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U.S. Mayors Pressure Congress on Carbon Tax, Climate Lawsuits and a Green New Deal (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
U.S. Conference of Mayors
Date: 2019-07-03
Reporting from the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting in Honolulu, the mayors of hundreds of U.S. cities are calling for federal carbon tax price "sufficient enough to reduce carbon emissions in line with ambitions detailed in the Paris Agreement on climate change."

The mayors also voted in support of a resolution endorsing the idea of a Green New Deal, called for Congress to adopt "a comprehensive national response" to climate change, The mayors also voted to oppose President Donald Trump's plan to freeze vehicle fuel economy standards, and to endorse individual cities' right to sue over climate change damages and protect taxpayers from related mitigation and adaptation costs. The mayors also oppose any action by Congress or in state legislatures "to limit or eliminate cities' access to the courts by overriding existing laws or in any way giving fossil fuel companies immunity from lawsuits over climate change-related costs and damages."

The U.S. Conference of Mayors includes the leaders of about 1,400 cities with populations greater than 30,000. about 1,400 cities. (Source: U.S. Conference of Mayors, Inside Climate News, 2 July, 2019) Contact: U.S. Conference of Mayors, www.usmayors.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Conference of Mayors,  Climate Change,  Green New Deal,  


740 Sq-Km of Amazon Lost in May (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Amazon Deforestation
Date: 2019-06-19
Reuters is reporting the Amazon Rainforest -- aka the "Lungs of Earth" due to its capability of absorbing about 25 pct of the earth's total carbon dioxide emissions -- lost 740 sq-km (285 sq-miles) of forest, roughly the size of New York City and all of it's five boroughs, during the 31 days of May, 2019 due to human deforestation activity, according to data from an early-warning satellite system.

The May 2019 deforestation is 25 pct higher than in May 2018, May, and twice that of May, 2017.

Earlier this year, Brazil's freshman President Jair Bolsonaro's administration was reportedly planning to follow US President Donald Trump's lead and pull Brazil out of the Paris Climate Agreement. In his first 5 months in office, Bolsonaro abolished the ministries that dealt with climate change, trimmed the remaining agencies' budgets and now wants to privatize vast areas of the Amazon rain forest for agribusiness, timber and mining interests. (Source: Various Media, Reuters, June, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Amazon Deforestation,  Carbon Emissions,  Deforestation,  


Notable Quote -- The Donald Talks Climate Change and Weather
Donald Trump
Date: 2019-06-12
"I believe that there's a change in weather, and I think it changes both ways. Don't forget it used to be called global warming. That wasn't working. Then it was called climate change. Now it's actually called extreme weather, because with extreme weather, you can't miss."

To help prove his point, the President noted several examples of past weather extremes: "Forty years ago, we had the worst tornado binge we've ever had. In the 1890s, we had our worst hurricanes." -- US Pres. Donald Trump, Good Morning Britain, 5 June, 2019

More Low-Carbon Energy News Donald Trump,  Climate Change,  


Notable Quotes -- Two Presidents Comment on Climate Change
Climate Change
Date: 2019-06-07
"While the EU has a set of binding emissions targets for 2020 and 2030, we must now plan for full decarbonization of our European economies by 2050, encouraging the rest of the world to follow suit, and urging in the strongest possible terms the USA to reconsider its regressive and pernicious decision to leave the global Paris agreement." -- Irish President Michael T. Higgins, 5 June, 2019

"I believe that there's a change in weather, and I think it changes both ways. Don't forget it used to be called global warming. That wasn't working. Then it was called climate change. Now it's actually called extreme weather, because with extreme weather, you can't miss. Forty years ago, we had the worst tornado binge we've ever had. In the 1890s, we had our worst hurricanes." -- US Pres. Donald -- aka "The Donald" -- Trump, Good Morning Britain, 5 June, 2019

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Donald Trump,  


Fellow Republican Blasts Trump's Anti-Wind Tirade as "IDIOTIC" (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Trump
Date: 2019-04-05
Speaking at the National Republican Congressional Committee's annual spring dinner earlier this week, U.S. President "The Donald" Trump said with his ussual disregard for reality and facts:

"If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, congratulations, your house just went down 75 pct in value. And they say the noise causes cancer."

"No, wind's not so good and you have no idea how expensive it is to make those things. They're all made in China and Germany, by the way, just in case you, we don't make them here, essentially." -- Pres. Donald Trump

The Donald's comments were clearly and immediately described as "IDIOTIC" by his fellow Republican, Sen. Chuck Grassely (Iowa). Good on you, Grassely! Contact: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), www.grassley.senate.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump,  Wind,  Grassely,  


"The Donald" Talks Wind -- Notable Quotes
Trump
Date: 2019-03-29
"You look at the fact that we would have been powered by wind which wouldn't have worked by the way because it only blows sometimes and lots of problems come about."

"You can blow up a pipeline, you can blow up the windmills. You know, the windmills, [makes a shooting gun noise] That's the end of that one. If the birds don't kill it first. The birds could kill it first. They (windmills) kill so many birds. You look underneath some of those windmills, it's like a killing field, the birds. But uh, you know, that's what they were going to, they were going to windmills. And you know, don't worry about wind, when the wind doesn't blow, I said, 'What happens when the wind doesn't blow?’ Well, then we have a problem." -- U.S Pres. Donald Trump. (Source: Factbase, Factcheck.org)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Donald Trump,  


Notable Quote
Coal
Date: 2019-03-29
"Coal is indestructible" -- U.S. President Donald Trump

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump news,  Coal news,  


Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Chair Comments on Trump Budget (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Climate Change
Date: 2019-03-13
U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Tampa, Fla) Chairperson of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, released the following statement on President Donald Trump's $4.75 trillion 2020 budget proposal which would slash funding for the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and eliminate ARPA-E:

"The Trump administration's budget proposal ignores the climate crisis. Climate science is clear: To help avert climate catastrophe, the United States needs to transition to a clean energy economy as fast as possible. The climate crisis must be addressed through virtually all areas of American life and, as a result, virtually all areas of the President's budget should reflect this.

