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June 25, 2020

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Most Americans believe the government should do more to combat climate change, poll finds

By Brady Dennis, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2020-06-24 16:15:32

Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the federal government should act more aggressively to combat climate change, and almost as many say the problem is already affecting their community in some way, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center. In addition, the nationwide survey of 10,957 adults conducted this spring finds that Americans overwhelmingly want the government to do more to reduce the greenhouse gases linked to a warming climate, with significant majorities backing policies that would plant huge numbers of trees, greater restrict power plant emissions, require more fuel-efficient cars and tax corporations based on their emissions. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Japan Starts to Seek Bidders for First Floating Wind Farm Auction

By Aya Takada, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-06-24 16:16:08

Japan officially launched its effort to seek participants in the nation’s first auction for a floating offshore wind farm. The nation’s economy and land ministries will select the winner of the auction around June 2021 to construct the floating turbines off the southern prefecture of Nagasaki, according to a joint statement on Wednesday. The deadline for bidding in the auction is Dec. 24. [ read more … ]

States

Bold ambitions meet rocky realities in blue states

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-06-24 16:15:11

Colorado was among a handful of Democratic-led states to pass sweeping climate legislation last year. New Jersey and Maine committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050. New York enacted a law to go carbon neutral. In the West, Washington and New Mexico passed bills to eliminate emissions from power plants, while Nevada committed to upping its production of wind and solar. Greens now say states are making uneven progress. Maine’s Climate Council has been particularly active, while New Jersey is aiming to release a report on its progress later this month. Progress has been slower in New York, where a newly formed Climate Action Council has met only once, prompting complaints from industry representatives and climate advocates alike [ read more … ]

House Stimulus Bill

How House stimulus bill breaks down

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-06-24 16:16:25

House Democrats released the text of their sprawling $1.5 trillion infrastructure and recovery bill, H.R. 2 (116), on Monday that includes money for modernizing the electric grid, investing in clean water projects and extending clean energy tax credits. [ read more … ]

Markets

Petroleum Refiners Pose Hurdle to Oil’s Recovery

By Joe Wallace, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2020-06-24 16:16:45

After a furious rally that has seen oil prices more than double over two months, the market faces a new hurdle: Petroleum refiners are struggling to make ends meet. U.S. crude-oil prices have surged since falling below zero in April, lifted by declining production and a pickup in demand, particularly in Asia. West Texas Intermediate futures fell 0.9% to $40.37 a barrel Tuesday, but they are still up about 20% in the past month. [ read more … ]

Commentary

A Consensus Climate Solution Grown on the Farm

By Charles Hernick, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions  •    •  Posted 2020-06-24 16:15:50

Today, the U.S. Senate is working on a bipartisan climate solution that could help future generations avoid the worst effects of climate change and help farmers across America today. Our nation’s farmers and ranchers always have been a symbol of hard-working Americans, an essential part of our food supply, and a bellwether for our economy. Thanks to well-crafted, market-based legislation with broad private-sector and environment support, soon they’ll be growing climate solutions too. [ read more … ]

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