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Sen. Chuck Grassley stands up for Iowa’s energy economy

Source: By Dylan Reed, Des Moines Register • Posted: Monday, June 5th, 2017

Iowa is blessed with abundant energy resources and innovative state policies that allow it to have affordable and reliable electricity. Advanced energy has become a vital part of Iowa’s energy mix, and the state should be proud when leaders in Washington, D.C., stand up for the 18,845 Iowans working in energy efficiency, 3,859 in wind energy and 745 in solar.

What Is the Green Climate Fund and How Much Does the U.S. Actually Pay?

Source: By NADJA POPOVICH and HENRY FOUNTAIN, New York Times • Posted: Monday, June 5th, 2017

Industrialized countries have voluntarily pledged $10.3 billion since 2013 to help poorer nations reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address the effects of climate change. The United States has pledged by far the most — $3 billion, twice that of the second-largest pledger, Japan. But on a per-capita basis, many other countries have offered more than the United States. Swedes, for example, will contribute nearly $60 each. If the United States contributed its full pledge, the total would be a little less than $10 per American. With Mr. Trump stopping payments, the United States will have contributed $1 billion, or just more than $3 per person.

Inslee, New York Governor Cuomo, and California Governor Brown announce formation of United States Climate Alliance

Source: By Tara Lee, Governor Inslee’s Office • Posted: Friday, June 2nd, 2017

In response to President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., and Washington State Governor Jay Inslee today announced the formation of the United States Climate Alliance, a coalition that will convene U.S. states committed to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement and taking aggressive action on climate change. “I am proud to stand with other governors as we make sure that the inaction in D.C. is met by an equal force of action from the states,” said Inslee.

Governors, faced with Paris withdrawal, pledge climate action

Source: Benjamin Storrow, Debra Kahn and Scott Waldman, E&E News reporters • Posted: Friday, June 2nd, 2017

A host of governors pledged yesterday to intensify their efforts to address climate change regardless of President Trump’s ultimate decision over the Paris Agreement. The proclamations, made mostly by Democrats, were not a surprise in and of themselves. They nevertheless illustrated the evolution of U.S. climate efforts, as policymakers in green-tinged state capitals assume the responsibility for driving deep reductions in carbon emissions.

World’s Biggest Wind-Turbine Maker Falls as Trump Drops Paris

Source: By Christian Wienberg, Bloomberg • Posted: Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Vestas Wind Systems A/S, the world’s biggest maker of wind turbines, dropped to its lowest in 1 1/2 months after U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate accord threw into doubt the future of renewable energy. Vestas fell as much as 2.8 percent, and traded 2.2 percent lower at 572 kroner as of 10:32 a.m. in Copenhagen. It was the worst performing stock on the Copenhagen benchmark index of Denmark’s most traded companies, and was among the biggest losers in the Stoxx Europe 600 index, which was up about 0.6 percent overall.

Vestas expects major wind investments despite U.S. climate deal exit

Source: By Stine Jacobsen, Reuters • Posted: Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Wind energy will still attract major investment in the United States and around the world despite President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the global climate accord, top wind turbine maker Vestas predicted on Friday. With the help of tax credits, wind energy surpassed hydropower as the biggest source of renewable electricity in the U.S. during former President Barack Obama’s administration, and the cost of output has steadily declined as technology evolved.

Trump, Prioritizing Economy Over Climate, Cites Disputed Premises

Source: By MARK LANDLER, BRAD PLUMER and LINDA QIU, New York Times • Posted: Friday, June 2nd, 2017

The M.I.T. study in question looked at the difference between climate pledges made at previous talks and those made in the run-up to Paris, and it found that the Paris pledges would avoid an additional 0.2 degrees Celsius of global warming by 2100. But the M.I.T. researchers also looked at the difference between all of the climate pledges made to date and a business-as-usual scenario in which countries failed to act. In an updated 2016 analysis, they found that current climate pledges would result in global average temperatures rising between 2.7 and 3.6 degrees by the end of the century, compared with between 3.3 and 4.7 degrees if no action were taken, a difference of nearly a degree. And the aim of the Paris agreement was to improve those pledges over time.

Trump’s Climate Pullback Opens Door to Chinese Leadership

Source: By Matthew Pennington, Associated Press • Posted: Friday, June 2nd, 2017

China may be poised to fill the breach. The world’s largest emitter of man-made carbon dioxide, considered a top cause of climate change, is already making rapid progress toward its Paris goal of stopping emissions growth by 2030. It has overtaken the U.S. in transitioning to renewable energy, generating a fifth of its electricity from renewable sources. The U.S. only sources about 13 percent of its electricity from renewables.

Op-Ed: States, Cities, Businesses Will Fill Void Left by U.S. Abdication from Paris Pact

Source: By Ernie Shea, 25x25 • Posted: Friday, June 2nd, 2017

President Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the global climate change agreement marks a disappointing abdication of this nation’s leadership role in meeting the challenges of the very real changing climatic conditions that pose undeniable threats to food production, water availability, coastal communities and government stability in many locations around the world.

Coastal Disappointment, Inland Joy at Trump Climate Move

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Friday, June 2nd, 2017

From coal country to the ports of Maine to the wind farms of the West Coast, Americans react to President Donald Trump’s announcement Thursday that he’s pulling the country out of the Paris climate accord.