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September 18, 2020

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What Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks Mean for Global Warming

By Nadja Popovich and Brad Plumer, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-09-17 15:17:09

President Trump has made dismantling federal climate policies a centerpiece of his administration. A new analysis from the Rhodium Group finds those rollbacks add up to a lot more planet-warming emissions. The Trump administration has acted to repeal or weaken at least 100 environmental regulations over the past four years, including a number of Obama-era climate policies that Mr. Trump has said stifle businesses. The rollbacks include: [ read more … ]

Clean Energy

Researchers urge federal moonshot for clean energy

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-09-17 15:18:02

Columbia University researchers are urging the winner of this year’s presidential election to launch a moonshot-style mission to develop new clean energy technologies, a critical step on the path to net-zero carbon emissions. The group, which includes two former Obama energy officials and staff from the nonprofit Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, this week unveiled a road map of policies that would allow “the next administration and Congress to hit the ground running” on clean-tech development. [ read more … ]


Vermont governor vetoes global warming solutions act

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2020-09-17 15:19:41

Republican Gov. Phil Scott has vetoed a bill that would have required Vermont to meet certain greenhouse gas emissions targets in the coming years and allowed the state to be sued if it didn’t. Scott said in his veto letter Tuesday evening that he “shares the Legislature’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing the resilience of Vermont’s infrastructure and landscape in the face of a changing climate” but had problems with three areas of the bill, including one that “could lead to costly litigation and delay.” [ read more … ]

Climate Change

Trump’s climate views are extreme, even for deniers

By Chelsea Harvey, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2020-09-17 15:18:51

Faced with one of the most dramatic symbols of global warming in the United States — wildfires engulfing the West — President Trump not only questioned the science of climate change, but suggested warming trends may actually reverse themselves. “It’ll start getting cooler,” he said Monday in a conversation with Wade Crowfoot, head of California’s Natural Resources Agency. [ read more … ]

Meet the man who told Trump climate change is real

By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-09-17 15:19:18

Wade Crowfoot, a California Cabinet secretary, didn’t plan on confronting President Trump on extreme heat and wildfires. Then Trump dismissed climate change. “It’ll just start getting cooler, you just watch,” Trump said during a Monday meeting with California officials who were briefing him on the state’s catastrophic wildfires. Crowfoot, in a response that went viral, responded: “I wish science agreed with you.” [ read more … ]


FERC removes barriers for distributed energy resources

By Josh Siegel and Abby Smith, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2020-09-17 15:20:31

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission voted during a meeting Thursday to approve an order allowing distributed energy resources — such as rooftop solar, home energy storage, and electric vehicles and their supply equipment — to participate in wholesale electricity markets. Republican Chairman Neil Chatterjee and Democratic Commissioner Richard Glickvoted to approve the order, while Republican Commissioner James Danly dissented, though he gave no details during the meeting as to why. [ read more … ]

Committee questions FERC picks on climate, blackouts

By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-09-17 15:18:27

For Clements, the hearing marked a nearly year-and-a-half-long odyssey. Democrats floated her for a spot on the commission in early 2019, but the White House did not nominate her until this summer. Clements heads the clean energy market program at the Energy Foundation. She previously worked with the Natural Resources Defense Council on FERC-related issues in its Sustainable FERC Project. [ read more … ]


Ohio GOP slows push to repeal law tied to bribery scandal

By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-09-17 15:17:30

Ohio lawmakers continued hearings yesterday on bills that would repeal an energy law tainted by federal allegations of a $60 million bribery scheme. The 15-member Select Committee on Energy Policy and Oversight heard testimony from the state’s top utility regulator and an official with grid manager PJM Interconnection but took no action. [ read more … ]


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