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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 30, 2018

Top Stories

The Country’s Most Valuable Fishing Port Gears Up For Wind Energy

By Stephanie Leydon, WGBH  •    •  Posted 2018-10-30 06:42:01

The centerpiece of this effort is the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal, a 29-acre tract of land along the port. It will serve as a staging area for construction of the off-shore wind turbines. More than one hundred are planned in federal waters 14 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. Think windmills in the ocean, but far bigger than the type used on land, each one the size of a sky-scraper. [ read more … ]

Warren Buffett Takes on Sheldon Adelson in Billionaire Feud Over Vegas Lights

By Mark Chediak, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-10-30 06:42:34

In a battle of billionaires, Sheldon Adelson and Warren Buffett are squaring off over who controls the power that keeps the bright lights blazing in Las Vegas and across Nevada. Adelson, the Republican mega-donor and founder of the Las Vegas Sands Corp., is backing an initiative on the Nov. 6 ballot that lets customers choose their own power provider by 2023. At risk is NV Energy Inc., a utility owned by Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. that now holds a virtual monopoly in the state. The total cost of the fight so far: Almost $100 million. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

WHO says air pollution kills 600,000 children every year

By Tom Miles, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-10-30 06:43:35

Air pollution kills an estimated 600,000 children every year and causing symptoms ranging from loss of intelligence to obesity and ear infections but there is a limited amount parents can do, a World Health Organization report said on Monday. Parents should try to avoid household air pollution by using less polluting fuels for cooking and heating and not smoking but to reduce child exposure to ambient pollution they should need to lobby politicians to clean up the environment, WHO experts said. [ read more … ]

The Myth of Donald Trump’s ‘Beautiful Clean Coal’

By Jeremy Hodges , William Wilkes , and Chisaki Watanabe, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-10-30 06:43:55

While the unit produces enough electricity for 912,000 homes, it also devours 250 tons of coal per hour, leaving it a substantial emitter of greenhouse gases. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is considering proposals to close Germany’s remaining coal plants by 2030—even the cleanest of them. Manufacturers and utilities are hitting back with more efficient technology that makes the most polluting fossil fuel a little less dirty. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: PJM’s capacity market proposal: Bad for customers, states, and the fight against climate change

By Ann McCabe and John Moore  •    •  Posted 2018-10-30 06:44:18

In the absence of federal climate leadership, state and local governments have shown up with strong commitments to decarbonize the energy sector. PJM’s proposed redesign of its regional electricity “capacity” market would hamstring state clean energy initiatives throughout the largest electricity market in the United States, cumulatively about one-fifth of the U.S. power supply. [ read more … ]

The Energy 202: Voters in Washington state will soon decide whether to tax carbon emissions

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2018-10-30 06:44:39

Win or lose, Washington’s Initiative 1631 is a case study in how thorny the politics of carbon pricing can be — starting with the name. Calling it a tax might please economists, but could be fatal politically. The measure’s supporters call it a fee. [ read more … ]

Editorial: Best Way to Fight Climate Change? Put an Honest Price on Carbon

By The Editorial Board, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-10-30 06:44:55

Will voters in Washington State breathe new life into the idea of taxing carbon emissions? Plenty of people worried about the earth’s future certainly hope so. Climate scientists and economists have long argued that the single best way to slow global warming is to put a price on greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels and raise that price over time, thus creating a sensible market incentive to reduce emissions and invest in cleaner energy sources. Carbon pricing was also high on the list of urgent recommendations of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which warned in a major report two weeks ago that without swift action to control emissions the world will begin suffering global warming’s worst consequences — including, but not limited to, the displacement of millions of people by drought and sea-level rise — as early as 2040, much sooner than previously forecas [ read more … ]

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