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October 11, 2018

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Trump questions global report on climate change

Zack Colman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-11 04:35:30

President Trump expressed skepticism yesterday about a major U.N. report on climate change that warned of irreversible warming if the world fails to act immediately. Trump said he wanted to know more about who wrote the report. He has been historically dismissive of climate science, calling it “bullshit” and a “hoax” before he was elected. More recently, he claimedthat low temperatures disprove climate change. [ read more … ]

White House advances New Source Review changes

Sean Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-11 04:34:33

The White House budget office has wrapped up a review of a final EPA rule affecting “project aggregation” requirements under the agency’s New Source Review pre-construction permitting program. The Office of Management and Budget’s regulatory affairs shop completed its review of the draft rule on Friday, three months after receiving it, according to the Reginfo.gov site. An EPA spokeswoman had no information this morning on when the final version is set to be signed and publicly released [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

U.N. climate report uses ‘scare tactics’ — Republicans

Hannah Northey and Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-10-11 04:35:50

Senate Republicans today chipped away at a high-profile and dire report on climate change, as EPA offered its first response by touting the nation’s historic emissions reductions. Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) during an interview on Capitol Hill this morning suggested that findings the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released this weekend are widely misinterpreted and exaggerated. [ read more … ]

Kavanaugh casts shadow over kids’ climate case

Benjamin Hulac, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-11 04:36:09

The confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court may have already had repercussions on a high-profile climate change lawsuit brought by a group of young Americans. Late last week, the Trump administration requested that a federal district court in Oregon halt trial proceedings in the lawsuit so the high court could consider whether the case is the “appropriate means” to address global warming. [ read more … ]

Barrasso bill would end tax credits

Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-11 04:36:30

Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) today introduced legislation to end popular tax credits for electric vehicles. The “Fairness for Every Driver Act” would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to terminate the federal tax credit of up to $7,500 for qualifying new EVs. [ read more … ]

Salt Lake City Fire to open rare renewable energy station

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-10-11 04:36:50

The Salt Lake City Fire Department is preparing to dedicate a station it says is one of a few in the country to create as much renewable energy as it uses. The department will dedicate the new Station No. 3 today. It generates its own power from a 110-kilowatt solar array with more than 300 panels. [ read more … ]

Governor front-runner says he’ll ‘tighten’ fossil fuel rules

Debra Kahn, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-11 04:37:25

California gubernatorial front-runner Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said yesterday that he would “tighten” up the state’s fossil fuel extraction policies if elected. The state’s sole gubernatorial debate, held yesterday on San Francisco NPR affiliate KQED, featured six minutes of climate and energy talk, with Newsom praising outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) policies and international stature and Republican San Diego businessman John Cox emphasizing econo [ read more … ]

Denmark does U-turn to reach fossil-free future

By Nick Rigillo, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-10-11 04:37:06

Denmark plans to postpone tax increases on electric vehicles as part of a slew of new measures the government is seeking to consolidate the country’s reputation as a “green pioneer” and help it achieve its climate goals. “I’m convinced that many Danes want to drive a green car if it’s affordable,” Tax Minister Karsten Lauritzen said in a statement. “So we want to support that development.” [ read more … ]

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