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December 6, 2018

Top Story

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Accelerate Like a ‘Speeding Freight Train’ in 2018

By Kendra Pierre-Louis, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-12-06 04:42:07

Greenhouse gas emissions worldwide are growing at an accelerating pace this year, researchers said Wednesday, putting the world on track to face some of the most severe consequences of global warming sooner than expected. Scientists described the quickening rate of carbon dioxide emissions in stark terms, comparing it to a “speeding freight train” and laying part of the blame on an unexpected surge in the appetite for oil as people around the world not only buy more cars but also drive them farther than in the past — more than offsetting any gains from the spread of electric vehicles. [ read more … ]

George H.W. Bush

Late president’s environmental legacy honored at funeral

By Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-12-06 04:41:49

“President Bush’s decision to go forward with strong environmental legislation, including the Clear Air Act, resulted in the acid rain accord with Canada, is a splendid gift to future generations of Americans and Canadians to savor in the air they breathe and water they drink, the forests they enjoy and the lakes, rivers and streams they cherish,” said Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. [ read more … ]

Policy & Polirics

Bloomberg, Focusing on Climate Change, Says He Would Battle the Coal Industry

By Trip Gabriel, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-12-06 04:42:24

On a wintry day, Michael R. Bloomberg stood in black tassel loafers in melting snow while he inspected solar panels on a rooftop, then said he would make climate change “the issue” of the 2020 presidential race. Mr. Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor who is mulling a run for president, was blunt about his determination to combat the impact of human activity on the environment, and he made clear once again his willingness to take on the coal industry. [ read more … ]

The Energy 202: U.S. plans to ‘showcase ways to use fossil fuels’ at a U.N. climate conference

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2018-12-06 04:42:49

The Trump administration plans to reinsert its voice at the climate conference in Katowice, in southern Poland’s coal country. There the U.S. government will hold a panel titled “U.S. Innovative Technologies Spur Economic Dynamism.” The event is meant to “showcase ways to use fossil fuels as cleanly and efficiently as possible, as well as the use of emission-free nuclear energy,” the State Department said in a statement. [ read more … ]

PacifiCorp shows 60% of its coal units are uneconomic

By Iulia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-12-06 04:44:08

PacifiCorp revealed that 13 of its 22 coal units are more expensive than alternative options, such as clean energy, when discussing its coal fleet as part of a two-day public stakeholder meeting Monday and Tuesday. The Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary used unit-by-unit analysis to calculate a net benefit or cost for taking the coal units offline by 2022, showing nearly 60% of the retirements would lead to savings. But the utility says more analysis is needed before any shutdown decisions are made. [ read more … ]

Trump EV threats ripple through extenders debate

Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-12-06 04:43:08

The White House’s opposition to a key electric vehicle tax break is further complicating efforts to extend an assortment of energy tax breaks in the lame-duck session. Although the EV credit is not scheduled to expire, the annual extenders exercise has been viewed for months as a possible vehicle for changes to the law sought by lawmakers from both parties. [ read more … ]

Ill. to fund cleaner engines with $19M from Volkswagen deal

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-12-06 04:43:26

Illinois officials have allocated the first grants to buy cleaner-burning engines from an emissions lawsuit settlement Volkswagen reached with federal officials. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that $19 million will finance cleaner-burning public-transit trains and buses. [ read more … ]

EVs: Still elite but getting more equitable

Debra Kahn, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-12-06 04:43:50

California’s pursuit of 5 million electric vehicles by 2030 is becoming more equitable in some ways. While the state’s rebate program is overwhelmingly popular with residents of Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, some areas of the Central Valley are actually accessing it in a higher proportion relative to their market share, according to data presented at a state workshop yesterday. [ read more … ]

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