U.S. House Proposes Budget Increases for Energy, Environmental Research Programs
The House Appropriations Committee's 2020 spending bills include increases for key research programs at the U.S. Departments of Energy and Interior, rather than the deep cuts proposed by President Donald Trump. The budget will still have to get approval of the full House and Senate.
Climate Policy Foes Seize on New White House Rule to Challenge Endangerment Finding
Seizing a new opportunity they believe has been opened up by the White House, hard-line foes of climate action are asking the Trump Administration to reverse the landmark Obama-era finding that greenhouse gases are a danger to human health and the environment. They have a new weapon: a memo quietly issued by the Trump White House three weeks ago.
Climate Change Tests Biden After Adviser Talked About 'Middle Ground'
Joe Biden is pushing back against liberal criticism of his stance on climate change, pointing to decades of environmental support. The first major ideological skirmish of his presidential campaign stemmed from an adviser's quote in Reuters: "What we learned from the Obama administration is unless we find middle ground on these issues, we risk not having any policies."
Democrats Try to Extend Wind and Solar Tax Credits
Some House Democrats are fighting to extend the tax credits for wind and solar power that are set to expire or begin phasing out next year. They say the Trump administration's effort to undermine the Clean Power Plan, vehicle standards and methane limits had "fundamentally altered" previous agreements to end the credits.
With Billions at Stake, Utilities Fight Coal Ash Cleanup Costs
Officials from Virginia to South Carolina are pushing back on utilities' plans to charge customers for the costs of closing and cleaning up coal ash ponds, long the primary way of storing residue from coal-fired power plants. Read more from ICN about how the vast majority of U.S. coal ash ponds have been found to have contaminated groundwater nearby.
Tax Carbon, Not People: UN Chief Issues Climate Plea from Pacific 'Frontline'
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told Pacific nation leaders on Wednesday that governments around the world must introduce carbon taxes, halt plans for new coal plants and accelerate the closure of existing ones if climate damage to the region and small island states is to be limited.
WoodMac: Solar Plants Cheaper Than Natural Gas ‘Just About Everywhere’ by 2023
Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables senior analyst Tom Heggarty told a conference in Phoenix this week: "By 2023, we think solar's going to be cheaper than gas almost everywhere around the world."
Looking for Climate Change Education Resources, Teachers Find Misinformation
Teachers are finding that when they set out to teach about climate change, many of the resources presented as educational are actually junk. The Climate Change Literacy and Energy Awareness Network reviewed more than 30,000 free online resources and found only 700 acceptable for schools.