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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

May 28, 2019

Top Story

Trump Administration Hardens Its Attack on Climate Science

By Coral Davenport and Mark Landler, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-05-28 05:13:02

In the next few months, the White House will complete the rollback of the most significant federal effort to curb greenhouse-gas emissions, initiated during the Obama administration. It will expand its efforts to impose Mr. Trump’s hard-line views on other nations, building on his retreat from the Paris accord and his recent refusal to sign a communiqué to protect the rapidly melting Arctic region unless it was stripped of any references to climate change. And, in what could be Mr. Trump’s most consequential action yet, his administration will seek to undermine the very science on which climate change policy rests. [ read more … ]

Collins offering bill to boost battery research as GOP pushes energy ‘innovation’

By Rebecca Beitsch, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2019-05-27 13:59:29

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is introducing a bill Wednesday to boost the reliability of wind and solar electricity, one of the first of what may be several Republican energy bills in the pipeline. Collins’s bill looks to provide $60 million annually for five years toward developing batteries and other types of next-generation storage as a backstop for intermittent generation. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

UPS Signs Biggest Renewable Gas Deal With Clean Energy Fuels

By Emily Chasan, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-05-27 13:59:54

United Parcel Service Inc. has agreed to buy the equivalent of 170 million gallons of renewable natural gas from Clean Energy Fuels Corp. over the next seven years in what the company described as the biggest-ever deal involving the alternative fuel. The contract, worth about $95 million based on current natural gas prices, runs through 2025, according to UPS. The company said renewable natural gas will ultimately make up 40% of its total fuel purchases for ground transportation. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: Farms are suffering from climate change and Trump’s trade war. Here’s how to help.

By Art Cullen, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-05-27 14:00:44

“We’ve got all our eggs in one basket. This is a wake-up call to change agriculture,” John Norris, former chief of staff to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in the Obama administration, told me recently. “We’re subsidizing cheap grain and cheap pork for China, and we keep farmers just afloat. The only ones benefiting are the traders, the seed and chemical companies, and the Chinese.” [ read more … ]

What if scientists, not politicians, called the shots on climate policy

By D. Michael Langford, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2019-05-27 14:01:14

After three years of relatively little change, global carbon emissions grew last year, reaching an all-time high of 600 million tons, evidence that old philosophies grounded in reducing carbon emissions to zero have failed in a big way. A national clean energy standard, however, takes a new approach that adopts a net zero emissions philosophy. This idea acknowledges that carbon emissions will continue to happen, but that carbon removal technology will compensate for them.  [ read more … ]

Climate Change Is Catching On With Voters. Why Isn’t Jay Inslee?

By Trip Gabriel, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-05-27 14:01:38

After an alarming onslaught of floods, wildfires and catastrophic weather, dire scientific warnings about the impact of a changing planet and a president who dismisses it all, climate change has moved up drastically in polls of Democratic voters’ priorities. In some surveys, it has equaled or topped health care and jobs. And that raises a paradox: Why is the only candidate making climate change the center of his campaign, who has rolled out ambitious policies and has a track record of achievements, Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington, stuck in the polling basement? [ read more … ]

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