"The president's budget fails to respond to the administration's own warnings contained in the National Climate Assessment or propose any means to tackle the crisis. For example, moving to the clean energy economy means deploying technology we have now but also investing in new research to accelerate the development of breakthrough technologies and create new jobs. The Trump administration's budget eliminates ARPA-E and all-but shutters the Department of Energy office dedicated to incubating groundbreaking research into clean transportation, renewable energy, and energy efficiency -- thereby eliminating the hope for our workforce and our planet they bring.

"The scope of the climate challenge requires an all-hands-on-deck government investment in so many areas but certainly in advanced energy technologies. America needs a budget that reflects the urgency of the climate crisis. The president's budget lacks the insight and investment needed to get America moving and underscores that the cost of doing nothing is too high." (Source: US Rep. Kathy Castor, (D- 14th District, Fla), Tampa Bay Reporter, 12 Mar., 2019) Contact: Rep Kathy Castor, (202) 225-3376 castor.house.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


Ill. Joins Climate Alliance, Pledges Emission Cuts (Ind. Report)
United States Climate Alliance
Date: 2019-03-08
In the Land of Lincoln, newly elected Gov. J. B. Pritzker (D) of Illinois is following through on his campaign pledge to set Illinois on a path to 100 pct renewable energy with an executive order committing his state to join 17 other states in the United States Climate Alliance (USCA).

The USCA was a reaction to President Donald Trump's announcement the U.S. would withdraw from the December 2015 Paris climate agreement because the restrictions would hurt America's economy without improving the environment. USCA members pledge to implement policies advancing the goals of the Paris climate agreement, in part by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26 to 28 pct below 2005 levels by 2025. USCA members are also required to accelerate new and existing policies to reduce CO2 and promote clean energy deployment at the state and federal level. (Source: Various Media, The Heartland Institute, 7 Mar., 2019) Contact: United States Climate Alliance, www.usclimatealliance.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News United States Climate Alliance ,  


"The Donald" on the Hook for Offshore Wind Challenge (Int'l.)
Trump
Date: 2019-03-01
In the Highland's, a Scottish court has ruled Donald Trump -- aka "the Donald" -- and his Aberdeenshire golf resort must pay the Scottish government's legal costs following a court battle over an 11-turbine, North Sea offshore wind power project developed by Vattenfall.

The ruling at the Court of Session stemmed from the case going to the UK Supreme Court in December 2015. The wind farm generated its first power in July last year. The sum involved has not been disclosed.

In May, 2013, "The Donald" commented on his dust-up and lawsuit with Scottish officials over the offensive offshore wind farm. The Donald ranted that the project would "spoil the view" from his new Trump International Golf Links and 450 room luxury resort hotel, both of which Trump said he'd dump if the highland regulators didn't kill the offshore wind farm.

With his usual bravado, Trump spouted: "These windmills are as tall as Trump Tower. That's like a massive skyscraper coming out of Aberdeen Bay. Who would spend hundreds of millions of dollars building a hotel when you're looking into a turbine? These are industrial turbines. They make noise. They create shadows."

"We're suing a country. We're doing very well and I think I'm doing a great service because people in Scotland and many other places didn't know how to fight these things." "It's not going to be an easy battle, but we'll win." Trump trumpeted. (Source: BBC News, Various Others, 28 Feb., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump,  Offshore Wind,  


Trump Considers Contentious Climate Committee Appointment (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Climate Change
Date: 2019-02-25
The Washington Post is reporting President Donald Trump may put climate-denying physicist William Happer at the head of the proposed Presidential Committee on Climate Securitywhich would evaluate whether climate change poses a national security threat.

Happer is the Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics, Emeritus, at Princeton University, a veteran of the George H.W. Bush administration, is connected to fossil fuel companies including ExxonMobil, has acknowledged accepting payment for testimony from from Peabody Coal, and presently serves as Trump's deputy assistant for emerging technologies on the National Security Council.

Happer is also known for his comment: "The demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler. Carbon dioxide is actually a benefit to the world, and so were the Jews." "There's no reason for climate hysteria. I don't think it's a problem at all, I think it's a good thing." (Source: Washington Post, Wikipedia, Media Matters, EVLONDO COOPER, Blog, , 23 Feb., 2019) Contact: William Happer, (609) 258-3020, (609)258-2168 -fax, dof@princeton.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Trump Climate Change,  


Notable Quote from Ontario Premier Doug Ford
Carbon Tax
Date: 2019-01-24
"I'm here today to ring the warning bell that the risk of a carbon tax recession is very, very real. A carbon tax will be a total economic disaster, not only for our province (Ontario) but for our entire country Ccanada). There are already economic warning signs on the horizon." -- Ontario Premier Hon. Doug Ford (C)

The freshman Ontario Premier, not unlike the populist US president Donald Trump, ran a campaign and was elected on promises. Premier Ford promised to cut the price of beer to $1.00 a can and to scrap the preceding Liberal govenment's carbon tax, cap-and-trade system. Contact: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, www.ontario.ca/page/premier

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Carbon Tax,  Doug Ford,  


Sun Solar Opts for "Made in America" Only (Ind. Report)
Sun Solar
Date: 2019-01-24
Springfield Missouri-based Sun Solar reports it is transitioning to American Made solar panels for all of its installations. The move is in response to the impact of President Donald Trump's "30 pct. tax increase" on Chinese manufactured solar cells and panels.

Moving forward, Sun Solar noted it will work with an unnamed solar manufacturer in Bellingham, Washington. (Source: Sun Solar, Missourinet, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: Sun Solar, Caleb Arthur, Owner, 417-413-1786 www.missourisunsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Cell,  Solar Module,  Solar Energy,  


"The Donald" Consoles Macron on Flummoxed French Fuel Tax (Int'l)
Fuel Tax
Date: 2018-12-07
In Paris, following on French president Macron's first major political setback and the suspension of vehemently opposed fuel tax increase aimed at cutting diesel and gasoline fuel consumption and thus fighting climate change, the every empathetic Donald Trump reportedly consoled his French counterpart with his previous remark:

"The Paris Agreement is fatally flawed because it raises the price of energy for responsible countries while whitewashing some of the worst polluters in the world."

Macron was no doubt comforted by Trump's warm-hearted comments. (Source: Various Media, Dec., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Trump,  


Brazilian Foreign Minister Parrots Trump's Climate Change Lead (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)

Date: 2018-11-19
In the heart of the Amazon, Brazil's freshman foreign minister Ernesto Araujo has declared that "climate change is a Marxist tactic to instill fear, stifle the economic growth of western countries, and benefit China."

