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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 31, 2020

Top Story

After Three Coronavirus Stimulus Packages, Congress Is Already Prepping Phase Four

By Jacob M. Schlesinger and Joshua Jamerson, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2020-03-30 15:21:18

As lawmakers last week completed a record-shattering economic-rescue package estimated at $2 trillion, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) predicted: “This is certainly not the end of our work here in Congress—rather the end of the beginning.” Legislators from both parties, administration officials, economists, think tanks and lobbyists are already roughing out the contours of yet another emergency-spending package—perhaps larger than the last—to try to keep the coronavirus crisis from turning into a 21st-century Great Depression. Many expect the debate to begin in earnest by late April. [ read more … ]

Looking forward to phase four

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO  •    •  Posted 2020-03-30 15:21:44

Renewable energy groups are also expected to push for green energy tax credits in the next package. The Coalition for Green Capital, a group advocating for a national infrastructure bank, put out new poll data today that found 71 percent of respondents said they’d support Congress including funding in a stimulus bill for the construction of clean energy and transportation infrastructure. [ read more … ]

Car Rule

Trump Administration, in Biggest Environmental Rollback, to Announce Auto Pollution Rules

By Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-03-30 16:40:10

The Trump administration is expected to announce today its final rule to roll back Obama-era automobile fuel efficiency standards, relaxing efforts to limit climate-warming tailpipe pollution and virtually undoing the government’s biggest effort to combat climate change. The new rule, written by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation, would allow vehicles on American roads to emit nearly a billion tons more carbon dioxide over the lifetime of the cars than they would have under the Obama standards and hundreds of millions of tons more than will be emitted under standards being implemented in Europe and Asia. [ read more … ]

Markets

Struggling U.S. oil companies hope for more economic help in next coronavirus stimulus package

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2020-03-30 15:22:05

The struggling U.S. oil industry got no special bailout in the huge coronavirus stimulus package signed by President Trump on Friday. But the political fight over money to help the oil sector is far from over.  Lawmakers decided to kick the can down the road on a fraught political battle over refilling an emergency oil reserve in the effort to pass a much-needed stimulus package designed to send $2 trillion into the pocketbooks of people and businesses. [ read more … ]

Clean Energy

The missing puzzle piece for getting to 100% clean power

By David Roberts, The Vox  •    •  Posted 2020-03-30 15:22:41

Across the country, dozens of cities and states have passed laws or resolutions targeting 100 percent carbon-free electricity — most recently 20 communities in Utah and the state of Virginia. But is it even possible to power a modern economy with a carbon-free grid? And if so, what are the best energy sources and technologies for getting there? [ read more … ]

Direct Air Capture

Energy department gives a boost to direct air capture research

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2020-03-30 15:25:04

 The Energy Department announced Monday it is providing $22 million for research to achieve “breakthroughs” in technology to capture carbon dioxide directly from the air. The funding applies to research of materials and chemical sciences, along with field testing of prototypes. Eligible applicants for the funding include universities, nonprofits, and industry, with a 20% cost share. [ read more … ]

Coronavirus

Trump pins coronavirus hope on a climate skeptic

By Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-03-30 15:25:22

President Trump has turned to a French virologist with a history of criticizing climate science to offer the world hope amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Last week, Trump tweeted that the combination of two medicines could dramatically alter the often deadly course of COVID-19. [ read more … ]

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