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November 30, 2017

Renewable fears emerge over Senate bill

Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-30 06:38:08

Renewable energy backers are raising concerns the Senate’s tax bill may inadvertently discourage investment in wind and solar projects. Members voted last night along party lines to proceed with debating the overhaul after concerns emerged about a technical glitch related to language allowing drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. But backers say it won’t derail the effort. [ read more … ]

EPA’s big moment in coal country points to future turmoil

Adam Aton, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-30 06:39:21

The public hearings to repeal a landmark climate rule yesterday exposed anxiety in friends and foes of the regulation about what comes next along the nation’s divisive path to address rising temperatures. Simmering beneath each sides’ arguments is a sense that the fight is getting harder and the stakes are higher. The hearings might address the controversial Clean Power Plan, but they don’t offer answers to the crises arising in testimony at the U.S. EPA hearings for both the climate and the coal sector.
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The 2nd cap-and-trade state?

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-30 06:40:23

Oregon Democrats are increasingly optimistic they can pass a cap-and-trade bill early next year, raising the hopes of greens desperately in search of carbon reductions following President Trump’s rollbacks of federal climate policies. The bill calls for strengthening the state’s emissions targets and creating a carbon market where a steadily decreasing number of allowances are bought and sold. Proceeds from the auctions would be reinvested in emissions reduction strategies like energy efficiency and electric vehicle infrastructure. [ read more … ]

Imagining an alternate reality as Senate package advances

Josh Kurtz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-30 06:40:37

Minutes after President Trump concluded his strategy session with Republican senators on tax reform yesterday and minutes before the measure advanced to the Senate floor on a party-line Budget Committee vote, an alternate legislative reality was being discussed in a different part of town. A panel of experts, led by Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.), converged on the liberal Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and attempted to answer the question, “Can tax reform include a carbon tax?” [ read more … ]

Climate Scientists Watch Their Words, Hoping To Stave Off Funding Cuts

By Rebecca Hersher, NPR  •    •  Posted 2017-11-30 06:41:50

Scientists appear to be self-censoring by omitting the term “climate change” in public grant summaries. An NPR analysis of grants awarded by the National Science Foundation found a steadily decreasing number with the phrase “climate change” in the title or summary, resulting in a sharp drop in the term’s use in 2017. At the same time, the use of alternative terms such as “extreme weather” appears to be rising slightly. [ read more … ]

Shell doubles up on green spending and vows to halve carbon footprint

By Adam Vaughan, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2017-11-30 06:40:59

Shell has doubled its spending on clean power and bowed to shareholder pressure by promising to halve the carbon footprint of the energy it sells by 2050, as the oil giant said it was stepping up its ambitions on green energy. The Anglo Dutch firm is increasing capital expenditure for its new energies division, to $1bn-$2bn (£750m to £1.5bn) a year for 2018-2020, up from a previous plan of up to $1bn a year by 2020. [ read more … ]

One of the country’s biggest oil fields just turned to an unexpected power source: Solar

By Chris Mooney, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-11-30 06:41:17

The Belridge oil field near Bakersfield, Calif., is one of the largest in the country. It has been producing oil for more than a century and last year produced about 76,000 barrels a day, according to Aera Energy, its operator. But the oil field is about to become even more remarkable. Its future production operations will be partly powered by a massive solar energy project that will make the oil extraction process more environmentally friendly, according to Aera and GlassPoint Solar, the firm that will create the solar project. [ read more … ]

Utilities, tech titans clash over access to radio spectrum

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-30 06:41:35

The next big threat to utilities and the grid may be a Federal Communications Commission proposal you’ve never heard of. The Edison Electric Institute and Utilities Technology Council (UTC) — joined by railroads, the Lower Colorado River Authority and some public interest groups — are worried about the FCC’s efforts to allow wider access to the radio spectrum to, among other things, mobile devices. [ read more … ]

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