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NYC's Big Buildings Face Big Emissions Cuts

April 19, 2019 - 10:55am
InsideClimate News

New York City has set an ambitious new standard for combating greenhouse gas emissions, approving a package of climate policies designed to slash energy use in big buildings, the top emitters in the nation's biggest city. Supporters it represents one of the largest emissions cuts adopted by any city worldwide and offer a template others can follow.

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Scott Pruitt Left EPA Mired in Scandal. Now He's Lobbying Indiana Lawmakers.

April 19, 2019 - 10:40am
Indianapolis Star

Scott Pruitt, the former EPA administrator who resigned amid scandals, has registered as a lobbyist with Indiana regulators. His fillings identify him as a self-employed consultant and list lobbying topics include "energy" and "natural resources." The Indiapolis Star connected his listed client to a coal producer.

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Americans’ Energy Use Surges Despite Climate Change Concern

April 19, 2019 - 10:30am
Associated Press

A jump in natural gas consumption was one of the chief reasons Americans burned a record amount of energy in 2018, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Overall consumption was up 4 percent from the prior year, the largest such increase in eight years.

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Duke Dumps Plan for North Carolina Gas-Fired Peaker Plant

April 19, 2019 - 10:20am
Asheville Citizen Times

Duke Energy is halting plans to build a natural gas-fired power plant for use during peak demand. The utility says it will wait 15 years to reassess whether the plant is needed. The move follows a push by people in the Asheville area for renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements instead.

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Climate Change: The Next Great Risk to Municipal Bonds Is Already Here

April 19, 2019 - 10:20am
Bloomberg

An increasing number of states and local governments are including climate change in their list of risks investors should consider when buying bonds. BlackRock Inc., the world's largest asset manager, says that within a decade, more than 15 percent of debt in one leading municipal bond index will come from regions at risk of losses from climate change.

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New Jersey Regulators Approve $300 Million Nuclear Bailout

April 19, 2019 - 10:10am
NJ.com

New Jersey utility regulators have voted to award the state's largest utility subsidies worth up to $300 million per year for three years to keep the state's three remaining nuclear reactors operating. This is follows the legislature's approval last year of hotly contested measures that allowed for the subsidies as part of a package that also increased requirements for renewable energy.

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The 2020 Democratic Candidates Answer a Few Questions about Climate Change

April 19, 2019 - 9:30am
The New York Times

Among 18 declared candidates, there is no broad consensus on taxing polluters on carbon emissions or on building new nuclear power plants or adding federal regulations. The New York Times sent the Democrats a list of questions and describes their responses.

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For Earth Day, How Americans See Climate Change, in 5 Charts

April 19, 2019 - 9:00am
Pew Research Center

A majority of Americans see at least some effect of climate change where they live. This is one of the findings from polling about U.S. attitudes about climate change, broken down by age, partisan affiliation and other factors.

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With Climate Losses Rising, Central Banks Push Greener Finance

April 18, 2019 - 10:58am
Bloomberg

A group including 30 central banks is calling for measures to better assess the risks from higher global temperatures. The move, led by central banks in China, France and the United Kingdom, draws the group deeper into advocating funding for alternatives to fossil fuels.

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Canada’s Tar Sands Province Elects a Combative New Leader Promising Oil & Pipeline Revival

April 18, 2019 - 10:55am
InsideClimate News

Canada's tar sands province has elected a combative, conservative leader who came out swinging on the side of the country's struggling oil industry. He promised to cancel Alberta's carbon tax, lift a cap on emissions from the tar sands and create a "war room" to combat the oil industry's opponents. But there may be little he can do to change the tar sands' fortunes.

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Rick Perry Plans His Exit as Trump’s Energy Secretary, Sources Say

April 18, 2019 - 10:30am
Bloomberg

Energy Secretary Rick Perry is planning to leave the Trump administration and working on the terms and timing of his departure, according to two people familiar with the plans. Perry has been preparing his top deputy, Dan Brouillette, for the transition, sources said. An Energy Department spokeswoman rejected the idea that Perry would be leaving any time soon.

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Satellite Confirms Key NASA Temperature Data: The Planet Is Warming — Fast

April 18, 2019 - 10:20am
Washington Post

A new study largely confirms the accuracy of the high-profile NASA temperature data set. Researchers used satellite data to estimate the level of warming, confirming what was previously known and finding some places where warming is happening slightly faster than previously known.

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States Say Half of Wetlands Would Lose Protection Under EPA Proposal

April 18, 2019 - 10:10am
Reuters

Fourteen states, including New York and California, said the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to replace an Obama-era water regulation would end federal protection for half of wetlands and 15 percent of streams across the country.

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Montana House Unexpectedly Rejects Bill to Save Colstrip Coal Plant

April 18, 2019 - 10:05am
Utility Dive

Montana lawmakers rejected legislation that would have allowed a utility to purchase more energy from the coal-fired Colstrip plant in an effort to save the struggling plant. Lawmakers "finally figured out that this bill was toxic. It was anti-consumer and anti-constituent. It was going to raise utility bills," said Anne Hedges of Montana Environmental Information Center.

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U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Weren’t Built for Climate Change

April 18, 2019 - 9:50am
Bloomberg

After the 2011 nuclear plant meltdown in Japan, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission directed operators of U.S. nuclear power plants to evaluate their flood risk using the latest weather modeling technology and accounting for climate change. The process revealed gaps, and NRC's new leadership under the Trump administration hasn't done much to address them.

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Flight Attendant Association Warns Climate Change Is Increasing Dangerous Air Turbulence

April 18, 2019 - 9:40am
Vox

Severe turbulence is becoming more frequent and intense. It isn't just nauseating or scary — it's dangerous, writes the head of the Association of Flight Attendants. She cites research indicating that rising CO2 levels cause disruptions to the jet streams and create dangerous wind shear. 

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Candidates Call for Ending New Fossil Fuel Leases, a 180-Degree Turn from Trump

April 17, 2019 - 10:50am
InsideClimate News

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is the latest major presidential candidate to promise to halt all new leases for fossil fuel development on federal lands—including offshore—if she's elected. But it wouldn't change things overnight. Here's why.

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New Climate Models Predict a Warming Surge

April 17, 2019 - 10:40am
Science Magazine

A host of global climate models developed for the United Nations' next major assessment of global warming are showing a puzzling but undeniable trend: They're running hotter than in the past, suggesting the world could soon be, too.

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Former Interior Secretary Zinke Hired by Mining Company

April 17, 2019 - 10:35am
Associated Press

Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has a new job with a gold-mining firm that's pursuing project approvals involving the federal agency that Zinke left fewer than four months ago. Zinke says it isn't lobbying, but U.S. Gold's CEO cited Zinke's "excellent relationship" with the Bureau of Land Management and Interior in explaining his hiring.

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Federal Court Dismisses Trump Administration's Repeal of Coal, Oil Valuation Rule

April 17, 2019 - 10:20am
Reuters

A federal court has struck down the Trump Interior Department's repeal of an Obama-era policy aimed at boosting revenue for taxpayers by changing how energy companies value sales of coal, oil and gas extracted from federal and tribal land.

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