Writing on his blog, Araujo described climate science as a "dogma" that ignores "evidence" showing the opposite of rising temperatures and greater concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere.

"The left has sequestered the environmental cause and perverted it to the point of paroxysm over the last 20 years with the ideology of climate change. The climate [scientists] gathered some data suggesting a correlation between rising temperatures with increasing concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, ignored data suggesting the opposite, and created a scientific dogma that no one else can contest on pain of being excommunicated from good society.", the new foreign minister's blog contends.

Araujo's blog parrots U.S, President Donald Trump adding, "This dogma has served to justify an increase in the regulatory power of states over the economy and power of international institutions over national states and their populations, as well as to stifle economic growth in democratic capitalist countries and foster China's growth."

Pres. Donald Trump, who recently raked the U.S. Forest Service over the coals for not adequately raking leafs to prevent forest fires, will perhaps be best remembered for calling climate change a "hoax" and a "con-job created by the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive." (Source: Ernesto Araujo, Blog, 12 Oct., 2018) Contact: Ernesto Araujo, Blog www.metapoliticabrasil.com/blog/sequestrar-e-perverter?fbclid=IwAR2yJ9k5BJzaHGjjYrVwRdTNyX53DHT1Ng6e4MtnV-sA1xvD-MloWv84hMU

More Low-Carbon Energy News Donald Trump.Climate Change,  


The Donald on the California Fire Line -- Notable Quote

Date: 2018-11-19
"Maybe [climate change] contributes a little bit. The big problem we have is management.

"Weather has been a factor and yet, they say (the) worst hurricanes were 50 years ago." -- Pres. Donald Trump commenting on the recent, ongoing disastrous wild fires in the Golden State.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump,  Climate Change,  


21 Kids Climate Change Lawsuit Drags On (Reg & Leg)
21 Kids
Date: 2018-11-12
Following up on our August 1st coverage, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday granted the Trump administration a temporary stay in an environmental suit brought by a group of 21 young Americans alleging that the US government's energy policies were exacerbating climate change and thus infringing on their constitutional right to life, liberty and property.

The plaintiffs are seeking a court order forcing the government to take action and create a plan that includes reducing CO2 emissions to an atmospheric concentration of 350 ppm or less by 2100.

As previously reported, President Donald Trump has been trying to kill the case but the court ruled against the President saying: "The Government's request for relief is premature and is denied without prejudice.

The court recognized the "justiciability" of the suit's claims, acknowledged substantial grounds for difference of opinion, and noted that "the district court should take these concerns into account in assessing the burdens of discovery and trial, as well as the desirability of a prompt ruling on the Government's pending dispositive motions." The court ruled "The Government's request for relief is premature and is denied without prejudice." The court noted the respondents' claims is striking, however, and the "justiciability" of those claims presents substantial grounds for difference of opinion. The District Court should take these concerns into account in assessing the burdens of discovery and trial, as well as the desirability of a prompt ruling on the Government's pending dispositive motions."

The government has attempted to stay proceedings prior to the current action culminating in the Ninth Circuit's present grant of temporary stay in order for the court to consider the petition for writ of mandamus filed November 5. The plaintiffs must file a response to the petition in 15 days, with the government being able to respond to that document five days after its filing.

The not-for-profit Our Children's Trust organization is supporting the young plaintiffs in their case. (Source: Various Media, Jurist, 9 Nov., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News 21 Kids Climate Change,  Young Climate Change,  Trump,  


Carbon Tax Possible with Incoming Midterm Congress? (Ind. Report)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-11-05
Canada's CBC Radio is reporting a U.S carbon tax is on the agenda of a bipipartisan, incoming House of Representatives caucus, despite President Donald Trump's claim that climate change was just a "hoax" perpetrated by the Chinese as a competitive economics edge.

"There's a consensus growing in the House of Representatives that could lead to a price on carbon emissions. I think we'll be able to have a bipartisan piece of legislation that puts a price on carbon," the House Climate Solutions Caucus co-chair Florida Democrat Ted Deutch, told CBC Radio. Deutch added he expects every option will be considered to move forward on fighting climate change.

The U.S. produced 16.49 tonnes of carbon emissions per capita, while Canada produced 15.12 tonnes in 2014, according to World Bank data. (Source: CBC Radio, 3 Nov., 2018) Contact: Florida Congressman Ted Deutch, 202-225-3001, www.teddeutch.house.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  U.S. Carbon Tax,  


Trump Dumps on National Climate Assessment (Ind. Report)
Climate Change,Carbon Emissions
Date: 2018-11-05
During a recent nationally televised interview on the National Climate Assessment report released by his administration, President Donald Trump's poignant Presidential comments included:

"(He) didn't read it."

"Is there climate change? Yeah. Will it go back like this, I mean will it change back? Probably."

"Well, I think we've (human activity) contributed, we certainly contribute, I mean, there's certain pollutants that go up and there's certain things that happen."

The report from NASA to the Environmental Protection Agency is the most comprehensive and up-to-date assessment published by the entire federal government. It concludes that "there is no convincing alternative explanation" for the global warming we've observed, other than human causes. The report concludes that only steep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions can alter the upward trajectory of air and ocean temperatures and their related impacts.

Access the National Climate Assessment Climate Science Special Report at https://science2017.globalchange.gov. (Source: Axios, Various Other Media, Nov., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Donald Trump,  


US Meeting Obama's Climate Targets, Despite Trump (Ind. Report)
US EIA
Date: 2018-10-31
Yesterday, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) released data confirming that the U.S. power sector's CO2 emissions have dropped 28 pct since 2005, on target with the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 32 pct t by 2030.

The EIA attributes this drop to a declining demand for energy, a move to renewable energy, an abundance of inexpensive natural gas and dropping coal consumption.

According to Union of Concerned Scientists President Kenneth Kimmell, "the trend is expected to continue despite President Donald Trump's efforts."

For your interest, the Obama Clean Power plan can be downloaded HERE. (Source: US EIA, Earther, 29 Oct., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Clean Power Plan,  Carbon Emissions,  


NBB Calls for Stronger, More Accountable RFS (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2018-10-26
"In June, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) expressed appreciation that the U.S. EPA proposed increases in the 2020 biomass-based diesel and 2019 advanced biofuel categories under the RFS. While the proposed increases sent a positive signal to the industry, EPA's granting of dozens of retroactive small refinery (hardship) exemptions undercut prior year volumes and could still have a negative impact on future year standards.

