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November 7, 2017

House tempers flare on day one of tax overhaul markup

Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-07 06:37:51

The House Ways and Means Committee today will resume marking up its comprehensive tax package, after hours of heated debate yesterday over both the substance of the GOP plan and the process that produced it. Democrats signaled last week they’ll have amendments to address any changes to the 2015 deal that extended the PTC and ITC, but those issues did not come up during more than six hours of discussion yesterday. [ read more … ]

Siemens Gamesa to cut as many as 6,000 jobs

By Andreas Cremer and Alexander Huebner, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-11-07 06:45:10

Siemens Gamesa (SGREN.MC) said on Monday it plans to cut as many as 6,000 jobs worldwide as it braces for sales to plunge by as much as a fifth next year. The job cut would amount to more than 20 percent of the company’s total workforce of around 26,000. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: Congress turns its back on American workers

By Chris Brown, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2017-11-07 06:45:28

Supporters of tax reform argue that it will make America a better place to do business. We all hope that is true, but tax rates aren’t the only thing that attracts businesses. Before spending money, private investors like to understand the risks of losing money on their investment. Certainty matters. Sure, there are some things you just can’t know or predict, but if the rules are clear and everyone plays by the rules, then investors can measure and accept the risk. [ read more … ]

House lawmakers to FERC: Slow down

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-07 06:45:48

A key House Republican made his opposition official to the Department of Energy’s controversial plan to boost coal and nuclear plants last week in a bipartisan letter urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to take its time as it considers the proposal. Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas), vice chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy, wrote that FERC should address questions of how different energy resources contribute to the grid through “existing proceedings” rather than by making a “sweeping, top-down decision in the near term.” [ read more … ]

China may grasp climate leadership at U.N. talks with Trump pulling out

By Alister Doyle, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-11-07 06:46:14

China has a chance to assert leadership of a global plan to combat global warming this week at the first U.N. climate talks since U.S. President Donald Trump decided to quit the 195-nation Paris Agreement, delegates say. Government experts are to work on a “rule book” for the 2015 climate pact at the Nov. 6-17 annual meeting in Bonn, Germany. The accord seeks to end the fossil fuel era this century with a shift to wind, solar and other clean energies. [ read more … ]

Trump didn’t mess with climate study. But he might ignore it

Zack Colman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-07 06:46:35

President Trump might not like the findings of a major federal climate science report released last week, but he would have had trouble suppressing it these days — even if he wanted to. Some scientists inside the federal government fear speaking out about their work under the Trump administration. Some experts have been blocked from speaking about climate change at public events. The president and many of his Cabinet members have been publicly skeptical about mainstream climate science and the role humans are playing, taking policy positions that contradict the findings of the government’s own science. [ read more … ]

EPA’s new science advisers add more industry experts, conservatives to the mix

By By Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-11-07 06:46:51

Pruitt has placed 66 new experts on three different EPA scientific committees, many of whom hail from industry or state government, and espouse more conservative views than their predecessors. Two of the new chairs — Texas’ top toxicologist Michael Honeycutt, who will helm the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), and consultant Louis Anthony “Tony” Cox, who will chair the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) — have harshly criticized the way the EPA has conducted science in the past. [ read more … ]

124-megawatt 40-turbine wind farm proposed in New York

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-11-07 06:47:12

A wind farm with up to 40 turbines spread across 60 square miles is proposed near the Pennsylvania border east of Binghamton. The Bluestone Wind project in Broome County is sponsored by Calpine and is expected to generate 124 megawatts, enough to power about 20,000 homes.
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Scaling up offshore wind, in New Bedford and beyond

By Derrick Z. Jackson, Boston Globe  •    •  Posted 2017-11-07 06:47:28

Jaws dropped at every turn as members of New Bedford’s trade mission rode a bus around Siemens’ new offshore wind blade factory in Hull, England. Scores of blades lay across a vast lot stretching to the horizon. One blade alone was 250 feet long. That was the introduction last spring to a complex where blades, house-sized turbine nacelles, and skyscraper-high towers were being loaded onto two huge installation vessels. This was all part of a $400 million investment by Siemens and Associated British Ports to transform dilapidated fishing and coal docks into a platform for offshore wind. The footprint of the vast facility could swallow up 12 Gillette football stadiums. [ read more … ]

Why the Car After Your Next Car Will Be an Electric: QuickTake

By John Lippert, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-11-07 06:48:01

Around the globe, automakers and governments are betting big on electric cars. Plans to limit climate change count on getting more carbon-burning vehicles off the road. The transformation projected is enormous: by 2040, Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimates there will be 530 million electric vehicles in use. [ read more … ]

Gina McCarthy now a Harvard professor

Kevin Bogardus, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-07 06:47:44

Former U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is now a Harvard University professor. McCarthy was appointed Wednesday to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s primary faculty, where she is a public health professor in its environmental health department. She’ll also serve as the director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment beginning Jan. 1. [ read more … ]

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