• Trump To Roll Back Obama’s Climate Rules Through Executive Action

    • Date: 21/02/17
    • Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson, The Washington Post

    President Trump is preparing executive orders aimed at curtailing Obama-era policies on climate and water pollution, according to individuals briefed on the measures. While both directives will take time to implement, they will send an unmistakable signal that the new administration is determined to promote fossil-fuel production and economic activity even when those activities collide with […]

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  • Germany’s Renewables Revolution Destabilises Neighbours’ Electrical Grid

    • Date: 18/02/17
    • Zeke Turner, The Wall Street Journal

    Germany’s excess power spills over the border into Polish and Czech territory and threatens their electrical grids with collapse, companies and governments there say. A battle is raging in Central Europe over the balance of power—the electrical kind. Poland and the Czech Republic see Germany as an aggressor, overproducing electricity and dumping it across the […]

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  • Climate Sceptic Scott Pruitt Confirmed To Lead EPA

    • Date: 17/02/17
    • The Wall Street Journal

    Confirmation will likely lead to a rollback of Obama-era climate and environmental regulations WASHINGTON—The Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt on Friday to be President Donald Trump’s administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, a move that kicks off in earnest Mr. Trump’s push to roll back Obama-era climate and environmental regulations. Mr. Pruitt, who was confirmed in a 52-46 vote, […]

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  • Germany Prepares for Climate Clash With Trump Administration At G-20 Talks

    • Date: 16/02/17
    • Brian Parkin and Patrick Donahue, Bloomberg

    Germany fixed climate change as a key topic for foreign ministers from the Group of 20 nations meeting Thursday, according to an official in Berlin, setting up for a clash with Donald Trump’s lead Cabinet minister on the issue. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet envoys from the rest of the G-20 in […]

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  • EPA Officials Use Encrypted Text App To Fight Trump Administration, Republicans Demand Investigation

    • Date: 16/02/17
    • Cyrus Farivar, PM Technika

    Two Republican members of Congress sent a formal letter Tuesday to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of the Inspector General, expressing concern that “approximately a dozen career EPA officials” are using the encrypted messaging app Signal to covertly plan strategy and may be running afoul of the Freedom of Information Act. The open source app […]

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  • Green Fury As As EU Lawmakers Pass Watered-Down ETS Reforms

    • Date: 15/02/17
    • Megan Darby, Climate Home

    Welcomed by the steel lobby and slammed by climate advocates, a package of EU carbon market reforms passed in the European Parliament on Wednesday. The carbon price stayed still at €5 a tonne as lawmakers voted for a watered down version of proposals put forward by the parliamentary environment committee. […] Green groups expressed fury at […]

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  • California Dam Crisis Leaves Power Market Short of Big Hydro

    • Date: 14/02/17
    • Bloomberg

    A crippled spillway is threatening to submerge an entire region of northern California after a recent deluge of rain. And the state’s power market may already be feeling it. As state officials rush to repair an emergency spillway for the Oroville dam — just 150 miles (241 kilometers) north of San Francisco — an 819-megawatt […]

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  • New Report Lays Out How Trump Could Withdraw The U.S. From Paris Agreement

    • Date: 14/02/17
    • Michael Bastasch, The Daily Caller

    A new congressional report lays out the various ways President Trump could withdraw the U.S. from a United Nations agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) found Trump may “unilaterally withdraw” from the so-called Paris agreement “without seeking approval from the legislative branch. Then-President Barack Obama signed the agreement in 2016, […]

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