"We welcome the administration's proposal to grow the biodiesel volumes, following two flat-lined years. This is a positive signal for our industry and we're pleased the EPA has acknowledged our ability to produce higher volumes. We've consistently demonstrated that we can do much more. The fact remains, though, instability in the RFS program caused by the EPA has done significant damage that can only be rectified for biodiesel through consistent and predictable growth in volumes, according to Kurt Kovarik, NBB VP Federal Affairs.

"Kovarik pointed to decisions by the EPA administrator to provide numerous (hardship) waivers to petroleum refiners that release them from their obligations under the RFS, effectively reducing the overall volumes under the program in 2016 and 2017. Those exemptions have effectively destroyed current demand for biodiesel by 300 million gallons.

"As a candidate on the campaign trail, Donald Trump pledged he would support biofuels and protect the RFS, Kovarik added. While this is just a proposal, we hope the administration is serious about growing biodiesel volumes and will fulfill the president's promise to support and grow the RFS.

The EPA proposed to raise the renewable volume obligations (RVO) for the biomass-based diesel category from 2.1 billion gallons in 2019 to 2.43 billion gallons in 2020. The agency also proposed to slightly increase the advanced biofuel category, for which biodiesel also qualifies, from 4.29 billion gallons in 2018 to 4.88 billion gallons in 2019.

"The RFS requires the EPA to grow the volume of advanced biofuels like biodiesel delivered to U.S. consumers. Since taking office, Trump's EPA has recommended zero growth for the biomass-based diesel category.

"This summer, 39 U.S. senators sent a letter to EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging him to increase biomass-based diesel and advanced volumes and accurately account for small refinery hardship exemptions in the annual RFS volumes. NBB specifically thanked Sens. Patty Murray, D-Washington; Roy Blunt, R-Missouri; Heidi Heitkamp, D-North Dakota; and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, for leading the letter.

"Noting that EPA proposes to set the 2020 biomass-based diesel volume at 2.43 billion gallons, the senators wrote, 'While these proposed increases are encouraging, these volumes continue to underestimate the existing potential of the biodiesel and renewable diesel industries in our states. We believe the biodiesel industry can do more and that EPA should demonstrate more confidence in the RFS program's ability to drive growth.' Comments from the senators and NBB demonstrate that the increased biomass-based diesel volume is achievable with available feedstocks. Calling on EPA to accurately account for small refinery hardship exemptions, the senators added, 'It is critical that EPA appropriately account for any small refiner economic hardship exemptions that it reasonably expects to grant during the 2019 compliance year in the final rule, or EPA will not be able to fulfill its duty to ensure RVOs are met.'

"We (NBB) join the senators in calling on EPA to raise biomass-based diesel volumes to an appropriate level that will drive additional growth. Biodiesel production has consistently exceeded the annual volume obligations set by EPA. The industry continues to operate below capacity, which limits job creation and economic growth. Moreover, EPA must fully and accurately account for small refiner hardship exemptions under the RFS. NBB estimates that the exemptions granted by EPA for 2016 and 2017 reduced demand for biodiesel and renewable diesel by about 300 million gallons. That lost demand is equal to or greater than the annual production of some of the nation's top biodiesel-producing states, including Washington, Missouri, North Dakota and Iowa. The volumes that EPA sets are meaningless if the agency does not ensure they are met at the end of the year.

"NBB and its members continue working to move the needle for higher volumes, meeting with the administration, working with biodiesel champions on the Hill, and collaborating with key industry stakeholders. The EPA is set to finalize volumes before Nov. 30." (Source: NBB, 24 Oct., 2018) Contact: NBB, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard,  National Biodiesel Board,  


Notable Presidential Quotes
Trump
Date: 2018-10-19
"I am truly an environmentalist. (I have) a natural instinct for science."

"I want the cleanest air on the planet and our air now is cleaner than it's ever been." -- U.S. President Donald Trump, 17 Oct, 2018 in an interview with the AP

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump.Clean Air,  Climate Change,  


Trump on Climate Change -- Notable Quotes Then and Now
Trump
Date: 2018-10-17
"The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive," pre-president Donald Trump famously said while on the campaign trail. "The Donald" has also dubbed climate change a "hoax," "a total hoax," "an expensive hoax," and "a total, and very expensive, hoax," as well as "very expensive ... bullshit."

Now, during an interview on the television program 60 Minutes, President Donald Trump seemed to acknowledge to interviewer Lesley Stahl that he no longer believes climate change is a hoax. "I think something's happening. Something's changing, and it'll change back again. I don't think it's a hoax. I think there's probably a difference, but I don't know that it's man-made."

"I will say this. I don't wanna give trillions and trillions of dollars. I don't wanna lose millions and millions of jobs. I don't wanna be put at a disadvantage," the President added. (Source: President Donald Trump, The Atlantic, Various Media, 60 Minutes, 14 Oct., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump,  Trump Quotes,  Climate Change,  


Notable Quotes Duly Noted -- Republican Feedback on IPCC Report
IPCC
Date: 2018-10-12
"That's the UN. That's the group that was formed to sell this in the first place. They come from that prejudiced perspective." -- Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.). Inhofe is the former chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee and well-known climate change skeptic.

"We ought to be talking about the things that we can do and still maintain a strong economy, because we're not going to be able to address it unless we keep a strong economy." -- Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D)

"It was given to me, and I want to look at who drew it because I can give you reports that are fabulous, and I can give you reports that aren't so good. But I will be looking at it, absolutely." -- Pres. Donald Trump

More Low-Carbon Energy News IPCC,  Climate Change,  


Trump Admin. Expected to Change E15 Biofuel Rules (Reg & Leg)
E15,Trump
Date: 2018-10-10
It is being widely reported that U.S. Pres. Donald Trump will order acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to lift the Renewable Fuel Standard summertime ban on the sale of E15 and thus help limit market speculation in biofuel credits.

E15 sales are currently blocked from the beginning of June through the middle of September because the fuel blend does not meet ozone standards spelled out in the Clean Air Act.

