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December 5, 2018

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Trump wants to kill subsidies for EVs, renewables

Maxine Joselow and Christa Marshall, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-12-05 04:38:15

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said yesterday that the White House wants to end subsidies for electric vehicles and other items, including renewable energy. “As a matter of our policy, we want to end all of those subsidies,” Kudlow told reporters, according to Reuters. “And by the way, other subsidies that were imposed during the Obama administration, we are ending, whether it’s for renewables and so forth.” [ read more … ]

Special Report: Wall Street cleans up on ‘clean’ coal subsidies

By Tim McLaughlin, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-12-05 04:38:53

Earlier this year, the chief financial officer of global insurance giant Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. explained to analysts how the company had turned a little-known U.S. energy subsidy into a profit machine, worth hundreds of millions of dollars to its bottom line. The money came from the U.S. “clean coal” tax credit, a provision of the American Jobs Act of 2004 meant to encourage the use of chemically treated coal to cut pollution in the nation’s power plants. [ read more … ]

George H.W. Bush

The Energy 202: How George H.W. Bush helped turn acid rain into a problem of yesteryear

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2018-12-05 04:39:10

The signing of the 1990 Clean Air Act was Bush’s biggest contribution to his significant if imperfect environmental legacy. The law is credited for making acid rain an issue largely  of yesteryear. It did so through a market-based mechanism that at the time was experimental but since then has been heralded by economists and environmentalists as enormously effective. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

After new governor takes oath, climate site vanishes

Kelsey Brugger, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-12-05 04:39:56

On the day that Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R) was sworn in, the state’s climate change website went out. Clicking on climatechange.gov.alaska.gov now brings up a notice that the site cannot be reached. Under former Gov. Bill Walker (I), the site highlighted the work on climate change. [ read more … ]

‘Green New Deal’ becoming progressive ‘rallying cry’

Hannah Northey and Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-12-05 04:39:26

Progressive Democrats’ pitch for a “Green New Deal” is short on detail but long on a hope it carries a heavy political punch. Proponents of the blueprint — which hypothetically constitutes one of the largest social and economic mobilizations since World War II — acknowledge that little action is possible until at least 2021, assuming a Democrat is in the White House. [ read more … ]

‘Green New Deal’ is actually an old idea

Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-12-05 04:39:40

In 2016, an aspiring politician was trumpeting a “Green New Deal” to address climate change. The person making those calls, though, wasn’t Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who was only 26 years old at the time and still working as a waitress and bartender. It was Jill Stein, the then-Green Party presidential nominee. A central plank of her campaign was a clean energy jobs plan that would provide employment and a livable wage for up to 20 million people [ read more … ]

Utility Aims for Zero Carbon Emission From Electric Power

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-12-05 04:40:16

A utility serving 3.6 million electricity customers in eight states said Tuesday it will try to eliminate all its carbon emissions from electrical generation by 2050. Xcel Energy CEO Ben Fowke acknowledged that not all the technologies the company needs to meet that goal are available yet on a commercial scale, but he said he is encouraged by advances in clean energy technology. [ read more … ]

Denmark, Britain top global league for climate measures: report

By Susanna Twidale, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-12-05 04:40:37

Denmark and Britain are the top countries when it comes to implementing measures to fight climate change, although Britain has lagged in phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, a report published by academics said on Wednesday. The report was launched as delegates from more than 190 nations meet in Poland to flesh out how to reach commitments made under the 2015 Paris Agreement to keep the rise in global temperature below 2 degrees Celsius this century. [ read more … ]

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