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August 14, 2019

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States Sue Trump Administration Over Rollback of Obama-Era Climate Rule

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-08-14 04:33:38

It’s a legal battle that could again go all the way to the Supreme Court. This time, if justices ultimately decide in favor of the Trump administration and find the Clean Air Act does not allow the government to direct broad changes to the nation’s energy deployment, it could permanently weaken the United States’ ability to tackle its contributions to global warming. [ read more … ]

Extreme climate change has arrived in America

By Steven Mufson, Chris Mooney, Juliet Eilperin and John Muyskens, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-08-14 04:35:46

New Jersey may seem an unlikely place to measure climate change, but it is one of the fastest-warming states in the nation. Its average temperature has climbed by close to 2 degrees Celsiussince 1895 — double the average for the Lower 48 states. Over the past two decades, the 2 degrees Celsiusnumber has emerged as a critical threshold for global warming. In the 2015 Paris accord, international leaders agreed that the world should act urgently to keep the Earth’s average temperature increases “well below” 2 degrees Celsiusby the year 2100 to avoid a host of catastrophic changes. [ read more … ]

Trump speaks on wind power, Wheeler and DOE’s ‘big project’

By Kelsey Brugger, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-08-14 06:33:19

President Trump bashed wind energy, said the Department of Energy would be announcing a “big project” and called on EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to approve pipelines during a wide-ranging speech yesterday at a $6 billion petrochemical plant in Pennsylvania. Speaking to energy workers at Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex, Trump said that “the hearts of our workers, the American spirit is soaring — higher, stronger, freer and greater than ever before.” [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Vineyard Wind renews commitment to project despite delay

By Mary Ann Bragg, Cape Cod Times  •    •  Posted 2019-08-14 04:32:32

“We were less than four months away from launching a new industry in the United States, so we thank the more than 50 U.S. companies already awarded a contract or currently bidding on contracts, the financial institutions engaged in raising more than $2 billion in capital, and the first-class, global contractors that have joined us in planning for the first large-scale offshore wind farm in America,” Lars Pedersen, Vineyard Wind’s chief executive officer, said Monday. [ read more … ]

Trump claims credit for Shell plant announced under Obama

By JILL COLVIN and JOSH BOAK, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-08-14 04:33:48

The region’s natural gas deposits had been seen, for a time, as its new road to prosperity, with drilling in the Marcellus Shale reservoir transforming Pennsylvania into the nation’s No. 2 natural gas state. But drops in the price of oil and gas caused the initial jobs boom from fracking to fizzle, leading companies like Shell to turn instead to plastics and so-called cracker plants — named after the process in which molecules are broken down at high heat, turning fracked ethane gas into one of the precursors for plastic. [ read more … ]

Wind costs at record lows, but a downturn looms — DOE

By Carlos Anchondo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-08-14 04:34:08

Although wind energy now makes up 6.5% of the country’s electricity supply, low natural gas prices and a phaseout of the production tax credit could put a brake on growth in coming years, according to a new Department of Energy report. Prepared by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the study found that wind added more than 7,500 megawatts of new capacity last year, with 20 states installing new utility-scale wind turbines. [ read more … ]

Auto dealers say electric car mandate — a cornerstone of Colorado’s clean air quest — is a threat to tradition

By Tamara Chuang, Colorado Sun  •    •  Posted 2019-08-14 04:34:30

On Tuesday, a state commission will consider whether to join California’s Zero Emissions Vehicle policy aimed at reducing greenhouse gases. That could mean Coloradans will get access to a wider variety of electric vehicles, including future electric SUVs and crossovers from Ford, Volkswagen and others. Major auto manufacturers have already agreed to support ZEV in exchange for earning credits for early sales. [ read more … ]

Opinion

OP-ED: Wind Powers Opportunity in North Dakota

By Jeff Danielson, American Wind Energy Association  •    •  Posted 2019-08-14 04:35:20

North Dakota is a national leader in wind energy, generating about 26% percent of its electricity from wind, the fourth highest in the USA! It now has over 3,000 MW of wind power and ranks 10th in the nation for installed capacity. Today, there are nearly 4,000 jobs related to wind in North Dakota as the result of $6.1 billion in wind investments. Additionally, North Dakota receives about $9.5 million in annual state and local tax payments, along with annual lease payments to ranchers and farmers totaling nearly $10 million dollars. [ read more … ]

 

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