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November 7, 2018

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Governor results could shape political landscape for a decade

By Adam Nagourney, Sydney Ember and Patricia Mazzei, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-11-07 04:25:21

Democrats wrested control of governorships from Republicans in seven states on Tuesday including Wisconsin, where they ousted Scott Walker after eight tumultuous years as the state’s chief executive, and Kansas, a surprise victory in a longtime Republican stronghold.

But Republicans fended off strong Democratic challenges to hold on to the governorships of Florida, Ohio and Iowa, maintaining their control of three states likely to be crucial in the 2020 presidential elections. The victories expanded the number of states with Democratic chief executives — an important consideration as legislatures begin the process of drawing congressional district lines. In addition to Kansas and Wisconsin, Democrats also picked up governor’s seats in Nevada, Illinois, Michigan, New Mexico and Maine. [ read more … ]

Democrats didn’t sweep but made notable gains

Kellie Lunney, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-07 06:31:47

A blue wave did not crash the country’s statehouses last night, but Democrats notched important wins in Colorado, Wisconsin and New Mexico that could significantly affect energy development and conservation in those states. Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker last night appeared to have elude environmentalists’ efforts to knock him off in a tight race but then fell behind early this morning. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Every president since 1961 was warned about climate change

Benjamin Hulac, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-06 15:49:13

John F. Kennedy was warned about “climate control” in February 1961, becoming perhaps the first American president to learn about people’s impact on planetary temperatures. The warnings never stopped. Every president since then has been exposed to similar scientific findings. Sometimes it was called “climatic change,” other times it was “air pollution.” [ read more … ]

New Democratic governors could adopt Calif.’s car rules

Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-06 15:48:07

If Democrats prevail in a handful of states — including Illinois and New Mexico — they could look to thwart the Trump administration’s rollback of Obama-era clean car standards. Their magic weapon would be a special provision of a landmark environmental law. At issue is Section 209 of the Clean Air Act, which gives California the authority to set tougher greenhouse gas emissions standards for light-duty vehicles than the federal government. Congress handed the Golden State that authority in the 1970s due to its unique air pollution problems and smoggy skies. [ read more … ]

FERC chairman urges caution on Trump carbon rule

Peter Behr and Hannah Northey, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-11-06 15:48:31

The nation’s top grid regulator is urging his EPA counterparts to hold up revising the Obama-era Clean Power Plan until they’ve completed a “rigorous, detailed analysis of the possible unintended consequences” of regulating carbon as the power sector grapples with coal and nuclear plant closures. Neil Chatterjee, speaking as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, in comments to EPA said any rule with far-reaching effects on the bulk power system should be underpinned by deep analysis. [ read more … ]

States, cities seek to borrow billions to confront warming

By Amanda Albright, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-11-06 15:49:25

Dan Gelber, the mayor of Miami Beach, Fla., says climate change will be a homeowner’s worst nightmare. “If you own a home and you find that your roof has a problem or you find out there’s a termite infestation, you have to take care of it,” he said. “That’s what climate change is. Sea-level rise has created challenges that have to be addressed. For local governments, they don’t go away unless you do something about them.” [ read more … ]

Enviros urge White House to abandon mercury rule overhaul

Sean Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-06 15:49:55

EPA’s proposal to revisit its 2012 regulations on power plant mercury emissions has yet to be made public, but it’s already drawn the attention of outside groups who have attended White House meetings about the plan. Newly posted meeting summaries on a White House budget office website show that representatives from industry, environmental and regulatory groups have met with administration officials in recent weeks about EPA’s forthcoming proposal. [ read more … ]

Washburn University to eventually provide most electricity from wind

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-11-06 15:49:41

Washburn University in Topeka says it is committed to providing most of its energy from a Westar wind farm in the future. Washburn and Westar Energy announced Monday they have signed a 20-year agreement for energy produced by a new wind farm. [ read more … ]

Government files more motions against kids’ climate case

Benjamin Hulac, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-06 15:48:55

The Trump administration is trying to freeze a federal climate lawsuit, arguing the plaintiffs in the case are seeking a right that does not exist. In court papers yesterday, the government urged a district court in Oregon, where the case was filed, and an appellate court to step [ read more … ]

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