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Gary Griggs, Our Ocean Backyard: We must move toward renewable energy

Source: By Gary Griggs, Santa Cruz Sentenial • Posted: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

We live in an extraordinarily complex and crowded world today, all 7.5 billion of us. We have huge demands for water, food and energy, some of us far more than others, and quite honestly, there isn’t enough to go around. According to the United Nations, 21,000 people around the world die of hunger or hunger-related causes every day. This is one person every four seconds, and most of these are children.

Supreme Court stay factors into litigation’s future

Source: Amanda Reilly, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

The Trump administration asked a federal court today to indefinitely suspend lawsuits over the Clean Power Plan rather than send the litigation back to U.S. EPA. Pausing the litigation indefinitely would conserve judicial resources and maintain the status quo — including the Supreme Court’s February 2016 stay of the Obama administration’s signature climate rule, the Department of Justice argued.

Governor Brown heading to China to promote climate policies

Source: Debra Kahn, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is going to China early next month to drum up support for climate and clean energy policies as well as general trade cooperation. The weeklong trip will see Brown attend an international clean energy conference in Beijing, the Clean Energy Ministerial, and visit two other economic powerhouses: Chengdu, in the province of Sichuan, and Nanjing, in Jiangsu province. Brown will also host another clean energy forum in Beijing under the auspices of his Under2 Coalition, a group of governments nonbindingly committed to reducing emissions to under 2 tons per capita by 2050.

Grid review splits renewable energy providers

Source: Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Several renewable energy groups are urging Energy Secretary Rick Perry to use a contested grid study to consider how their industries are not receiving the same benefits as wind, natural gas and other technologies. Critics see DOE’s review of grid reliability and subsidies as a potential threat to the federal wind tax credit, especially since study leader Travis Fisher has questioned its value and the broader benefit of renewable energy mandates.

Infrastructure package will land on Hill in a few weeks — Chao

Source: Camille von Kaenel, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

The Trump administration will send its infrastructure package to Congress in a few weeks, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today. Sixteen agencies have been preparing the broad package, she said, which will pack $200 billion in direct federal spending for a broad range of projects — from roads and bridges to broadband and energy infrastructure.

China, India surpass U.S. as most attractive renewables markets: report

Source: By Nina Chestney, Reuters • Posted: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

China and India have surpassed the United States to become the two most attractive countries for renewable energy investment, a report by UK accountancy firm Ernst & Young showed on Tuesday. In an annual ranking of the top 40 renewable energy markets worldwide in terms of allure, China was the top country, followed by India.

Trump pick for Interior deputy gets his day in the sun

Source: Corbin Hiar, E&E News reporte • Posted: Monday, May 15th, 2017

President Trump’s controversial pick for deputy secretary of the Interior Department is likely to face tough questions from senators this week about his work for energy industry clients and service at the agency during the George W. Bush administration. David Bernhardt, who is currently chairman of the natural resources department at the law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP, will appear before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday morning.

Even Clean Energy Has Its Little Oil Spills

Source: By Adam Williams, Bloomberg • Posted: Monday, May 15th, 2017

Wind turbines were planted along a strip of Mexico’s southern coast to make the country’s power industry cleaner. Now they’re spilling oil. In the town of Juchitan last month, a clean-up was under way around a generator owned by Electricite de France. Workers wearing goggles and masks were scrubbing off a copper-colored lubricant that dripped down from the turbine. They’d wrapped cloth around its base, to absorb further leakage, and stuffed contaminated soil and stones into plastic trash-bags.

Brown: ‘Very good chance’ of a deal on cap and trade

Source: Debra Kahn, E&E News reporter • Posted: Monday, May 15th, 2017

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said he is confident lawmakers can come to an agreement this year on extending the state’s economywide cap-and-trade system. Speaking at the release of his revised budget proposal in Sacramento, Brown acknowledged several new proposals that have been floated to stretch the climate change program past 2020. But he pointed to the strengths of the current program as justification for continuing it.

Tesla’s new moonshot is solar energy — here’s why it might just work

Source: By Christian de Looper, World of Tech   • Posted: Monday, May 15th, 2017

Tesla is a powerhouse in the modern tech world, and for good reason. The company’s push for electric cars has captivated consumers, investors and industry observers, and the result is that Tesla is now the most valuable American car company. CEO Elon Musk has even set his sights on overtaking Apple one day in terms of company worth. More recently, Tesla’s focus has broadened, and it’s made a different kind of push, one that aims to capture energy from the sun and use it to power people’s homes.