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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 15, 2019

Top Story

President Trump Can’t Stop U.S. Coal Plants From Retiring

By Scott DiSavino and Stephanie Kelly, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2019-01-14 19:36:27

More U.S. coal-fired power plants were shut in President Donald Trump’s first two years than were retired in the whole of Barack Obama’s first term, despite the Republican’s efforts to prop up the industry to keep a campaign promise to coal-mining states. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Climate action relied on natural gas. Then CO2 spiked

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-01-14 19:37:02

America has followed a simple formula for reducing carbon emissions this century: Retire old coal plants, replace them with natural gas, add a dash of renewables. But the limitations of that approach came into focus in 2018, when power-sector emissions rose for the first time in five years. That bump was all the more notable given a near-record year for coal plant retirements [ read more … ]

Hundreds of environmental groups pressure Congress by backing Green New Deal

By Timothy Cama, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2019-01-14 19:37:13

Hundreds of environmental organizations signed a letter Thursday backing a rapid transition away from fossil fuels in the United States. The groups, led by organizations like Friends of the Earth and the Climate Justice Alliance, told members of the House in the open letter that lawmakers should pursue the Green New Deal, a climate change-fighting concept that calls for 100 percent renewable electricity by 2035 and the decarbonization of other major industries. [ read more … ]

N.J. Governor Murphy Finds Fellow Democrats Are Biggest Obstacle

By Elise Young, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-01-14 19:37:34

Though Murphy signed an executive order with a goal of 3,500 megawatts of offshore wind energy, his administration hasn’t blocked plans for four natural-gas power plants or the 118-mile (190-kilometer) PennEast Pipeline Co. natural-gas line. His administration also maintained Christie’s loosened clean-water rules, carried on Christie’s tradition of raiding an environmental fund to patch a budget hole and enacted a ratepayer-funded $300 million nuclear-industry subsidy — all against the Sierra Club’s recommendations. [ read more … ]

Documents hint at warming’s effects since 1965

Benjamin Hulac, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-01-14 19:38:06

In the winter of 1986, a group of senators expressed their concern about the “altered planet” in a letter to John Gibbons, director of the Office of Technology Assessment, which helped Congress on complex scientific topics. After three days of hearings on the “greenhouse effect,” they were alarmed. [ read more … ]

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