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June 6, 2019

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Presidential hopeful Inslee unveils plan to reclaim U.S. leadership on climate issue – Reuters

By Richard Valdmanis, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2019-06-06 05:04:03

Democratic presidential hopeful Jay Inslee released a sweeping plan on Wednesday to reclaim U.S. leadership in the fight against climate change that includes proposals to resettle hundreds of thousands of climate refugees, and raise barriers to fossil fuel imports. Democratic contenders vying for the party’s nomination to take on Republican President Donald Trump in the 2020 election are seeking to distinguish themselves with the strongest proposals to halt global warming, a top issue in the Democratic race. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Companies See Climate Change Hitting Their Bottom Lines in the Next 5 Years

By Brad Plumer, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-06-06 05:04:38

Many of the world’s biggest companies, from Silicon Valley tech firms to large European banks, are bracing for the prospect that climate change could substantially affect their bottom lines within the next five years, according to a new analysis of corporate disclosures. Under pressure from shareholders and regulators, companies are increasingly disclosing the specific financial impacts they could face as the planet warms, such as extreme weather that could disrupt their supply chains or stricter climate regulations that could hurt the value of coal, oil and gas investments. Early estimates suggest that trillions of dollars may ultimately be at stake. [ read more … ]

Maine Governor signs law to help prepare for sea-level rise

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-06-06 05:04:57

Maine’s coastal communities will have more resources to prepare for rising sea levels under a new law in the state. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has signed a bill called “An Act To Help Municipalities Prepare for Sea Level Rise” that is an attempt to tackle the problem head-on. Sea-level rise jeopardizes Maine communities because of effects such as beach erosion and damage to infrastructure such as sea walls and roads. [ read more … ]

Ocasio-Cortez calls Jay Inslee’s climate plan the ‘gold standard’

By Miranda Green, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2019-06-06 05:05:25

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has chosen a winner among the White House candidates who have proposed a climate policy proposal so far: Jay Inslee. The Green New Deal champion praised the Democratic governor of Washington’s climate proposal Tuesday, calling it the “gold standard climate plan.”
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US energy storage market sees 232% year-on-year growth

By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-06-06 05:05:47

The U.S. energy storage market set a growth record in Q1 of this year, deploying 148.8 MW, a 232% increase from Q1 2018, and a 6% jump from Q4 2018, according to the latest Wood Mackenzie U.S. Energy Storage Monitor. Behind-the-meter storage made up 46% of Q1 2019 deployments, representing a 138% growth from Q1 last year and a 36% increase from the fourth quarter of 2018. Meanwhile, front-of-the-meter deployments dropped 10% from last quarter, but still quintupled their growth from Q1 last year. [ read more … ]

Anheuser-Busch partners with solar farm to meet energy goals

By Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-06-06 05:06:09

Anheuser-Busch Cos. LLC is making good on its pledge to be a more renewable brewer. The company said it is partnering with San Francisco-based solar developer Recurrent Energy LLC, which will build and maintain a 2,000-acre solar farm in Pecos County, Texas.
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Judges Give Both Sides a Grilling in Youth Climate Case Against the Government

By John Schwartz, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-06-06 05:06:22

Three federal judges heard arguments Tuesday about whether young people have a constitutional right to be protected from climate change. In the lively, hourlong hearing, the judges, from the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, pushed skeptically on the arguments of both sides. The closely watched lawsuit, Juliana v. United States, was scheduled to begin last October, but the court granted the Trump administration an unusual pretrial appeal. Their decision could have important implications for this and other attempts to use the courts to pursue climate action across the United States. [ read more … ]

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