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‘Train’ has left station on clean energy, climate — McCarthy

Source: Kevin Bogardus, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

She dismissed worries that much of EPA’s work under President Obama will be wiped clean from the history books by President-elect Donald Trump, noting the private sector had already begun moving to clean energy and a low-carbon economy long before EPA issued its controversial Clean Power Plan to reduce power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions. “The train to a global, clean energy future has already left the station,” McCarthy said.

Trump can’t halt wind, solar energy, environmentalists say

Source: By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register • Posted: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Trump has bashed wind energy on the campaign trail, raising concerns about its cost, and called global warming, a driving force to switch to energy generation that creates fewer greenhouse gases, a hoax perpetuated by China. That could spell trouble for Iowa, a wind energy leader that now gets more than one-third of its power from spinning blades. But alternative energy advocates say the state is now a poster child for clean energy’s economic and environmental benefits, especially in rural areas, where Trump’s core supporters live.

With a Meeting, Trump Renewed a British Wind Farm Fight

Source: By DANNY HAKIM, New York Times • Posted: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

When President-elect Donald J. Trump met with the British politician Nigel Farage in recent days, he encouraged Mr. Farage and his entourage to oppose the kind of offshore wind farms that Mr. Trump believes will mar the pristine view from one of his two Scottish golf courses, according to one person present. The meeting, held shortly after the presidential election, raises new questions about Mr. Trump’s willingness to use the power of the presidency to advance his business interests. Mr. Trump has long opposed a wind farm planned near his course in Aberdeenshire, and he previously fought unsuccessfully all the way to Britain’s highest court to block it.

Obama blueprint aims to cement his regulatory legacy

Source: Hannah Hess, E&E News reporter • Posted: Monday, November 21st, 2016

The White House released Friday its latest regulatory agenda, a sweeping plan for the remaining months of President Obama’s term. It includes tools to support U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, and rules on renewable fuels, ozone pollution, water infrastructure and coal mining.

Climate-threatened nations aim for 100 pct renewable energy

Source: By Megan Rowling, Reuters • Posted: Monday, November 21st, 2016

A group of the countries most at risk from climate change said they would strive to make their energy production 100 percent renewable “as rapidly as possible”, as part of efforts to limit global warming to below 1.5 degrees Celsius. The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), which numbers 48 nations, also committed to update their climate action plans submitted as part of the U.N. climate pact agreed in Paris last year and prepare low-carbon development strategies for mid-century, both before 2020.

Trump’s mysterious pledge to lift an industry that’s already winning

Source: Mike Lee, E&E News reporter • Posted: Monday, November 21st, 2016

When Donald Trump settles into the White House and contemplates how to follow through on his promise to unleash American oil and gas production, it might be more difficult than it sounded on the campaign trail. In the past five years, U.S. oil and gas production rose to levels that hadn’t been seen since the 1970s. And while low oil prices have crimped the oil industry since 2014, it could be hard to boost production in the short term, analysts, state regulators and others said in interviews.

First Solar to cut 1,600 jobs in a ‘challenging’ market

Source: By Maria Armental, Wall Street Journal • Posted: Monday, November 21st, 2016

First Solar Inc. plans to lay off more than one-quarter of its staff as the company aims to restructure its operations. The solar panel maker laid out the plan amid steep price declines and lower demand in China. It plans to cut 1,600 jobs worldwide.

As American as Apple Pie? The Rural Vote’s Disproportionate Slice of Power

Source: By Emily Badger, New York Times • Posted: Monday, November 21st, 2016

Rural America, even as it laments its economic weakness, retains vastly disproportionate electoral strength. Rural voters were able to nudge Donald J. Trump to power despite Hillary Clinton’s large margins in cities like New York. In a House of Representatives that structurally disadvantages Democrats because of their tight urban clustering, rural voters helped Republicans hold their cushion. In the Senate, the least populous states are now more overrepresented than ever before. And the growing unity of rural Americans as a voting bloc has converted the rural bias in national politics into a potent Republican advantage.

Will Iowa win over Trump on wind power?

Source: Daniel Cusick, E&E News reporter • Posted: Monday, November 21st, 2016

Iowa is a wind power state. It is also a Donald Trump state, with nearly 52 percent of voters casting ballots for the Republican presidential candidate last week, compared with 42.2 percent for Hillary Clinton. So what does it mean for Iowa — which receives more than a third of its electricity from wind energy and claims more than 6,000 workers in the wind energy sector and related industries — if the new president shifts the nation’s energy priorities away from renewables?

7 Companies Support Clean Line in Letter to Arkansas Governor

Source: By Kyle Massey, Arkansas Business Journal • Posted: Friday, November 18th, 2016

Seven companies with significant operations in Arkansas spoke out Tuesday in support of the controversial Plains & Eastern Clean Line power transmission project in a letter to Gov. Asa Hutchinson. The businesses, including manufacturers Ingersoll Rand, Unilever and LM Wind Power, expressed interest in renewable and low-cost wind power they say their companies could attain through the $2.5 billion high-line project, which would transmit Oklahoma-produced wind power across the width of Arkansas and offer 500 megawatts of electricity to consumers in the state via a converter station planned for Pope County.