It is even more widely speculated that Trump's move is focused on stroking his biofuels and farm belt base before for the November mid-term elections. (Source: CNBC, Various Media, 8 Oct., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News E15,  Trump,  RFS,  Biofuel,  


Quotes Not Worth Noting

Date: 2018-10-10
"The Dems will end ethanol -- you know that -- they're not going to approve ethanol. They will take it away."

"You better get out there and vote for Republicans." -- President Donald Trump, stumping for Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds in Council Bluffs yesterday. (Source: The Des Moines Register, 9 Oct., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump. Ethanol news,  


Ethanol Players Tell Trump Ethanol Industry Needs Help (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)

Date: 2018-09-14
The Renewable Fuels Association and other agriculture and ethanol groups on Wednesday appealed to President Donald Trump to immediately approve year-round sales of E15 and to reallocate Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) small-refinery waivers to larger refiners as originally intended under the RFS.

In a joint letter, the groups stress that small-refinery waivers have given refiners "exactly what they asked for: artificially low RIN (renewable identification numbers) credit prices and weaker biofuel blending requirements." Ethanol RIN prices have been trading between 20 and 30 cents since May as a result of the waivers, or a decrease of about 80 pct since last fall, the groups said.

Read the letter HERE. (Source: RFA, DTN/Progressive Farmer , Others, 12 Sept., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  "Hardship Waiver",  RFS,  


Notable Quote
California Gov. Jerry Brown
Date: 2018-09-14
"I don't believe (President) Trump represents the present but he has the power, he has the Republicans hook, line and sinker. His unabashed acolytes will follow him over the cliff. Gross ignorance is dangerous. The battle is with Trump -- that's the number one fight. But once he's out of there, dealing with climate change will still be a fight." -- California Gov. Jerry Brown (D)

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Gov. Jerry Brown news,  Donald Trump news,  Cliamte Change news,  


Trump EPA Proposes Methane Regulations Roll Back (Reg & Leg)
EPA
Date: 2018-09-12
In what many see as Pres. Donald Trump's ongoing effort to discredit his predessor's environmental and climate change track record, the Trump EPA will reportedly relax Obama-era rules regulating methane leaks.

The Trump EPA is proposing Energy companies be afforded twice as much time to monitor and repair leakages of the harmful greenhouse gas from oil and gas wells -- a move the EPA says would make it easier for companies to comply with regulations. The Interior Department is also expected to release a rule that would end "flaring" methane at drilling sites.

The new proposal weakens a 2016 Obama administration rule requiring energy companies to conduct leak inspections on their drilling equipment as regularly as every six months. Under the proposed new regulation, companies would perform a leak inspection at least once a year on most facilities, and every two years for low-producing oil and gas wells. Under the old rule, companies would have 30 days to repair methane leaks. The proposed new rule allows 60 days for repairs.(Source: EPA, Various Media, OZY, Presidential Daily Briefing 11 Sept., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  EPA,  GHGs.Greenhouse Gas,  


Trump Tower Emissions, Energy Efficiency, Slammed -- Climate Works for All Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-08-27
In its latest report, the not-for-profit ALIGNNY organization contends that large buildings owned by Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner's family, are some of the biggest polluters and emitters of greenhouse gases in the city. ALIGNNY says New York City can and must take bold steps to fight climate change by requiring energy efficiency improvements at Trump's and Kushner's buildings, as well as other large buildings that are contributing to the crisis.

According to The Environmental Impact of Trump Tower -- No LEED, a report by the Urban Green Council, the average Energy Star scores for residential and office buildings in New York City are 60 and 75, respectively. In 2015, Trump Tower's last recorded year available on public record, the building received an Energy Star score of 48 out of 100, which means the tower is in the bottom half of its category for energy conservation. (Eleven of his 15 properties at the time fell below 50.) As president, Trump has asked Congress to eliminate $42 million in federal funding for the ENERGY STAR program, which is led by the EPA.

According to a 2015 study by the Alliance for a Greater New York, Trump Tower uses more energy than 93 pct of other large residential buildings in New York City. In 2018, HuffPost also reported the tower's average energy use intensity is 208, while the average office building uses 186. Luxury properties in New York, which include the tower, make up 2 pct of buildings in the city but produce nearly 50 pct of its climate-altering emissions.

Download ALIGNNY details, Climate Works for All Report HERE. (Source: ALIGNNY, MIC, 25 Aug., 2018) Contact: Align New York, (646) 676-4300, contact@alignny.org, www.alignny.org; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov/updates, www.energystar.gov; Urban Green Council, (212) 514-9385, www.urbangreencouncil.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Carbon Footprint,  Trump Tower,  ENERGY STAR,  


New EPA Administrator Wheeler Touting Trump's "Affordable Clean Energy Rule" (Reg & Leg)
Coal,Clean Power Plan
Date: 2018-08-27
Greg Pruitt's replacement at the EPA, Andrew Wheeler has been making the rounds in Kentucky coal country touting President Donald Trump's Affordable Clean Energy Rule, a new plan aimed at aiding the beleaguered coal industry.

Trump's proposal aims to replace the Obama administration's signature effort to slow global warming by limiting emissions from coal-fired power plants. To that end, Trump's plan broadly increases each individual state's authority to decide how to regulate coal plants, the reasoning being that states that are heavily into coal and other fossil fuels will legislate favorably toward its fossil fuel industries.

Even so, Wheeler claims carbon emissions would continue decreasing under Trump's plan, albeit, not as quickly as under Obama's plan which Trump claims was tantamount to a "war on Coal." The Trump administration has acknowledged that the increased emissions from aging coal plants could kill hundreds more people annually and cost the U.S. billions of dollars. (Source: Various Media, LEX 18, 25 Aug., 2018) Contact: EPA, Andrew Wheeler, Administrator, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_R._Wheeler

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  Clean Coal,  Clean Power Plan,  Trump,  


21 Climate Kids to Get Their Day in Court (Reg & Leg)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-08-01
Following up on our 18 July coverage -- Trump Seeks Court Protection from 21 Kid's Climate Lawsuit -- the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that Juliana v. United States, a landmark climate case should go to trial.

The case revolves around a suit filed against the U.S. federal government during the Obama administration by a group of young people who claimed that a world where climate disaster isn't rampant is guaranteed by the constitution.

