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September 10, 2019

Top Story

As Earth faces climate catastrophe, US set to open nearly 200 power plants

By Elizabeth Weise, USAToday  •    •  Posted 2019-09-10 04:24:23

owerful hurricanes. Record-breaking heatwaves. Droughts that bring ruin to farmers. Raging forest fires. The mass die-off of the world’s coral reefs. Food scarcity.  To avoid a climate change apocalypse, carbon dioxide emissions need to fall by as much as 45% from 2010 levels by 2030,  according to the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  Instead, utilities and energy companies are continuing to invest heavily in carbon-polluting natural gas. An exclusive analysis by USA TODAY finds that across the United States there are as many as 177 natural gas power plants currently planned, under construction or announced. There are close to 2,000 now in service.  [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Offshore Consortium Awards Floating Wind R&D Contract To NREL

By North America Windpower  •    •  Posted 2019-09-10 04:25:57

The National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium has selected the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for contract negotiation for the consortium’s first offshore wind research and development (R&D) technology award. The project is designed to improve the economic feasibility of floating wind farm technology. The award represents a step in advancing the consortium’s long-term strategy to further drive down costs of offshore wind development in the U.S. [ read more … ]

Trump’s carbon rule hits legal deadline. Who’s suing?

By Pamela King and Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-09-10 04:25:23

Foes of the Trump administration’s Clean Power Plan replacement have lined up to air their grievances in court. Health groups, blue states and environmental organizations are leading the charge against EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy rule in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. A smattering of petitions filed by other interests round out the docket. [ read more … ]

Schwarzenegger: Trump’s Calif. proposal is ‘un-American’

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-09-10 04:26:17

Arnold Schwarzenegger is blasting the Trump administration for challenging California’s ability to regulate planet-warming pollution from automobiles. In an opinion piece yesterday in The Washington Post, the former Republican governor of California wrote that the administration, “for some reason, is hellbent on reversing decades of history and progress.” [ read more … ]

You won’t have much luck selling EVs to Germans

By Brian Parkin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-09-10 04:26:34

German drivers still love their gas guzzlers and not many of them are thinking about going electric any time soon. As the world’s leading automakers are gearing up to later this month show off their motors at a giant industry fair in Frankfurt, just 16% of drivers in Europe’s biggest economy considering a new car are thinking electric, according to a poll published by utility EON SE. Only the Czechs were less interested in buying an electric car.
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Opinion

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Trump can’t erase a decade of clean air progress with a Sharpie

By Arnold Schwarzenegger, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-09-10 04:25:03

California has been a leader in the fight to clean our air since one of my heroes, Ronald Reagan, was our governor. The Trump administration, for some reason, is hellbent on reversing decades of history and progress. Whether it is political pettiness, shortsightedness or just plain jealousy, I couldn’t tell you. I can tell you that it’s wrong. It’s un-American. And it’s an affront to long-standing conservative principles. [ read more … ]

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