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March 27, 2019

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U.S. Senate Republicans Defeat Green New Deal Resolution

By Timothy Gardner, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2019-03-27 04:27:58

Senate Republicans on Tuesday defeated the “Green New Deal” resolution that called for tackling climate change by moving the United States off fossil fuels, while Democrats said the vote was a political stunt on an issue that will rise in importance. The vote was 57 against the resolution in the 100-member chamber, with 43 Democrats voting “present.” Republicans won over Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema and one independent senator, Angus King, who usually votes with the Democrats. [ read more … ]

What K Street’s saying about the Green New Deal

Timothy Cama and Kevin Bogardus, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-03-27 04:28:17

Lobbyists across the spectrum are carrying out a messaging war over the Green New Deal, which the Senate is taking up today. Labor, environmental and industry advocates tell E&E News they’re closely monitoring progress of the resolution put forward by Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). Their measure, introduced in February, would not create binding policy. It seeks to dramatically remake the country’s energy sector, including through a rapid expulsion of fossil fuels from the United States’ economy. [ read more … ]

Hickenlooper slams Green New Deal’s ‘unachievable’ goals

Timothy Cama, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-03-27 04:28:59

Democratic presidential hopeful John Hickenlooper criticized the Green New Deal proposal in an opinion piece today, saying it “sets us up for failure.” Writing in The Washington Post hours before the Senate’s procedural vote on the resolution, Hickenlooper lauded the “concept” of a dramatic shift away from fossil fuels and toward renewable and clean energy. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Growth in U.S., Asia fueled record carbon levels in 2018

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-03-27 04:28:41

Global carbon levels reached a record high last year, as surging demand for fossil fuels in the United States and Asia sent emissions soaring, the International Energy Agency said today. The 33.1 gigatons of energy-related carbon dioxide reported in 2018 represents a 1.7 percent increase over the previous year. It also means emissions have risen in each of the first two full years since the signing of the Paris climate agreement, leaving the world far short of the 26 to 28 percent cut in emissions targeted by 2025. [ read more … ]

Cheap batteries could soon replace gas plants — study

David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-03-27 04:29:18

Power stored in lithium-ion batteries could soon become cheaper than power produced by natural gas-fired “peaker” plants, with that advantage growing in coming years, according to an analysis today from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. That’s because of the global increase in electric vehicle production, which is bringing down the cost of battery packs. Over the last year alone, the levelized cost of electricity from lithium-ion fell some 35 percent per megawatt-hour, BNEF said.
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Greens who once fought nuclear power now lament its demise

John Fialka, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-03-27 04:29:36

American nuclear power is poised to fall off a cliff. A third of U.S. nuclear plants, or about 22 percent of the nation’s total nuclear capacity, either have become unprofitable in the current electricity market or are already scheduled to close, according to a study by one of the nation’s largest environmental groups, the Union of Concerned Scientists. [ read more … ]

Chimneys at Brayton Point toppled to make way for wind energy port

By Breanne Kovatch, Boson Globe  •    •  Posted 2019-03-27 04:30:05

After over 50 years, three of the four chimneys at Somerset’s Brayton Point power plant were toppled Sunday morning as small charges of dynamite went off. According to a video provided to the Globe, the dynamite exploded and the three chimneys fell one after the other. [ read more … ]

Rick Perry calls expanding nuclear energy “the real” Green New Deal

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-03-27 04:30:27

President Trump loves to talk about coal-fired power: Whenever he travels to West Virginia or Kentucky he boasts of bringing back “beautiful clean coal.” Trump talks far less at political rallies about his administration’s efforts to help the nation’s nuclear energy business. Yet on Friday, the president’s top energy official just announced a major $3.7 billion boost to keep afloat the last remaining commercial nuclear reactors under construction in the United States.  [ read more … ]

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