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September 28, 2020

Top Story

Election and Supreme Court Fight Will Decide Trump’s Environmental Legacy

By Lisa Friedman and John Schwartz, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-09-27 16:27:45

(Updated) President Trump has initiated the most aggressive environmental deregulation agenda in modern history, but as his first term drives to a close, many of his policies are being cut down by the courts — even by Republican-appointed jurists who the administration had hoped would be friendly. Those losses have actually heightened the stakes in the election and the fight over a replacement on the Supreme Court for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A second term, coupled with a 6-3 conservative majority on the high court, could save some of his biggest environmental rollbacks. [ read more … ]

Extreme Weather

Climate change ‘unequivocal’ in driving wildfires — report

By Thomas Frank, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-09-27 16:28:07

Climate change has played an “unequivocal and pervasive role” in the increase and intensification of wildfires and must be addressed directly, according to a new report that questions the effectiveness of forest management strategies championed by President Trump. The report, released this morning on the ScienceBrief platform, summarizes recent studies on climate change and wildfire, and it casts doubts on efforts to reduce wildfire risk by thinning out forests. It says “land management can ameliorate or compound climate-driven changes in wildfire risk.” [ read more … ]

Climate Policy

World leaders — minus Trump — call for united climate action

By Nathanial Gronewold, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-09-27 16:29:10

With the 75th anniversary of the United Nations as a backdrop, a chorus of world leaders this week called for a collective stand against climate change and the coronavirus pandemic. A notable exception was President Trump, who blamed China and international organizations for the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak. During his speech Tuesday to the U.N. General Assembly, Trump also described the Paris climate accord as “one-sided.”
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China’s Carbon Neutrality Goal is Good Policy and Good Politics

By Gernot Wagner, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-09-27 16:29:31

Talk is cheap. Action is hard. Cue the jokes about thousands of climate diplomats flying millions of miles to generate more hot air. Add to that President Donald Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro allowing rampant deforestation in the Amazon, and growing nationalist tendencies the world over, and it’s hard not to be cynical about the importance of climate diplomacy these days. [ read more … ]

House Energy Bill

House backs bill to boost ‘clean energy,’ enhance efficiency

By Matthew Daly, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2020-09-27 16:42:30

The House has approved a modest bill to promote “clean energy” and increase energy efficiency while phasing out the use of coolants in air conditioners and refrigerators that are considered a major driver of global warming. The bill boosts renewable energy such as solar and wind power, sets stricter energy efficiency standards for buildings and authorizes grants to local communities for more efficient schools, homes and municipal buildings. [ read more … ]

EVs

California’s Ban on New Gas Cars Further Upends Auto Industry

By William Boston, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2020-09-27 16:26:08

California’s decision to ban sales of new conventional vehicles starting in 2035 shows how regulators’ aggressive emission targets are forcibly reshaping an industry that is struggling to keep its customers on board. Tighter rules from Europe to the U.S. are accelerating manufacturers’ efforts to shrink their carbon footprint, even as they fight to come back from a pandemic slump. Those rules are also drawing investors toward new electric-vehicle startups hoping to replicate the success of TeslaInc. [ read more … ]

How the pandemic is delivering the electric truck

By David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-09-27 16:26:42

Call it a coronavirus side effect. As millions of homebound customers turn to e-commerce for shopping, a new kind of vehicle is starting to appear on the manifest: the electric delivery truck. “All the companies like FedEx, UPS and Amazon that are having to make those deliveries are being strained,” said Randy Mullett, a trucking and freight consultant based in Washington. “And almost all of them have very active electric or alternative-fuel programs.” [ read more … ]

Denmark’s Green Plan Could Raise Tesla Prices by Nearly a Third

By Morten Buttler, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-09-27 16:27:10

Denmark’s latest proposal to reduce carbon emissions could see the price of a premium Tesla Model S rise by nearly a third. The Social Democrat government wants to see at least 500,000 electric cars on Denmark’s roads by 2030 to help reach the goal of cutting carbon emissions by 70% compared to 1990 levels. [ read more … ]

Markets

BP says oil is on the ropes. Is it really?

By Benjamin Storrow and Edward Klump, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2020-09-27 16:28:38

The Energy Corridor, a business district on the west side of Houston, has long been the beating heart of the U.S. oil industry. It’s home to BP PLC, Royal Dutch Shell PLC and ConocoPhillips. Now it’s also the epicenter of a sea change. BP and Shell are charting a dramatically new course for the industry, pledging to eliminate their greenhouse gas emissions, slash spending on new oil and gas projects, and pump money into renewables and other low-carbon ventures. [ read more … ]

FirstEnergy

Ohio AG sues ‘unholy alliance’ to block nuclear subsidies

By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-09-27 16:30:32

Ohio’s top lawyer has sued to block the payment of more than $1 billion in nuclear subsidies to Energy Harbor, the former FirstEnergy Corp. subsidiary that runs two nuclear plants in the state. Republican Attorney General Dave Yost filed the lawsuit Wednesday in state court against a group of defendants referred to as the “unholy alliance” — FirstEnergy, Energy Harbor, former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and Householder associates who face federal racketeering charges.
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