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March 15, 2019

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Senate GOP expected to force vote on Green New Deal in March

By Jordain Carney, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2019-03-15 04:38:47

Senate Republicans will bring the Green New Deal resolution to the floor as they try to jam Democrats on the progressive proposal. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), a member of Senate GOP leadership, said that he expected Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would bring the resolution up for a vote the week of March 25, when the Senate returns from its one-week recess.
“That’s my understanding,” he said. [ read more … ]

Labor opposition to Green New Deal could be a big obstacle

By Sara Sorcher, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-03-15 04:38:26

The Green New Deal just got another opponent — and no, it’s not another Republican. The national arm for labor unions is objecting to the ambitious new plan to combat climate change and could present a thorny problem for Democrats. [ read more … ]

Students to cut class for climate change

Ines Kagubare, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-03-15 04:41:43

The school strikes that have swept across Europe in recent weeks are making their way across the pond. Today, students in dozens of states plan to walk out of schools to protest inaction on climate change. In all, students in nearly 100 countries are expected to participate in the “Fridays for Future” movement demanding world leaders take forceful actions on climate. [ read more … ]

Policy & Poltics

Washington State House passes low-carbon fuels standard

By Rachel La Corte, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-03-15 04:39:17

The measure that would require fuel producers and importers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with gasoline and other transportation fuels passed the Washington state House on Tuesday night. The measure passed on a 53-43 vote and now heads to the Senate for consideration. The bill is a key piece of the legislative agenda of Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, who jumped into the presidential race earlier this month with climate issues at the core of his campaign. [ read more … ]

Kansas City, Missouri, pledges carbon-free government by next year

By Chris Teale, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-03-15 04:39:41

The Kansas City, MO City Council voted unanimously last week to make all the electricity used by government come from carbon-free sources by the end of 2020. The legislation also directs the city to develop a 25-acre, 5 MW community solar farm to purchase more electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid for the city fleet between 2021 and 2026, and to have Energy Star certification for most municipal buildings by 2023. [ read more … ]

Climate bills call for Maine to reduce emissions to 80% below 1990 levels

By Kevin Miller, Press Herald  •    •  Posted 2019-03-15 04:40:05

Maine scientists, fishermen and environmentalists urged lawmakers Wednesday to embrace a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent and begin work on a new “action plan” to address climate change. But while manufacturers and energy producers welcomed the proposed discussions, they warned against setting unrealistic requirements on industries that have already dramatically reduced emissions.
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Maryland State Legislation Could Triple Offshore Wind Energy Capacity

By Shawn Soper, Maryland Coast Dispatch  •    •  Posted 2019-03-15 04:40:21

While it has been quiet for several months on the issue of offshore wind farms, a pair of bills circulating in the General Assembly could, if approved, essentially triple the capacity of wind energy off Maryland’s shores. Since the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) in 2017 approved two offshore wind energy projects off the coast of Ocean City, town officials have been in a prolonged battle to have the two approved companies site their wind turbines as far as 26 nautical miles off the coast, or a distance believed to have the turbines not visible from the shoreline. [ read more … ]

Florida Power & Light proposes country’s largest community solar project at 1,490 MW

By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-03-15 04:41:04

Florida Power & Light (FPL) filed plans for what would be the largest community solar project in the country to state regulators on Wednesday. FPL’s SolarTogether project would consist of 20 solar installations totaling 1,490 MW built over the next two years, pending approval from the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC). That would more than double current U.S. community solar capacity, which was at 1,387 MW through 2018, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). [ read more … ]

There’s a new No. 1 in environmental law programs

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-03-15 04:42:01

Vermont Law School has dropped from its perennial No. 1 ranking in the U.S. News & World Report list of the country’s top environmental law programs after holding the spot for 10 consecutive years (Greenwire, March 20, 2018). This year, Lewis & Clark Law School and Pace University are tied for the top spot. Vermont Law School dropped to fourth on the list. [ read more … ]

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