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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 18, 2019

Today’s Wind & Solar Energy News will not publish on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  It resumes on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

Top Story

Climate forecast: World is ‘sleepwalking into catastrophe’

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-01-17 16:07:37

Climate change is the biggest threat to the planet, the World Economic Forum said yesterday in a sweeping catalog of global risks. The institution’s annual analysis of economic dangers worldwide named extreme weather, natural disasters, man-made environmental disasters, biodiversity loss and failure to adapt to climate change as the chief perils to societ [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

N.Y. unveils ‘Green New Deal’

David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-01-17 16:08:01

New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced an ambitious set of clean energy goals yesterday that he framed as a “Green New Deal” for the state. The agenda’s slew of ramped-up targets, investments and planning initiatives touched on everything from renewable power and energy storage to building emissions and environmental protection, adding to the state’s claim to be the East Coast’s leader on climate action. [ read more … ]

N.M. gov. pitches aggressive plan on emissions, renewables

By Mike Lee, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-01-17 16:08:23

Lujan Grisham said in her first State of the State speech this week that New Mexico will join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a consortium of governors that’s trying to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris climate accord. She also said she’ll sign an order telling state agencies to cut their greenhouse gas emissions and will seek legislation to boost the state’s renewable power portfolio standard to 50 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2040.
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From Greenspan to Yellen, Economic Brain Trust Backs Carbon Tax

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-01-17 16:08:52

An all-star lineup of economists, from Alan Greenspan to Paul Volcker, is endorsing a plan to combat climate change by slapping a tax on greenhouse gas emissions and then distributing the revenue to American households. [ read more … ]

EPA won’t freeze fuel economy standards as Wheeler faces confirmation vote

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-01-17 16:09:15

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to increase fuel efficiency standards for vehicles by 0.5% a year, a leading Democrat senator said Wednesday — a goal higher than the agency’s original proposal, but significantly lower than rules finalized by the Obama administration. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: We Need More Than Solar and Wind to Power the Green New Deal

By Jesse Jenkins and Samuel Thernstrom, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-01-17 16:09:32

Since the early days of the modern environmental movement, activists have embraced solar and wind power. A “small is beautiful” mantra guided a “soft path” to the renewables revolution. That vision inspired an open letter sent last week by hundreds of grass-roots environmental groups to Congress demanding a rapid transition to 100 percent renewable energy and explicitly rejecting virtually all forms of emissions-free power except solar and wind. [ read more … ]

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