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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

August 17, 2020

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Harris, Ocasio-Cortez introduce climate equity bill

  •    •  Posted 2020-08-09 15:29:48

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) yesterday floated legislation to overhaul how the federal government tackles environmental justice. The bicameral “Climate Equity Act” would establish an Office of Climate and Environmental Justice Accountability at the White House to offer environmental justice perspectives on federal rulemakings. The measure would also require all relevant bills introduced in Congress to receive an “equity score” from a new branch of the Congressional Budget Office, a nonpartisan agency that offers cost estimates on legislation. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

AEP vows dark money disclosure amid Ohio bribery scandal

  •    •  Posted 2020-08-09 15:25:06

American Electric Power Co. pledged yesterday to improve disclosure of dark money contributions after allegations that just such a group funded by another Ohio utility is at the center of a $60 million racketeering scheme to influence state energy policy. CEO Nick Akins said AEP isn’t among the entities referenced in court filings that outline allegations against former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (R), nor has the company been contacted by investigators. [ read more … ]

A Cadillac wants to catch Tesla. Can anyone?

  •    •  Posted 2020-08-07 15:04:40

While enthusiasts debate the merits of the Lyriq’s 300-plus-mile driving range, its slide-away charging portal, its abundant video screens and the smiley face front grille, a larger question looms: Can General Motors Co., or any traditional automaker, compete against the leader in EVs? Tesla was never mentioned in the presentation from GM’s Design Dome in Warren, Mich. The star was the Lyriq, an SUV with a long hood and tapered tail that is a cornerstone of GM’s electric ambitions. [ read more … ]

Transmission

Biden’s clean energy push resonates in Senate battlegrounds

By Ben Geman, Axios  •    •  Posted 2020-08-09 15:27:55

Joe Biden’s climate posture is a political winner in four states where Senate races and the presidential contest are competitive, per new polling from progressive think tank Data for Progress. Biden has tethered the spending portion of his energy and climate platform to his wider economic response to the coronavirus pandemic, which could mean a quick push for legislative action if he wins. [ read more … ]

Inside Biden’s network of climate advisers

  •    •  Posted 2020-08-07 14:57:03

Former Vice President Joe Biden had already assembled a task force of activists and liberal officials to rewrite his climate plan. But there was a problem: Organized labor hadn’t been invited to the weekly Zoom calls. Biden had tailored his presidential campaign to accommodate the unions that build and maintain natural gas projects, and unions had returned the favor by boosting Biden’s candidacy during his lowest points in the Democratic primary. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Trump announces tariffs as he attacks TVA, bulbs and Biden

By Lesley Clark, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-08-09 15:35:03

The Solar Energy Industries Association, said the tariffs “are likely to increase prices for aluminum products used in the solar industry, which is not good given our current COVID-related challenges.” But he added that although a “handful” of companies may be particularly affected, the association did not expect a significant effect across the industry. [ read more … ]

Harris, Ocasio-Cortez introduce climate equity bill

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-08-09 15:29:48

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) yesterday floated legislation to overhaul how the federal government tackles environmental justice. The bicameral “Climate Equity Act” would establish an Office of Climate and Environmental Justice Accountability at the White House to offer environmental justice perspectives on federal rulemakings. The measure would also require all relevant bills introduced in Congress to receive an “equity score” from a new branch of the Congressional Budget Office, a nonpartisan agency that offers cost estimates on legislation. [ read more … ]

Virus refuses to slow in heat and scientists don’t know why

  •    •  Posted 2020-08-07 14:53:55

Health professionals, virologists and meteorologists said this week that more research is needed before they can determine how future climate conditions could influence the path of future COVID-19 outbreaks. But the scientists — who gathered for an online forum that ended yesterday — said they’ve unearthed a few clues. The three-day assembly was convened by the World Meteorological Organization and the American Geophysical Union. [ read more … ]

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