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December 19, 2019

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Climate change fears propel scientists out of the lab and into the streets

By JULIA ROSEN, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2019-12-18 15:20:11

When Steve Ghan set out to walk 1,500 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, he brought along a bright blue hat emblazoned with four words: “Make Earth Cool Again.” It often drew compliments from other hikers, which he used as an opening. “I’d tell them, ‘Yeah, I’m a climate scientist and I want to stop climate change,’” said Ghan, who completed the California segment of the trail in 2018. Then he’d give his five-minute pitch for why the U.S. should impose a fee on carbon emissions and distribute the revenue to ordinary citizens. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Does Texas have too many renewables?

By Edward Klump, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-12-18 15:18:15

For a place that’s synonymous with oil and gas, Texas has a lot riding on renewable energy. No state can match its installed wind power capacity. Solar generation is about to surge. And a new report shows both wind and solar helping to push the reserve cushion for Texas’ main electricity market to 10.6% and beyond. All of that is generating applause — but also some concern about grid reliability, considering the intermittent nature of wind and solar. [ read more … ]

Grid

Appeals court approves controversial Grain Belt power line

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-12-18 15:18:43

A Missouri appeals court on Tuesday gave approval to the state’s portion of a controversial wind power transmission line that would provide energy from the Midwest to a power grid for eastern states. The Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District ruled against landowners and the Missouri Farm Bureau, who claimed the Public Service Commission erred in March when it approved construction of the Grain Belt Express Transmission line, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The $2.3 billion high voltage line would be one of the nation’s largest wind energy projects, carrying electricity generated by Kansas windmills 780 miles (1,255 kilometers) across rural Missouri and Illinois before hooking into a power grid in Indiana serving eastern states.
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States

Maryland Gov. Hogan promotes energy plan, including nuclear power to reach goals for renewable sources

By Pamela Wood, Baltimore Sun  •    •  Posted 2019-12-18 15:19:31

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan continued his rollout of 2020 priorities Tuesday, offering more details of a previously announced clean energy plan, including a push to add nuclear energy to the ways the state can achieve goals for getting electricity from renewable sources. The Republican governor toured a power plant at the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie before touting his proposal: the Clean and Renewable Energy Standard, or “CARES.” [ read more … ]

Climate

Congress set to pass its ‘most important climate bill’

By Nick Sobczyk, Geof Koss and Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-12-18 15:17:25

Democrats this week had their best shot thus far to address climate change in the 116th Congress, but they walked away with a mixed bag. The $1.4 trillion appropriations and tax extenders package deal that passed the House yesterday contained a host of clean energy and environmental wins on the spending side, including large funding boosts for Department of Energy research programs and more money for EPA and the Department of the Interior. At the same time, efforts to extend renewable energy and electric vehicle tax credits and create incentives for energy storage fell apart. [ read more … ]

Clean energy loses big in year-end spending bill

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-12-18 15:19:09

Lawmakers had one last chance this year to pass legislation that could have spurred the United States to adopt cleaner sources of energy more quickly. But they seems to have just squandered the opportunity. The $1.4 trillion spending package approved by the House on Tuesday does not include a number of measures aimed at propping up alternatives to power generation and transportation that forgo burning fossil fuels, a primary contribution to the runaway warming climate scientists say the world has precious little time to avert.
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Wall Street laments missed chance to price pollution

By Reed Landberg and Mathew Carr, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-12-18 15:19:48

It’s not just the protesters and Greta Thunberg who were disappointed by the outcome of the United Nations climate talks in Madrid. Businesses from banks to major polluters see a missed opportunity and even some risks in the decision to shelve work on adding market mechanisms as a tool to rein in the greenhouse gases warming the planet. From JPMorgan Chase & Co. to Goldman Sachs Group Inc., executives are noticing the rising alarm from scientists and environment groups and want clarity from policymakers about how rules will change. To them, inaction means not business-as-usual but uncertainty about who will shape policies including the cost of carbon emissions. [ read more … ]

A Decade in Which Fracking Rocked the Oil World

By Rebecca Elliott and Luis Santiago, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2019-12-18 15:21:06

Ten years ago, the U.S. ranked third in global oil production, trailing Saudi Arabia and Russia. A decade later, it leads the world in oil as well as natural-gas output, having more than doubled the amount of crude it pumps while raising gas production by roughly two-thirds, according to federal data. There is a simple reason for the surge: fracking. Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing techniques spurred a historic U.S. production boom during the decade that has driven down consumer prices, buoyed the national economy and reshaped geopolitics. [ read more … ]

Car Rule

Trump budget director accuses automakers ion ‘trying to have their cake and eat it too’

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2019-12-18 15:20:42

Acting Office of Management and Budget director Russ Vought accused automakers siding with California on fuel-efficiency standards of “trying to have their cake and eat it too.” Vought said in a Washington Examiner editorial meeting that automakers really want lower fuel efficiency standards, but they also “don’t want to have a fight with California.” It’s true that leading automakers asked the Trump administration to revisit Obama-era fuel efficiency standards they thought were not achievable, given continued consumer preference for gas-guzzling SUVs. But many have complained the administration is going too far by proposing to freeze fuel efficiency standards, rather than increase them each year. [ read more … ]

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