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September 16, 2020

Top Story

On the West Coast, leaders plead for ‘all the help we can get.’

By Peter Baker, Lisa Friedman, and Alan Yuhas, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-09-15 15:45:19

The wildfires raging on the West Coast became an all but inescapable crisis around the country on Tuesday, with at least 27 people dead in three states, fires and evacuations starting in Idaho, milky smoke clouding the skies over Michigan and haze reaching as far as New York City. In the states where the fires are burning worst — with more than five million acres charred so far in Oregon, California and Washington State — the authorities were trying to adapt to a disaster with no clear end in sight, under conditions deeply exacerbated by climate change. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

The Solar-Powered Future Is Being Assembled in China

By Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2020-09-15 15:28:43

On a recent morning in central China, workers in blue jumpsuits and white masks placed clamps around a bar of shiny metal and fed it into a powerful cutting machine. The bar was an ingot made of polysilicon, a heavily refined cousin of the same material that makes up sand. Inside the cutter, it was sliced into thousands of small squares slightly larger than a CD case and thinner than a thumbnail. These wafers would then be shipped on to other factories to be infused with conductive elements such as phosphorous and boron, then wired into cells and assembled into panels—the base unit of solar energy generation. [ read more … ]

Extreme Weather

We didn’t start the fire

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-09-15 15:31:38

Wade Crowfoot, the head of the California’s Natural Resources Agency, challenged the president on his climate change views. “I think we want to work with you to really recognize the changing climate and what it means for our forests and actually work together with that science,” Crowfoot told the president, but he also argued that it would be misguided to “sort of put our heads in the sand and think it’s all about vegetation management.” [ read more … ]

Climate

Climate Cases Put Big Oil’s Behemoth Trade Group in Bull’s-Eye

By Bloomberg Law  •    •  Posted 2020-09-15 15:33:53

State and local governments taking Big Oil to court over climate change have a new target: the American Petroleum Institute—an approach that could pay off for plaintiffs and create headaches for the industry’s biggest trade group, lawyers say. Recent lawsuits from Delaware, Minnesota, and Hoboken, N.J., name API as a defendant, saying the group should be on the hook alongside oil companies for allegedly misleading the public about fossil fuels’ climate impacts. [ read more … ]

End of combustion engine moves closer with E.U. climate plan

By Ewa Krukowska, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-09-15 15:30:48

The European Union’s executive will unveil an ambitious emissions-cut plan this week that’ll leave no sector of the economy untouched, forcing wholesale lifestyle changes and stricter standards for industries. Under a new climate target for 2030, European automakers would need to embrace tougher pollution standards, with new rules that could retire combustion engines to science museums. Energy will grow increasingly cleaner, with an additional €350 billion ($415 billion) per year required for investment in production and infrastructure. And to help cut greenhouse gases in agriculture, Europeans would be encouraged to eat less meat. [ read more … ]

BP, Google shun fossil fuels. Will governments follow?

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-09-15 15:29:13

One of the world’s largest fossil fuel companies said yesterday it expects global oil demand will wane and consumption of electricity will soar in the coming years if governments move to tackle climate change. A few hours later, one of the world’s largest technology companies appeared to confirm that prediction, saying it intends to power all its operations with carbon-free sources by 2030. [ read more … ]

Markets

Wary of Biden win, drillers rush for permits

By Heather Richards, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-09-15 15:28:57

Drillers in the largest onshore U.S. oil and gas field are rushing to secure permits ahead of a potential Joe Biden presidency, analysts say, reflecting industry uncertainty about the November election. The Democratic presidential nominee and former vice president has proposed to effectively retire oil and gas development on federally managed lands over time, appealing to a climate-conscious left flank calling for an end to fossil fuel use. [ read more … ]

EVs

Nikola issues fuller denial of distortion claims

By Ed Ludlow, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-09-15 15:29:44

Nikola Corp. made a fuller-throated denial of a report last week that claimed the electric-truck maker had deceived investors, accusing a short seller of mischaracterizations and distortions. Hindenburg Research, the short seller whose report sent Nikola shares tumbling last week, made false and misleading statements that were designed to manipulate the market, Nikola said early yesterday. The Phoenix-based company’s shares reversed a decline of as much as 16% in premarket trading, rising 6.9% to $34.35 as of 11:30 a.m. in New York. [ read more … ]

Campaign 2020

As Trump Again Rejects Science, Biden Calls Him a ‘Climate Arsonist’

By Peter Baker, Lisa Friedman and Thomas Kaplan, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-09-15 15:28:29

With wildfires raging across the West, climate change took center stage in the race for the White House on Monday as former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. called President Trump a “climate arsonist” while the president said that “I don’t think science knows” what is actually happening. A day of dueling appearances laid out the stark differences between the two candidates, an incumbent president who has long scorned climate change as a hoax and rolled back environmental regulations and a challenger who has called for an aggressive campaign to curb the greenhouse gases blamed for increasingly extreme weather.
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Trump on climate: ‘I don’t think science knows actually’

By Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-09-15 15:29:58

President Trump doubled down on his denial of climate change yesterday by saying that scientists are wrong and claiming that the world will “start getting cooler.” The remarks, delivered during a brief visit to California to discuss the state’s historic wildfires, run counter to mountains of research on global warming — including reports issued by his own administration [ read more … ]

Biden’s wildfire attacks signal new era of climate politics

By Adam Aton, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-09-15 15:30:34

Joe Biden stepped into the future of climate politics. The Democratic presidential nominee used a series of ongoing national disasters — worsened by climate change — to attack President Trump and tout his own energy agenda. Wildfires were still burning and storms were still raging when Biden delivered his climate remarks.
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