, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory  •    •  Posted 2017-08-08 06:36:47

Berkeley Lab tracks and analyzes state renewables portfolio standards (RPS) to inform policy-makers, program administrators, and others about the design and impacts of these policies. A central element to this work is Berkeley Lab’s U.S. Renewables Portfolio Standards Annual Status Report, an annual report published in a slide-deck form that describes key trends, including recent legislative revisions, RPS policy design features, past and projected impacts on renewables development, compliance with interim targets, and compliance costs. [ read more … ]

Obama energy star on DOE, fly-fishing and Moniz’s hair

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-08-08 06:36:17

Melanie Kenderdine, a star of the Obama-era Energy Department, is on the outside looking in these days. The 63-year-old native of Houston often hailed as the “right hand” of former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, left the agency in January and has joined him in establishing a think tank and advisory firm, the Energy Futures Initiative. [ read more … ]

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