June 29, 2018

June 28, 2018

The U.S. Is About to Miss a Big Obama Climate Goal

The U.S. will not meet its commitment to cut greenhouses gases as the Trump administration continues to reverse Obama-era rules, according to a new report. The Rhodium Group says emissions tied to global warming are on track to fall between 12 and 20 percent by 2025, well short of the nation's Paris climate pledge.

Dutch Parliament to Set Target of 95% CO2 Reduction by 2050

The Dutch parliament is expected to approve a law requiring the Netherlands to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 49 percent by 2030 and then 95 percent by 2050, compared with the level in 1990, lawmakers representing the majority of the seats in the Dutch Lower House said. 

June 27, 2018

Kentucky Coal Plant Set to Retire Despite Trump Push for Subsidies

A municipal utility in Owensboro, Kentucky, has decided to shut down its coal-fired power plant in 2020, a few years earlier than originally planned, citing economic factors including cheaper power sources. This is happening as the Trump administration is trying to subsidize coal plants to stop a wave of similar plant closings.

Tropical Forests Suffered Near-Record Tree Losses in 2017

The world's tropical forests lost roughly 39 million acres of trees last year, an area roughly the size of Bangladesh, marking the second-worst year in the satellite record. The new report comes as forest nations are discussing how to protect the world's tropical forests, which play a key role in regulating Earth's climate.

Minnesota Regulators Question Need for Enbridge Line 3

Minnesota utility regulators are in their final discussions about whether to approve Enbridge's Line 3 oil pipeline expansion, and they are asking whether there is enough customer demand to justify the project. The panel is expected to make a decision this week.

June 26, 2018

Scott Pruitt Encouraged Oil Executives to Apply for Top EPA Jobs

A month after becoming head of the EPA, Scott Pruitt made a recruiting "plea" to top executives at the American Petroleum Institute, a major oil and gas trade group, emails show. At Pruitt's prompting, a ConocoPhillips official sent résumés of two people to be considered for regional directors of the agency.

June 25, 2018

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