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March 13, 2018

Top Stories

Schwarzenegger to Sue Big Oil for ‘First Degree Murder’

By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE, Politico  •    •  Posted 2018-03-13 06:36:51

“We’re going to go after them, and we’re going to be in there like an Alabama tick. Because to me it’s absolutely irresponsible to know that your product is killing people and not have a warning label on it, like tobacco,” he said. “Every gas station on it, every car should have a warning label on it, every product that has fossil fuels should have a warning label on it.” [ read more … ]

Are renewable portfolio standards on the way out? Three ballot initiatives say otherwise

By Krysti Shallenberger, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-03-13 06:37:23

In the beginning, renewable portfolio standards drove the renewable energy market. While its role has diminished somewhat as wind and solar, especially, have become cost-competitive, a handful of states are still expanding these mandates for more ambitious targets. A trio of proposed renewable energy ballot initiatives has caught the eye of the energy sector. Confined to two Western and one Midwestern states, these ballots are backed by climate activist and billionaire Tom Steyer, through his super PAC NextGen America. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Ways and Means Committee to weigh future of extenders

Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-13 06:37:38

House tax writers this week will survey the post-reform landscape for the on-again, off-again debate over temporary tax provisions, also known as extenders. Just months after passing the first broad tax overhaul in three decades, the House Ways and Means Tax Policy Subcommittee on Wednesday will conduct an “evaluation of recently expired tax provisions.” [ read more … ]

Supreme Court postpones arguments solar antitrust case

Amanda Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-13 06:37:53

The Supreme Court is postponing arguments in an antitrust lawsuit brought by a Tesla company against an Arizona utility over solar installation fees.

Justices on Friday pushed back March 19 oral arguments to their April sitting. A new date has not yet been set. The move comes after Tesla Energy Operations Inc. and the Phoenix-based Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District last week announced they had reached a memorandum of understanding that they expect will form the basis of a settlement agreement. [ read more … ]

Draft reports highlight latest climate science research

Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-13 06:38:13

Reviews said the general public may not be aware that climate scientists continue to find growing research that climate change is real and recommended the report highlight the latest findings. “This is how science works, you put it out for peer review, get together 16 experts who comb through it, and now we are offering them suggestions on how to revise it, to make it clearer,” she said. [ read more … ]

Renewable Energy Has More Economic Benefits Than You Know

By Jake Richardson, Cleantechnica  •    •  Posted 2018-03-13 06:38:27

Renewable energy is already cheaper than other energy options in most of the world, but it comes with other economic and societal benefits as well. Because of the number of countries investing in renewable energy, the complexity of their national economies and their energy infrastructure details, it isn’t possible to cover everything in one online article. The subject would be better addressed in a book. So, this article is intended only to be a snapshot of some key high-level points. [ read more … ]

Pruitt’s youth advisers slam federal inaction on climate

Niina Heikkin, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-13 06:38:41

U.S. EPA’s youngest social justice advisers are hammering the federal government for its lack of action on climate change. In a draft report — prepared for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and other agency officials — a group of outside advisers calls on the Trump administration to take action on climate change and offers tips on how to engage young Americans on the issue. [ read more … ]

Auto Industry’s Cure for Electric Car Blues: Be More Like Tesla

By Mike Spector, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2018-03-13 06:38:54

 It took six years for Ford Motor Co. F 0.75% to sell 8,700 electric Focus small cars. It takes just three days to sell as many gasoline-powered F-Series pickup trucks. Americans may not be lining up to buy electric cars, but that hasn’t stopped Ford from pushing ahead with plans to spend $11 billion to develop more compelling battery-powered vehicles. Ford’s rising commitment underscores a willingness among big car companies to experiment with the types of sexy electric cars that give Tesla Inc. its appeal. [ read more … ]

 

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