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October 5, 2018

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Questions center on FERC nominee’s view on coal subsidies

By Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-05 06:44:27

Bernard McNamee, the Trump administration’s pick to fill a vacancy at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, will be asked to articulate clearly his position on possible subsidies for coal and nuclear plants that are having trouble competing in a market dominated by cheap natural gas. President Trump nominated McNamee yesterday to fill the vacancy at FERC created in August when Rob Powelson resigned after less than a year on the commission to become president and CEO of the National Association of Water Companies, the lobbying group for private water utilities. [ read more … ]

12 states ask judge to toss climate suit against Big Oil

By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-05 06:44:43

Indiana and 11 other states asked a federal judge yesterday to throw out a lawsuit in Washington state that seeks to make petroleum giants pay for damages related to climate change. The states argued that allowing the case to advance “would disrupt carefully calibrated state regulatory schemes devised by politically accountable officials.” The courts shouldn’t allow the suit “to confound” state and federal oversight, they said [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

The FERC and the furious

By Ben Lefebvre, Politico  •    •  Posted 2018-10-05 06:45:06

President Donald Trump intends to nominate Bernard McNamee, the head of the Energy Department’s policy office, to take over Rob Powerlson’s seat at FERC, the White House announced Wednesday. McNamee played a crucial role in devising last year’s proposed rule to bail out coal and nuclear plants struggling in the nation’s power markets, which FERC shot down in January. [ read more … ]

Could more wind power raise temperatures? It’s complicated

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-05 06:45:27

A scenario involving the United States getting 100 percent of its electricity from renewables could require more land than previously thought and — in the case of wind — raise surface air temperatures around the country, according to two new studies. The counterintuitive findings from Harvard University researchers add to an ongoing debate about the role of renewables in addressing climate change. They also stirred broad disagreement and anger among analysts, with one calling the wind temperature study published in Joule “misleading to say the least” and others calling it “robust.” [ read more … ]

Climate scientists are struggling to find the right words for very bad news

By Brady Dennis, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2018-10-05 06:45:54

In Incheon, South Korea, this week, representatives of over 130 countries and about 50 scientists have packed into a large conference center going over every line of an all-important report: What chance does the planet have of keeping climate change to a moderate, controllable level? When they can’t agree, they form “contact groups” outside the hall, trying to strike an agreement and move the process along. They are trying to reach consensus on what it would mean — and what it would take — to limit the warming of the planet to just 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, when 1 degree Celsius has already occurred and greenhouse gas emissions remain at record highs. [ read more … ]

The Energy 202: Big oil and gas companies are winners in Trump’s new trade deal

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2018-10-05 06:46:55

Only a few months into his presidency, Donald Trump had delivered on a number of promises to the oil and natural gas industry, such as reviving the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines while trying to rewrite a number of environmental regulations. The entire time, Big Oil cheered the administration on. [ read more … ]

Nebraska man doesn’t use gasoline or pay for electricity and hasn’t set out trash for 3 years

By Omaha World Herald  •    •  Posted 2018-10-05 06:46:35

Planet Earth doesn’t know Don Preister exists.

He uses no gasoline, pays the Omaha Public Power District nothing, mows his lawn with one of those once-ubiquitous hand-pushed manual mowers, puts out recyclables but no trash or yard waste, and that small amount of puzzling trash — like used plastic pens — gets placed into orange “energy bags” that are delivered to a Kansas agency that breaks down petroleum-based products for re-use as “plastic lumber.” [ read more … ]

W.Va. reporter Ken Ward wins ‘genius’ award

Dylan Brown, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-05 06:46:16

“Part of the job of a journalist, and the kind of journalism that I want to do, is to expose those kinds of difficult truths so that people can try to confront them,” he said in a video for MacArthur. Ward has won awards covering major events like the 2014 Kanawha Valley water crisis, but his reporting tends to be detailed, systemic investigations of the industries he covers. [ read more … ]

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