Specifically, the plaintiffs want a consumption-based inventory of U.S. carbon emissions, an enforceable plan to stop climate change, and a complete end to the Energy Policy Act and the idea of "clean coal."

As previously reported, President Donald Trump has been trying to kill the case but the court ruled against the President saying: "The Government's request for relief is premature and is denied without prejudice. The breadth of respondents' claims is striking, however, and the justiciability of those claims presents substantial grounds for difference of opinion. The District Court should take these concerns into account in assessing the burdens of discovery and trial, as well as the desirability of a prompt ruling on the Government's pending dispositive motions." The lawsuit was originally launched in 2015 against then-President Barack Obama who, like the Donald, hoped it would simply fade away. (Source: Various Media, Earther, 30 July, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate change,  Trump,  


Trump Seeks Court Protection from 21 Kid's Climate Lawsuit (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)

Date: 2018-07-18
The Associated Press is reporting the Trump administration has applied to the U.S. Supreme Court to stop a lawsuit filed by 21 young activists who say the government is failing to protect them from climate change. The administration reportedly wants the court to block further legal proceedings until the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules on the government's latest request to have the lawsuit dismissed. A non-jury trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 29 in Eugene, Oregon. (Source: Various Media, AP, July, 2018)

Notable Quote from The Donald -- "There is a cooling, and there's a heating. I mean, look, it used to not be 'climate change', it used to be 'global warming.' That wasn't working too well because it was getting too cold all over the place." -- US Pres. Donald Trump, Jan., 2018

Editor's Note: Add news of the Trump Administration's resorting to the Supreme Court against 21 children calling for climate change action to The Donald's recent unprecedented poor and disgraceful performance in Helsinki and, as one reader noted, you have to ask yourself, "When will enough Trump be enough?"

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Donald Trump,  


Notable Quotes on Pruitt's Exit
Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2018-07-09
"We don't see how we can do much worse than we had with Mr. Pruitt. He had been waging war against the RFS and really waging war against the farmers and rural Americans that had helped Donald Trump win the presidency, and so it isn't surprising to us that this resignation happened. I guess we're a little surprised it didn’t happen sooner." -- Geoff Cooper, Senior VP, Renewable Fuels Association

"He had completely undermined the ethanol industry. He was handing out waivers like candy. The last number I saw was 2.25 billion gallons of ethanol had been waived from the RFS. President Trump continues to talk about giving E15 full-year access, and these refiner waivers are just unacceptable." -- Lisa Richardson, Exec. Dir., South Dakota Corn Growers Association

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pruitt,  Ethanol,  RFS,  Ethanol Blend,  Renewable Fuels Association,  


EOWDC Offshore Wind Farm Comes Online (Int'l. Report)
European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre
Date: 2018-07-03
Following up on our May 3th coverage, Vattenfall is reporting the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) -- Europe's largest offshore wind turbine test site -- has delivered its first power to the grid from the first of 11 turbines off the coast of Scotland.

When fully commissioned and online later this summer, the project will generate 93.2MW of capacity and will showcase the world's largest offshore wind turbine -- a 8.8MW model from MHI.

LC Energy report readers will no doubt remember now president Donald Trump's war with the EOWDC project in opposition to which he claimed "offshore wind will destroy Scotland" because "it would spoil the view" from his Aberdeen Bay golf resort that was then under construction. Trump took legal action to kill the EOWDC project but lost, partially on the absurdity of his claim. (Source: Vattenfall, European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, BusinessGreen, 2 July, 2018) Contact: Vattenfall European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, Adam Ezzamel, Project Dir., +44 (0) 1224 522104, www.aberdeenrenewables.com/about-areg/activities/european-offshore-wind-deployment-centre-eowdc; Vattenfall, Gunnar Groebler, VP Wind Energy, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre,  Offshore Wind,  EOWDC,  


"I did you a good favor for the farmers yesterday, right? We love the farmers. Right? (Notable Quote)
Trump,Ethanol
Date: 2018-06-08
On Wednesday in Washington, under pressure from US corn interests and farming state legislators, President Donald Trump abandoned an overhaul of biofuels policy aimed at reducing costs for the oil industry, sending US renewable fuel credit prices soaring more than 40 pct on Wednesday.

The White House had been poised to announce proposed changes to the US Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) this week after hosting months of difficult negotiations between representatives of Big Oil and Big Corn but delayed the announcement indefinitely. Even so, Trump brashly tried to sugar-coat defeat by exclaiming to his "base" -- "I did you a good favor for the farmers yesterday, right? We love the farmers. Right? (Source: devdiscourse, Various Media Sources, 6 June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Ethanol,  Trump,  Biofuel,  


The Donald's Offshore Nemesis Installs Final wind Turbine (Int'l)
European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre
Date: 2018-05-30
Vattenfall is reporting the installation of the last of 11 wind turbines at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in the North Sea, off the coast of Aberdeen Bay, Scotland. The installation used a gigantic suction bucket jacket foundation.

The EOWDC is scheduled to generate its first power in the summer, producing the equivalent of more than 70 pct of Aberdeen's domestic electricity demand and displace 134,128 tpy CO2.

LC Energy report readers will no doubt remember now president Donald Trump's war with the EOWDC project in opposition to which he claimed "offshore wind will destroy Scotland" because he thought it would spoil the view from his Aberdeen Bay golf resort that was then under construction. Trump took legal action to kill the EOWDC project but lost on the absurdity of his claim. (Source: EOWDC, Vattenfall, 29 May 2018) Contact: Vattenfall Innovation, Daniel Hustadt, Proj. Manager, Gunnar Groebler, VP Wind Energy, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com; EOWDC, Aberdeen Renewables, Adam Ezzamel, Project Director, +44 (0) 1224 522104, www.aberdeenrenewables.com/about-areg/activities/european-offshore-wind-deployment-centre-eowdc

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump,  European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre,  Offshore Wind,  EOWDC ,  


Mt. TRUMPMORE -- Will it Last or Melt? (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-05-04
Finland-based Project TRUMPMORE, a non-profit organization, is proposing to raise €400,000 for the construction of TRUMPMORE, a Mount Rushmore-size ice monument to U.S, President Donald Trump.

The project, which will be carried out by a world-leading team of Finnish and Mongolian ice sculptors, is expected to take four weeks to complete and an undetermined period to melt.

