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October 21, 2019

Top Story

As climate threat looms, Texas Republicans have a solution: giant wind farm everywhere

By Elizabeth Weise ,  Rick Jervis, USA TODAY  •    •  Posted 2019-10-20 12:19:50

For a state tied both economically and in the American imagination to oil, gas and coal, Texas has in recent years become the biggest generator of wind power in the U.S. By next year, Texas is poised to get more of its electricity from wind than coal. All that wind adds up. Texas now produces one-quarter of all U.S. electricity from wind. If Texas were a country, it would rank fifth in the world for wind power capacity. [ read more … ]

States

Wisconsin Governor creates climate change task force

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-10-20 12:20:36

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) has created a task force to develop strategies to deal with climate change in the state. Evers announced formation of the new group yesterday at the Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee. [ read more … ]

EVs

Ford plans nation’s largest EV charging network

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-20 12:19:05

Ford Motor Co. has reached deals to open up the largest network of electric vehicle chargers in the United States, the automaker announced yesterday, in a bid to smooth access to charging before its new lineup of all-electric cars hits the market next year. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Perry’s resignation: The details

By Kelsey Brugger, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-20 12:21:16

President Trump praised outgoing Energy Secretary Rick Perry last night at a campaign rally in Texas — hours after the state’s former governor handed the president his resignation letter on Air Force One. “He has done a phenomenal job,” Trump said. “Rick Perry couldn’t have done a better job.” [ read more … ]

Why Democrats forced a failed climate vote in the Senate

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-10-20 12:22:58

So why did Senate Democrats force the vote in the first place?

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) did so to make some Senate Republicans squirm — and to make sure he remains Democratic leader as his party seeks to regain control of the chamber next year.
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Chatterjee vows to stay if Dems win White House

By Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-20 12:22:38

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Neil Chatterjee said he intends to serve out his term even if a Democrat takes the White House next year. Asked if he would stay at the agency even if President Trump does not win reelection, Chatterjee said, “My term goes until June of 2021 or when a successor could be confirmed, so I intend to finish out my term. [ read more … ]

Whitehouse: API does oil industry’s ‘dirty work’ on climate

By Thomas Frank, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-20 12:23:18

A senior Democratic senator sharply questioned an American Petroleum Institute official yesterday, suggesting the trade and lobbying group does the “dirty work” of opposing environmental measures so its members can publicly support them and “green wash” their images. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) pointed to several instances in which Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell PLC and BP PLC seemed to benefit from the institute’s opposition to environmental measures that the corporations had publicly supported.
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Climate change missing from Trump’s G-7 syllabus

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2019-10-20 12:23:36

“Climate change will not be on the agenda,” White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Thursday of the Group of Seven meeting hosted by Trump at his Doral resort next summer. This is not surprising given Trump’s seeming annoyance at climate change dominating previous G-7 meetings (he ditched a meeting on climate change at the group’s meeting this year in France). [ read more … ]

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