• 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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  • Trump And U.S. Congress Working To Undo Obama’s Climate Agenda

    • Date: 10/02/17
    • Timothy Cama, The Hill

    President Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress are working to undo President Obama’s actions on climate change, underlining what could be a major shift on a policy that affects the world. While it’s been just three weeks since Trump’s inauguration, the president has already issued memos to approve the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, which […]

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