Download project details HERE. (Source: Project TRUMPMORE, May, 2018) Contact: Project Trumpmore, http://projecttrumpmore.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Donald Trump,  Climate Change,  


Vattenfall Offering 1-MW Corporate PPAs in the UK (Int'l)
Vattenfall
Date: 2018-05-02
Swedish renewable energy specialist Vattenfall reports it will offer British businesses Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for as little as 1 MW direct from its 165 MW South Kyle Wind Farm.

Vattenfall is behind the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) overlooking U.S. President Donald Trumps golf resort off the coast of North East Scotland. (Source: Vattenfall, PR, Various Media, May, 2018) Contact: Vattenfall Innovation, Daniel Hustadt, Proj. Manager Gunnar Groebler, VP Wind Energy, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com; EOWDC, Aberdeen Renewables, Adam Ezzamel, Project Director, +44 (0) 1224 522104, www.aberdeenrenewables.com/about-areg/activities/european-offshore-wind-deployment-centre-eowdc

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall ,  EOWDC,  Offshore Wind,  PPAs,  


The Donald's North Sea Nemesis Wind Farm Underway (Int'l)
Vattenfall,European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre
Date: 2018-04-02
The Scottish Sun is reporting work is well underway on an 11-turbine, £300 million offshore wind farm next to Donald Trump's Aberdeenshire golf course, despite the Donald's unending tweets and protests.

Before losing a judgment in the Supreme Court in 2015, the Trump Organization insisted several of planning conditions associated with the project had yet to be fully satisfied and that it would be lodging formal objections with Marine Scotland, as well as pursuing additional remedies before the European courts if necessary.

According to a Tump spokesperson, "We remind those who care about this coastline that the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) was promoted as an experimental test station, and after more than 10 years of floundering through the planning process, the technology behind the scheme is exceptionally outdated." (Source: Scottish Sun, 31 Mar., 2018) Contact: Vattenfall Innovation, Daniel Hustadt, Proj. Manager Gunnar Groebler, VP Wind Energy, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com; EOWDC, Aberdeen Renewables, Adam Ezzamel, Project Director, +44 (0) 1224 522104, www.aberdeenrenewables.com/about-areg/activities/european-offshore-wind-deployment-centre-eowdc

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall,  Offshore Wind,  Trump,  European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre,  Trump,  


China Threatens Retaliatory Tariffs on US Ethanol Imports (Int'l)
Ethanol
Date: 2018-03-30
It is being widely reported that China is threatening to impose extra tariffs on imported ethanol and 27 other products from the US, following President Donald Trump's protectionist tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

Chinese ethanol tariff would bring the total tariff on US ethanol imports to 45 pct, following a 30 pct tariff imposed by China in January 2017. The hike could virtually end US biofuel exports to China which is trying to increase its domestic ethanol production as it readies itself for a national policy requiring petrol to comprise 10 pct ethanol (E10) starting in 2020 -- a move aimed at assisting its wider efforts to reduce air pollution and GHG emissions. , China produced more than 1 billion gallons of ethanol in 2016, according to USDA data. (Source: Renewable News, NewsBase, Various Others, 29 Mar., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Ethanol Export,  Ethanol,  China Ethanol,  Ethanol Tariff,  


ENERGY STAR Wars -- Trump Attacks Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
ENERGY STAR
Date: 2018-02-23
In Washington, Pres. Donald Trump's (The Donald's) budget request to Congress for fiscal year 2019 is calling for the elimination of $42 million in funding for the well known and popular DOE ENERGY STAR program. The voluntary program sets efficiency benchmarks for appliances, electronics, building materials, lighting and other products, and lets companies use the ENERGY STAR label on products that meet the specifications.

Under The Donald's budget proposal, the EPA would administer and manage the energy efficiency certification program which would be funded through fees charged to the appliance manufacturers and other companies that use it, thus shifting the programs costs away from the taxpayer's purse.

"By administering the ENERGY STAR program through the collection of user fees, EPA would continue to provide a trusted resource for consumers and businesses seeking the most energy and cost efficient products as well as help protect the environment," according to the DOE.

As expected, manufacturers, retailers, utilities, environmentalists and others that benefit from the program are lining up against Trump's newest plan. The program's backers are also concerned that Trump's plan would erode the program's credibility for objective certifications. The Donald previous proposed to abolish the ENERGY STAR program altogether. (Source: The Hill, Various Other Media, 22 Feb., 2018) Contact: ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

Editor's Note: Keeping Wednesday, 21st February's coverage -- US Dept. of Energy Ordered to Publish Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards -- in mind, there is little reason to believe The Donald, Pruitt or the DOE have much interest in energy efficient appliances or energy efficiency in general. Here's Wednesday's coverage again:

DOE Ordered to Publish Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards (Reg & Leg)

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has ordered the Trump administration to end its hold on rules that would strengthen appliance energy efficiency standards.

At issue in the energy efficiency case were four standards -- proposed by the Obama administration in late 2016 -- that would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 99 million tons over 30 years and save consumers billions of dollars on their energy utility bills over that time period.

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria ruled the DOE had "breached" its duty under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to publish the four energy efficiency standards in the Federal Register. The judge ordered the DOE to publish the standards within 28 days of the ruling. A DOE report notes that energy efficiency policies will save consumers $545 billion, but "The Donald" doesn't seem to care.

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Trump,  


Notable Quote from The Donald
Donald Trump
Date: 2018-01-31
"There is a cooling, and there's a heating. I mean, look, it used to not be 'climate change,' it used to be 'global warming.' That wasn't working too well because it was getting too cold all over the place." -- US Pres. Donald Trump, Jan., 2018

More Low-Carbon Energy News Donald Trump,  Climate Change,  


Notable Quotes on The Donald's Solar Tariff
Trump,Sunpower
Date: 2018-01-29
"We'll be making solar products now much more so in the United States. Our companies have been decimated, and those companies are going to be coming back strong ... A lot of workers ... a lot of jobs." -- President Donald Trump, Jan. 23, 2018

"I can say without hesitation that customers are embracing solar power because of its cost effectiveness and long-term price certainty. Tariffs would adversely impact the U.S. economy, burden domestic manufacturers and suppliers of other key components, raise prices for customers, and eliminate tens of thousands of jobs."-- Thomas H. Werner, CEO, SunPower, commenting on Trump's Solar Tariff

