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March 13, 2019

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Murkowski, Manchin break with colleagues on Green New Deal

Mike Lee, Jenny Mandel and Edward Klump, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-03-13 04:23:28

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and ranking member Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) delivered a message of unity on climate change here yesterday. But their remarks at CERAWeek by IHS Markit meant sometimes contradicting party colleagues and leaders back in Washington, D.C.
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Policy & Politics

Trump’s budget seeks cuts to climate research and renewable energy programs

By Chris Mooney, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-03-13 04:24:02

The 2020 Trump administration budget overview document, released on Monday, doesn’t even bring up the subject of climate change in laying out the president’s major priorities. Yet as in prior years, it telegraphs what the U.S. government thinks of climate change — mostly by proposing, in the fine print released individually by separate agencies, numerous cuts to climate research, adaptation, and renewable energy programs. [ read more … ]

Hill scoffs at Trump’s environment and energy cuts

George Cahlink and Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-03-13 04:23:45

Sharp environmental and energy funding reductions proposed in the White House’s fiscal 2020 budget request yesterday aren’t likely to fly on a divided Capitol Hill, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle say. Lawmakers are at best noncommittal and, in many cases, resistant to President Trump’s plan that would cut domestic spending by 5 percent below current spending for fiscal 2020. [ read more … ]

San Francisco’s Version of a Green New Deal Is Taking Over Its Power Company

By David R Baker, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-03-13 04:24:37

What happens when a famously left-leaning city dives into the buttoned-down business of electric utilities? San Francisco may soon find out. City officials are studying the possibility of creating their own utility out of the wreckage of PG&E Corp., the energy giant that filed for bankruptcy in January. The city would buy the company’s local wires—or possibly seize them through eminent domain—to create a utility that would be, well, very San Francisco.
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Nuclear bailout shows why it’s tough to green the grid

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-03-13 04:24:54

Pennsylvania lawmakers introduced a bill yesterday to save the state’s ailing nuclear facilities, setting up a legislative showdown over the future of the electric grid in one of America’s most carbon-intensive states. The bill’s introduction prompted swift debate in Harrisburg, the state capital, where lawmakers have long mulled efforts to prop up struggling nuclear facilities. [ read more … ]

Study Finds Racial Gap Between Who Causes Air Pollution And Who Breathes It

By Jonathan Lambert. NPR  •    •  Posted 2019-03-13 04:25:26

Pollution, much like wealth, is not distributed equally in the United States. Scientists and policymakers have long known that black and Hispanic Americans tend to live in neighborhoods with more pollution of all kinds, than white Americans. And because pollution exposure can cause a range of health problems, this inequity could be a driver of unequal health outcomesacross the U.S. [ read more … ]

Xcel Energy works to meet aggressive clean energy goal

By Allen Best, Energy News Network/Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-03-13 04:25:54

As states, cities and towns set goals for 100 percent renewable energy, critics question whether it can actually be done, and done cost-effectively. In Colorado, Xcel Energy Inc. said its recently announced goal of 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 can be achieved with existing technology. Costs of renewables have declined, weather forecasts have improved, and engineers have learned how to integrate higher and higher levels of clean power without sacrificing reliability [ read more … ]

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