"Dear President Trump,
"We are writing on behalf of the more than 300,000 corn farmers across the country who are being negatively impacted by a perfect storm of challenges in rural America. The 31 new Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waivers to big oil companies, recently approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and bringing total waivers issued under your Administration to 85, could not have come at a worse time for agriculture.
"Ethanol plants in several states, including Iowa, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota and Mississippi have closed or idled. These closures have cost 2,700 rural jobs and impacted demand for more than 300 million bushels of corn. Corn farmers are beginning harvest and continuing to lose markets to deliver their corn. Frustration in the countryside is growing.
"Corn farmers are not asking for a special deal. We are simply asking, as we have been for the past two years, that your EPA uphold the law. To effectively stop the harm caused by RFS waivers, EPA needs to account for projected waivers beginning with the pending 2020 RFS volume rule. Accounting for waivers in the annual RFS volume process restores integrity to the RFS. It also allows your Administration to continue granting waivers, as allowed by the law, while keeping the RFS whole."
"While adding gallons and improving market access for higher blends of ethanol are all policies farmers appreciate and support, future waivers will continue to minimize the RFS, unless your Administration acts to account for waivers beginning this coming year first.
"We were pleased to see press reports indicating that, following a meeting with farm-state lawmakers, an agreement had been reached to address the harm caused by waivers. With more than 4 billion gallons waived out of the RFS, we appreciate you listening to our elected representatives about what is needed to restore meaning to the RFS. Farmers across the country are anxiously awaiting the release of more details about this agreement. Ethanol plants will continue to close if you don't act soon, creating a rippling effect throughout the rural economy.
"Corn farmers are appreciative of your past support for agriculture and ethanol. We especially appreciate your efforts to remove the barrier to year-round sales of E15, but EPA's current use of waivers undermines growth potential for higher blends of ethanol, reduces demand, lowers the value of our crop, and puts the outlook for the rural economy in jeopardy.
"Mr. President, we firmly ask that you uphold your commitment to America's farmers and the RFS." (Source: Ag Ohio, Various Trade Media, Sept., 2019)
Editor's Note: For our reader's convenience, we have underlined the few lines that actually call on Trump to
honestly do his job and uphold the RFS. The remaining five paragraph's are, in our opinion, little more than flattery to the White House.
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Commenting on the President's logic, Alex Young of Consequences of Sound Radio noted: "So to recap, we're killing the environment to suffice the fragile ego of a man who made himself orange because he used a garbage tanning bed and now he can't handle being called a Cheeto." (Source: Consequences of Sound Radio, 14 Sept., 2019)
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The report also notes Canada's current policies are consistent with global warming exceeding 4 C compared to pre-industrial levels, more than twice the stated goal of the Paris agreement of staying as close to 1.5 C as possible. The U.S. and Japan are also both in the 4 C category, while France, Italy, Germany and the UK -- the other four G7 members -- have policies consistent with more than 3 C in warming.
The Climate Action Network ranks Canada's climate plan as having the same impact on global warming as the policies of the United States, where President Donald Trump has rejected the Paris agreement. Even so,
the report applauds Canada's plan to eliminate coal as a source of electricity by 2030, the national price on pollution and the goal to stop selling combustion-engine cars by 2040. But it says all of the government plans "remain insufficient to meet Canada's targets and the Paris Agreement."
Canada's current targets call for cutting emissions 30 pct of 2005 levels by 2030.
(Source: Climate Action Network, Canadian Press, 24 Aug., 2019) Contact: Catherine Abreu,Exec. Dir., (855) 254-6638, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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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
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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,
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
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"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
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"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
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"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,
"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,
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
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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)
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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,
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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
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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
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"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."
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
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"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.
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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,
"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,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax, U.S. Carbon Tax,
"(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,
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."
"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,
"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
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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)
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"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
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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,
"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)
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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.
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,
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, email@example.com, www.alignny.org; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov/updates, www.energystar.gov; Urban Green Council, (212) 514-9385, www.urbangreencouncil.org
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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.
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
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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)
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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?"
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"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,
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,
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)
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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
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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.
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,
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
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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)
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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.
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