In the wake of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s denials Monday night that he’s called climate change a “hoax” perpetrated by China, his campaign manager reiterated in an interview today that Trump doesn’t believe human activity contributes to changing temperatures. And in a separate interview today, GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence offered an incompatible assessment, asserting the Republican ticket would “follow the science” on climate change while avoiding new regulations.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries will cut production in an effort to boost prices and shore up members’ economies. The news sent crude oil prices sharply upward. The agreed-to cuts, reported by The Wall Street Journal and other outlets, don’t amount to much of total OPEC output. They total roughly 740,000 barrels a day from current estimated output volumes of over 33 million barrels per day. Rising global offshore production will likely match that volume in a little over a year.
Congress passed a stopgap spending bill late last night that averts a government shutdown and sets the stage for lawmakers to hash out a final fiscal 2017 spending package in a post-election, lame-duck session. The House cleared the continuing resolution 342-85 several hours after it easily passed the Senate 72-16. The White House said the president will sign the legislation.
“We’ve transformed solar — much like the smartphone revolutionized the personal computer sector, combining numerous components into a single device that’s significantly less expensive, more powerful and easier to use than conventional systems,” said CEO Christopher Estes.
Who wouldn’t support a project that promises to bring cheap, clean power to 160,000 Arkansas homes along with hundreds of jobs and tens of millions of dollars for state landowners and schools? Well, every member of the Arkansas congressional delegation, for starters.
Make room, California. Massachusetts is making a run for the top echelon of U.S. clean-energy states. In an unprecedented string of policy developments this summer, Massachusetts has embraced core elements of what experts describe as a transformational blueprint for how carbon-free electricity flows from power producers and utilities to consumers. At the same time, the state has backed technology that could sock away vast amounts of electricity to hedge against high prices and weather-related emergencies.
An elaborate system of temporary floodwalls is so far protecting thousands of homes and businesses in Cedar Rapids from major flooding. Iowa’s second-largest city says its hastily erected 9.8-mile system of Hesco barriers and earthen berms is largely holding back the rain-swollen Cedar River, which crested Tuesday at its second-highest level on record.
The late Justice Antonin Scalia loomed large today as the courtroom battle over the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan kicked off.Several conservative judges suggested that Congress — not U.S. EPA — should be tasked with making major environmental policy decisions. They cited one of Scalia’s last major environmental opinions as a possible frame for viewing this case, which may not bode well for the administration.
The nation’s second-most powerful court grappled Tuesday with the intractable and potentially catastrophic problem of climate change, weighing whether constitutional questions surrounding President Obama’s climate change regulations should trump the moral obligations of upholding a plan to curb global warming.
Late last year, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack strode into the Oval Office to tell President Obama that he wanted to resign. “Mr. President,” he said, “I think it’s time to go.”