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Court suspends litigation on climate rule in win for Trump

Source: Amanda Reilly, E&E News reporter • Posted: Monday, May 1st, 2017

A federal court’s decision early last Friday to pause litigation over the Clean Power Plan is a win for the Trump administration, making it unlikely that judges will issue a ruling on its legality as U.S. EPA reviews the controversial program. The rule was the centerpiece of the Obama administration’s domestic climate change agenda and required states to develop plans to lower carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants

Climate March Draws Thousands of Protesters Alarmed by Trump’s Environmental Agenda

Source: By Dave Horn, New York Times • Posted: Monday, May 1st, 2017

Tens of thousands of demonstrators, alarmed at what they see as a dangerous assault on the environment by the Trump administration, poured into the streets here on Saturday to sound warnings both planetary and political about the Earth’s warming climate. Starting at the foot of the Capitol, the protesters marched to the White House, surrounding the mansion while President Trump was inside on his 100th day in office. Once there, the demonstrators let out a collective roar, meant to symbolically drown out the voices of the administration’s climate change deniers.

Southern Cross to Carry Texas Wind Power Through Mississippi

Source: By Jeff Amy, Associated Press • Posted: Friday, April 28th, 2017

A San Francisco-based renewable energy company wants Mississippi regulators to approve a $1.4 billion power transmission line that would carry electricity from wind generated in Texas to the Southeast. The Southern Cross Transmission line would extend from Texas through Desoto Parish in Louisiana, crossing into Mississippi south of Greenville. It then would run across Mississippi, to a $300 million transmission facility near Columbus, where it would tie into existing power lines.

Wind power will keep growing rapidly — and bring economic opportunity to rural America

Source: By Michael Goggin, MarketWatch • Posted: Friday, April 28th, 2017

The future of federal policies to cut carbon dioxide pollution for existing power plants, such as the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan rule, remains uncertain for the near term. But even with this uncertainty on carbon policy, other factors will continue to drive wind energy’s astronomical growth — benefiting in particular the rural and Rust Belt areas that are starved of economic opportunity. As leading economists from all political perspectives have argued, incorporating carbon policy into energy markets results in more efficient market outcomes. It also improves American competitiveness by maintaining our lead in developing innovative energy technologies.

Mayors group launches bid to expand clean energy initiative

Source: Hannah Hess, E&E News reporter • Posted: Friday, April 28th, 2017

A group of U.S. mayors announced a recruiting push for their campaign to promote renewable energy in cities. The Mayors for 100% Clean Energy initiative is led by officials who have been partnering with the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100movement.

New Executive Order Includes Renewable Fuels

Source: By CINDY ZIMMERMAN, Ag Wired • Posted: Friday, April 28th, 2017

The executive order includes an emphasis on renewable fuels, stating that, “It is in the national interest to promote American agriculture and protect the rural communities where food, fiber, forestry, and many of our renewable fuels are cultivated.” One of the stated objectives of the task force is to “further the Nation’s energy security by advancing traditional and renewable energy production in the rural landscape.”

The Trump White House is at war with itself about climate change

Source: By Chris Mooney, Washington Post • Posted: Friday, April 28th, 2017

A number of climate experts have suggested they expect the White House will eventually decide to remain in the agreement. “I think there is a better than 50/50 chance that the Trump administration will stay in the Paris agreement. I think odds are they will stay in,” Al Gore told the TED conference in Vancouver Wednesday. The internal administration debate about the U.S. position toward Paris was echoed on Capitol Hill on Tuesday when Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), who served as Trump’s energy adviser during the campaign, convened a panel to debate the merits of staying in, or departing from, the agreement. The event showed surprising support for the “stay” position, including from conservatives.

Early skirmishes on Trump policies prefigure long legal war

Source: Amanda Reilly, E&E News reporter • Posted: Friday, April 28th, 2017

The Trump administration’s legal maneuverings and attempts to begin unraveling regulations during its first 100 days have set the stage for what are likely to be prolonged, fierce battles in environmental law over the next four years. The administration has mostly tried to get its bearing in a host of environmental legal disputes pending in various federal courts. Early skirmishes with environmentalists have centered on its requests to halt litigation as it figures out what to do with Obama-era policies.

Appeals Panel Agrees to Delay Case on Coal Plant Pollution

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Friday, April 28th, 2017

The Trump administration has successfully delayed a legal fight over enforcing Obama-era restrictions on pollution from coal-fired power plants. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Thursday granted a request from the Environmental Protection Agency to postpone a planned hearing on 2012 rules requiring energy companies to cut emissions of toxic chemicals. Though the regulations are finalized and already in effect, the new administration told the court it intends to rewrite them.

Home to World’s Biggest Wind-Turbine Maker to End All Subsidies

Source: By Peter Levring, Bloomberg • Posted: Thursday, April 27th, 2017

After more than four decades of relying on subsidies, Denmark’s renewable energy industry is ready to survive on its own much sooner than anyone expected. The Danish energy minister, Lars Christian Lilleholt, says that “in just a few years,” renewable energy providers won’t need state support anymore. He says it’s a development he couldn’t have imagined as recently as last year. “We’re now very close to arriving,” he said in an interview in Copenhagen on Monday, after receiving a set of recommendations from a government-appointed panel on Denmark’s energy future.