March 19, 2019

March 18, 2019

Who Gets to Harness the Power of the Sun?

A bill that passed Kentucky's General Assembly last week would allow utility regulators to determine the rate of net metering credits for rooftop solar owners who feed energy into the grid. Rooftop solar advocates fear the proposal would lower the rate of credits and stunt the growth of the state's rooftop solar industry.

Some Climate Change Panel Members Are Literally Invested in the Issue

A review by CQ Roll Call of the personal finances of all 15 members of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, a House panel created in January, found that a majority of the members have some personal investment in fossil fuel companies. One owns hundreds of oil and gas wells in North Dakota worth millions of dollars.

U.S. Blocks UN Resolution on Geoengineering

The United States and Saudi Arabia derailed a United Nations resolution requesting a report outlining research and planning related to carbon dioxide removal and geoengineering involving solar radiation. Ten nations originally asked the UN for guidance on possible future governance options and analysis of the implications of geoengineering.

March 15, 2019

March 14, 2019

Senate GOP Expected to Force Vote on Green New Deal in March

Senate Republicans say they will bring the Green New Deal resolution to the floor the week of March 25. Democrats say Republicans are trying to dodge a substantive discussion on climate change by forcing a quick vote. Read more from ICN on two climate policy ideas gaining traction: the Green New Deal and a carbon tax. 

March 13, 2019

Shell Urges Trump White House to Tighten Methane Leak Rules

Royal Dutch Shell says the Trump administration should tighten restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas production, as opposed to the weakening them as the administration is planning. The comments are a break from the company's tradition of avoiding criticism of U.S. government policies.

New Mexico About to Join 100% Clean Electricity Club

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is expected to sign a bill that requires public utilities to have 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2045 and reach interim targets along the way. The state would join Hawaii and California in passing laws to eliminate carbon emissions from their grids. About a dozen other states have proposed similar goals.

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