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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 7, 2019

Top Story

Trump Again Seeks Deep Cuts in Renewable Energy Funding

By Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-03-07 04:31:38

The Trump administration is again seeking severe cuts to the U.S. Energy Department division charged with renewable energy and energy efficiency research, according to a department official familiar with the plan. The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy would see its $2.3 billion budget slashed by about 70 percent, to $700 million, under President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2020 budget request, which is set to be released on Monday.
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Policy & Politics

Why Europe Pays Less Than U.S. to Put Power Lines Underground

By David Baker, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-03-07 04:33:12

PG&E Corp.’s statement last week that the deadly Camp Fire will likely be blamed on the company’s equipment is adding fuel to a perennial California debate: Should power lines be placed underground? Overhead cables whipping about in wind storms have for years sparked massive fires in the state, whereas even the most powerful gale can’t touch lines buried in the earth. If Europe can place many of its electrical lines underground, the argument goes, why can’t California? [ read more … ]

Group urges Hill to include carbon capture in broad plan

Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-03-07 04:34:53

In a letter to House and Senate leaders, the Carbon Capture Coalition said it is “ready to work” on various carbon capture measures floating around Congress and to build on the 45Q tax credit expansion passed into law last year. “The good news is that the United States remains the global leader in carbon capture and storage, having successfully demonstrated the technology at commercial scale in multiple industries over the past half century,” the group wrote. “We must do more to maintain that leadership.” [ read more … ]

Maine governor taps new energy director

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-03-07 04:34:03

Democratic Maine Gov. Janet Mills has tapped a Maine native who spent the last eight years working on climate and energy policy in Massachusetts to serve as her new energy office director. Mills described Dan Burgess as a highly qualified leader on state energy policies and said she looks forward to working with him “to chart a path to Maine’s clean energy future.” [ read more … ]

House Energy and Commerce Republicans ditch climate denial

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-03-07 06:09:53

“We now are speaking for our party on that committee and not allowing others to tell the public what they think Republicans are about,” Walden said. “I suffered through a lot of that and just ignored it. I said, ‘I’m not going to ignore it anymore; I’ll say what I’m for and what I’m not for.'” The result is climate kumbayah on Energy and Commerce and an acceptance of science from its GOP members that would have been shocking just a few years ago and is still unusual in other committee rooms. [ read more … ]

Fireworks in the Senate over Green New Deal

Manuel Quiñones, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-03-07 04:33:45

When Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) was speaking, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) asked, “What would he do about climate change?” Schumer added, “We know what he’s against. What is he for?” Cornyn replied, “I know what their talking points are now.” He continued attacking the Green New Deal as a “travesty.” [ read more … ]

Schumer proposes Senate climate change select committee

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-03-07 04:35:15

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) today proposed a Senate version of the climate change select committee in yet another rebuttal to Republican rhetoric about the Green New Deal. “Over the next few decades, climate change will affect every part of American life — our health, our economy, our national security, even our geography — so if there was ever an issue that demanded particular focus from this chamber, it’s climate change,” Schumer said in his morning remarks on the floor.
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Trump climate deregulation could boost CO2 emissions by 200 mln tonnes a year -study

By Valerie Volcovici;, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2019-03-07 04:35:53

The Trump administration’s plans to roll back climate change regulations could boost U.S. carbon emissions by over 200 million tonnes a year by 2025, according to a report on Tuesday prepared for state attorneys general. The increase from the world’s second-biggest greenhouse gas emitter behind China would hobble global efforts to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, which scientists say is caused by burning fossil fuels and will lead to devastating sea-level rise, droughts and more frequent powerful storms. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: No moonshot needed: A clean energy future is within our grasp

By Tom Kiernan, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2019-03-07 04:35:34

This week, Americans from across the country working in wind energy have made their way to Washington. They have one mission in mind—educating Congress about the ways U.S. wind power is benefitting their communities while powering the future with reliable, affordable, clean electricity. And there’s an important point about that clean energy Congress needs to understand—we don’t need a moonshot to get there. It’s true that our power system is undergoing a period of rapid change as new innovations replace legacy technologies. But there is a key difference between landing a man on the moon and advancing the way we power our lives. [ read more … ]

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