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December 5, 2019

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UN Climate Talks Aim to Pave Way for Global Carbon Market

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-12-05 04:13:11

“There are reasons to be optimistic and to think that there could be some progress because of the political attention that it’s getting,” said Alex Hanafi, a lead counsel at the New York-based Environmental Defense Fund. Many governments are struggling to make the emissions cuts necessary to meet the Paris accord’s goal of keeping global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) by the end of the century. The hope is that putting a price on carbon will unlock billions of dollars in investments as countries and companies seek the most cost-effective way to cut emissions. By capping the number of permits in the market and reducing it steadily, the incentive to save on emissions would grow over time. [ read more … ]

Europe Set to Overhaul Its Entire Economy in Green Deal Push

By Ewa Krukowska, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-12-04 15:28:45

The European Union is gearing up for the world’s most ambitious push against climate change with a radical overhaul of its economy. At a summit in Brussels next week, EU leaders will commit to cutting net greenhouse-gas emissions to zero by 2050, according to a draft of their joint statement for the Dec. 12-13 meeting. To meet this target, the EU will promise more green investment and adjust all of its policy making accordingly. [ read more … ]

Wind & Solar Energy

Study backs House Democrats’ tax credit ambitions

By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-12-04 09:34:27

As lawmakers seek agreement on a tax package before the end of the year, a report out this morning touts the climate benefits of legislation from House Democrats featuring a series of clean energy incentives. The analysis from the nonpartisan Rhodium Group said a draft bill from Ways and Means Committee Democrats called the “Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now (GREEN) Act” would help contribute to a drop of 100 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 [ read more … ]

Trump solar tariffs could kill 62K jobs — report

By Lesley Clark, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-12-04 15:29:06

The U.S. solar industry could lose out on nearly 62,000 jobs and $19 billion in investment due to Trump administration tariffs on imported panels, according to a report issued yesterday by a solar trade group.
The U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association released the study two days before the U.S. International Trade Commission is scheduled to review the tariffs, and as President Trump announced import taxes on industrial metals from Brazil and Argentina. [ read more … ]


State attorneys warn FERC to protect PURPA

By Niina H. Farah, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-12-04 15:28:04

Eight state attorneys general and a pair of public utility commissions yesterday warned federal regulators that proposed changes to the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act could prevent states from reaching their clean energy and climate goals. Led by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (D), the coalition said the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s proposed changes to PURPA were unlawful. [ read more … ]

Car Rule

Feds ask court to toss lawsuit over Trump’s move in Calif.

By Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-12-04 15:29:52

Federal attorneys want a court to scrap or change the venue for lawsuits challenging a move by the Trump administration to block California from setting its own tailpipe emissions standards. In a filing yesterday with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Justice Department attorneys asked Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, an Obama appointee, to either dismiss the challenges or transfer the cases to a federal appeals court.
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Audi exec brushes off Trump’s rollback

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-12-04 15:30:37

“Regardless of what happens with the rollback or not, we at Audi and Volkswagen are going to continue to improve our fuel economy,” said Spencer Reeder, director of government affairs with Audi of America. “Audi, which is part of the Volkswagen Group, has been very explicit about our support for the Paris Agreement on climate change. We are committed to year-over-year reductions in CO2 emissions from our vehicle fleets,” Reeder said at a transportation and infrastructure summit in Washington, D.C., sponsored by The Atlantic.
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China raises 2025 sales target to galvanize industry

By Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-12-04 15:29:33

China raised its 2025 sales target for electrified cars as the government tries to spur an industry that’s showing signs of slowing down. The country wants about 25% of new cars sold by 2025 to be electrified, according to a draft policy published by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology yesterday. Its last roadmap on the industry announced in 2017 called for new energy vehicles — all-electric, fuel-celled autos and plug-in hybrids — to make up more than 20% of vehicle sales by 2025.
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Policy & Politics

Democrats flex muscles in Madrid

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-12-04 15:31:00

Democrats returned from United Nations climate talks yesterday cautiously optimistic the United States can maintain its international presence, despite the lingering sting of the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris agreement. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) led a delegation of 15 Democrats to Madrid for the opening days of this year’s conference, known as COP25, despite a busy congressional schedule rife with disputes over spending and talk of impeachment. [ read more … ]

Road to 100: How a demolished Kansas town became a model of DOE renewables resilience

By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-12-04 15:31:18

“The Department of Energy’s interest was twofold, I would say,”  former National Renewable Energy Laboratory Senior Project Leader, Lynn Billman, who led the DOE’s recovery efforts in Greensburg, told Utility Dive. “They saw it as an opportunity to demonstrate a fully high efficiency, fully renewable town from the ground up. And since Greensburg had been basically wiped by 90%-plus, they thought this would be an interesting experiment. … They were also interested to see what would happen in a conservative part of the country.”
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It’s possible that Trump doesn’t actually know what climate change is

By Philip Bump, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-12-04 15:30:20

See if you can spot the problem in comments President Trump made about climate change during a conversation with reporters on Tuesday, after The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker asked whether he was thinking about climate change. “I think about it all the time, Phil. And, honestly, climate change is very important to me,” Trump replied. “And, you know, I’ve done many environmental impact statements over my life, and I believe very strongly in very, very crystal clear, clean water and clean air. That’s a big part of climate change.” [ read more … ]

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