Opinion: Republicans want to fight climate change, but fossil-fuel bullies won’t let them

Source: By Sheldon Whitehouse, Washington Post • Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

Talking to my Senate Republican colleagues about climate change is like talking to prisoners about escaping. The conversations are often private, even furtive. One told me, “Let’s keep talking, but you can’t let my staff know.” The dirty secret is that climate change is not really a partisan issue in Congress.

Where are Colorado’s 62,000 clean energy jobs?

Source: By Cathy Proctor, The Business Journal • Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

Colorado has 62,000 people working in the clean energy sector, according to a new report from Environmental Entrepreneurs, a national nonpartisan business group. The “Clean Jobs Colorado” report said the jobs in 2015 were clustered in the counties along Colorado’s Front Range, including Denver, Arapahoe, Jefferson, Adams, Douglas, Boulder, Larimer, Weld, El Paso and Mesa counties.

Arab gulf firms set their sights on the region’s growing appetite for solar power

Source: By Tom DiChristopher, CNBC • Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

Some of the world’s top oil exporters want to be major players in solar power, too. Middle East and North African countries, blessed by ample sunlight and open space, are increasingly adopting solar power. But it’s not European, Chinese or American companies taking the lead on some of the region’s largest solar parks. It’s local firms that are relatively new to renewable energy.

Lawmakers: Utility-scale wind farm poses security threat

Source: By EMERY P. DALES, Associated Press • Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

North Carolina legislators want the incoming Trump administration to shut down a nearly complete, $400 million wind farm they believe poses a national security threat because it’s too close to a long-distance surveillance radar installation. Ten legislators including the leaders of the state House and Senate signed a letter sent to President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team, House Speaker Tim Moore’s spokesman Joseph Kyzer said Thursday.

US States With Clean Energy Are Creating Jobs & Economic Growth

Source: By Joshua S Hill, Clean Technica • Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

A new study has concluded that states like Iowa, California, & Texas, which have strong clean energy industries, are also attracting businesses and creating jobs in the thousands. The “groundbreaking study” released this week by the US Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) ranked all 50 US states based on the ease with which some of America’s “most recognizable brands” are able to procure domestic renewable energy.

New York seeks to develop U.S.’s biggest offshore wind projects

Source: By Scott DiSavino, Reuters • Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo this week proposed to develop up to 2,400 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind power by 2030 capable of powering 1.25 million homes as the state seeks to lead the nation in renewable energy production. The offshore wind proposal came after the Democratic governor said on Monday that Entergy Corp’s 2,069-MW Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County would shut by 2021 and the state planned to replace its power output with renewable and low carbon energy sources.

Dem: No hearing for EPA pick until questions answered

Source: BY TIMOTHY CAMA, The Hill • Posted: Thursday, January 12th, 2017

The top Democrat on the panel considering President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Tuesday he is not ready to host hearings on the potential administrator’s confirmation. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said Scott Pruitt has not yet responded to a list of about 50 questions the panel’s Democrats sent and that Pruitt’s standard FBI background check is not complete.

Trump, rising populism threaten to slow climate action, analyst says

Source: By Zoe Tabard, Reuters • Posted: Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Rising global populism and pressure to reduce U.S. environmental regulation are among the issues to watch in 2017 as efforts to address climate change push ahead, a sustainability expert said Wednesday. Action to address global warming should be non-partisan to make the kind of ambitious progress needed, Andrew Steer, president of the Washington-based World Resources Institute, told reporters.

600 companies plead with Trump to uphold Paris agreement

Source: By ANNA GIARITELLI, Washington Examiner • Posted: Thursday, January 12th, 2017

More than 600 U.S. companies are urging President-elect Trump to uphold the Paris climate agreement once he takes office, and is calling for the continuance of low-carbon initiatives as a way to ensure a slower rise of the global temperature. “All parts of society have a role to play in tackling climate change, but policy and business leadership is crucial,” Lars Petersson, president of IKEA U.S., said in a statement. “The Paris Agreement was a bold step towards a cleaner, brighter future, and must be protected.”

Global clean energy investment falls to $288 billion in 2016: research

Source: By Nina Chestney, Reuters • Posted: Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Clean energy investment worldwide fell by 18 percent to $287.5 billion last year due to sharp falls in renewable technology prices and less spending on projects by large markets China and Japan, research showed on Thursday. Chinese investment in renewable sources of energy, such as wind and solar, was $87.8 billion last year, 26 percent lower than an all-time high of $119 billion in 2015, while Japanese investment was 43 percent lower at $22.8 billion, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) said in an annual report