AP Sources: Trump Offers Montana’s Zinke Interior Secretary

Source: By Matthew Daly and Matthew Brown, Associated Press • Posted: Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump has offered Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke the job of interior secretary, though it’s unclear whether the congressman has accepted, two people with knowledge of the offer said Tuesday. Zinke, 55, is a retired Navy SEAL who was awarded two Bronze Stars for combat missions in Iraq. He was an early supporter of Trump and met with the president-elect Monday at Trump Tower in Manhattan.

Big Zap: Huge New Power Lines in West Get Federal OK

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Two power line projects that won federal approval Tuesday will give a big capacity boost to the Western energy grid, including power for up to 1 million homes from what’s on track to become the biggest wind farm in the U.S. The TransWest Express project will help California meet its goal of getting half its electricity from renewable sources by 2030 by carrying up to 3,000 megawatts from the Chokecherry-Sierra Madre wind farm in southern Wyoming. The new power lines would span 728 miles from the wind farm to southern Nevada, crossing northwest Colorado and all of Utah along the way.

Beyond ‘Oops’: Perry’s Past May Raise Confirmation Questions

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry spent years perfecting his cowboy swagger — he rarely left home without his signature cowboys boots and even claims to have once used a .380-caliber Ruger pistol to gun down a coyote while jogging. He’s probably best known, though, for the 40 seconds he spent on a 2011 presidential debate stage trying desperately to remember the third of three federal agencies he’d promised to shutter if elected, before sheepishly muttering “Oops.”

Rick Perry’s energy legacy is more complicated than you think

Source: BY JIM MALEWITZ AND KIAH COLLIER, Texas Tribune • Posted: Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Although Texas’ longest-serving governor was, perhaps unsurprisingly, pro-oil and gas during his tenure, he didn’t simply nod to those iconic, staple fuels: “You can be proud that Texas produces more energy from wind turbines than all but five countries,” he said. Indeed, Perry, left a nuanced energy legacy — including overseeing booms in fossil fuels and renewables — during his time in Austin. (Texas is now the No. 1 U.S. producer of both natural gas and wind energy.) Now, he is poised to take his experience to Washington, where President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly tapped him as U.S. secretary of energy. The appointment would mark a full repair in Perry’s relationship with Trump, whom he called “a cancer on conservatism” last year while the two men were in a crowded field for the Republican presidential nomination

Bill Gates Leads New Fund as Fears of U.S. Retreat on Climate Grow

Source: By HIROKO TABUCHI, New York Times • Posted: Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

President-elect Donald J. Trump has bred fears that the United States will take a back seat in global efforts to tackle climate change. Could a billion-dollar investment fund led by Bill Gates and his fellow technology titans fill the void?

Trump Picks Rex Tillerson, Exxon C.E.O., as Secretary of State

Source: By MICHAEL D. SHEAR, New York Times • Posted: Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

President-elect Donald J. Trump settled Monday on Rex W. Tillerson, the chief executive of Exxon Mobil, to be his secretary of state, transition officials said. In naming him, the president-elect is dismissing bipartisan concerns that Mr. Tillerson, the globe-trotting leader of an energy giant, has a too-cozy relationship with Vladimir V. Putin, the president of Russia.

1st US Offshore Wind Farm Opens Off Rhode Island’s Coast

Source: By Frank Eltman, Associated Press • Posted: Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

The nation’s first offshore wind farm has opened off the coast of Rhode Island, ushering in a new era in the U.S. for the industry. Deepwater Wind built five turbines 3 miles off Block Island to power about 17,000 homes, a project costing about $300 million. It announced Monday that the wind farm has begun producing energy for the grid.

Trump says ‘nobody really knows’ if climate change is real

Source: By Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post • Posted: Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump said Sunday that “nobody really knows” whether climate change is real and that he is “studying” whether the United States should withdraw from the global warming agreement struck in Paris a year ago. In an interview with “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace, Trump said he’s “very open-minded” on whether climate change is underway but has serious concerns about how President Obama’s efforts to cut carbon emissions have undercut America’s global competitiveness.

Apple, Goldwind’s Unit Agree to Cooperate on Wind Power Projects

Source: By Bloomberg News • Posted: Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Apple Inc. agreed to cooperate with China’s biggest wind turbine maker Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co. on wind power projects. Goldwind’s wholly-owned wind-farm operating unit Beijing Tianrun New Energy Investment Co. will transfer a 30 percent stake each in four project companies to Apple, the turbine producer said in a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange on Wednesday. Financial details weren’t disclosed.

Clean Energy ‘Moving Forward’ Despite Trump’s E.P.A. Pick, Experts Say

Source: By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times • Posted: Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

President-elect Donald J. Trump’s choice of a fossil-fuel advocate and climate-change denier to head the Environmental Protection Agency comes at a moment when the American energy market has already shifted away from the most polluting fossil fuels, driven more by investors and economics than by federal regulations. Those market forces could make Mr. Trump’s promise to create at least half a million energy jobs a year in the nation’s coal mines and oil shale fields all but impossible.