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Vatican Says Trump Risks Losing Climate Change Leadership to China

Source: By Philip Pullella, Reuters • Posted: Friday, March 31st, 2017

The Vatican urged U.S. President Donald Trump to listen to “dissenting voices” and reconsider his position on climate change on Thursday, saying the United States risked losing its environmental protection leadership to China.

House lawmakers at odds over energy incentives

Source: Geof Koss, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, March 30th, 2017

At the outset, Subcommittee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) acknowledged that “specialized energy tax treatments” have been a major factor in lowering the prices of renewables and other energy technologies that face challenging economics. “However, given the lasting market and price distorting impacts that these policies place on effective price formation and bidding in competitive markets, some are questioning whether yesterday’s justifications for energy tax policies remain appropriate for today,” he said.

Consulting firm forecasts Iowa wind jobs to double by 2020

Source: By Mitchell Schmidt, The Gazette • Posted: Thursday, March 30th, 2017

recent study estimates Iowa’s wind industry will grow by more than $9 billion and more than double in jobs in the next few years. According to a Monday news release from the American Wind Energy Association, which cites a recent analysis by Navigant Consulting, Iowa is projected to have as many as 17,000 wind-related jobs by 2020.

Feds go local off California

Source: By Renewable Energy News • Posted: Thursday, March 30th, 2017

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is to meet with senior State of California officials to discuss the way forward for offshore wind off the US west coast. The meeting, which is taking place on 13 April in Obispo, will tackle consenting and planning issues.

Will CT catch or miss the boat on offshore wind energy?

Source: By Jan Ellen Spiegel, Connecticut Mirror • Posted: Thursday, March 30th, 2017

With offshore wind developers snatching up tracts in federal waters off the Northeast U.S. coast – that’s three miles or more offshore – states from New Jersey to Maine stand to benefit with jobs and shoreline industry, from port staging areas, manufacturing and more. Connecticut is talking with offshore wind developers about using its ports, according to Connecticut Port Authority Director Evan Matthews and others. But so are most, if not all, of the states in the region, and several of them are far ahead of Connecticut in that process.

Out-of-Touch Federal Policies Will Not Deter Growth of Clean Energy

Source: By Ernie Shea, 25x25 • Posted: Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Seeking to weaken EPA’s authority to regulate carbon, while boosting domestic energy production from fossil fuels, President Trump this week signed an executive order that suspended, rescinded or flagged for review more than a half-dozen standing regulations and other measures.

As Trump halts federal action on climate change, cities and states push on

Source: By Chris Mooney, Washington Post • Posted: Thursday, March 30th, 2017

In Ohio, Gov. John Kasich (R) vetoed a bill that would have weakened that state’s renewable standards. Major corporations such as Amazon and Whirlpool, as well as wind and solar developers, had urged him to stick to ambitious renewable goals.

China Poised to Take Lead on Climate After Trump’s Move to Undo Policies

Source: By EDWARD WONGMA, New York Times • Posted: Thursday, March 30th, 2017

“They’ve set the direction they intend to go in the next five years,” Barbara Finamore, a senior lawyer and Asia director at the Natural Resources Defense Council, based in New York, said of China. “It’s clear they intend to double down on bringing down their reliance on coal and increasing their use of renewable energy.” “China wants to take over the role of the U.S. as a climate leader, and they’ve baked it into their five-year plans,” she added, referring to the economic development blueprints drawn up by the Chinese government.

Inslee and West Coast governors, mayors issue statement on Trump Clean Power Plan executive order

Source: By the Governors of Washington, Oregon and California and the Mayors of Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles • Posted: Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

“As the governors of Washington, Oregon and California and the mayors of Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles, we speak today in unified opposition to President Trump’s Executive Order withdraw and rewrite the Clean Power Plan. We won’t let the president’s misguided decision limit our region’s economic opportunities or our commitment to doing what’s right to make our cities and states cleaner and healthier for future generations.”

States vow to defend Clean Power Plan rule

Source: Hannah Hess, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

The attorneys general of 16 states and the District of Columbia today vowed to protect U.S. EPA’s regulations on carbon dioxide emissions from President Trump’s directive on energy. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) led the coalition, along with the attorneys general from Vermont, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Virginia, California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington.