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Clean Energy Is Surging, but Not Fast Enough to Solve Global Warming

Inside Climate News - November 13, 2018 - 9:48am
The New York Times

Although significant progress is being made, clean energy adoption isn't happening fast enough to avoid dangerous global warming, according to the International Energy Agency. While clean energy capacity is increasing, it's not enough to keep up with increasing energy demand.

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Drilling Overwhelms Agency Tasked with Protecting America's Lands

Inside Climate News - November 13, 2018 - 9:46am
The Center for Public Integrity

The Trump administration is making it easier to produce oil and gas on federal acreage, and the Bureau of Land Management is struggling to keep up. In New Mexico, violations, from oil spills to haphazard land restoration, are increasing, ranchers and conservation groups say.

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U.S. Plans New Limits on Heavy-Duty Truck Emissions

Inside Climate News - November 13, 2018 - 9:42am
Reuters

The EPA is expected announce new regulations for emissions on heavy duty trucks, according to an agency official quoted by Reuters. California is working on new state emissions limits.

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TVA Facebook Contract Shows Solar Growth, But Environmentalists Say There's a Catch

Inside Climate News - November 13, 2018 - 9:40am
Nashville Public Radio

A new TVA project will provide over 300 megawatts of power to Facebook's new data center in Huntsville, Alabama. But in a lawsuit, environmental groups allege the TVA is discouraging homeowners and small businesses from adopting renewable energy.

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West Virginia’s Natural Gas Industry Keeps Pushing to Whittle Away Payments to Residents

Inside Climate News - November 13, 2018 - 9:38am
Charleston Gazette-Mail

The natural gas industry has been working to reduce royalty payments to thousands of residents in West Virginia through dubious means, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports. That includes subtracting "post-production costs" from royalty payments, sometimes deducting hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Early Plans Announced for New Bakken Pipeline

Inside Climate News - November 13, 2018 - 9:36am
Bismarck Tribune

Phillips 66 and Bridger Pipeline have announced preliminary plans for a new pipeline to transport crude oil from North Dakota to Texas. Although details about the pipeline route have not yet been shared, the companies say it would transport 350,000 barrels of oil per day and could begin operating soon as late 2020.

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Music Break: Guns n Roses – November Rain

Climate Crocks - November 12, 2018 - 8:03pm
In which @AxlRose trolls @realDonaldTrump over his assault on our environment and our psyches#IThoughtIdSeenItAll https://t.co/WgJyW7l0w7 — Michael E. Mann (@MichaelEMann) November 12, 2018 White House confirms Trump will not visit Arlington cemetery on Veteran’s Day as rain is expected. What is your response to Trump in one word?https://t.co/o2GBGx7YTu — The Hummingbird
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Dems will Revive Climate Committee

Climate Crocks - November 12, 2018 - 11:16am
Above, former chair of the House “Science” Committee, Lamar Smith, in a classic House floor speech, declares that President Trump is the “only source of unvarnished truth.” Smith retired, giving up his seat this year, and was replaced by a brand new climate denier in his Texas district. With the return of House control to […]
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The Environmental Crusaders Headed to Congress: 5 to Watch on Climate Change

Inside Climate News - November 12, 2018 - 9:50am
InsideClimate News

The next freshmen class in Congress will have a striking number of environmental crusaders. With track records of taking on powerful fossil fuel interests or building clean energy businesses, many of them are talking about federal efforts to expand clean energy and green jobs.

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Fast-Rising Demand for Air Conditioning Is Warming the Planet. The Numbers Are Striking.

Inside Climate News - November 12, 2018 - 9:45am
InsideClimate News

Rising demand for home air conditioning could increase global warming an additional half a degree Celsius by the end of the century, according to a new report. The number of window units in use is expected to triple by 2050 to an estimated 4.5 billion. The problem is both their energy use and their HFCs.

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The Zinke Effect: How the Interior Department Became a Tool of Big Business

Inside Climate News - November 12, 2018 - 9:40am
The Guardian

Since becoming Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke has turned the agency's priorities away from conservation and toward fossil fuel industry interests, resource extraction and environmental deregulation. While presenting himself as a cowboy-esque modern-day Theodore Roosevelt, Zinke has given industry the keys to public lands, The Guardian reports.

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Trump Promised to Put Coal Miners Back to Work. Kentucky Has Fewer Coal Jobs Now.

Inside Climate News - November 12, 2018 - 9:30am
Lexington Herald-Leader

Donald Trump won every Kentucky coal county in the 2016 presidential election, in part by promising that he'd save the struggling coal industry. Two years later, the state has seen a drop in the number of coal mining jobs—indicating the coal industry is far from being saved.

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Big Oil Spent 1% on Green Energy in 2018

Inside Climate News - November 12, 2018 - 9:25am
Reuters

Top oil and gas companies jointly spent around 1 percent of their 2018 budgets on clean energy, a new study shows. Investments by European companies vastly outpaced their U.S. and Asian rivals. "With less domestic pressure to diversify, U.S. companies have not embraced renewables in the same way as their European peers," the report says.

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Utilities Argue a 40-Year-Old Renewable Energy Law Is Due for a Revamp

Inside Climate News - November 12, 2018 - 9:22am
Bloomberg

The Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act was created to encourage alternatives to oil by requiring utilities to purchase power from renewable energy projects under certain circumstances. Now some utilities want it changed, ​and Trump-appointed federal regulators are considering reviewing it. Renewable energy supporters say the law is essential for cleaning up the energy mix.

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Virginia Regulators Balk at Voting on Pipeline Permit Affecting Historic African American Community

Inside Climate News - November 12, 2018 - 9:14am
Washington Post

Regulators in Virginia unexpectedly delayed voting on a permit for a crucial component of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, expressing concerns about how environmental issues were considered for a pumping station in a historical African-American community. Scores of residents have voiced opposition.

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Global Warming Is Hurting Shellfish, Aiding Predators and Ruining Habitat

Inside Climate News - November 12, 2018 - 9:00am
Associated Press

Valuable species of shellfish have become harder to find on the East Coast due to the effects of climate change, scientists have concluded. Overfishing is a consideration in the decline, but the scientists say the primary causes are due to global warming.

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CNN Meteorologist, GOP Congressman Fact Check Trump on Fires, Climate

Climate Crocks - November 12, 2018 - 8:31am
Mediaite: On Sunday, CNN meteorologist Tom Sater offered a lengthy and brutal fact check of President Donald Trump‘s claim that forest mismanagement was to blame for the deadly, destructive fires in California. While in Paris over the weekend, with reports of devastation and lost lives still being reported, Trump said that there is “no reason” for the […]
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Climate Fingerprints All over Cali Wildfires

Climate Crocks - November 10, 2018 - 7:00pm
PBS Newshour from August has perspective from Michael Mann and others. San Francisco Chronicle: Much of the heat that’s gripped California and hastened the spread of deadly wildfires recently is due to a strange but familiar shift in the jet stream — one that’s haunted the West with threatening fire conditions in the past and […]
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Research Confirming Arctic, Extreme Weather Link

Climate Crocks - November 10, 2018 - 6:57pm
When Jennifer Francis and others advanced the idea that arctic ice losses could be impacting extreme weather patterns in the temperate zone, it was considered cutting edge, or even fringe science. 7 years later, a steady drumbeat of observations and studies have strengthened the science, which is now, if not yet “pound on the table […]
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Are EV’s Good for the Environment?

Climate Crocks - November 10, 2018 - 12:57pm
Pretty impressive breakdown of environmental impacts from EV vs ICE vehicles.
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