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02/12/2019

Trump's Fighting to Keep an Old Coal Plant Running. TVA Wants to Shut It Down.

The U.S. president has joined Kentucky's governor and senators in trying to pressure the Tennessee Valley Authority to keep a 49-year-old coal-fired power plant operating, even though the nation's largest public electric utility has concluded the plant is unreliable, no longer needed and too expensive to repair and operate. Their arguments are focused on the coal mining industry.

(InsideClimate News)

U.S. Solar Jobs Fell with Trump’s Tariffs, But These States Are Adding More

U.S. solar job numbers fell in 2018 as President Trump's tariffs on panel imports kicked in, but several states still saw significant growth — including across the Midwest. Dan Gearino explains what's driving the growth.

(InsideClimate News)

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Ban Drilling in Alaska Wildlife Refuge

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers introduced legislation Monday that would ban oil and natural gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The bill would repeal a section of the 2017 GOP tax-cut law that, for the first time, opened part of the refuge for drilling.

(The Hill)

What's Keeping Trump from Ratifying a Climate Treaty Even Republicans Support?

Republican senators and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have urged Trump to back the Kigali Amendment on HFCs, saying it's in the nation's economic interest. So what's holding up ratification? 

(InsideClimate News)

New Wisconsin Gov. Evers Joining U.S. Climate Alliance

Wisconsin's new Democratic governor, Tony Evers, announced today that he's joining the U.S. Climate Alliance, a group of governors committed to combating climate change at the state level. He follows fellow Midwestern Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, who became the 20th member this month.

(Wisconsin State Journal)

How a General-Turned-Oil-Lobbyist Helped Push Through the Dakota Access Pipeline

A retired high-ranking officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers played a significant role lobbying his former agency to push through the permitting process for the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, documents show.

(Huffington Post)

Los Angeles Ditches Plan to Invest Billions in Fossil Fuels

Los Angeles is abandoning a plan to rebuild three natural gas power plants along the coast, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday, in a move to get the city closer to its goal of 100% renewable energy and improve air quality in highly polluted communities. The mayor's decision marks an abrupt change of course for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

(The Los Angeles Times)

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