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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 4, 2019

Top Stories

Pelosi calls for climate action after retaking speaker’s gavel

George Cahlink, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-01-04 04:22:34

California Democrat Nancy Pelosi yesterday reclaimed the speakership of the House, emphasizing in her first address that the American people better understand the “urgency” to address climate change than Congress. Pelosi did not offer specific policy proposals in a speech that mostly focused on Congress’ oversight role. But she highlighted the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis that she created to hold hearings and make recommendations on how to address global warming. [ read more … ]

Senators seek no ‘fight’ after McIntyre’s death

Hannah Northey and Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-01-04 04:22:17

The death of Kevin McIntyre, a Republican member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, was met yesterady on Capitol Hill with somber acknowledgement and calls to avoid a messy search for his successor. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, the incoming ranking Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, told E&E News he wants to see a smooth confirmation process for McIntyre’s successor. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Va., neighbors should form regional offshore wind partnership — report

David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-01-04 04:24:13

Virginia’s governor made public last week a report calling for a multistate offshore wind collaborative that would aim to create a common industrial base in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. It’s the latest call for cooperation on offshore wind policy to emerge from the East Coast, where several states are angling for first-mover advantage as purveyors of turbine parts and industry labor. The idea is that each state ends up maximizing its strengths, if it coordinates with others. [ read more … ]

Here come the Dems. Can one win the White House on climate?

Adam Aton, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-01-04 04:36:53

Washington Gov. Jay Insleed yesterday became the latest Democrat to announce his presidential plans, previewing a campaign built around climate action. Green jobs were the focus of his curtain-raiser interview with The Atlantic. And last month, he outlined a low-emissions agenda to supplant his other preferred policy, a carbon tax. Most of the 2020 Democratic field isn’t far behind. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: You can’t manage what you don’t measure, time for nationwide carbon reporting

By Charles Hernick and Benjamin Backer, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2019-01-04 04:24:36

If we are committed to reducing emissions, the federal government can support state and private sector led movement through a single, national voluntary tracking systems. A voluntary federal framework for carbon reporting and offset exchange would increase transparency and accountability in the carbon space and is an actionable solution to the growing concerns over carbon emissions. [ read more … ]

NRCM Optimistic About Maine’s Clean Energy Future Under New Governor

  •  By Betsy Lillian, North American Wind Power  •  Posted 2019-01-04 04:24:58

On the eve of Janet Mills’ inauguration as Maine’s 75th governor, the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) is hopeful for the state’s renewable energy future following the administration of the current governor, Paul LePage. The first woman to hold the post, Mills has stated in several interviews since her election that action to address climate change and efforts to promote renewable energy will be top priorities for her administration, according to the NRCM. [ read more … ]

5 legal fights on climate for 2019

Benjamin Hulac, E&E News reporter  •  By Betsy Lillian, North American Wind Power  •  Posted 2019-01-04 04:25:19

The field of lawsuits related to climate change is set to expand in 2019 following a year of setbacks and delays. President Trump elevated climate change last year by denying the science around it. That collided with a string of court cases alleging that oil companies are making the oceans rise and with investigations by state attorneys general over potential fraud by Exxon Mobil Corp. A group of fishermen entered the fray by claiming that emissions from Big Oil are affecting their livelihood. [ read more … ]

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