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Hot News: December 5, 2016

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#NoDAPL Succeeds: On Sunday afternoon, the Army Corps of Engineers announced they will deny a permit for the final easement of the Dakota Access pipeline on sacred Standing Rock Sioux burial sites, and will instead explore alternate routes. The announcement comes four months after the protests in Cannon Ball began and one day before the governor’s deadline of December 5 to evacuate the camp in over winter weather concerns. Hundreds of veterans poured into the camp over the weekend, prepared to help the protesters survive a possibly long and cold standoff with authorities. (Army Corps: NYTWSJ $, Washington Post $, The GuardianReutersAPNPR,  EnergyWire $, NBCCNNPoliticoVoxSlate Vets: NYTLA TimesReutersNPRMicBBCCBS, Commentary: Washington PostThe Nation)

How Will Trump Deal with DAPL? Sunday’s victory for the Standing Rock Sioux may be only temporary, raising the question of how Trump will deal with the DAPL as well as future environmental struggles involving minority groups. In a statement, the pipeline’s parent company, Energy Transfer Partners, vowed to push ahead with the project, and Republican lawmakers also blasted the decision. Former EPA and DOJ attorneys voiced concerns on Friday that a Trump administration may target the increased focus on environmental justice that the EPA developed under Obama. Trump’s transition team announced his backing of the completion of the pipeline on Thursday, claiming the president-elect’s investments in Energy Transfer Partners had no impact on his support. (ETP statement: BBCThe VergeUPI Trump support: APReutersVoxHuffington PostThinkProgressThe GuardianMother JonesFusion Lawyers: Greenwire )

Wait’s Almost Over: Trump dropped a hint on Friday that most of his remaining Cabinet picks will be announced this week, including the heads of DOE, EPA, and DOI. The WSJ reported on Sunday that billionaire investor and EPA critic Carl Icahn was helping Trump vet candidates, including interviewing coal lobbyist Jeff Holmstead. Top contenders for EPA include Koch-funded Kathleen Harnett White and Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt, while Politico reports that Trump may lean towards giving the DOE job to a Democratic appointee. (The HillWSJ $, Politico $, Greenwire $, Colorlines).

IL Saves Nuclear, Updates RPS: The Illinois General Assembly passed an enormous energy bill last week that keeps two Exelon nuclear plants in business, preventing an estimated $10b in increased carbon pollution costs from the plants’ closures. The bill also includes an update of the state’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard and expansion of state energy efficiency programs; residential demand charges and limits on net metering were cut from the final text at the last minute. The bill is expected to easily pass the governor’s desk. (News: Greentech MediaUtilityDiveEnergyWireChicago TribuneMidwest Energy NewsCrain’s Chicago BusinessThe Southern IllinoisanQuad City TimesMiami County RepublicAlsip Patch, Commentary: ForbesQuad City TimesChampaign News-Gazette)

US News

  • Scientists and environmentalists are bracing for a clash with Trump (Washington Post $)
  • Trump brings Koch network’s anti-green-energy stance from the fringe to the center of power (LA Times $)
  • The Future of Climate Change Under President Trump (Fox Business)
  • Gore says U.S. climate curbs on track, hopes Trump will surprise (ReutersThe Guardian)
  • Trump supports ‘clean coal’ – but does it really have a future? (The Guardian)
  • News Report on Global Temperatures Is Wrong, Scientists Say (NYTThe GuardianGreenwire $)
  • EPA to Require Mines to Offer Cleanup Assurances (AP)
  • Latest Trump EPA Pick Is Pro-Fracking and Anti-Clean Energy (Colorlines)
  • 75 percent of Trump voters want to accelerate the growth of clean energy (ThinkProgress)
  • Trump’s Carrier deal used to lobby support for clean energy (Washington Examiner)
  • Utility CEO Confirms Coal Is Finished (Fox Business)
  • Catholic leaders: climate change on same level as abortion and death penalty (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • You’re Buying a Home. Have You Considered Climate Change? (NYT)
  • April date set for arguments over new power plant rules (Greenwire $)
  • Oil company agrees to $8M settlement for alleged violations (Greenwire $)
  • In wildfire-riddled Tennessee, climate change is a hot topic (Grist)
  • Climate Expert Says Science Under Attack By Academics And Biased Media (Daily Caller)
  • U.S. Oil Exports Skyrocket Despite Climate Pacts (Climate Central)
  • Energy shift set, but U.S. influence at risk — McCarthy (Greenwire $)
  • This Guy Is Walking Across America Barefoot to Protest Climate Change (Vice)
  • The next front in the net-metering battle: Utah (ClimateWire $)
  • Group tied to Trump adviser targets fuel economy standards (Energy & Environment News $)
  • State regulators take their case for more funding to Ebell (Energy & Environment News $)
  • These 5 EPA Regs Could Be The First In Trump’s Crosshairs (Daily Caller)
  • At 46 Years, EPA Will See HUGE Changes Under Trump (Daily Caller)
  • New owners and local farmers see economic potential in Madison ethanol plant (St Louis Post-Dispatch)
  • ‘Climate Change?’ Boston Mayor Says Warm Weather Melted City’s Ice Skating Path (CBS BostonAP)
  • New Hampshire Looks for Answers Beyond Oyster Outbreaks (AP)
  • New England’s Largest Battery Is Hidden Inside A Mass. Mountain (WBUR)
  • Regulators Look to Improve Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (VTDigger)
  • Bernie Sanders: ‘No compromise’ on bigotry, climate change, democracy (Berkeley News)

World News

  • How Big Banks Are Putting Rain Forests in Peril (NYT)
  • Destruction of the Amazon is speeding up — just when the planet can least afford it (Washington Post $)
  • Australia is blowing its carbon budget, projections reveal (The Guardian; accompanying interactive piece here)
  • Australia Considers Charging Power Generators For Pollution (AP)
  • US, China, EU, others fail to reach environmental goods deal (AP)
  • Climate change likely cause of freak avalanches (The Guardian)
  • China’s Clean Energy Push Runs Into Headwinds (WSJ $)
  • Business not yet doing enough to stop commodities destroying forests (Reuters)
  • A dreaded carbon time bomb lurks beneath your feet (Mashable)
  • Climate change on leaders’ minds this week (Winnipeg Sun)
  • Scientists gathering in Winnipeg to focus on ‘complex’ changing Arctic climate (CBC)
  • Mayors Worldwide Will Act on Climate, Whatever Trump Does (ClimateWire/Scientific American)
  • Girls turn poo to clean power in Cameroon biogas push (Reuters)
  • Can we blame climate change for thunderstorm asthma? (The Conversation)
  • Austin mayor at climate change summit in Mexico City (KVUE)
  • Edinburgh now has a climate change action plan (Edinburgh Reporter)
  • Antarctic starfish may show climate change will produce winners and losers (Stuff NZ)
  • Houston, we have power: Space-based solar power could be the final frontier in renewable energy (Salon)

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