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November 19, 2018

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Democrats and Republicans eye working together on small-ball climate legislation

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2018-11-19 04:19:50

Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., who is expected to lead the Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on environment, outlined provisions they would support in an infrastructure bill. In particular, they would favor: improving energy efficiency in publicly funded projects; modernizing the electricity grid to accommodate the use of more wind and solar; rebuilding transmission and distribution lines to make them more resilient to severe weather events and wildfires; accelerating the deployment of electric vehicle charging stations; and providing incentives for localities to purchase electric buses. [ read more … ]

Dems know it’s warming but not how to fix it

Mark K. Matthews and Scott Waldman, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-11-19 04:21:45

Climate change is the first big fight for congressional Democrats as they prepare to take control of the House next year. It’s fracturing the party along fault lines of turf, strategy and age. At issue is which lawmakers should lead the way, as well as the scope of potential legislation. How the intraparty feud plays out could foreshadow the aggressiveness with which House Democrats try to tackle climate change over the next two years, a critical period that will shape the party’s positions on the environment as it tries to rip the White House away from President Trump. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Op-Ed: New Mexico Governor-elect Grisham: I climbed a wind turbine and won. Voters across US chose climate leaders.

By Governor-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham, USAToday  •    •  Posted 2018-11-19 04:20:45

About a dozen of the governors-elect campaigned on strong clean energy platforms. I proposed transitioning New Mexico to 50 percent renewable energy by 2030 and 80 percent by 2040. Our neighbors in Nevada and Colorado also elected governors who strongly support climate action and clean energy and pledged to strengthen their states’ renewable energy portfolios. Governors-elect in Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan and Maine have committed to similar goals. This is not just an opportunity for Democrats: several re-elected Republican governors, including Kim Reynolds of Iowa, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Larry Hogan of Maryland, are poised to move their states forward on clean energy.

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What exactly is the ‘Green New Deal’?

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-19 04:20:13

In a Democratic clash on Capitol Hill, progressives are pushing an ambitious plan to wean the U.S. off fossil fuels, boost renewables and build a “smart” grid. Meet the “Green New Deal.” The proposal, drawing inspiration from President Franklin Roosevelt’s Depression-era New Deal, is one that progressives — led by Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), a rising star on the left — want Democratic leaders to embrace. [ read more … ]

New Dem governors eye power-sector cuts. What about cars?

Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-19 04:21:13

Climate hawks are cheering after Democrats wrested control of governors’ mansions in key states last week. There’s just one problem. While many of the new Democratic governors have ambitious plans for curbing emissions from the power sector, they haven’t said much about emissions from the transportation sector — an increasingly important part of the climate puzzle. [ read more … ]

DOE searches for certainty in the grid’s future

Peter Behr, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-19 04:24:09

Are the barrages of extreme weather and growing cybersecurity threats increasing or reducing the need for new high-voltage transmission lines? A room full of officials and experts from power companies, grid operators and research labs never resolved the question, the first of a page full of queries posed by Department of Energy staff at a workshop yesterday called to refresh DOE’s triennial grid congestion assessment. [ read more … ]

Who makes the turbines? In Northeast, battle heats up

David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-19 04:24:25

A low-key competition to claim a cornerstone role for the East Coast’s offshore wind industry escalated here yesterday, at a “speed dating”-style networking forum that paired off Europe’s major players with hundreds of local businesses. The idea behind the forum, one soon to be replicated in New Jersey, was to introduce global project developers, turbine and cable manufacturers, and others to the people who could staff and supply their U.S.-based projects. [ read more … ]

Romney signals anti-warming push

Hannah Northey and Geof Koss, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-11-19 04:23:50

Utah Sen.-elect Mitt Romney signaled he may focus on climate change when he’s sworn in January. In a brief interview with E&E News yesterday, the former Republican presidential nominee said he sees climate change as a “critical area.” Asked if it was an issue he planned to be active on in the Senate, Romney said that he intends “to be active in everything I can be active in” after he takes his post.
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Grassley to take Finance gavel

Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-19 04:23:18

The self-proclaimed father of the wind production tax credit and longtime ethanol backer Chuck Grassley announced today that he will take the reins of the Senate Finance Committee next year. The Iowa Republican, who as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee in this Congress shepherded two of President Trump’s nominees to the Supreme Court, will leave that position to take the Finance gavel opened up by the retirement of current Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). [ read more … ]

Trump says will make acting EPA head Wheeler permanent

By Jeff Mason, Timothy Gardner and Makini Brice, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-11-19 04:22:40

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he would nominate the acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, to take on the position permanently. Wheeler, a long-time Washington insider known to shun the spotlight, took the reins at the EPA in July after former Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned. Pruitt faced a slew of ethics controversies that included his first-class travel, round-the-clock security detail, and expensive office equipment.
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Battle lines drawn for Wheeler confirmation fight

By Kevin Bogardus and Hannah Northey, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-11-19 04:23:00

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler could have a tough confirmation fight on his hands. Environmental groups came out against Wheeler’s expected nomination for the top job at EPA within minutes of President Trump announcing his plans today to pick Wheeler at a Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House. [ read more … ]


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