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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 26, 2019

Today’s Wind & Solar Energy News will not publish during the Thanksgiving holiday. It resumes on Monday, December 2.

Top Story

World Powers Vowed to Cut Greenhouse Gases. They’re Still Rising Perilously.

By Somini Sengupta, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-11-26 06:54:23

Four years after countries struck a landmark deal in Paris to rein in greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to avert the worst effects of global warming, humanity is headed toward those very climate catastrophes, according to a United Nations report issued Tuesday, with China and the United States, the two biggest polluters, having expanded their carbon footprints last year. “The summary findings are bleak,” the report said, because countries have failed to halt the rise of greenhouse gas emissions even after repeated warnings from scientists. The result, the authors added, is that “deeper and faster cuts are now required.” [ read more … ]

In bleak report, U.N. says drastic action is only way to avoid worst effects of climate change

By Brady Dennis, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-11-26 06:54:43

The world has squandered so much time mustering the action necessary to combat climate change that rapid, unprecedented cuts in greenhouse gas emissions offer the only hope of averting an ever-intensifying cascade of consequences, according to new findings from the United Nations. Already, the past year has brought devastating hurricanes, relentless wildfires and crippling heat waves, prompting millions of protesters to take to the streets to demand more attention to a problem that seems increasingly urgent. [ read more … ]

Po9licy & Politics

Trump hasn’t saved coal. Can DOE?

By Lesley Clark, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-11-25 15:41:20

One of the United States’ largest coal plants shuttered last week, unable to compete with cheaper natural gas and renewables. Weeks earlier, Murray Energy Corp. became the eighth coal company in a year to file for bankruptcy protection. As supplies of natural gas and cheaper renewables have surged, coal plant closures have accelerated under President Trump, who pledged on the campaign trail and as president to revive coal, directing a rollback of former President Obama’s regulations on clean power. Trump’s reelection could hinge in part on swing states with considerable mining interests, such as Pennsylvania [ read more … ]

EPA proposal lets toxins flow at struggling coal plants

By Ariel Wittenberg and Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-11-25 15:40:55

The Tennessee Valley Authority has long argued it shouldn’t be required to limit the toxic metals that its coal-fired power plant dumps into the Cumberland River. The Cumberland Fossil Plant’s unusually large wastewater discharges, the federally owned utility maintained, merits a Clean Water Act exemption. Without one, TVA said, the plant would be stuck — unfairly — with hefty compliance costs. [ read more … ]

Sweden is Becoming Europe’s Texas for Wind Power

By Jesper Starn, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-11-25 15:41:44

In a remote area almost eight times the size of Manhattan covered by millions of young fir trees, Europe’s biggest onshore wind park is emerging. Workers are installing turbines perched atop 130-meter tall towers at a rate of about two a week at the site in northern Sweden, where the temperature regularly dips below minus 10 Celsius (14 Fahrenheit) and the sun is hardly seen for months on end during winter. So far, more than 170 of the machines scatter across the sparse landscape owned by some of the nation’s biggest forest companies. [ read more … ]

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