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August 31, 2017

Pruitt bristles at attempts to link Harvey to climate change

Arianna Skibell and Niina Heikkinen, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2017-08-31 06:33:02

Top U.S. EPA officials are calling efforts to link Hurricane Harvey and climate change “misplaced” and politically motivated. “EPA is focused on the safety of those affected by Hurricane Harvey and providing emergency response support, not engaging in attempts to politicize an ongoing tragedy,” EPA spokeswoman Liz Bowman told E&E News when asked about some scientists’ contention that climate change has exacerbated the storm. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: Harvey should be the turning point in fighting climate change

By Vernon Loeb, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-08-31 06:33:18

“This is a storm the United States has not seen yet.” What they’re talking about, whether they know it or not, or care to acknowledge it or not, is global warming. The planet is getting warmer, ocean temperatures are rising, the polar ice caps are melting, and all of the incontrovertible science of climate change is that more extreme-weather events are an inevitable consequence. [ read more … ]

Amazon says it just flipped switch on N.J.’s largest rooftop solar array

By Luke Nozick,  •    •  Posted 2017-08-31 06:33:50

Amazon on Tuesday unveiled what the company says is the largest rooftop solar panel energy system in New Jersey on the 30-acre roof of its Carteret warehouse. The 22,000-solar-panel system will power the online retailer’s facility. The company said it is one of the largest rooftop solar panel systems in the country and generates enough electricity to power 600 homes. [ read more … ]

The Race Is On: Will U.S. Renewables Leave Nuclear In The Dust?

By North American Wind Power  •    •  Posted 2017-08-31 06:34:14

With each providing roughly 20% of the nation’s power, renewable energy sources are in a statistical dead heat with nuclear power, nonprofit research group the SUN DAY Campaign has announced. Citing the latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) “Electric Power Monthly” (with data through June 30), the group says renewables – biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar (including small-scale PV) and wind – are tied with nuclear vis-à-vis their respective shares of the U.S.’ electrical generation. [ read more … ]

Controversial Wis. official to lead Midwest office

Kevin Bogardus, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-08-31 06:34:41

Cathy Stepp, a top environmental regulator from Wisconsin who has been criticized by green groups, is joining U.S. EPA. Stepp, appointed by Gov. Scott Walker (R) as secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in 2011, will be principal deputy regional administrator in EPA’s Region 7 branch, based in Lenexa, Kan. [ read more … ]

D.C. Circuit judge’s dissents: ‘I do not choose to go quietly’

Amanda Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-08-31 06:34:57

Judge Janice Rogers Brown tomorrow will step down from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, depriving the court of one of its strongest conservative voices. Brown announced in July that she would retire and not seek senior status. Her departure will allow President Trump his first nominee for the D.C. Circuit, which is highly influential in environmental law. [ read more … ]

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