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DSCC predicts green issues will tilt key Senate races

Source: George Cahlink, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Environmental issues could prove pivotal in at least three Senate races in battleground states this fall, according to Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee officials and other party operatives. At a DSCC forum here earlier today, Christie Roberts, DSCC political director, said green issues could prove decisive in bids to unseat Republican incumbents in Florida, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. She said the environmental issues raised in those states would vary based on the incumbent’s record.

Climate front and center in stark contrast to GOP confab

Source: Evan Lehmann, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Convincing skeptical Republicans about climate change could be less important for building momentum around tackling emissions than reaching everyday Americans who are affected by rising temperatures, according to several people who spoke about the future of the issue. The event underscores the attention being paid to climate change at the outset of the Democratic National Convention, where clean energy and the environment are on display like the bronze monuments in this historic city. Prime-time speakers throughout the week are expected to raise it as a key issue, creating a distinct contrast to the convention overseen by Republican nominee Donald Trump last week.

A new report rated countries on ‘sustainable development.’ The U.S. did horribly

Source: By Chris Mooney, Washington Post • Posted: Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

The U.S. scored in the red, meaning “seriously far from achievement as of 2015,” for 12 out of 17 of the sustainable development goals. Those goals were “no poverty,” “zero hunger,” “gender equality,” “affordable and clean energy,” “decent work and economic growth,” “reduced inequalities,” “responsible consumption and production,” “climate action,” “life below water,” “life on land,” “peace, justice and strong institutions,” and “partnerships for the goals” (which involves establishing transnational collaborations to achieve them). These poor rankings were doled out because (among other things) the U.S. has too many people below the poverty line, too much adult obesity, too little renewable energy, too many homicides and people in prison, and so on and so on.

Environmental Groups Urge Vote on Delayed New York Offshore Wind

Source: By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg • Posted: Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

A coalition of environmental groups is urging New York officials to move forward with delayed plans to approve a 90-megawatt wind farm off the coast of Long Island. The Sierra Club joined more than 30 other organizations in a letter Friday asking New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to push the Long Island Power Authority to reschedule a vote on the project.

Nebraska wind farm worries won’t blow over

Source: By TAMMY BAIN, North Platte Telegraph • Posted: Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

After meeting into the wee hours Wednesday morning, the Cherry County Planning Commission recommended against approving a conditional use permit for a potential wind farm in the county. Opponents protested the wind farm before the meeting Tuesday, at which Commission Chairman George Johnson resigned, said Joel Mundorf, the county’s zoning administrator. Johnson had planned to recuse himself from the vote because his son is involved with the company seeking the conditional use permit, said County Attorney Eric Scott.

Earth on track for hottest year ever as warming speeds up

Source: BY STEPHANIE NEBEHAY, Reuters • Posted: Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

The earth is on track for its hottest year on record and warming at a faster rate than expected, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Thursday. Temperatures recorded mainly in the northern hemisphere in the first six months of the year, coupled with an early and fast Arctic sea ice melt and “new highs” in heat-trapping carbon dioxide levels, point to quickening climate change, it said. June marked the 14th straight month of record heat, the United Nations agency said. It called for speedy implementation of a global pact reached in Paris last December to limit climate change by shifting from fossil fuels to green energy by 2100.

Why’s it so miserably hot? Blame corn sweat

Source: Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register • Posted: Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

It’s not the heat, Iowa, it’s the corn sweat. Yes, one of Iowa’s most well-known crops is getting blamed for adding to the oppressive humidity that’s making Iowa and big parts of the nation so miserable this week. How miserable? Well, the heat index through Saturday is supposed to be well over 100 degrees throughout Iowa and big chunks of the Midwest.

Trump resumes fight against windfarm near Scottish golf course

Source: By Libby Brooks, The Guardian • Posted: Monday, July 25th, 2016

Donald Trump has vowed to continue fighting the windfarm development off the coast from his Aberdeenshire golf course, branding the project an act of “public vandalism”. The US presidential candidate returned to the fray after Swedish energy company Vattenfall confirmed on Thursday that it is going ahead with its £300m investment, despite last month’s EU referendum vote.

How Popular Is Home Solar Energy?

Source: By Cassandra Sweet and  Jess Kuronen, Wall Street Journal • Posted: Monday, July 25th, 2016

More than one million homes now have solar panels, helped by government subsidies and clean energy policies. Falling equipment prices and competition among installers have driven the average price of a home solar system down 10.6% over the past year to $3.21 per watt, or $16,050 for a five-kilowatt solar array. A federal renewable-energy tax credit can shave another 30% off the total cost.

Clinton picks Kaine as running mate

Source: Manuel Quiñones, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, July 25th, 2016

On energy issues, Kaine has been a vocal supporter of President Obama’s efforts to deal with climate change. But some of his energy positions have angered environmentalists. Kaine has spoken in favor of at least considering Atlantic offshore drilling, a position at odds with Clinton’s.