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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 29, 2019

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Factbox: Tariff wars – duties imposed by Trump and U.S. trading partners | Reuters

By Reuters  •    •  Posted 2019-01-30 04:33:07

U.S. President Donald Trump has rattled the world trade order by imposing unilateral tariffs to combat what he calls unfair trade practices by China, the European Union and other major trading partners of the United States. The actions led to tit-for-tat retaliation, including a tariff war with China that Washington and Beijing are trying find a way out of in talks this week. Here is a rundown of major U.S. tariff actions and retaliatory measures in the past year.
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Policy & Politics

All Red or All Blue, State Legislatures Run to Partisan Sides

By Timothy Williams, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-01-29 04:23:19

The vast majority of the newcomers are Democrats, and as legislatures started new sessions this month, they were already shifting the debate in a number of states to liberal pledges made during their campaigns, including lowering health care costs, promoting gun control, and expanding access to college. Republicans continue to hold majorities in most of the nation’s state capitals, as they have in recent years, but Democrats now control six new legislative chambers, including the Minnesota House of Representatives. Along the way, though, Minnesota — where Republicans hold a narrow majority in the Senate — became the only remaining state in the nation where control of a legislature is divided. [ read more … ]

Colo. bows out of Clean Power Plan challenge

Ellen M. Gilmer, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-01-29 04:23:53

Colorado’s new Democratic attorney general is pulling the state out of a legal challenge to the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. Phil Weiser asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Saturday to withdraw the Centennial State from the case.
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Maine governor moves to install solar panels on mansion

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-01-29 04:24:08

Maine’s new Democratic governor is taking steps to install solar panels on the governor’s mansion as she calls for the state to be more welcoming of renewable energy. Gov. Janet Mills’ administration posted a request for proposals Friday to move ahead on plans to design and install a photovoltaic system that would supply 50 percent of the Blaine House’s electricity needs. [ read more … ]

Wind tax seen as a budget fix — and a foe of industry

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-01-29 04:24:31

Few states rely on tax revenues from the energy industry quite like Wyoming. More than half of the Cowboy State’s revenue comes from coal, oil and natural gas. But Wyoming faces a problem: Coal is in decline, and oil and gas revenues are prone to wild fluctuations. A decade ago, mineral revenues accounted for nearly 70 percent of the state’s tax take. [ read more … ]

The Energy 202: Bill Gates is selling Washington on the promise of nuclear power

By Steven Mufson, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-01-29 04:24:51

Recently Gates visited some key members of Congress. This time he was talking about what he sees as a key part of the answer for combating climate change: a return to nuclear power. And the Microsoft co-founder was trying to persuade Congress to spend billions of dollars over the next decade for pilot projects that would test two or three new designs for nuclear power reactors. [ read more … ]

Renewable chief: ‘I’m not concerned’ about Pallone

David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-01-29 04:25:44

Dan Simmons, the new head of the Department of Energy’s renewables and efficiency office, says he doesn’t have an opinion on the “Green New Deal.” He’s not worried about investigations by incoming House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.). And “affordability” is his No. 1 priority. [ read more … ]

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