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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 25, 2019

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Wild Weather Is Endangering World’s Oldest Form of Clean Power

By Gerald Porter Jr., Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-06-25 05:34:15

Around the globe, climate change is sapping hydropower’s dependability as rivers that once ebbed and flowed with seasonal regularity have grown erratic. In Brazil, record drought triggered blackouts in 2015. In California, output from dams has swung wildly from year to year. And in Europe, Spanish utility giant Iberdrola SA’s hydro output reached a record high in 2016, then plunged 57% the following year. [ read more … ]

Agriculture Department buries studies showing dangers of climate change

By HELENA BOTTEMILLER EVICH, Politico  •    •  Posted 2019-06-25 05:34:31

The Trump administration has refused to publicize dozens of government-funded studies that carry warnings about the effects of climate change, defying a longstanding practice of touting such findings by the Agriculture Department’s acclaimed in-house scientists.The Trump administration has stopped promoting government-funded research into how higher temperatures can damage crops and pose health risks. [ read more … ]

Policy  & Politics

The Fossil Fuel Industry Is Quietly Undermining Global Climate Talks

By Luke McGrath, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-06-25 05:34:52

Fossil fuel industry giants such as ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell are maintaining an outsized presence at global climate discussions, working to undermine scientific consensus and slow policy progress, according to findings released Wednesday by an environmental monitoring organization. [ read more … ]

Trump EPA snubs carbon capture, an emissions reduction technique favored by environmentalists and Republicans

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2019-06-25 05:35:16

The Trump Environmental Protection Agency is dismissing a technology that is favored by many Republicans and is widely considered to be among the most effective at slashing emissions from coal plants. [ read more … ]

Jay Inslee targets fossil fuel interests with new presidential promises

By Emily Holden, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2019-06-25 05:35:37

Washington governor Jay Inslee will set his sights on powerful fossil fuel interests on Monday, by introducing a new portion of the presidential campaign he has centered on addressing the climate crisis. If elected, Inslee says, he will cut billions in fossil fuel subsidies, ban new drilling on public lands and in offshore waters, phase out fracking for natural gas, end the use of coal and ban oil exports. [ read more … ]

To compete in the global battery arms race, the US must spur its domestic market, analysts say

By HJ Mai, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-06-25 05:35:53

Spurred by increased global demand for electric vehicles (EVs), energy storage systems and consumer electronics, lithium-ion batteries have become invaluable in today’s global society. And while China recognized early on the importance of establishing a manufacturing base, the U.S. failed to take a similar approach. [ read more … ]

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