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May 31, 2019

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Cities Are Making Big Climate Promises. Keeping Them Can Be Tough

By Molly Samuel, NPR  •    •  Posted 2019-05-31 04:58:11

The city has been held up as a leader by the Sierra Club, awarded a grant in the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge and given props by climate activist Al Gore, who declared that if Atlanta can do it, any city can do it. But it turns out one thing Atlanta can’t do is choose where its energy comes from. As in many places, the utility — Georgia Power — makes that decision because it’s a monopoly. It’s also regulated by statewide elected officials who are all Republican, none of whom has emphasized climate change as a concern. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Extreme weather has made half of America look like Tornado Alley

By Jason Samenow, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-05-31 04:59:26

Tornadoes have been popping up every day in the U.S. as if coming off an assembly line. They’re part of an explosion of extreme weather events, including record flooding, record cold and record heat. Wednesday brought more of the same, with tornado watches in the Midwest and Atlantic seaboard and 37 million Americans facing an “enhanced” risk of severe weather, according to the National Weather Service. All of which raises the question: Is this climate change, or just an unusually bad year? [ read more … ]

Trade War Starts Changing Manufacturers in Hard-to-Reverse Ways

By Ben Casselman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-05-31 04:57:43

Despite dire warnings from economists, Mr. Trump’s trade war has so far done little to derail the decade-long recovery from the Great Recession. Economic growth has remained strong, and the unemployment rate last month hit a 50-year low. But evidence is mounting that the conflict has taken an economic toll. The Commerce Department said Thursday that trade — both imports and exports — slumped in April, and data released earlier this week showed a sharp slowdown in the manufacturing sector, amplifying a recent trend. The bond market in recent days has been sending signals that the trade war could be a threat to growth in the United States and globally.
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Trump administration’s ‘molecules of U.S. freedom’ come with a cost

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-05-31 04:58:55

“Molecules of U.S. freedom.” “Freedom gas.” That’s the latest way the Trump administration has decided to describe fuel that oil and gas companies are selling abroad. Both of those turns of phrase showed up Wednesday in an Energy Department news release containing an otherwise humdrum announcement that the department is approving additional exports of natural gas from a terminal in Texas.  [ read more … ]

Renewable energy prices keep falling: When do they bottom out?

By Mj Maj, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-05-31 04:59:10

The global weighted-average cost of electricity from renewable resources continued its downward trend in 2018, with utility-scale solar experiencing the largest year-over-year decline at 26%, according to new analysis. The “Renewable Power Generation Costs 2018” report, published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), shows that renewable power is the cheapest source of electricity in many parts of the world. [ read more … ]

 

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