October 9, 2018

Exxon Gives $1 Million to Group Promoting Carbon Tax-and-Dividend Plan

Exxon is giving $1 million to a carbon-tax-supporting group that includes Republican former Treasury Secretary James Baker III and former Secretary of State George Shultz. While the amount may not seem significant for such a large company, the Washington Post points out that Exxon is the most powerful member of the American Petroleum Institute, which has opposed carbon taxes.

October 5, 2018

Trump Likely to Make Pipeline Push Next Year, Aide Says

Building natural gas pipelines to keep up with an increase in fracking is of special interest to President Trump, Larry Kudlow, the president's top economic adviser, said Thursday. "We need infrastructure, including pipelines," he said. "We need east to west, we need west to east." 

Why the Next Three Months Are Crucial for the Future of the Planet

Governments have two important opportunities coming up to take action on climate change as Arctic sea ice reaches a near-record low and extreme weather disrupts lives around the world. The first is underway now, with the IPCC finalizing a report on the impact 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming will have. In December, the UN meeting on implementing the Paris Agreement begins.  

October 4, 2018

Businesses Push for Greener Buildings Despite Trump Rhetoric

Major developers say environmental considerations in construction are becoming more important to their clients. In 2016, developers spent $406 billion on energy efficiency in construction – about 9 percent of worldwide construction and renovation spending, according to the Global Alliance for Building and Construction.

Canada Won’t Appeal Trans Mountain Pipeline Ruling

Canada has decided not to appeal a court ruling that overturned its approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. It will instead work with indigenous groups that opposed the plan to find a solution, a top official said. A court ruled that the government, which now owns the pipeline, had failed to adequately consider indigenous groups' concerns about it.

Trump Touts Environmental Deregulation in Philadelphia

In Philadelphia, President Trump touted the controversial environmental regulation rollbacks that his administration has been aggressively pursuing and promised more. "We took regulations off that allow us to do things we would never have been able to do," he told a gathering of the National Electrical Contractors Association.

October 3, 2018

China's Drought Losses Predicted to Soar as Planet Warms

Economic losses caused by drought in China will rocket to tens of billions of dollars per year if global warming breaches the limits agreed to in the Paris climate agreement, an international team of researchers has concluded. A global temperature increase of 2°C could see China's drought losses jump to about $84 billion each year, they predict.

A Coal Fight in Indian Country Turns Ugly

Coal companies have been trying for year to negotiate leases to mine on the Moccasin family's 2,000 acres on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana. The Bureau of Indian Affairs got involved earlier this year and informed the family they had a few months to reach an agreement before the agency inks a deal on their behalf. WyoFile traces the pressures on coal country ranchers through one family's story.

October 2, 2018

In Rollback of Mercury Rule, Trump Could Revamp How Government Values Human Health

The EPA is suggesting recalculating the costs and benefits of a 2011 rule to limit mercury from coal plants. If adopted, the change would prevent the office from calculating positive health effects — known as "co-benefits" — that come from reducing pollutants other than those being targeted. That could reverberate far beyond the mercury rule, potentially affecting greenhouse gas emissions limits, the Washington Post reports.

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