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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

September 4, 2019

Top Story

5 things to watch during CNN’s climate forum

By Mark K. Matthews, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-09-04 04:30:24

Climate change will get a moment in the spotlight tomorrow night when the top half of the Democratic presidential field gathers in New York City for CNN’s seven-hour forum on the topic. For some of the candidates — such as Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind. — the forum could provide a much-needed opportunity to show climate activists they have the chops to address global warming.
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Policy & Politics

Here’s why lawyers suing oil companies are following the opioid cases

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-09-04 04:31:04

Lawyers suing some of the world’s largest oil and natural gas companies over climate change are closely following a seemingly unrelated ruling out of Oklahoma — one holding a drugmaker culpable for fueling the state’s opioid epidemic. The reason is this: Both the cases against pharmaceutical makers and those against the fossil-fuel firms are founded on the same legal theory — that the companies’ sale of allegedly harmful products is creating a crisis for which they are financially responsible.  [ read more … ]

Ameren Missouri to bring customers solar energy at night

By PR Newswire  •    •  Posted 2019-09-04 04:30:46

Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation (AEE), filed plans with the Missouri Public Service Commission (MoPSC) to build three Solar + Storage facilities across Missouri. These new, innovative installations would improve customer reliability and enable access to solar energy around the clock. Each location will connect a large solar energy generation facility to battery storage. The installations will be the first-of-their-kind facilities in the state and among only a handful of Solar + Storage facilities in the Midwest.
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Barrasso to McConnell: Don’t expand EV tax credit

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-09-04 04:31:20

Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman John Barrasso is redoubling his efforts to kill the federal electric vehicle tax credit. It began in February, when the Wyoming Republican introduced legislation to end the tax credit and impose a new fee on EV drivers. [ read more … ]

Primary 2020

U.S. presidential candidate Booker proposes $3 trillion climate change plan – Reuters

By Joseph Ax, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2019-09-04 04:28:23

U.S. presidential hopeful Cory Booker unveiled a $3 trillion plan to address climate change on Tuesday, vowing to reach a 100% clean energy economy by 2045 by sharply curbing fossil fuels while investing heavily in renewable energy sources. The plan also calls for a new White House-coordinated “Environmental Justice Fund” that would focus on defending at-risk communities from environmental threats, including a nationwide lead remediation program to replace all lead water pipes for schools and residences. [ read more … ]

Booker, Klobuchar lay out climate plans

By Timothy Cama, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-09-04 04:28:44

Democratic presidential hopefuls Cory Booker and Amy Klobuchar have outlined their plans to fight climate change as a landmark town hall event approaches. The platforms are meant to draw on the candidates’ backgrounds and strengths. Booker, a New Jersey senator, is focusing on environmental justice, while Klobuchar, a Minnesota senator, looks to strengthen policies initiated by President Obama with an emphasis on the Midwest. [ read more … ]

Opinion

Subsidize My Electric Car, Please

By The Editorial Board, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2019-09-04 04:29:05

Wyoming Republican John Barrasso is circulating a letter asking Senate Leader Mitch McConnell to reject an expansion or extension of the electric-vehicle tax credit. The federal government currently provides a $7,500 consumer tax break for an auto maker’s first 200,000 cars. The tax credit then drops by half for EVs sold over the next six months, and by half again for another six months. It then disappears. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.