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Major Automakers Urge Trump Not to Freeze Fuel Economy Targets

Inside Climate News - May 9, 2018 - 10:32am
Reuters

Auto industry officials are pushing back on a Trump administration plan to freeze auto emissions standards. They want to avoid a legal battle with California, and they say they support continued increases in mileage standards through 2025. Read more from ICN on why weakening auto standards could be Trump's most climate-damaging move yet.

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In California, Climate Change Is an ‘Immediate and Escalating’ Threat

Inside Climate News - May 9, 2018 - 10:30am
InsideClimate News

California's new climate assessment lays out the risks and damage the state's residents are already facing, from heat waves to droughts, wildfires and sea level rise. It's part of the reason California is fighting for tougher auto emissions standards and considering requiring rooftop solar.

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Trump's Energy Dept. Takes Comments on Plan to Invest in Small, Modular Coal Plants

Inside Climate News - May 9, 2018 - 9:20am
The Hill

The Department of Energy, looking for ways to boost the coal industry, is seeking comment on plans to invest in the development of small-scale, modular coal plants that its officials are deeming the "power plants of the future."

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Because of Climate Change, Hurricanes Are Raining Harder and May Be Growing Stronger Faster

Inside Climate News - May 9, 2018 - 9:00am
Washington Post

Two new studies have troubling implications for the effects hurricanes have on society because of climate change: One links Hurricane Harvey's extreme rain to the amount of heat stored in the ocean, and the other shows an increasing trend in storms that are becoming really strong, really fast.

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Coal Baron Con Man Update

Climate Crocks - May 9, 2018 - 7:43am
West Virginia voter who says he lost three cousins in mine disaster tied to Don Blankenship tells @TomLlamasABC he's voting for the coal baron anyway. "I want an honest crook, and that's Blankenship." https://t.co/6CmPQXqK2u pic.twitter.com/jeWQUUZ5hI — ABC News (@ABC) May 8, 2018 CNN: A night Republicans feared would end in disaster in at least one […]
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How Rural Areas Benefit from Wind Farms

Climate Crocks - May 8, 2018 - 8:36pm
Benefit sharing and community engagement are best practices for wind siting. Reuters: NEW YORK, May 7 (Reuters) – Wind farms have boosted local tax bases and generated new revenue as they expand across the United States, especially for rural areas, Moody’s Investors Service said in a report on Monday. “What we’re seeing is wind farms […]
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Scientists Say Ocean Circulation Is Slowing. Here’s Why You Should Care

Inside Climate News - May 8, 2018 - 10:50am
InsideClimate News

If Atlantic currents keep weakening, it could lead to much colder winters and hotter summers in Europe, changing rainfall in the topics and greater hurricane risks and warmer waters on the U.S. coast. Here's what's going on.

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Trump Plans to Fight California Car Rules With Twice-Failed Strategy

Inside Climate News - May 8, 2018 - 10:40am
Bloomberg

A federal plan for the Trump administration to undermine California's authority to set its own auto emissions rules reveals an approach that federal courts have already rejected — twice. It asserts that a 1975 law prohibits states from setting their own limits on greenhouse gas emissions.

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Severe Storms, or the “Stormy Effect”? GOP Voters Increasingly Worried about Climate

Climate Crocks - May 8, 2018 - 10:37am
Whether it’s the severe Storms, or Stormy,  Trump voters notice that somebody’s been lying to them. Tony Leiserowitz for Yale Program on Climate Communication: Among Republican registered voters, belief that global warming is happening has increased 4 percentage points, while belief that it is mostly human-caused has increased 9 percentage points since the Fall of […]
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EPA Continues Push for Repeal of Clean Power Plan, But Lack of Replacement Invites Challenges

Inside Climate News - May 8, 2018 - 10:30am
E&E

The gradual process of repealing the Clean Power Plan is continuing at the EPA. How that process is handled will help determine how the agency fares in defending itself against legal challenges. One problem is the lack of a replacement plan.

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Utah Coal Mine Owners Gets Fee Discount for Hard-to-Mine Areas

Inside Climate News - May 8, 2018 - 10:00am
Salt Lake Tribune

Utah's largest coal mine is getting a $19 million discount on federal royalty payments to work a hard-to-reach part of a mine. The Bureau of Land Management approved the discount for Bowie Resource Partners but gave little information about why. Read more from ICN about how federal mining subsidies and tax breaks are leaving ranchers and taxpayers out in the cold.

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Colorado River Forecast Looks Grim

Inside Climate News - May 8, 2018 - 9:59am
Associated Press

Water in the Colorado River, vital to the Southwest, is forecast to be well below normal after storms failed to produce much snow in the mountains that feed the waterway, forecasters said. The river is forecast to carry only 43 percent of the average amount of water into Lake Powell, one of two huge reservoirs that store and distribute the river's water.

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State Bayou Bridge Pipeline Permit Illegal, Louisiana Judge Rules

Inside Climate News - May 8, 2018 - 9:58am
Times-Picayune

A Louisiana judge ruled that the state Department of Natural Resources violated a law meant to protect the public and environment when it issued a coastal use permit for construction of the controversial Bayou Bridge Pipeline. The judge ordered that the permit be reconsidered and that emergency response plans be completed before any permit is issued.

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West Virginia Allows Work to Resume on Rover Pipeline After Violations

Inside Climate News - May 8, 2018 - 9:50am
Reuters

West Virginia regulators say Energy Transfer Partners can resume work on its troubled Rover natural gas pipeline. When the company was ordered to stop work in March, it was just the latest time the project had been sanctioned for environment-related violations.

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Climate Science Elevator Pitch: Katharine Hayhoe

Climate Crocks - May 8, 2018 - 9:36am
Remember – This is the kind of close-up, authentic interaction with scientists that is hard to find.. Dark Snow. Just sayin.
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Climate Denier/Con-Man/Coal Baron Surging in W. Va Primary

Climate Crocks - May 8, 2018 - 9:18am
Proving that conspiring to cause the deaths of 29 miners is not enough to keep miners from voting for you, as long as you’re tough on the “China-persons” issue. A classic “Chickens for Colonel Sanders” situation. Somebody explain this to me. ThinkProgress: The GOP is so desperate to stop ex-convict Don Blankenship from winning the […]
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Pediatricians Are Worried About Impact of Climate Change on Children

Inside Climate News - May 8, 2018 - 9:10am
CNN

New research in the journal Pediatrics suggests that children will bear a large majority of the burden of disease related to climate change and that it threatens to reverse global gains in child health. Among the risks: diarrhea, malaria and nutritional deficiencies.

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‘Smoke and Mirrors’: Emails Detail Pruitt’s Drive for Secrecy at the EPA

Inside Climate News - May 7, 2018 - 10:50am
The New York Times

Thousands of pages of documents released under the Freedom of Information Act detail EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's plans for travel and appearances and offer a window into the agency's pursuit of secrecy.

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EPA Clamps Down on Records Requests About Pruitt

Inside Climate News - May 7, 2018 - 10:40am
Politico

Aides to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt have added another layer of screening to records requests related to Pruitt, leading to long waits for responses. Internal emails show political aides chastising career officials for releasing documents without allowing for additional screening. The unusual level of vetting worries transparency advocates.

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New York Governor Proposes Ban on Offshore Drilling

Inside Climate News - May 7, 2018 - 9:50am
Associated Press

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is promoting legislation to block drilling leases within three miles of the state's coastline as well as drilling-related infrastructure on state land. "The federal government should hear my message. There is no how, no way we will ever allow offshore drilling," he said.

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