Hot News: November 15, 2016 - Years Of Living Dangerously

Hot News: November 15, 2016

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Trump Eyeing Fossil-Fueled Future: The AP reports that internal Trump transition documents show Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm and North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer under serious consideration for energy secretary, while Reuters reports Hamm as Trump’s top pick. Although Hamm told his employees last week he’s not leaving his company, a former Continental vice president believes Hamm will take the job if asked. Kelly Ayotte, a former GOP senator who acknowledges human-made climate change, is billed one of Trump’s top choices for UN ambassador. Repealing the Clean Power Plan is also reportedly on top of Trump’s to-do list once he enters office. (News: APReutersWashington Post $, The HillNew York Times $, E&E News $, Greenwire $, OilPriceCommentary: Vox, David Roberts & Brad Plumer analysis)

“Wait and See” on Trump and Paris Agreement: During his first press conference since the election, President Obama appeared hopeful on the fate of the Paris Agreement, saying that the “tradition has been” to carry forward international agreements across administrations, “particularly if, once you actually examine them, it turns out that they are doing good for us and binding other countries into behavior that will help us.” In Marrakech, US climate envoy Jonathan Pershing told reporters to “wait and see” on what the Trump administration would do on climate policy but noted that it was clear that other countries would move on the Paris Agreement regardless. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also said he was sure that Trump would reevaluate his campaign remarks on the issue. (US: Politico Pro $, Wall Street Journal $, Washington Post $, The HillE&E News $. Marrakech: Climate HomeAPReutersWall Street Journal $, Climate CentralEurActivIrish TimesBusinessGreen $, BBC NewsABC AustraliaBloomberg BNAAFPVOA NewsFinancial Times $, Grist)

Microsoft Inks Biggest Wind Power Deal: Microsoft announced two new contracts for 237 megawatts of wind energy capacity to run its Wyoming data center entirely on wind power. With the latest deal, the company now purchases more than 500 megawatts of wind energy in the country. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the top 50 corporate buyers of solar and wind power in the US will add more than 17 gigawatts by 2020, as the role of companies in combating climate change is expected to become even more important under a Trump administration. (News: Fortune, Bloomberg, Huffington PostCommentary: The Conversation, Joe Arvai op-ed)
US News
  • Trump’s attack dog on climate (Politico)
  • D.C. Circuit may be bulwark against enviro rule changes (Greenwire $)
  • Obama administration announces $125m in international clean-energy funds (Morning Consult)
  • Feds call for further discussion before Dakota pipeline can move forward (The HillNPR)
  • House of the rising solar (The Hill)
  • Analysis of six regional resiliency projects details implementation challenges (Politico)
  • Exxon widens climate suit to fight New York Attorney General’s probe (InsideClimate News)
  • As rooftop solar costs drop, utility attempts to raise barriers may not work (Miami Herald)
  • Trump could reverse ‘dramatic’ progress on clean energy, experts fear (GuardianInsideClimate News)
  • Donald Trump says he’ll bring back coal. Here’s why he can’t (TIME)
  • Trump may open up Arctic drilling (Oil Price)
  • Here are pictures of John Kerry in Antarctica to remind you global warming is still happening (Washington Post $)
  • CEOs and mayors are now our only hope for saving the climate (Fast CoExist)
  • Trump trade stance with Mexico could press gas prices (Wall Street Journal $)
  • California isn’t planning to back away from zero-emission car rules (Bloomberg)
  • State not in line with residents’ clean energy desires, poll says (NJ.com)
  • Maryland environmental advocates take anti-fracking, climate-change positions to church (Baltimore Sun)
  • These people are literally having climate change nightmares (Fusion)
  • Tom Brady elicits questions with post of Gisele talking about climate change (Boston Globe $)
  • Declining coal means flat emissions for a third year running (ThinkProgress)
  • Sunrun CEO on changing political winds: ‘Rooftop solar is the anti-establishment energy choice’ (Greentech Media)
  • Advocates: Ratepayers will be on the hook for unnecessary pipelines (Southeast Energy News)
  • Want green infrastructure? First, invest in infrastructure (Pacific Standard)
  • Against the wind: Ohio lawmaker pushes for stricter rules on wind development (Midwest Energy News)
  • An ecosystem’s lifeblood, flowing through gravel (New York Times $)
  • Reid: Reviving Nevada nuclear waste proposal ‘doomed to failure’ (The Hill)
  • NC wildfires costing millions, governor blames humans (ABC News)
  • Nuclear industry looks to reshape image (Toledo Blade)
  • Farmers weigh land rights, revenue in wind tower debate (Tristate Neighbor)
  • API’s Marty Durbin takes on expanded role (E&E News $)

World News

  • Global security leaders have some climate change advice for Donald Trump (Huffington Post)
  • The Lancet climate and health “countdown” launched at COP22 climate talks (Scientific AmericanBusinessGreen $)
  • Germany, EU Commission dismiss call for CO2 tax on U.S. under Trump (ReutersFinancial Times $, Wall Street Journal $)
  • In Marrakech, some leaders pin their hopes on Trump’s advisers (Pacific Standard)
  • Photos of a changing world: Forest fires in British Columbia (Pacific Standard)
  • Battlefield Article 6: Governments clash in Marrakech over shape of future international carbon markets (Carbon Pulse $)
  • U.N. ship agency to press on with carbon cutting efforts after Trump win (Reuters)
  • UNFCCC tackles finance flows at COP22 week 1 (Clean Technica)
  • Drought, floods and water stress cost companies $14bn (Guardian)
  • Climate deal must offer hope for coal miners, says German minister (Climate Home)
  • COP22 president commends China for its commitment to addressing climate change (Xinhua)
  • Wasting food akin to being a ‘carbon criminal’: Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave (Indian Express)
  • Africa’s first cycle-share scheme launches in Marrakech (GuardianSmithsonian)
  • EU urged to include shipping emissions in 2030 climate target (World Maritime News)
  • As climate change uproots communities, innovation can rescue culture (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • Global fossil fuel emissions have flattened—for now (Pacific Standard)
  • Oil investors shrug off U.S. election while focused on OPEC (Bloomberg)
  • French oil major Total to install solar panels at 5,000 service stations (Reuters)
  • Natural disasters push 26m into poverty each year, says World Bank (Guardian)
  • US climate envoy: World moving forward with or without us (APClimate Home)
  • Spotlight: World needs binding measures to combat climate change (XinhuaNet)
  • Rich countries against Climate Change Adaptation Fund continuing (Business StandardClimate Home)
  • China says air pollution worsens in October (Reuters)
  • Antarctic quest to find ‘oldest ice’ (BBC News)
  • Why the Arctic waters are reluctant to freeze (Guardian)
  • Destruction of kelp forests by tropical fish shows impact of ocean temperature rises (Guardian)
  • Australia’s biggest CBD solar power project open to public investment (Guardian)
  • Morocco to tender for 800 MW solar plants by start of 2017 (Reuters)
  • Philippines energy chief blocks UN climate deal approval (Climate Home)
  • What Global Energy Insiders Think About Trump’s Triumph (Greentech Media)
  • Japan’s nuclear industry finds a lifeline in India after foundering elsewhere (New York Times $)

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