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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 27, 2018

Top Story

Bipartisan group to introduce carbon fee bill

Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-27 04:09:21

The bill would put a $15-per-metric-ton fee on carbon starting in 2019 and rising by $10 a year until certain emissions reduction goals are met, according to draft text obtained by E&E News. The fee would primarily target the oil, gas and coal industries, and the money would be distributed to households through a trust fund administered by the Treasury Department. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Following Democratic victories, states up ante on clean energy

By James Osborne, Houston Chronicle  •    •  Posted 2018-11-27 04:24:55

President Donald Trump, one of fossil fuels’ best friends, faces a backlash against his efforts to unravel government support for renewable energy in state capitols from Maine to Nevada. In January, Democrats who ran campaigns promising to transition their states away from oil, natural gas and other fossil fuels will replace Republican governors in six states that include Colorado, New Mexico, Wisconsin and Illinois. [ read more … ]

Next step in climate fight: End oil and gas production

Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-27 04:09:51

The next big step for climate policy might be almost too obvious: Stop producing oil and gas. A study published today in the journal Nature Climate Change lays out the rationale for limiting production of fossil fuels, rather than consumption. [ read more … ]

The World Needs to Quit Coal. Why Is It So Hard?

By Somini Sengupta, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-11-27 04:10:12

Scientists have repeatedly warned of its looming dangers, most recently on Friday, when a major scientific report issued by 13 United States government agencies warned that the damage from climate change could knock as much as 10 percent off the size of the American economy by century’s end if significant steps aren’t taken to rein in warming. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: Let wind ban expire — wind, military, birds can coexist

By Andrew Hutson, Daily Advance  •    •  Posted 2018-11-27 04:10:44

As executive director of Audubon North Carolina — a state office of the National Audubon Society — people are sometimes perplexed when I tell them our organization supports responsible wind energy projects. People have memories of poorly designed wind projects from the 1970s that led to large numbers of bird deaths, including California’s Altamont Pass Wind Farm, and therefore assume that Audubon is opposed to wind energy. [ read more … ]

Climate trial halted as Trump admin seeks to bar witnesses

Benjamin Hulac, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-27 04:11:05

The Trump administration is seeking to thwart certain witnesses from testifying in support of young Americans suing the federal government in a landmark climate change lawsuit. They include the relatives of some of the plaintiffs, a former White House climate expert and a climate researcher from Columbia University’s law school. [ read more … ]

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