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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 2, 2019

Top Story

Texan’s Big Bet on a Fossil-Fuel Future for California

By Ivan Penn and Thomas Kaplan, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-04-02 04:27:27

California has positioned itself as a leader in the fight against climate change. It leads the nation by far in solar power. And it is working to reduce carbon emissions throughout the energy sector, with a goal of making the electricity grid carbon-free within a generation. But its clean-energy goals are colliding with a Texas billionaire who has staked a fossil-fuel claim in California and is aiming to get federal regulators on his side. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Wheeler, Perry and host of admin officials due on the Hill

By Manuel Quiñones, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-02 04:26:51

Several hearings this week may focus on the disconnect between the White House’s spending blueprint and statements from top officials and President Trump. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler will make his first appearance on Capitol Hill for this latest round of budget hearings. Wheeler will have to defend the administration’s proposal to slash his agency by nearly a third, particularly tomorrow during a House panel hearing controlled by Democrats. [ read more … ]

Pete Buttigieg is having a moment. Here’s his climate record

Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-02 04:27:37

When the Trump EPA scrubbed climate change data from its website, Pete Buttigieg took swift action. The Democratic presidential hopeful, who currently serves as the mayor of South Bend, Ind., promptly hosted an archived version of the webpages on the city’s website. [ read more … ]

Cities go dark for Earth Hour, bring light to climate change

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-04-02 04:27:56

Cities around the world marked Earth Hour on Saturday by turning off lights at 8:30 p.m. local time in a call for global action on climate change. Earth Hour, spearheaded by the World Wildlife Fund, calls for greater awareness and more sparing use of resources, especially fossil fuels that produce carbon gases and lead to global warming. Beginning in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour has spread to more than 180 countries, with tens of millions of people joining in. [ read more … ]

Montana Students’ solar energy bill fails to win lawmakers’ support

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-04-02 04:28:14

A group of Montana high school students say they will continue working on a bill to install solar energy at more schools in state. The proposal failed to pass the state’s House Energy, Telecommunications and Federal Relations Committee, but lawmakers said they would like to work with the student members of Bozeman High School’s Solar Schools Club. [ read more … ]

Group tied to shadowy network created $93T estimate for Green New Deal

By Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-02 04:28:31

What’s in a number? When it comes to the $93 trillion estimate for the Green New Deal, created by its critics, the answer is found in a network of interlinked groups: a think tank, its political arm and a super political action committee. Add a web of secret donors, and eager lawmakers, and you have the blurry outlines of an echo chamber that propels an unverified claim into the orbit of Washington politics. [ read more … ]

Home, work chargers to become ‘relics’ — CEO

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-02 04:28:48

The chief executive for one of the nation’s largest electric-vehicle charging companies said last week that home and workplace chargers will eventually become “relics,” as drivers ditch their cars in favor of ride-hailing services and public transportation. In perhaps 10 or 20 years, ChargePoint Inc. CEO Pasquale Romano said, cities and suburbs could begin converting parking garages into charging depots for buses, shuttles and ride-hailing drivers. Companies like ChargePoint would move away from servicing private cars to acting as managers of those depots’ networks. [ read more … ]

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