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump,  SunPower,  Solar,  Solar TAriff,  


Notable Quote
Climate Change
Date: 2018-01-12
"(The United States) could conceivably go back in to the Paris climate agreement but it would have to be under terms that don't punish the country for its wealth of fossil fuels. Frankly, it's an agreement that I have no problem with, but I had a problem with the agreement that they signed, because, as usual, they made a bad deal." US Pres. Donald J. Trump, 10 Jan., 2018

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Climate Change,  Donald Trump,  


Notable Quotes on Climate Change from Team Trump
Climate Change
Date: 2018-01-10
"Claims of catastrophic consequences in global warming are not reflective of the majority of the opinions even among IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) scientists." -- US VP Mike Pence

"The increase in greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere are having an effect. Our ability to predict that effect is very limited." -- US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson

"I would not agree that [carbon dioxide] is a primary driver to the global warming that we see." -- US EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

When asked whether carbon dioxide is the main driver of climate change: "No. Most likely the primary control knob is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in." (Climate change is) "one contrived phony mess." -- US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry

"We don't know definitively, in my opinion, what is causing climate change." -- US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue

"An invisible, harmless trace gas in the Earth's atmosphere, CO2 is a plant food." -- Kathleen Hartnett White, Trump Nominee to lead the Council on Environmental Quality

"I'm still open-minded. Nobody really knows. Look, I'm somebody that gets it, and nobody really knows. It's not something that's so hard and fast. I do know this: Other countries are eating our lunch." -- U.S. President-elect Donald Trump discussing climate change.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Donald Trump,  



Date: 2017-11-20
There was a telling moment at the 23rd edition of UN climate talks that underscored both the life-and-death stakes in the fight against global warming, and how hard it is for this belaboured forum to rise to the challenge. Twelve-year-old Timoci Naulusala from Fiji, a nation disappearing under rising seas, was delivering a testimonial to ministers and heads of state with crisp English and irresistible charm. Suddenly, describing the devastation wrought by Cyclone Winston last year, his words became measured, his voice hushed. "My home, my school -- my source of food, water, money -- was totally destroyed," he said. "My life was in chaos. I asked myself: Why is this happening? What am I going to do?" The answer to Timoci's first question has become frightening clear: climate change. But Timoci's second question remains open: What is he, and by extension the world, going to do? At first, the answer seemed straight-forward: humans must stop loading the atmosphere with the greenhouse gases that drive global warming. The successful repair of the ozone hole suggested a way forward: an international treaty. But it took a quarter of a century to get one, in 2015, and even then it is woefully inadequate: voluntary national pledges to curb carbon pollution would still allow the global thermometer to go up 3 C, a recipe for human misery on a vast scale. Since Paris, the UN climate talks -- known to participants as "COPs", or Conferences of the Parties -- have focused on working out an operational handbook for the treaty, which goes into effect in 2020. But as the years tick by, the byzantine bureaucracy -- where hundreds of diplomats can argue for days over whether a text will say "should" or "shall" -- has struggled to keep pace with "the real world". A veteran EU climate diplomat, meanwhile, bemoaned the lack of dynamism in talks. "I've never seen a COP with so little adrenaline," he told AFP. The UN climate process risks falling out of step in two key ways, experts suggest. One is in relation to the unforgiving conclusions of science, which show that the window of opportunity for avoiding climate cataclysm is rapidly narrowing to a slit.This year's climate talks kicked off with negotiators learning that CO2 emissions -- after remaining stable for three years, raising hopes that they had peaked -- will rise by two percent in 2017, a development one scientist called "a giant step backwards for humankind". Negotiations were also reeling from US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out from the Paris Agreement. The UN's 12-day negotiations came to an end yesterday with an agreement to hold a stocktake in 2018 of national efforts to cut fossil fuel emissions. (Source: Afp, Daily Star, 19 Sept., 2017)


Notable Quote
Climate Change
Date: 2017-11-15
"I actually don't know what that means, the 2C target". -- George David Banks, Special Climate Change advisor to U.S. Pres. Donald Trump

Banks has been involved with climate policy, of which the 2C target is a fundamental tenet, since the Bush administration. Contact: George David Banks, http://www.energyandpolicy.org/george-david-banks-trump-wind-power

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  COP21,  


Canadian Climate Change Talk v.s. Action (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
Date: 2017-11-06
According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Gen. Sec. Angel Gurria, Canada is lagging on its commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions despite (Lib) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's well intended climate pronouncements and help getting international agreements signed. Gurria notes the irony of a pro-climate government like the Trudeau Liberals presiding over emissions increases while the U.S., under the climate change denier President Donald Trump, continues to reduce its greenhouse gas releases. Gurria adds that Alberta's discussions on eliminating the province's carbon tax sends the "wrong message to the rest of the world."

The OEDC aims to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being worldwide. OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems and to better understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. The organization measures productivity and global flows of trade and investment, analyses and compares data to predict future trends, and sets international standards on a wide range of issues from agriculture and taxes to the safety of chemicals, and others. OECD works with business through the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC), and with labour through the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC). (Source: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, BNN, Canadian Press, 1 Nov., 2017) Contact: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, www.oecd.org/canada

More Low-Carbon Energy News Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development,  


Stion Closing MIssissippi Thin-Film Solar Plant (Ind. Report)
Mississippi Development Authority
Date: 2017-10-25
The Mississippi Development Authority reports it is considering its options regarding the planned closing of thin film solar maker Stion Corporations plant in Hattiesburg plant, and the $74.8 million the company owes the state.

The San Jose, California company notified the Mississippi Department of Employment Security earler this week that it plans to shutter its plant Dec. 13, and that it is seeking a purchaser who will run it. Sale proceeds would go to creditors, a possible alternative to a bankruptcy filing.

Stion raised more than $200 million from private investors, including Khosla Ventures, which holds a controlling interest in the company. Stion blames its closure on unfair foreign competition, and says that if President Donald Trump imposes anti-dumping tariffs on foreign solar panel makers, it might be able to sell the Hattiesburg plant. (Source: Stion, SacBee, 17 Oct., 2017) Contact: Mississippi Development Authority Stion Corp. (601) 545-7515, www.stion.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mississippi Development Authority,  Solar,  Stion,  

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