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Colorado Aims to Boost Fuel Efficiency in Response to Trump’s Auto Standards Freeze

August 17, 2018 - 10:55am
Denver Post

Colorado air quality officials have launched a push to improve fuel efficiency, including considering plans to require that new cars and light trucks meet California's miles-per-gallon standards and that automakers sell more electric vehicles. The governor ordered improvements after the Trump administration announced plans to freeze improvements in federal fuel efficiency standards.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Hit with Another Delay: Judge Orders New Environmental Review

August 17, 2018 - 10:50am
InsideClimate News

The embattled Keystone XL oil pipeline faces another delay after a federal judge ordered a new environmental review. The government had argued it didn't need to do a full environmental impact statement, even though Nebraska regulators had approved a different route. The judge disagreed, saying federal agencies "cannot escape their responsibility" under NEPA.

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Fuzzy Math and Trump’s Attack on Obama's Clean Power Plan

August 17, 2018 - 10:40am
Politico

The Trump administration's push to reverse President Obama's most sweeping climate regulation rests on a strategy of changing calculations of costs and benefits. Critics say similarly fuzzy math underlies other administration proposals to stymie action on climate change. Read more from ICN on how how EPA has proposed to manipulate cost-benefit calculations.

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Trump Administration Unveils New Wildfire Strategy

August 17, 2018 - 9:50am
Union Democrat

The Trump's administration unveiled a new forest management strategy that emphasizes state leadership and the logging industry. It also acknowledges challenges created by "regional changes in temperature, precipitation patterns and other environmental conditions."

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Trump Nominee to Lead ARPA-E Won’t Say if He Supports Funding It

August 17, 2018 - 9:45am
The Hill

Lane Genatowski, President Trump's nominee to run the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy office within the Department of Energy, is declining to say whether he supports funding the office, which directs research into new energy technologies. Trump has proposed reducing its budget to zero.

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In a Warming World, the Fight for Water Can Push Nations Apart or Pull Them Together

August 17, 2018 - 9:30am
Texas Observer

The Rio Grande provides drinking and irrigation water to 6 million people and 2 million acres of farmland on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border. With droughts and heat waves exacerbating water scarcity, Texas and Mexico have had to overcome geopolitical antagonism to make sure water keeps flowing. 

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Would a Western Regional Power Grid Help Clean Energy? Environmentalists Can't Agree.

August 17, 2018 - 9:28am
Desert Sun

California legislation that would help to create a regional energy market of up to 14 states is the subject of heated debate about its potential impact on solar power. The Natural Resources Defense Council says the plan could ease the transition to clean energy. The Sierra Club says it could be used to extend the life of coal-fired power plants that otherwise would close.

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Most-Polluting Wood-Burning Stove Fuels to Get the Chop in UK

August 17, 2018 - 9:20am
The Guardian

The UK's environment secretary is expected to confirm plans to ban the sale of the most-polluting fuels for domestic wood-burning stoves in an attempt to cut harmful emissions. It would phase out sales of traditional house coal, restrict sales of wet wood and tighten standards on solid fuels.

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Researchers Are Growing a Carbon-Sucking Mineral that Could Help Slow Climate Change

August 17, 2018 - 9:05am
Fast Company

Magnesium carbonate naturally removes carbon from the atmosphere, but it takes hundreds of thousands of years to form. Canadian researchers say they have come up with a way to grow crystals of the mineral in a matter of months.

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Water Use in Fracking Soars — Exceeding Rise in Fossil Fuels Produced, Study Says

August 16, 2018 - 10:50am
InsideClimate News

The fracking industry's use of water and other fluids to produce oil and gas has grown dramatically in recent years, outstripping the growth in the fossil fuels it produces, according to a new study. The report says drillers are adopting new practices that are taking a greater environmental toll, with water use up as much as 770 percent and toxic wastewater produced up even more.

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Marine Heat Waves Roughly Doubled Between 1982 and 2016, Study Finds

August 16, 2018 - 10:48am
Associated Press

Between 1982 and 2016, the number of marine heat waves roughly doubled and likely will become more common and intense, according to a new study. Prolonged periods of extreme heat can harm fish and damage kelp forests and coral reefs.

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Fewer than 1 Percent of Offshore Drilling Tracts Auctioned by Trump Receive Bids

August 16, 2018 - 10:40am
The Hill

Oil and gas companies bid on less than 1 percent of the offshore tracts that the federal government tried to auction this week, a slightly lower percentage than a previous auction in March. Critics say there is low interest in offshore drilling because of high costs and risks.

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CEO: Dakota Access Pipeline Expansion Could Be Announced Soon

August 16, 2018 - 10:10am
Grand Forks Herald

The CEO of Energy Transfer Partners told a roundtable event with Energy Secretary Rick Perry that he hopes to announce an expansion of the Dakota Access Pipeline soon. He also praised Perry for criticizing states that block pipeline construction. Read more from ICN about the long fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline led by Native American tribes.

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Judge Dismisses Youth Climate Change Lawsuit in Washington State

August 16, 2018 - 9:59am
InsideClimate News

A judge in Washington state has dismissed a lawsuit brought by young climate advocates who sued the state to force it to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but he urged them to keep fighting through other channels. It's one of nine state-level cases involving youth advocates supported by Our Children's Trust, the group leading the federal children's climate lawsuit.

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Trump Admin. Envisions Widespread Mining, Drilling in What Was Once a National Monument

August 16, 2018 - 9:58am
Salt Lake Tribune

Most of the lands removed from Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument would be available to coal mining and oil and gas drilling under federal draft plans. The plans would open nearly 700,000 acres under the administration's push to expand mining and drilling on federal land.

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Oil Industry Targets Florida in New Offshore Drilling Advocacy Push

August 16, 2018 - 9:55am
The Hill

The oil industry wants to convince Floridians that offshore drilling would be good for them in a new public relations campaign to shift opinion in a state where offshore drilling is unpopular. The American Petroleum Institute's Explore Offshore program held its first Florida event this week as the Trump administration is making moves to expand offshore drilling.

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Canada, UK Plan First Paris Climate Deal Carbon Trades

August 16, 2018 - 9:52am
Bloomberg

Canada and the United Kingdom are among six countries preparing for the first carbon trades under the Paris climate agreement. It's part of a plan to unlock up to $4 billion to help fight climate change. The countries would undertake projects to cut greenhouse gas emissions to comply with goals of the Paris deal.

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Bushfire Season Starts in Winter in Parts of Australia: 'We May Have to Rethink How We Live'

August 16, 2018 - 9:50am
The Guardian

Hot and dry conditions have led Australian officials to declare an early start to bushfire season in some areas. The heat combined with rapid urbanization means more people are at risk, including many in the outskirts of the sprawling Sydney metro area.

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Electric Bills Skyrocket in Appalachia as Region’s Economy Falters and Coal Costs Rise

August 15, 2018 - 10:50am
InsideClimate News

As coal mining fades in Appalachia, residents are being hit with the double whammy of a declining economy and crippling electric bills. Part of the rise in power costs comes from the region's heavy reliance on coal-fired power plants, as James Bruggers explains. 

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Draft Details Trump’s Plan for Reversing Obama's Clean Power Plan

August 15, 2018 - 10:45am
Politico

The Trump administration is proposing a replacement for the Clean Power Plan that would do far less to reduce greenhouse gases, according to a partial draft obtained by Politico. The draft suggests the proposal would allow states to opt out and could prevent a future president from quickly regulating greenhouse gases.

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