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October 19, 2017

Solar Finds Unexpected Champion in Sean Hannity

By Chris Martin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-10-19 05:20:32

Hannity voiced an advertisement asserting that tariffs on solar imports would threaten jobs in the U.S. The spot gained visibility after the Solar Energy Industries Association trade group tweeted it Tuesday. [ read more … ]

Grassley swats aside Pruitt comments on tax credit

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-10-19 05:21:02

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) yesterday dismissed U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s call to eliminate renewable tax credits after a meeting on biofuels. Pruitt called for killing the wind production tax credit last week during a speech at the Kentucky Farm Bureau, where he said renewables should “stand on their own and compete against coal, natural gas and other sources” [ read more … ]

4 energy and environment issues to watch during tonight’s Senate budget debate

George Cahlink, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-10-19 06:39:38

The Ways and Means Committee is expected to fill in the details with legislation later this fall that will seek steep cuts in corporate rates that could come at the expense of ending renewable credits and other breaks. GOP leaders and the White House have said they want the tax bill signed into law by year’s end. Many Republicans would prefer to do away with renewable tax breaks, which are unpopular with their allies in the fossil fuel industry. [ read more … ]

Bloomberg-backed group sends staff to states fighting Trump

Benjamin Hulac, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-10-19 05:21:35

The attorneys general of six states and the District of Columbia are getting some reinforcements in their battle against the Trump administration’s environmental policies.
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Pruitt: Staff dropping the ball on ‘real, tangible’ problems

Jean Chemnick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-10-19 05:21:52

U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt wants a public fight over climate science, and he thinks his agency’s staff isn’t acting urgently enough on “real” environmental problems like toxic waste cleanup. [ read more … ]

Why Perry’s coal rule could be a climate bomb

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-10-19 05:22:10

Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal to pay coal plants to stockpile fuel has the potential to derail U.S. climate efforts, analysts say, halting emission reductions from the power sector and stalling attempts to decarbonize the American economy. U.S. carbon emissions have been on a downward trajectory for much of the last decade, in large part due to reductions from the power sector. [ read more … ]

A new working group will deliver recommendations on how to jump-start offshore wind in Delaware by December 15.

By Justin Gerdes, Green Tech Media  •    •  Posted 2017-10-19 05:22:27

Delaware is ready to rejoin the U.S. offshore wind race. On August 28, Governor John Carney signed an executive order establishing an Offshore Wind Working Group. The working group is to submit a report to the governor by December 15 with “recommendations on short- and long-term strategies for developing wind power to serve Delaware, and plans to develop job opportunities in the offshore wind industry.” [ read more … ]

Package of Three NJ Bills Ratchets Up State’s Renewable-Energy Goals

By Tom Johnson, NJ Spotlight  •    •  Posted 2017-10-19 05:22:50

If adopted, the legislation would require 100 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2050. Another bill would set a target of having 3,500 megawatts of offshore wind capacity by 2030. The third measure would require power suppliers to achieve aggressive goals for storing energy. [ read more … ]

CEI-led petition urges Pruitt to ditch endangerment finding

Arianna Skibell, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-10-19 05:23:14

A conservative think tank urged U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt again today to reconsider the 2009 endangerment finding, the science that underpins his agency’s climate rules. The Competitive Enterprise Institute’s letter to Pruitt is signed by more than 60 scientists and health professionals in support of a petition to reconsider the finding for greenhouse gases. [ read more … ]

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