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October 11, 2019

Top Story

Breathing new life into renewable energy

By Scientific American  •    •  Posted 2019-10-10 16:14:03

The clean energy sector faces a major stumbling block. The power it produces may be renewable, but the infrastructure it uses is far from it. Over the past decade, advances in composite materials have allowed the construction of enormous turbine blades. Some are now longer than the wingspan of a Boeing 747. As blades have increased, so have the costs to transport them. When wind farms need to replace aging blades, it is now often cheaper to leave them lying on the ground.
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Policy & Politics

Senate Dems to force vote on Clean Power Plan replacement

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-10 16:14:22

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) said they will bring up a floor vote next week on the Affordable Clean Energy, or ACE, rule via the Congressional Review Act, a little-used law that allows Congress to strike down executive branch actions. Holding the vote would be a symbolic victory for Democratic opponents of the power plant greenhouse gas emissions rule, which lets states pick technologies to make improvements at individual power plants, tossing out the systemwide approach of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan.
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Bloomberg, mayors offer emissions recommendations

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-10 16:15:46

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and eight current American mayors today unveiled a climate “playbook” aimed at getting cities to meet their commitments under the Paris climate agreement.
The playbook, announced at the C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, amounts to a list of policy recommendations, broadly focused on reducing emissions from buildings via energy efficiency and cutting down the number of fossil fuel-powered vehicles on the road. [ read more … ]

These State Birds May Be Forced Out of Their States as the World Warms

By Brad Plumer, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-10-10 16:14:53

Each state in America has an official state bird, usually an iconic species that helps define the landscape. Minnesota chose the common loon, whose haunting wails echo across the state’s northern lakes each summer. Georgia picked the brown thrasher, a fiercely territorial bird with a repertoire of more than 1,000 song types. But as the planet warms and birds across the country relocate to escape the heat, at least eight states could see their state birds largely or entirely disappear from within their borders during the summer, according to a new study. [ read more … ]

Kids take climate change fight to Alaska Supreme Court

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-10-10 16:16:04

An Alaska law promoting fossil fuel development infringes on the constitutional rights of young residents to a healthy environment, a lawyer told Alaska Supreme Court justices Wednesday. A lawsuit filed by 16 Alaska youths claimed long-term effects of climate change will devastate the country’s northernmost state and interfere with their constitutional rights to life, liberty and public trust resources that sustain them. [ read more … ]

Trump attacks energy-efficient lightbulbs, says ‘you look better with incandescent’

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-10-10 16:16:20

President Trump renewed his attack on energy-efficient lightbulbs, disparaging the way they make him look — and holding them up as a prime example of his deregulatory agenda.  Trump ad-libbed praise of old-fashioned and energy-intensive incandescent bulbs as he announced a pair of executive orders on transparency in the guidance and enforcement of regulations.  [ read more … ]

Car Rule

Calif. air regulator fires back at Wheeler

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-10 16:12:54

California’s top air regulator accused EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler of twisting facts for political purposes in a letter sent yesterday. The letter and two others released today — one from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and another from 600 former EPA employees — take aim at the agency’s recent actions regarding the Golden State. “EPA’s credibility depends on its commitment to use its authority to protect public health and our environment in an objective, even-handed manner, rather than as a blunt instrument of political power,” they added. “While that principle has served the public well under both Republican and Democratic Presidents, it is in serious trouble today.” [ read more … ]

Scientists gather in ‘unprecedented’ rebuke to EPA

By Sean Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-10 16:13:27

What was billed as an extraordinary event launched this morning in the most mundane of surroundings: a neutral-toned conference room that featured scientific researchers seated around a makeshift table.
“We are here to talk about air quality,” Chris Frey, chairman of the Independent Particulate Matter Review Panel, said at the outset of a two-day meeting that is effectively a rebuke to EPA’s handling of a high-stakes review of the standards for a common, but dangerous, pollutant. [ read more … ]

EVs

Consumer Reports calls Tesla Smart Summon feature ‘glitchy’

By Keith Naughton, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-10-10 16:10:25

Tesla Inc.’s Smart Summon, the semi-autonomous feature some owners can use to fetch their cars, doesn’t live up to the Model 3 maker’s marketing hype, Consumer Reports magazine said. The magazine spent several days testing the feature, which allows Tesla owners to tap their smartphone and remotely call for their car to pick them up. Tesla customers have flooded social media with a mixed bag of video reviews. Some show the system working as intended, while others capture scrapes with surrounding vehicles and narrowly avoided accidents. [ read more … ]

Steep state fees start biting into EV sales

By Maxine Joselow and Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-10-10 16:11:09

Conservative state legislatures are imposing fees on electric vehicles and withdrawing sales incentives, with sometimes dramatic consequences for the pace of EV adoption. Consider what’s happening in Georgia. In June 2015, the Republican-controlled Georgia General Assembly passed legislation eliminating one of the nation’s most generous state lures for EV purchases, a $5,000 tax credit, and imposed a $200 registration fee for EV owners. [ read more … ]

Bus war: Electric and diesel both claim benefits

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-10 16:11:31

A new report has sparked a clash between electric bus and diesel advocates, highlighting a growing debate over the best approach to slashing emissions from transportation. The report, from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, Environment America and the Frontier Group, looked at the experiences of six early adopters of electric buses, including transit agencies and school districts.It found that electric buses can play a pivotal role in reducing carbon emissions from transportation, which in 2017 surpassed the power sector as the country’s largest source of greenhouse gases. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Interactive: A 100 Percent Clean Future

By John Podesta, Christy Goldfuss, Trevor Higgins, Bidisha Bhattacharyya, Alan Yu, and Kristina Costa, Center for American Progress  •    •  Posted 2019-10-10 16:12:26

The United States can and must build a 100 Percent Clean Future that delivers on the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions economywide by 2050 and net-negative emissions thereafter in order to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. In its recent report, the Center for American Progress presented a framework for climate change mitigation that prescribes strong economywide greenhouse gas emission targets broken down into sector-by-sector benchmarks, each supported by a wide range of complementary policies. These six sector-specific benchmarks are enough to achieve roughly 90 percent of the emission reductions required by 2030 and 2050. [ read more … ]

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