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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 30, 2018

Top Stories

Senate will vote on FERC nominee next week

Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-30 04:43:52

The Senate is readying to vote next week on the nomination of President Trump’s controversial pick to fill the last spot on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. With Republican support, that likely means Bernard McNamee, the current executive director of the Department of Energy’s Office of Policy, could be ready to join the commission by the end of next week. [ read more … ]

More than 40 percent of world coal plants are unprofitable: report

By Nina Chestney, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-11-30 04:44:10

More than 40 percent of the world’s coal plants are operating at a loss due to high fuel costs and that proportion could to rise to nearly 75 percent by 2040, a report by environmental think-tank Carbon Tracker showed on Friday. Institutional investors are increasingly divesting from fossil fuel companies due to the risk their assets will become stranded as tougher emissions cut targets discourage their use and renewable energy becomes even cheaper. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Global warming enters infrastructure talks

Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-30 04:44:37

As momentum builds for an infrastructure deal in the next Congress, a major new report is thrusting climate change into infrastructure talks on the Hill. The second volume of the National Climate Assessment, a sweeping report produced by 13 federal agencies, warns that the lives and safety of Americans are already being harmed by climate change [ read more … ]

Climate bill seen as a battle cry for future Congress fights

Adam Aton, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-30 04:44:53

Two House Republicans signed onto a climate change bill that’s more ambitious than Hillary Clinton’s 2016 platform. But neither Francis Rooney of Florida nor Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania got on a media call earlier this week to brag about it. Nor did they show up to a press conference about it yesterday. Afterward, reporters received their statements of support — emailed by the office of Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), the bill’s sponsor. Those small moments offered a snapshot of the larger dynamics unfolding in politics and the media. [ read more … ]

Renewable quotas don’t cut emissions on their own — study

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-30 04:45:07

“Climate policy doesn’t exist in a vacuum,” said Brilé Anderson, a co-author of the report. “You at the same time have to pay attention to the brown side of the equation. If you don’t think about phasing out fossil fuels or carbon capture opportunities, then the effect is limited.” [ read more … ]

Petition argues Pa. has duty to enact cap and trade

Benjamin Hulac, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-30 04:45:23

Pennsylvania is under pressure to establish and manage a cap-and-trade program, an effort that, if enacted, would limit greenhouse gas emissions throughout the state’s economy. The Clean Air Council, a Philadelphia-based environmental group, filed a formal petition urging state agencies to draw up such a market, arguing that “excessive” greenhouse gas levels pose an “existential threat” to the state’s climate and natural resources. [ read more … ]

Trump on climate change: ‘People like myself, we have very high levels of intelligence but we’re not necessarily such believers.’

By Brady Dennis, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2018-11-30 04:45:39

President Trump on this week dismissed a landmark report compiled by 13 federal agencies detailing how damage from global warming is intensifying throughout the country, saying he is not among the “believers” who see climate change as a pressing problem. The comments were the president’s most extensive yet on why he disagrees with his own government’s analysis, which found that climate change poses a severe threat to the health of Americans, as well as to the country’s infrastructure, economy and natural resources [ read more … ]

Trump tries to quell climate attention. It rises instead

Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-30 04:45:54

The Trump administration’s rebuke of a 1,700-page climate report produced by 13 federal agencies has fueled a week of media coverage that shows little sign of dying down. The National Climate Assessment was dropped on Black Friday, an obscure time that was widely perceived as an attempt to bury the report. Instead, it’s been given extra life. [ read more … ]

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