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April 23, 2020

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U.N. chief says there’s a bigger threat than coronavirus

By RYAN HEATH, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-04-22 15:41:15

The U.S. is the world’s second-biggest fossil fuel subsidizer, according to a 2019 International Monetary Fund report. Guterres is expected to say: “Fossil fuel subsidies must end, and polluters must start paying for their pollution.” With many health systems and medical supply chains at breaking point, Guterres will say that while “the impact of the coronavirus is both immediate and dreadful,” there’s an “even deeper emergency — the planet’s unfolding environmental crisis.”
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This year is on track to be Earth’s warmest on record, beating 2016, NOAA says

By Andrew Freedman, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2020-04-22 15:44:43

There is a 75 percent chance 2020 will set a record for the warmest year since instrument records began in 1880, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is projecting, beating out 2016 for the distinction. This is somewhat unexpected, since there is no declared El Niño event in the tropical Pacific Ocean, which tends to provide a natural boost to global temperatures that are already elevated due to the human-caused buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. [ read more … ]

Relief Aid

McConnell slams brakes on next round of coronavirus aid

By BURGESS EVERETT, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-04-22 15:43:00

In a telephone interview Tuesday after passage of a $484 billion coronavirus relief bill, the Senate majority leader made clear that the full Senate must be in session before Congress begins its fifth installment of responding to the pandemic. And he signaled he is growing weary of quickly shoveling billions of dollars out the door even as the economy continues to crater. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Vineyard Wind’s Permitting On Track Despite Coronavirus, BOEM Says

By Karl-Erik Stromsta, Green Tech Media  •    •  Posted 2020-04-22 15:41:34

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is sticking to its already-delayed timeline for deciding whether to approve Vineyard Wind’s 800-megawatt offshore wind project. At least for now. BOEM, the agency within the Interior Department that oversees seabed leases for offshore energy development, stunned the emerging U.S. offshore wind industry last summer by delaying its decision on Vineyard’s project, originally scheduled for completion in two 400-megawatt phases in 2021-2022. [ read more … ]

Rooftop Wind Power Might Take Off by Using Key Principle of Flight

By Andrea Thompson, Scientific American  •    •  Posted 2020-04-22 15:42:30

Solar panels perched on the roofs of houses and other buildings are an increasingly common sight in the U.S., but rooftop wind systems have never caught on. Past efforts to scale down the towering turbines that generate wind power to something that might sit on a home have been plagued by too many technical problems to make such devices practical. Now, however, a new design could circumvent those issues by harnessing the same principle that creates lift for airplane wings. [ read more … ]


Clean energy can be a ‘huge job creator’ as economy recovers, Tom Steyer says

By Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2020-04-22 15:44:16

Two months later, with businesses closing and millions of people out of work from a pandemic-induced downturn, California Gov. Gavin Newsom tapped Steyer to help craft the state’s economic response. Steyer will co-chair the governor’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery, working with industry titans such as Walt Disney Co.’s Bob Iger and Apple’s Tim Cook — as well as former governors from both major political parties — to develop recommendations for government to get the economy moving again. [ read more … ]

‘I’m Just Living a Nightmare’: Oil Industry Braces for Devastation

By Clifford Krauss, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-04-22 15:43:47

Workers at Marathon Petroleum’s refinery in Gallup, N.M., are turning off the valves. Oil companies in West Texas are paying early termination fees to contract employees rather than drill new wells. And in Montana, producers are shutting down wells and slashing salaries and benefits. The oil industry has lived through many booms and busts, but never before have prices collapsed as they have this week.
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Broad array of groups sue FERC over PJM MOPR decision as Chatterjee rejects cost, renewable concerns

By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-04-22 15:42:07

A flurry of lawsuits hit the courts on Monday as industry and environmental groups reacted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Thursday decision to uphold a controversial December ruling. Several groups had filed a request for rehearing with FERC following the commission’s Dec. 16 order that would effectively raise the floor price for all new resources receiving a state subsidy in the PJM Interconnection wholesale power market. Though the commission clarified some aspects of the order last week, its decision to largely uphold the order prompted groups most threatened by the rule to file lawsuits. [ read more … ]

Secretive group’s petition to FERC could ‘end net metering as we know it,’ lawyers say

By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-04-22 15:43:21

A recent filing submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission could “end net metering as we know it,” according to legal experts. The petition from the New England Ratepayers Association (NERA) asks FERC to “declare that there is exclusive federal jurisdiction over wholesale energy sales from generation sources located on the customer side of the retail meter.” [ read more … ]

Air Pollution

California cities top air pollution list — again

By David Oliver, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-04-22 15:40:53

About five in 10 people, or 45.8% of the U.S. population, live in an area with unhealthy ozone or particle pollution, according to the American Lung Association’s 2020 “State of the Air” report. Los Angeles once again ranked as the city with the worst ozone pollution, a ranking it has maintained for the past 20 years of the report’s 21 year-history. Fellow California cities Visalia, Bakersfield, Fresno, Sacramento and San Diego followed in rank — the same cities to top the list in 2019. [ read more … ]


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