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TVA Votes to Close 2 Coal Plants, Despite Political Pressure from Trump and Kentucky GOP

February 15, 2019 - 10:50am
InsideClimate News

The Tennessee Valley Authority voted to retire two aging coal-fired power plants, despite a week of intense political pressure from coal-state politicians and President Trump, who had urged the board to keep them open. The TVA concluded that the old, unreliable plants were too expensive to justify.

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Industry Wanted This Ohio River Commission to Stop Setting Pollution Standards. It Almost Gave in.

February 15, 2019 - 10:40am
InsideClimate News

An Ohio River commission representing eight states has decided to keep its authority to set regional pollution standards, a victory for environmental advocates. Last summer, under pressure from industry and electricity utilities, the commission preliminarily voted to abandon its pollution control standards, only to change course this week.

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‘We Don’t Have Time Anymore’: In Face of Climate Change, Young People Across Europe Are Protesting for Their Future

February 15, 2019 - 10:30am
Washington Post

Tens of thousands of teenagers planned to skip school today to gather in public places across Europe to protest climate change. The event, being billed as a general strike, is part of a movement that has spread across the European Union and is expanding globally.

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Judge Dismisses Racketeering Lawsuit by Dakota Access Pipeline Developer

February 15, 2019 - 10:10am
Associated Press

A federal judge dismissed a $1 billion lawsuit that the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline filed against environmental groups and activists. Energy Transfer Partners tried to use federal racketeering law to claim the groups had engaged in a coordinated criminal enterprise to block the pipeline. Read more from ICN about the legal tactic the pipeline company tried to use.

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Climate Disasters Cost World $650 Billion Over 3 Years, and Americans Are Bearing the Brunt, Morgan Stanley Says

February 15, 2019 - 10:05am
CNBC

Climate-related disasters have cost the world $650 billion over the last three years, and North America is shouldering most of the burden, according to a new report from Morgan Stanley.

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Companies Vie for Offshore Wind Power Park in New York

February 15, 2019 - 10:00am
Reuters

Norway's Equinor and three joint ventures have each submitted proposals to build New York's first offshore wind farm. The state will choose the winning proposal in the spring, part of a larger plan to dramatically increase offshore wind power. At 800 megawatts, it would dwarf the country's only existing offshore wind farm.

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Hurricanes, Droughts, and Wildfires: How Biopharma Is Girding for Climate Change

February 15, 2019 - 9:50am
STAT News

Climate change could help companies that make vaccines and treatments for illnesses that are likely to rise in a warming world, but the risks to the companies outstrip any incremental gains. This outlook comes from risk assessment reports the companies filed with the nonprofit CDP.

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With Democrats in Charge, House Science Committee Talks About Climate Science

February 14, 2019 - 10:50am
InsideClimate News

The House Science Committee devoted its first hearing of the new Congress to climate change, a discussion that showed a subtle shift among some Republicans toward acknowledging that scientific research points to human-driven global warming. 

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Fossil Fuels, Not Wildfires, Biggest Source of a Key Arctic Climate Pollutant

February 14, 2019 - 10:40am
InsideClimate News

Most of the black carbon that's helping warm and melt the Arctic is coming from the burning of fossil fuels in coal-fired power plants, vehicles and factories, rather than from wildfires, according to new research. The findings could help countries take more effective steps to control the climate pollutant. 

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EPA Air Policy Official Stayed in Close Touch with His Former Law Firm, New Emails Show

February 14, 2019 - 10:30am
Washington Post

Bill Wehrum, the EPA's top air policy official, stayed in close touch with employees at his former law firm, some of whom have business before the agency, according to newly disclosed emails. The emails are part of ongoing litigation with the Sierra Club. An official with that group says the messages show Wehrum continued to back the industries he had worked for.

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Brock Long, FEMA Administrator, Resigns After Two Turbulent Years

February 14, 2019 - 10:20am
The New York Times

Brock Long, the Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator who was praised for his agency's response to Hurricane Harvey but sharply criticized for its handling of the devastation Hurricane Maria brought to Puerto Rico, announced Wednesday he would resign after two years.

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Wall Street Is More Than Willing to Help Fund Green New Deal

February 14, 2019 - 10:10am
Bloomberg

Wall Street investors stand ready to finance key provisions of the Green New Deal, an eagerness that helps to answer one of the big questions about this ambitious policy agenda: Who will pay for it?

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General Motors and Amazon Ready to Invest Big in Electric Truck Start-Up

February 14, 2019 - 10:00am
Detroit Free Press

General Motors and Amazon are considering investments of $1 billion to $2 billion in a suburban Detroit-based start-up that has developed an all-electric pickup. Rivian made a splash at recent auto shows with plans to sell an all-electric pickup by 2020, making it an attractive candidate for investment by established tech and auto companies.

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Minnesota’s New Governor Will Continue Appeal of Enbridge Line 3 Approval

February 14, 2019 - 10:00am
Minnesota Public Radio

Minnesota's newly elected Gov. Tim Walz says he will continue where his predecessor Mark Dayton left off, moving forward with a legal challenge of a decision by state regulators to allow Enbridge to replace a fossil fuel pipeline. Walz, a Democrat like Dayton, has faced pressure from both industry and environmental groups.

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Heading South: How U.S. Cities Will Feel in 2080 as the Planet Warms

February 13, 2019 - 10:50am
Associated Press

A new study explains climate change by projecting what U.S. cities are expected to feel like in 60 years. It shows New York City in 2080 feeling like Arkansas today, and Miami feeling like southern Mexico. The study in the journal Nature Communications also has an interactive map.

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Pipeline Fight Drags on, Tempting Intervention from Trump

February 13, 2019 - 10:45am
Houston Chronicle

Pipeline executives are lobbying President Trump to assert federal authority over interstate pipelines to prevent states from blocking projects. This push is one of the fronts in a legal and political fight as states block pipeline projects. Congress has been reluctant to get involved.

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Senate Passes a Sweeping Land Conservation Bill

February 13, 2019 - 10:40am
The New York Times

The Senate passed a public lands conservation bill that designates 1 million acres for environmental protection and reauthorizes a program to pay for conservation initiatives. The 92-8 vote was a rare moment of bipartisanship.

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Oil’s Twilight? Here's One Investor View on How It Plays Out

February 13, 2019 - 10:35am
Bloomberg

The oil industry could face stagnating demand within seven to 10 years, a London fund manager says, arguing that companies need to address how to avoid a crumbling of their finances. The outlook suggests the oil industry may be close to the end of ever-expanding demand that has sustained its business.

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Judge: U.S. Must Reconsider Climate Impacts of Montana Mine

February 13, 2019 - 10:00am
Associated Press

A federal judge ruled federal officials have not done enough to consider the climate effects of expanding a coal mine in Montana. The ruling recommends the Interior Department be given 240 days to re-analyze the plan. Environment advocates are frustrated that the judge didn't stop mining in the interim. 

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McConnell Says Senate Will Vote on Green New Deal

February 13, 2019 - 9:55am
Reuters

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he'll put the Green New Deal resolution to a vote so Democrats, especially those running for president in 2020, will be forced to go on record. Sen. Ed Markey said McConnell's call for a vote before hearings on the Green New Deal was an attempt to sabotage it.

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