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November 13, 2019

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E.P.A. to Limit Science Used to Write Public Health Rules

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-11-12 14:50:54

The Trump administration is preparing to significantly limit the scientific and medical research that the government can use to determine public health regulations, overriding protests from scientists and physicians who say the new rule would undermine the scientific underpinnings of government policymaking. A new draft of the Environmental Protection Agency proposal, titled Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science, would require that scientists disclose all of their raw data, including confidential medical records, before the agency could consider an academic study’s conclusions. E.P.A. officials called the plan a step toward transparency and said the disclosure of raw data would allow conclusions to be verified independently. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

SunPower to spin off solar panel manufacturing, shares rise

By Arundhati Sarkar, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2019-11-12 14:51:38

U.S. solar company SunPower said on Monday it will split into two publicly traded companies, separating most of its solar panel manufacturing operations from storage and energy services, sending its shares up as much as 15%. The move was intended to boost value in SunPower shares, which are trading at the same level they were at two years ago. Monday’s news was welcomed by investors, with shares up nearly 3.7% at $8.68 in afternoon trade. [ read more … ]

EVs

China plunges into luxury EV market with Polestar

By John Fialka, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-11-12 14:51:21

A Chinese automaker has unveiled the nation’s first global sales campaign for an electric car: the Polestar 2. It’s a five-door hatchback that is “designed to compete around Tesla Model 3,” according to an advertisement yesterday in The New York Times. The announcement came as Tesla Inc. prepares to produce its first Model 3 in its new Gigafactory in Shanghai. Both carmakers describe their models as being among the “most affordable” EVs, although the initial price for the Polestar 2 could range as high as $65,000, according to industry sources. Tesla has described the base price for its Model 3 as being below $40,000. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

California’s next crisis? An electricity shortage

By Carlos Anchondo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-11-12 14:52:22

To stave off a future power shortage, California utility regulators have ordered electricity providers in the state to secure an extra 3.3 gigawatts of low-emission generation resources by 2023. Half of those resources will need to be in place by 2021, according to the decision adopted Thursday by the California Public Utilities Commission. [ read more … ]

Democrats to attack new ‘secret science’ proposal

By Kelsey Brugger, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-11-12 14:52:37

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee will this week examine EPA’s latest proposal to limit scientific research in rulemaking, an elusive plan that has morphed in the 18 months since it was unveiled. Last night, the agency’s latest version was making the rounds after someone leaked it. The new language was first reported by The New York Times.
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Trump admin advances high-impact ‘secret science’ rule

By Kelsey Brugger, Sean Reilly and Ariel Wittenberg, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-11-12 14:53:06

The Trump EPA appears to be doubling down on its proposal to limit scientific research used in rulemakings — a plan that could have far-reaching implications for agency regulations. Simply put, the plan would require that EPA use only publicly available data when crafting regulations. Critics are blasting the effort to limit use of science in a wide range of EPA regulations affecting the environment and public health. [ read more … ]

Trump admin targets more Obama efficiency rules

By Lesley Clark, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-11-12 14:53:18

Environmental and consumer advocacy groups that say the Department of Energy is backtracking on energy efficiency by allowing old-style lightbulbs to stay on the market are arguing the Trump administration is going further and readying changes to more rules that could make it harder to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Those critics say revisions in the works — touching everything from furnaces to dishwashers — would slow energy efficiency efforts as part of an anti-regulatory push by the administration that has industry support. [ read more … ]

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