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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 9, 2019

Top Story

Activists move to put climate change policy on the ballot after Oregon lawmakers fail on legislation

By Ted Sickinger, The Oregonian  •    •  Posted 2019-10-08 14:06:40

After failing to push a comprehensive climate policy through the Oregon Legislature last session, activists are taking their campaign to the ballot box in hopes of gaining leverage with lawmakers next year or backing from voters in the 2020 general election. Renew Oregon, a coalition of organizations and businesses that support aggressive action on climate change, filed three proposed ballot measures Monday with the Oregon Secretary of State. They aim to establish hard limits on greenhouse gas emissions and force electric utilities to move to 100 percent renewable energy during the next two decades. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Wind developer doubles down on Western projects

By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-10-08 14:05:14

A California-based renewable energy developer plans to increase by sevenfold its investments as it prepares to build more wind farms in New Mexico over the next several years. A recent analysis commissioned by Pattern Development shows a $1.2 billion economic impact from its wind farms in eastern New Mexico and West Texas. That’s hundreds of millions of dollars more than what was initially projected in 2015 before development began and bodes well for what the state can expect in benefits from future construction, company officials said.
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EVs

This Tesla sells kids on coal

By David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-08 14:04:18

The hottest marketing tool of North Dakota’s coal industry is blue, goes from zero to 60 in 2.7 seconds and is a hit with youngsters. It’s a zero-emissions electric Tesla Model X. The coal industry is one of the world’s biggest sources of carbon emissions and usually finds electric cars an awkward topic. Many Tesla owners, after all, got the car at least in part because they consider fossil fuels, including oil and coal, a grave threat to the climate.
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Car Rule

General Motors investors back Calif. deal

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-08 14:05:55

Twenty-two large investors in General Motors Co. are urging the company to join an agreement with California to improve fuel efficiency. In a letter to GM CEO Mary Barra, the investors demanded that the company take seriously its commitment to fighting climate change by joining the voluntary deal. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

N.M. clashes with Trump’s ‘energy dominance’ agenda

By Heather Richards, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-08 14:04:51

When a federal oil and gas lease sale in New Mexico netted $1 billion last year, it was touted by administration officials as a win in President Trump’s “energy dominance” agenda. But on the ground, the oil boom is slamming local resources and changing the nature of a rural community, critics say. The boom means money that pours into the state, more jobs and better education funding. But according to Allen Davis, manager for Eddy County, “it’s a real challenge.”
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Oil Companies Ponder Climate Change, but Profits Still Rule

By Stanley Reed, New YorkTimes  •    •  Posted 2019-10-08 14:06:17

Two decades ago, John Browne rocked the oil industry by saying that the “possibility cannot be discounted” of a link between man-made carbon emissions and global warming, and that it was time for “action.” In 1997, Mr. Browne, then chief executive of BP, the London-based oil company, was a lonely voice among his peers. How much has changed since his speech? Most large oil companies no longer deny the connection between burning fossil fuels and climate change. In fact, they are scrambling to position themselves to be seen as part of the solution to what is increasingly seen by worried citizens as a major threat. [ read more … ]

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