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Hot News: December 8, 2016

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Pruitt, Who Hates EPA, Will Lead It: A transition official confirmed Wednesday that Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt will head Trump’s EPA. Pruitt, whose LinkedIn bio declares him “a leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda,” is a climate change denier and one of the key figures in the 24-state suit against the Clean Power Plan. An extensive 2014 New York Times investigation revealed Pruitt’s deep financial connections with the oil and gas lobby, which stealthily used Pruitt as an industry mouthpiece to push back on Obama administration regulations. For more on Pruitt’s wheelings and dealings, scroll down for today’s Denier Roundup. (Washington Post $, New York Times $, The New YorkerWSJ $, CBSCNNNBCCNBCBBCNPRABCFoxAPReutersBloombergNewsweekTimeThe HillNew York MagazinePoliticoUSATodayHuffington PostLA Times $, FT $, Bloomberg TVThe GuardianMarketWatchMashableGizmodoChristian Science MonitorThe VergeEcoWatchClimate Central. Commentary: New York Times editorial $, New York Times, Gail Collins analysis $, WSJ editorial $, Vox, Brad Plumer analysisThe Atlantic, Robinson Meyer analysisForbes, Eric Mack columnLA Times, Scott Martelle column $, ThinkProgress, Samantha Page analysis)

Greenland Ice May Melt Quicker Than We Thought: Two studies published in Nature Wednesday show seemingly contradictory visions for Greenland’s past and the future of its ice sheet, but actually describe different aspects of the ice. One study finds that Greenland’s ice sheet may have melted almost completely and repeatedly during the last 1.4 million years, suggesting the ice is more sensitive to warming than currently thought. The second concluded that the ice on the very easternmost coast has been stable over a 7.5 million year period. Scientists working on both studies say that their results could be compatible: both demonstrate the volatility of the ice sheet, both show that more research is needed, and that while the majority of the island’s ice has melted multiple times, the high altitude east coast has remained icy. Determining the ice sheet’s response to warming is crucial, because its melting could raise global sea levels by up to 24 feet. (TimeGizmodoAFPChristian Science MonitorUS News & World ReportScientific AmericanInsideClimate

Kasich Cold on Renewables Freeze? The Ohio House passed a bill Tuesday that would extend the state’s freeze on renewable energy standards until 2020, sending the bill to the Senate for a possible vote today. Along with over 60 Ohio businesses, Governor Kasich, who signed the original freeze in 2014, has pushed back on the current bill, worrying that the legislature would create “a headline that Ohio went backward on the environment.” In September, Kasich said he would veto legislation that did away with renewables standards, and some speculate he may veto an extension of this freeze as well. (APE&E $, Midwest Energy NewsCincinnati InquirerToledo Blade)

US News
  • How Trump can influence climate change (New York Times $)
  • Red states in the hot seat (The Atlantic)
  • Speaker’s office: No energy bill this year (The HillPolitico Pro $)
  • Trump transition: Rex Tillerson (Vice News Tonight)
  • DiCaprio meets with Trump on green jobs to boost economy (APThe Guardian)
  • Dakota Access backers await Trump (Politico Pro $)
  • Potential Export-Import Bank deals pose grave environmental threat, experts say (The Guardian)
  • Dems, greens gear up for fight against Trump EPA pick (The HillPolitico Pro $, BloombergE&E $)
  • GOP, coal praise Pruitt as EPA pick (Politico Pro $)
  • Ebell offers energy and environment agenda to next Congress (E&E $)
  • When climate change meets sprawl: why Houston’s ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ floods keep happening (Texas Tribune & ProPublica)
  • Koch brothers announce layoffs (Politico)
  • State ‘decoupling’ trend debunks Trump narrative — report (E&E $)
  • Will Donald Trump blow Warren Buffett’s clean-energy bet off course? (Fortune)
  • Don’t worry, Trump supporters love renewable energy (Fast Company)
  • Commerce nominee could have energy conflicts (ClimateWire $)
  • SunPower CEO expects solar panel prices decline to stop next year (Reuters)
  • Coal comeback? This mining company already pivoted to gas (WSJ $)
  • How Google became the world’s largest corporate buyer of renewable energy (Fast Company)
  • South Fla. congressman featured in National Geographic TV show on climate change (Politico FL)
  • Rauner signs Future Energy Jobs bill (Quad City TimesChicago Sun TimesHerald & Review)
  • Illinois energy bill: After race to the finish, what does it all mean? (Midwest Energy News)
  • SunPower shuts plant, cuts jobs 25% to survive solar slump (BloombergLA Times$)
  • Arctic soils are set to release a lot of carbon – probably more than plants can absorb (Alaska Dispatch News)
  • Illinois Gov. Rauner signs bill sparing 2 nuclear plants (AP)
  • Portland’s answer to climate denial? Local action (CityLab)
  • Environmentalists back BLM natural gas rules (Casper Star TribuneGilette News Record)
  • Whitman to Trump: Listen to Ivanka on climate change (Asbury Park Press)
  • Climate change expected to hit Arizona at higher intensity (KJZZ)
  • Northeast Christmas tree farmers get drought in their stockings (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Trump seeks more oil drilling; in Calif., that’s not so easy (Energywire $)
  • State grant helps farmers fund renewable energy sources (Valley Breeze)
  • Santa Barbara explores renewable energy options for desalination plant (Noozhawk)
  • Harris county flood control doesn’t think climate change, growth causes flooding (Houston Press)

World News

  • Canada set to agree carbon price, marking climate split with Trump (Reuters)
  • Climate change could render Sudan ‘uninhabitable’ (CNN)
  • Science just gave us more proof that destroying the environment can spread diseases to humans (Washington Post $)
  • As solar power expands the work day, incomes rise in eastern Kenya (Reuters)
  • Tiny snail defeats Donald Trump in battle over Irish sea wall (New York Times $)
  • Why electric cars are only as clean as their power supply (The Guardian)
  • Giraffes, rarer than elephants, put on extinction watch list (APReuters)
  • UK slashes number of Foreign Office climate change staff (The Guardian)
  • Paris global warming effects: winter air pollution is highest in 10 years (IBT)
  • China has climate change deniers, too. But they’re mostly shunned (GlobalPost)
  • Ecolab’s CEO isn’t worried about Trump’s stance on climate change (Fortune)
  • India turns on world’s largest solar plant (Mashable)
  • Kenya, world bank consider $150 million off-grid power project (Bloomberg)
  • Solar Impulse founder sees electric passenger plane in 10 years (Reuters)
  • Report helps scientists communicate how global warming is worsening natural disasters (The Guardian)
  • India to tender 1 gigawatt of solar rooftop capacity in December (Bloomberg)
  • The easiest way to fight climate change? Fewer babies (Vocativ)
  • Finkel review criticises climate policy chaos and points to need for emissions trading (The Guardian)
  • Emissions trading backflip a recipe for price rises, say business groups (The Guardian)
  • Polar bear numbers set to fall by a third, says study (Wired UKIBT)
  • How to reduce your kitchen’s impact on global warming (Perth Now)
  • Cattle ranchers warn Alberta’s carbon tax will make it tougher to compete (CBC)

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