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November 5, 2020

Top Story

Newsom can put his stamp on California’s world-leading air board

By DEBRA KAHN, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-11-04 16:22:27

Newsom has an opportunity to put his stamp on the Golden State’s pioneering environmental policies by appointing the influential chair of California’s leading policymaking body on climate change and air pollution. Already, potential leaders are jockeying for the position before California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols departs after more than a decade at the helm. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Vestas Shares Slump as Trump Risk Spooks Green Investors

By Will Mathis, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-11-04 16:23:31

Shares of Vestas Wind Systems A/S, the world’s biggest wind-turbine maker, fell the most in three years as investors weighed the impact of the U.S. election on the renewable energy sector. [ read more … ]


How Jeff Bezos Is Spending His $10 Billion Earth Fund

By Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic  •    •  Posted 2020-11-04 16:24:41

Back in February, Jeffrey Bezos posted a picture of the Earth on Instagram. In the caption, the world’s richest man announced his new project to save the world: the Bezos Earth Fund, an initiative to support scientists, activists, nonprofits, and anyone else who seems to have a good idea to fight climate change. “Climate change is the biggest threat to our planet,” the Amazon chief executive said. He committed $10 billion to the effort, and said he would begin issuing grants in the summer. [ read more … ]

The U.S. just left the Paris climate accord, even as the presidential race is undecided

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2020-11-04 16:20:14

On Wednesday morning, the result in the race between President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden remains unclear. But here is what is certain: The United States officially pulled out of the Paris climate accord, the landmark international agreement to combat global warming, on Wednesday, the day after voting ended in a tumultuous race for the White House marked by sharp disagreement over climate change. [ read more … ]

U.S. Exits Paris Climate Pact With Election Outcome Uncertain

By Will Wade, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-11-04 16:23:15

The U.S. has officially become the first nation to quit the Paris climate agreement, even as the outcome of the country’s presidential race remains undetermined. President Donald Trump, who’s fighting for re-election, moved to withdraw from the landmark environmental accord exactly one year ago, abandoning a global effort to curb carbon emissions and slow global warming. The U.S. exit formally took effect Wednesday, the day after the vote. [ read more … ]

Election 2020

What happened in 8 state energy battlegrounds

By E&E News staff  •    •  Posted 2020-11-04 16:20:38

Coal-rich Montana elected its first Republican governor in more than a decade last night as ballot initiatives and statehouses were decided that could affect energy policy for years to come. Voters in North Carolina and Texas kept the GOP in power in the state legislature, despite a push from Democrats, although several battles — including the fate of the Pennsylvania Legislature — were not fully clear at press time. Here are the results of state elections in 8 key energy states: [ read more … ]

Chamber’s majority uncertain. So is climate legislation

By Jean Chemnick and Thomas Frank, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2020-11-04 16:21:31

Control of the Senate remained up in the air this morning, with races in five states still undecided, creating uncertainty around Democrats’ plans to push an aggressive climate agenda if they won control of Congress and the White House. The undecided races include Republican-held seats in Maine, Georgia, North Carolina and Alaska and a Democratic-held seat in Michigan. Democrats ousted Republican senators in Colorado and Arizona, replacing them with moderates who have called for action on climate change but criticized the Green New Deal. [ read more … ]

Minnesota’s Peterson voted out of Washington after 30 years

By LIZ CRAMPTON, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-11-04 16:24:03

Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District will now be represented by Michelle Fischbach, a GOP recruit and former lieutenant governor. Fischbach, who turned 55 on Nov. 3, ran a campaign tying Peterson to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and left-wing lawmakers. President Donald Trump’s endorsement featured prominently in her ads. She also earned broad support from anti-abortion groups, and her husband and mother-in-law hold leadership positions in the movement. Fischbach served only one year as lieutenant governor in Minnesota but had been a state senator for 22 years. Her victory adds one more seat to the Republican minority, although the House remains in Democratic hands by a wide margin. [ read more … ]


EU Mobilizes Private Investors for Green Hydrogen Market Drive

By Vanessa Dezem, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-11-04 16:22:55

Investors backed by the European Union launched a program that will harness private investment including from Bill Gates’s Breakthrough Energy Venturesfund to jump-start the region’s green hydrogen industry. EIT InnoEnergy SE unveiled on Wednesday the European Green Hydrogen Acceleration Center to boost development of an “economy” for the clean fuel that it said could be worth 100 billion euros ($116 billion) a year by 2025 and create 500,000 jobs.
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Off Topic

Does weather affect the spread of the coronavirus outside?

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2020-11-04 16:21:56

Does weather affect the spread of the coronavirus outside? Not really. The World Health Organization says the virus can be transmitted in any kind of weather and that there is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill it. [ read more … ]


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