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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 16, 2018

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Rick Perry’s coal rescue runs aground at White House

By ERIC WOLFF and DARIUS DIXON, Politico  •    •  Posted 2018-10-16 04:44:28

Energy Secretary Rick Perry has spent more than a year pushing various plans that would invoke national security to force power companies to keep their economically struggling coal plants running — a goal in line with Trump’s frequent pledges to revive what he calls “beautiful, clean coal.” But the White House has shelved the plan amid opposition from the president’s own advisers on the National Security Council and National Economic Council, according to four people with knowledge of the discussions. [ read more … ]

Report Debunking Trump’s Coal Plan Is Under Review, Administration Says

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-10-16 04:44:12

The Trump administration is pushing back against assertions it buried a study that undermines its efforts to prop up coal and nuclear power plants. The analysis, which was initially ordered up by the Energy Department’s Office of Nuclear Energy last fall and completed earlier this year, is still moving through an internal review process, spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes said. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Full climate change report shows bigger challenges than the summary

Chelsea Harvey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-16 04:45:05

The landmark report on rising temperatures last week proposed unprecedented actions to slow down climate change. What if it understated the concern among scientists There are signs it did. A longer version of the report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change implies a much greater chance that the world will exceed an increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius — and then have to lower Earth’s temperatures. [ read more … ]

White House eyes military bases as potential fossil fuel ports

Dylan Brown, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-16 04:46:14

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says the Trump administration could use military bases to ship fossil fuels from the West Coast and circumvent environmental opposition. Coal and natural gas interests have been clamoring for more export capacity to reach markets abroad, namely in Asia, but state regulators have rejected permits for private terminal projects. [ read more … ]

Trump says warming won’t last

Evan Lehmann, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-16 04:45:21

“I think something’s happening. Something’s changing, and it’ll change back again,” Trump said on CBS’s “60 Minutes.” “I don’t think it’s a hoax. I think there’s probably a difference. But I don’t know that it’s man-made. I will say this: I don’t want to give trillions and trillions of dollars. I don’t want to lose millions and millions of jobs.” [ read more … ]

Exiled Obama aides work on climate in ‘alternative reality’

Mark K. Matthews, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-16 04:45:47

Obama’s universe of environmental officials — almost to a person — has pressed ahead on climate and clean energy issues despite efforts by President Trump to reverse much of its past work. Many of these officials, such as former Obama aide Kate Brandt, are doing it from the boardroom; in her case, as Google’s sustainability officer. [ read more … ]

Neighbors sue to block planned Mont. farm

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-10-16 04:46:34

Neighbors of a planned wind farm in southwestern Montana are suing to block the project. The Livingston Enterprise reports the Crazy Mountain Wind Farm would harvest 80 megawatts of electricity from 24 wind towers near the Sweet Grass and Park county line. [ read more … ]

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