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June 10, 2020

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Trump’s Scorn for Climate Change Meets Courts Saying It Matters

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-06-09 14:34:00

At least six times since President Donald Trump took office, courts have rebuked the Interior Department for selling drilling rights or advancing oil projects without adequately considering the consequences to a warming planet. The decisions have jeopardized high-stakes oil development plans across more than a million acres of federal land.
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Green Stimulus Plans

How to Grow Green

By Bloomberg Green  •    •  Posted 2020-06-09 14:34:41

There’s another way to pursue growth. “I’ve always thought it’s logical that, if you’re going to make an awful lot of investments, then make them in a strategic way like getting the economy sorted on climate,” says Cameron Hepburn, a professor of environmental economics at the University of Oxford. The stimulus spending of 2009 helped the rise of emerging cleantech companies such as Tesla Inc., which is now the world’s second-most-valuable automaker. Prices for renewable energy have plunged as the number of jobs in the field has surged. Investing in a post-carbon economy isn’t just a way to avoid a climate catastrophe. It could also be the most prosperous way forward. [ read more … ]

Carbon Free Markets

California plans for future of gas system amid ‘patchwork’ of electrification policies

By Kavya Balaraman, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-06-09 14:36:18

As a wave of local governments in California roll out policies that promote the electrification of buildings, the state’s energy regulators have been saddled with a complicated task: planning for the future of its natural gas system. Around 30 cities in California have passed building codes that reduce their reliance on gas, according to the Sierra Club, the most recent being Santa Cruz, which in March passed an ordinance to “eliminate natural gas infrastructure and associated greenhouse gas emissions in new buildings where all-electric infrastructure can be most practicably integrated.” [ read more … ]

US could reach 90% carbon-free by 2035, bolster economic recovery, UC Berkeley report finds

By Kavya Balaraman, Utility Drive  •    •  Posted 2020-06-09 14:35:36

The U.S. can deliver 90% of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2035, according to a new report from the University of California, Berkeley, and experts say accelerating clean energy deployments could also play an important role in the country’s economic recovery. Building out renewables to achieve this target will add more than 500,000 jobs per year as well as $1.7 trillion in investments into the economy, without raising customer bills, the report found. [ read more … ]

Mapping a clean energy transition

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-06-09 14:36:36

 Getting 90 percent of power from renewable sources would require a $1.7 trillion investment over 15 years, bringing a net increase of 530,000 energy jobs while curbing greenhouse gas emissions 27 percent and shedding $1.2 trillion in health and environmental costs, according to researchers at the University of California-Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, consulting firm GridLab and think tank Energy Innovation. [ read more … ]


BP to lay off 10,000 workers after coronavirus-driven oil crash

By Paul Takahashi, Houston Chroncile  •    •  Posted 2020-06-09 14:37:21

BP plans to lay off nearly 10,000 workers globally by the end of the year as it responds to the oil crash following a self-imposed 90-day moratorium on job cuts. The U.K.-based oil major on Monday ended its three-month freeze and said it would start a process to shed thousands of jobs, most of which are office-based. The company said it plans to protect its rig workers, and prioritize safe and reliable operations. BP has 70,100 employees around the world, including 4,000 in the Houston area, according to a Houston Chronicle survey. Houston is home to BP’s U.S. headquarters and its largest employee base.  [ read more … ]

EPA Enforcement Policy

States ask court to block EPA enforcement policy

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-06-09 14:40:18

A coalition of nine states on Monday asked a federal judge to block EPA’s March guidance on enforcement nationwide during the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that each day it remains in place, “the increased pollution it incentivizes will irreparably harm the States.” EPA has always maintained that the policy will not lead to any real-world increases of pollution, but the states argue it is “an abdication of EPA’s statutory duty to protect public health and the environment.” [ read more … ]


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