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September 24, 2019

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At U.N. Climate Summit, a Call for Action Yields Few Commitments

By Somini Sengupta and Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-09-24 04:22:56

The United Nations Climate Action Summit on Monday was meant to highlight concrete promises by presidents, prime ministers and corporate executives to wean the global economy from fossil fuels to avoid the worst effects of global warming. But despite the protests in the streets, China on Monday made no new promises to take stronger climate action. The United States, having vowed to pull out of the Paris Agreement, the pact among nations to jointly fight climate change, said nothing at all. A host of countries made only incremental promises. [ read more … ]

Governor directs $700B pension funds toward climate goals

By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-09-23 16:21:59

California’s $700 billion pension funds must align investments with the state’s goal of fighting climate change, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said Friday. Newsom signed an executive order directing the state’s Department of Finance to create a climate investment framework to measure and manage climate risk across California’s retirement fund portfolios. [ read more … ]

Car Rule

California vs. Trump, part 60

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2019-09-23 16:20:09

The Golden State filed its 60th lawsuit against the Trump administration on Friday, this time to defend its authority to set its own greenhouse gas limits for passenger cars. The lawsuit — which 22 other states and three cities also joined — came just one day after the Transportation Department and the EPA took steps to formally revoke California’s authority. The states are also expected to sue the EPA separately. [ read more … ]

How decades of L.A. smog led to California’s war with Trump over car pollution

By Reis Thebault, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-09-23 16:20:29

“People don’t realize just how bad it was and how much better it is today,” said Carlson, who’s writing a book on the region’s history of air pollution. The city and the state have made extraordinary progress in the past half century, and it’s largely because of California’s ability under the Clean Air Act to curb dangerous emissions from the biggest polluters around: automobiles. But this week, President Trump said he would revoke California’s ability to set its own auto emissions standards, a provision that gave the most populous state significant sway over the car industry. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

‘The world is now listening to young people’

By Jean Chemnick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-09-23 16:22:43

Young people and their supporters filled the streets here and protested in scores of other cities and towns across the globe Friday for what was likely the largest climate mobilization ever. As many as 4 million people participated globally in strikes timed to turn up the heat ahead of today’s gathering of nations at U.N. headquarters in Manhattan, where U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres insists countries must begin tipping their hands about their commitments to strengthen the Paris Agreement.
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Court rejects challenge to Calif. wind farm

By Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-09-23 16:21:26

“What is troubling about this case is that it appears that, if and when the project proceeds, some eagles may die or have their nests impaired diminishing reproduction,” wrote Judge Ronald Gould for the unanimous three-judge panel. “But the protections given by our environmental laws are not absolute,” the judge added. [ read more … ]

Wind to beat coal in Texas for the first time — report

By Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-09-23 16:23:09

Texas will produce more electricity next year from wind than coal — a first for the state’s annual generation, according to a new report. Rystad Energy AS said the state will generate 87 terawatt-hours of electricity from wind in 2020, compared with an expected 84.4 terawatt-hours from coal. While wind has surpassed coal in Texas on average for monthly periods, doing so for a year would be a “milestone moment,” the energy research firm said in the analysis last week. “The Lone Star State is about to break out of its hydrocarbon-rich mold,” Rystad said in a statement.
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Big Oil to launch initiative for ‘large-scale’ CCS

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-09-23 16:23:26

A coalition made up of some of the world’s largest oil companies is announcing a new effort today to jump-start the commercialization of carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) technologies. The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), which consists of 13 companies including majors like Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell PLC, controls a $1 billion fund that invests in clean energy technologies and formulates voluntary climate action measures.
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Opinion

Al Gore: The Climate Crisis Is the Battle of Our Time, and We Can Win

By Al Gore, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-09-23 04:16:08

People are recognizing that the climate is changing, and the consequences are worsening much faster than most thought was possible. A record 72 percent of Americans polled say that the weather is growing more extreme. And yet every day we still emit more than 140 million tons of global warming pollution worldwide into the atmosphere, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. I often echo the point made by the climate scientist James Hansen: The accumulation of carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases — some of which will envelop the planet for hundreds and possibly thousands of years — is now trapping as much extra energy daily as 500,000 Hiroshima-class atomic bombs would release every 24 hours. This is the crisis we face. [ read more … ]

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