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January 9, 2020

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Trump: ‘We do not need Middle East oil’

By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-01-08 14:56:03

The United States no longer needs oil from the Middle East, President Trump said this morning during White House remarks concerning the ongoing brinkmanship with Iran. The statement followed Iran’s missile attack last night on a shared U.S.-Iraq base. The event briefly spooked oil markets, although they returned to the baseline this morning. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Work underway in Kan., Mo. on wind farm project

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2020-01-08 14:55:17

Work is underway on a 600-megawatt wind project in southwest Missouri and southeast Kansas. On the Missouri side, construction has started on the North Fork Ridge wind farm about 20 miles north of Joplin and is expected to begin in the next month around Golden City on the Kings Point wind farm. Both those farms will consist of 69 wind turbines that will generate a total of about 300 MW, The Joplin Globe reports. [ read more … ]

FERC

Climate tension dogs trade deal in Senate, on campaign trail

By Geof Koss and Timothy Cama, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2020-01-08 14:53:43

Concerns about climate change are dividing Democrats in the Senate and on the campaign trail ahead of a final vote on what could be President Trump’s most consequential trade deal. The Senate Finance Committee yesterday easily approved the reworked United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on a 25-3 vote. Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse was the lone Democrat to oppose the measure. [ read more … ]

Climate

An end to ‘oil and gas’? Industry rebrands in climate push

  •    •  Posted 2020-01-08 14:32:36

Amid an all-out push to paint itself as a climate change champion, the nation’s main oil lobby appears to be undertaking a subtle shift in how it brands its industry. “Oil and gas,” the long-standing terminology used by industry, finance, government and others, is out. Instead, the American Petroleum Institute has largely switched to “natural gas and oil,” putting the low-carbon fuel front and center. [ read more … ]

Car Rule

States face roadblocks on path to lower tailpipe emissions

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-01-08 14:52:46

Amid efforts by the Trump administration to roll back climate change regulations, several blue and purple states have sought to strengthen their own rules. But they’ve faced significant obstacles. Nowhere is this trend more evident than in the case of Obama-era clean car standards. In April 2018, the Trump administration signaled its intent to weaken the auto pollution standards, dealing a gut punch to state efforts to fight climate change and air pollution. [ read more … ]

Trade associations merge after clean cars strife

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-01-08 14:55:40

Two powerful auto industry trade associations today joined forces in an effort to present a unified front regarding President Trump’s rollback of clean car standards and other matters. The trade associations — the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers — merged to form the Alliance for Automotive Innovation. [ read more … ]

EVs

House Democrats release massive EV grant plan

By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-01-08 14:54:04

House Energy and Commerce Democrats late last night unveiled a major bill to promote the wide-scale deployment of an electric vehicle network as part of their goal to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The bill, H.R. 5545, from Energy Subcommittee Chairman Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), would authorize more than $6 billion annually during the next decade in rebates and grants to encourage states to deploy and construct a charging network and other infrastructure. [ read more … ]

Tesla delivers first Chinese-made Model 3 to customers

By Joe McDonald, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2020-01-08 14:54:56

Tesla Inc.’s Shanghai factory delivered its first cars to customers Monday, and CEO Elon Musk said the electric automaker plans to set up a design center in China to create a model for worldwide sales. Musk presided at a ceremony where a half-dozen buyers wearing red Tesla T-shirts drove away new Model 3 sedans. He expressed thanks to earlier customers who he said made Tesla’s expansion in China possible by purchasing imported models from the fledgling brand.
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2020

Climate change a priority in early voting states

By Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-01-08 14:53:07

Climate change could be a priority for Democrats when they begin casting votes next month. The issue ranked second among registered voters in Iowa and New Hampshire in a CBS/YouGov poll released Monday. In Iowa, 20% of respondents said they want Democratic candidates for president to discuss climate change more. That’s second to health care, which was cited by 39% of potential voters as an issue they want to hear more about. Climate change nudged out jobs and the economy, which came in third with 18%. [ read more … ]

Bloomberg sees Calif. as model on climate change

By Michael R. Blood, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2020-01-08 14:53:24

Michael Bloomberg’s plan for California: Export it. The Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City mayor likes a lot of what he sees in the Golden State and thinks its efforts on climate change, gun control and criminal justice reform set a benchmark for other states to emulate. [ read more … ]

Climate tension dogs trade deal in Senate, on campaign trail

By Geof Koss and Timothy Cama, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2020-01-08 14:53:43

Concerns about climate change are dividing Democrats in the Senate and on the campaign trail ahead of a final vote on what could be President Trump’s most consequential trade deal. The Senate Finance Committee yesterday easily approved the reworked United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on a 25-3 vote. Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse was the lone Democrat to oppose the measure. [ read more … ]

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