August 28, 2018

Top Interior Staffer Who Backed Shrinking National Monuments to Join BP

The Interior Department official who oversaw the drive last year to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah has left to join the lobbying team at energy giant BP. Downey Magallanes was deputy chief of staff with a portfolio that included the push to expand oil, gas and mining on public lands and in federal waters.

August 27, 2018

Senator John McCain's Climate Legacy

Among the battles Sen. John McCain waged in his storied career, it is easy to overlook his fight for U.S. action on climate change. In the Senate chamber and on the campaign trail, the Arizona Republican did more than any other U.S. politician has done before or since to advance the conservative argument for climate action, as Marianne Lavelle explains.

August 24, 2018

Hawaii's Power System Makes It More Vulnerable to Hurricane Lane

Hawaii still burns oil to generate most of its electric power and relies on seaborne shipments. The unusual energy system makes the state particularly vulnerable during the rare hurricane that reaches it. Reuters reports that Hurricane Lane — still a powerful storm Friday morning — is moving slowly and causing torrential downpours and catastrophic flooding.

TVA Considering Closing Older Coal Plants

The Tennessee Valley Authority's Board of Directors announced this week that it would review its generation fleet and consider shutting down two of its six remaining coal plants. The head of the government-owned utility, which has a mandate to provide electricity at the lowest feasible cost, said TVA would review whether all of its power plants were performing economically.

Trump Plan Would Put a Much Lower Cost on Carbon Emissions

In its proposal to roll back climate rules, the Trump administration says each ton of carbon dioxide emitted by a car or coal plant in 2020 would cause only $1 to $7 in economic damage — much lower than the previous estimate of roughly $50. That change would make a big difference for the cost-benefit analyses that agencies will conduct for the new rules.

Democratic National Committee Under Pressure to End Fossil Fuel Donations

A group including environmentalists and supporters of Bernie Sanders is urging the DNC to undo its decision to allow donations from the fossil fuel industry. The group issued a letter saying it is "alarmed and dismayed" by the party's decisions to reverse a prior stance that it would not accept money from fossil fuel corporate political action committees.

Climate Change Has Already Hit Home Prices, Particularly in Small Towns

The New Jersey town of Ocean City is one of many places along the Atlantic Coast feeling the pain from dropping home prices tied to sea-level rise. Increased tidal flooding has erased $14.1 billion in home values across eight states, with some of the greatest percentage changes happening in small towns, according to a First Street Foundation report.

August 23, 2018

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