December 20, 2018

EPA Grants Exxon ‘Hardship Waiver’ from Biofuels Law, Sources Say

ExxonMobil reported nearly $20 billion in earnings last year, but the EPA still granted a "hardship waiver" this year that temporarily frees its Montana refinery from U.S. biofuel laws, Reuters reports, citing three sources familiar with the matter. The waiver program was meant to help small fuel facilities.

Senators Flake, Coons Introduce Bipartisan Climate Bill

Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced a carbon pricing bill on Wednesday. The bill is a companion to legislation introduced by a bipartisan group in the House in November. Given the timing, it's unlikely to get attention this year, though, and Flake is leaving office in January.

December 19, 2018

As Seas Warm, Galápagos Islands Face a Giant Evolutionary Test

Climate change is ravaging the natural laboratory that inspired Charles Darwin. Not only do the Galápagos Islands sit at the intersection of three ocean currents, they are in the crosshairs of one of the world's most destructive weather patterns, El Niño, which scientists say is becoming more frequent and more intense due to climate change.

Miami to Study ‘Climate Gentrification’

In low-lying Miami, much of the scarce high ground is occupied by low-income communities. Some residents in these areas say that rising seas are making their homes more valuable, leading to greater pressure from developers for them to sell and to gentrification of their neighborhoods.

D.C. Commits to All Renewable Energy by 2032

The District of Columbia Council on Tuesday passed a landmark bill to transition the district to 100 percent renewable energy by 2032. The plan, expected to slash emissions 42 percent by that year, includes a variety of measures to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change. Utility companies supported the final version, WAMU reports.

December 18, 2018

New Jersey Sets CO2 Limits to Rejoin Cap-and-Trade Program

New Jersey officials have proposed an emissions cap as part of the process for rejoining RGGI, the East Coast's regional cap-and-trade program, six years after former Gov. Chris Christie made the controversial decision to exit the program. Under the program, power plants are required to purchase credits allowing them to release set amounts of greenhouse gases, with the cap declining over time.

December 17, 2018

COP24 Wraps Up: Key Outcomes from the UN Climate Talks

The UN climate conference wrapped up in Poland on Saturday with progress on a rulebook for achieving the goals of the Paris climate agreement. The outcome included hints at the need for more ambitious climate pledges before 2020 as new research showed global emissions were going up, not down, Carbon Brief writes in an in-depth analysis.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Resigns Amid Ethics Investigations

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke submitted his resignation over the weekend amid multiple ethics investigations, including one involving a land deal with the chairman of oil services giant Halliburton. As Interior secretary, Zinke championed the repeal of Obama-era environmental rules and worked to open up large areas of federal land for oil and gas prospecting.

December 14, 2018

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