June 25, 2018

Toxic Algae on the Rise as Climates Warm

Across the country, bodies of water are seeing an increase in toxic algae, harming sources of drinking water and making lakes unsafe for swimming. Higher temperatures and more frequent heat waves help the organisms, and more intense rainstorms can wash more nutrients into lakes and reservoirs.

June 22, 2018

West Antarctica's Land Is Rising as It Loses Heavy Ice

As West Antarctica loses massive volumes of ice, the land beneath is rebounding, new research shows. How much this will help protect its glaciers remains to be seen. The glaciers stand in waters hundreds of meters deep, and a small rise of an inch or more a year would not be enough, on its own, to lift them above the warm water layer.

California Regulators Reject San Diego Gas & Electric Pipeline Project

The California Public Utilities Commission rejected plans for a 47-mile natural gas pipeline proposed by San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison. The regulators cited an administrative law judge's finding that the $639 million pipeline was unnecessary "in an era of declining demand and at a time when the state of California is moving away from fossil fuels."

June 21, 2018

Connecticut Raises Greenhouse Gas, Renewable Energy Targets

Connecticut's governor has signed legislation increasing the state's greenhouse gas emissions reduction target to 45 percent by 2030, restricting some coastal development and mandating 40 percent of the state's electricity be from renewable sources by 2030. "The effects of climate change, which is unquestionably man-made, can be felt in Connecticut," he said.

Exxon Still Isn't Complying With Climate Subpoenas, New York Says

Exxon is refusing to turn over documents crucial to New York's investigation into whether the oil giant's public statements about climate change misled investors, the state's top lawyer said. That includes subpoenas for cash-flow projections reflecting how it used so-called proxy costs to calculate the financial impact on its assets from future climate regulations.

How the Carmakers Trumped Themselves

Automakers want changes to the nation's vehicle emissions rules—which they agreed to back when the government was bailing them out—but not, they say, the Trump rule changes. The Atlantic takes a walk through the history of vehicle emissions and emissions standards debates.

June 20, 2018

Zinke Linked to Real Estate Deal with Halliburton Chairman

A foundation established by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is playing a key role in a real estate deal backed by the chairman of Halliburton, the oil-services giant that stands to benefit from Interior Department decisions to open public lands for oil exploration or change drilling standards. The project is in Zinke's hometown adjacent to land he owns. The group Public Citizen filed an ethics complaint today.

Is Focus on Pipeline Cyber Security a Ruse to Prop Up Coal?

The Trump administration has highlighted cyber security risks in the natural gas pipeline system as a reason for the government to help coal and nuclear power plants, but natural gas producers say the concerns are overblown. "They are certainly using every argument they can come up with to try and justify it," said one pipeline executive.

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