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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 19, 2019

Top Story

Flooding in the Midwest: Why the Water Is So High

By Adeel Hassan, New York Tmes  •    •  Posted 2019-03-19 04:14:57

A historic snowy winter is turning into record spring flooding across a wide area in the middle of the United States, as major rivers spill over their banks, break levees and inundate towns and farms. The governors of Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin have declared emergencies, and Iowa’s governor has issued a disaster proclamation. At least two people in Nebraska have died in the floodwaters, and two others are missing. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Trump wants to gut clean energy spending — budget documents

Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-03-19 04:15:36

The Trump administration is proposing to cancel some $287 million in current unobligated balances at the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy to close out the program by 2022, according to additional fiscal 2020 budget request documents released today. That amount would represent 78 percent of ARPA-E’s $366 million appropriated by Congress in fiscal 2019. The fiscal 2020 request includes no new funding for the program. [ read more … ]

New energy regulator Bernard McNamee tries to prove he’s not a rubber stamp for Trump’s coal agenda

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2019-03-19 04:17:30

“Hopefully those who had doubts about me see how I have been acting, that I was sincere I want to be an independent commissioner and not look at things through politics,” McNamee told the Washington Examiner this week at the CERAWeek energy industry conference in Houston, his first media interview since being confirmed. [ read more … ]

Gore: U.S. getting close to political shift on climate change

By Bill Barrow, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-03-19 04:15:59

Former Vice President Al Gore believes the U.S. is nearing a political tipping point, with the 2020 Democratic presidential field offering voters the chance to replace President Trump with someone “committed heart and soul” to combating climate change. Gore, who emerged as a leading climate activist after losing the 2000 presidential election, told the Associated Press in a Friday interview that he won’t take sides in his party’s wide-open nominating fight. [ read more … ]

D.C. girds for Exxon climate battle

Ellen M. Gilmer, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-03-19 04:16:27

The District of Columbia’s top lawyer is preparing for a potential courtroom fight against one of the biggest oil companies in the world. Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl Racine (D) last week revealed plans to hire climate lawyers to focus on an investigation and potential litigation against Exxon Mobil Corp. over the company’s public disclosures regarding climate change.
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How Trump’s new rule-slashing judge could sway green issues

Ellen M. Gilmer and Niina Heikkinen, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-03-19 04:16:45

President Trump’s deregulatory boss is now seated on one of the most powerful courts in the nation, where she’ll have lifetime tenure to influence environmental policy and other issues. Neomi Rao ws sworn un yesterday to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a forum with broad authority to review regulations and federal agency decisions, among other things. [ read more … ]

Tesla faces new rival in solar rooftop quest

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-03-19 04:17:10

Elon Musk recently declared 2019 as the “year of the solar roof.” The Tesla Inc. chief executive officer may be right — but not in the way he’s expecting. While the automaker tries to ramp up production of its textured glass, solar cell-embedded rooftop tiles, another group of formidable rivals is emerging: roofers. [ read more … ]

Chatterjee lands another political appointee

Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-03-19 04:17:48

Michael Smith has the sort of early career a lot of young people who come to Washington, D.C., would covet. Less than five years since graduating from the University of Tulsa, Smith in October was designated a “Schedule C” political appointee and named as policy adviser to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Neil Chatterjee.
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