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January 24, 2020

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Trump promised his mileage standards would make cars cheaper and safer. New documents raise doubts about that.

By Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2020-01-23 15:37:31

President Trump has said his plan to weaken federal mileage standards would make cars cheaper and “substantially safer.” But the administration’s own analysis suggests that it would cost consumers more than it would save them in the long run, and would do little to make the nation’s roads safer. The revised Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles rule, which has not been released publicly, would require automakers to increase the average fuel efficiency of the nation’s fleets by 1.5 percent per year between model years 2021 and 2026. Rules put in place by the Obama administration, by comparison, require a nearly 5 percent annual increase. [ read more … ]


FERC MOPR order may have ‘paradoxically unintended consequences’: PJM

By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-01-23 15:37:59

Several stakeholders are pushing back on the controversial federal proposal to raise the floor price for new state-subsidized resources in the PJM Interconnection, including the grid operator. PJM in its comments filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday said it was concerned the regulatory body’s order on the Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR), filed Dec. 19, “may have paradoxically unintended consequences over time and may result in less economic efficiency.” [ read more … ]


Arizona Utility sets 2050 clean energy timeline

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-01-23 15:38:31

Arizona Public Service, the state’s largest utility, announced Wednesday it wants to deliver 100 percent clean, carbon-free electricity to customers by 2050. As part of that goal, the electricity provider set a near-term 2030 target for 65 percent clean energy and 45 percent renewable energy in its portfolio. It also said it will shut down all coal-fired generation — seven years ahead of schedule — by 2031. [ read more … ]

Capture carbon dioxide to reduce climate change

By John R. Snyder, Post Register  •    •  Posted 2020-01-23 15:38:46

Microsoft Corporation gets the first part of the reality check. On Jan. 16 Microsoft President Brad Smith announced their goals to be carbon negative by 2030, to remove historical carbon emissions by 2050 and to invest $1 billion over the next four years to fund innovation in reducing, capturing and removing CO2 from the atmosphere. However, they miss the second. Renewable energy, i.e., solar and wind power, has not, and never will, reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. One hundred percent renewable energy goals are cruel and extremely dangerous public deception. So, what’s the alternative? [ read more … ]

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