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Hot News: November 10, 2016

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Ready to Protect the Climate: Donald Trump’s surprise presidential victory provoked a series of reactions from the climate community, from concern for the future of Obama’s climate legacy to strong assertions that the fight for the planet is far from over. “Above all, we’re ready to protect the significant climate progress of recent years,” tweeted Fred Krupp, the president of Environmental Defense Fund. Several energy experts reemphasized the difficulty Trump will face in reviving the declining coal industry, one of his key promises on the campaign trail. Others pointed out the strong market forces that will continue to benefit wind and solar, which also enjoys strong support across party lines. (News: ReutersPolitico Pro $, PoliticoMashableTIMERecharge NewsHuffington PostWashington Post $, ReutersAPCharleston Gazette-MailFortuneWall Street Journal $, BuzzfeedFusionChristian Science MonitorClimate CentralABCCNBCChristian Science MonitorAtlanticQuartzClimate HomeInsideClimate NewsThe HillLA Times $, Financial Times $, NPRCommentary: Greentech Media, Stephen Lacey analysisReuters, Laurie Goering analysisBloomberg, Chris Bryant columnNew Scientist, Michael Le Page analysisCNN, John Sutter columnVox, David Roberts columnBloomberg, Liam Denning columnDiscover, Tom Yulsman columnNew York Times, Andrew Revkin column $; Washington Post, Chris Mooney analysis $; New York Times, Robert N. Stavins op-ed $; Climate Home, Niklas Höhne analysisIndependent, Brendan Montague op-ed)

Speculations on Trump’s Cabinet: In an afternoon meeting, Trump and his transition team reportedly worked to quickly identify top candidates for key energy positions in his administration. Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm, who yesterday advised Trumpto “just scrap” Obama’s energy industry regulations, is considered a leading contender for secretary of energy. Forrest Lucas, co-founder of oil products firm Lucas Oil, is favored as a top choice to lead the Department of the Interior. Although Trump has previously said he would abolish the EPA, reports say he will instead ask climate skeptic Myron Ebell to lead the agency. (PoliticoFuel FixPolitico Pro $, ForbesCNNNew York MagazineUSA TodayGreenwire $, Pacific Standard)

Keystone XL’s Likely Revival: TransCanada said it is formulating plans to persuade the incoming Trump administration to approve construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which President Obama rejected last November. Trump has in the past said he believed that the pipeline had no environmental impact. “I want it built, but I want a piece of the profits,” he said in May. (Washington Post $, The HillThe WeekFinancial Times $)

Reasons for Hope: As worries abound about the future of climate action under Trump’s administration, there’s still hope for lasting change. Numerous cities and states are poised to aggressively cut emissions in the US, while internationally, countries like China and India have their own incentives to counter carbon pollution. The Paris Agreement’s clever drafting also makes it very difficult for President Trump to withdraw; a new president will be able to quickly re-ratify the deal. And the profitable renewables revolution will continue as costs keep falling. (Nexus Media, Jeremy Deaton columnUS News & World Report, Alejandro Crawford & Scott Short op-ed)

US News
  • White House says committed to implementing Iran deal, climate change agreement (Reuters)
  • Exxon widens climate battle, may depose 17 state AGs (InsideClimate News)
  • Solar power proponents hopeful Trump sees benefit of growing industry (LA Times $)
  • A cleantech investor’s policy advice for the next US president (Greentech Media)
  • GOP climate hawk narrowly loses senate seat (Mother Jones)
  • Solar, wind companies see stocks fall after Trump win (Washington Post $, ReutersGuardianThe HillEcoWatchWall Street Journal $)
  • Election investment payoff poles apart for Faison, Steyer (E&E News $)
  • Miami will sink further underwater in Trump’s America (Miami New Times)
  • Trump victory a new challenge for Dakota pipeline protestors (ReutersTIME)
  • Rule’s demise looms, but how Trump will ax it remains unclear (Greenwire $)
  • Big Oil revels in Trump victory, expects less red tape (Reuters)
  • All bets are off: 4 takeaways on what President Trump means for the power sector (Utility Dive)
  • What climate change deniers, like Donald Trump, believe (BBC)
  • Trump victory sets off jockeying for FERC, NRC slots (Politico Pro $)
  • Where will a President Trump take FERC and federal grid policy? (Greentech Media)
  • Obama’s oil and gas regulations face fire from Trump (Financial Times $)
  • Clean Power Plan faces uncertain future with Trump victory (Platts)
  • Obama’s environmental legacy just went up in smoke (Bloomberg)
  • Angered by Trump’s victory, anxious N.J. environmentalists turn focus to 2017 (Politico)
  • Gore: I hope to work with Trump on climate change (The Hill)
  • Dakota Access prone to spills, should be rerouted, says pipeline safety expert (InsideClimate News)
  • Energy Transfer says not slowing construction of North Dakota pipeline (Reuters)
  • California county votes to ban fracking (The Hill)
  • Incoming GOP assemblyman believes climate change is good because it hurts ‘our enemies’ (LA Times $)
  • Why Etsy and Lockheed Martin seek clean energy matchmakers (GreenBiz)
  • Robert Burns, Andy Tobin, Boyd Dunn lead race for Arizona Corporation Commission (AZ Central)
  • Big wins for ailing coal industry in the Ohio Valley Region (WKMS)
  • Idaho officials OK utility’s community solar power project (Register Guard)
  • Trump win brings rare feel-good moment to Appalachian coal town (Bloomberg)
  • John Kerry is headed to Antarctica—and it has nothing to do with the election results (Fusion)
  • Energy Choice Initiative passes in Nevada (AP)

World News

  • You have decided to jump into the fire’: COP22 reels after U.S. election (Pacific Standard)
  • UN climate chief takes softly, softly approach (Financial Times $)
  • Australia ratifies Paris deal, lifts spirits at UN talks (Carbon Pulse $, Guardian)
  • UN climate talks reaction as Trump wins US presidency (Climate Home)
  • EU urges President-Elect Trump to continue US-EU co-operation on climate action (BusinessGreen $)
  • Morocco blazes solar power trail (Financial Times $)
  • For transport industry, curbing emissions is a matter of self-interest (Pacific Standard)
  • Climate finance dispute prompts Bangladesh to return £13m of UK aid (Guardian)
  • Photos of a changing world: The victims of Pakistan’s historic 2010 floods (Pacific Standard)
  • Germany aims to pass climate plan next Wednesday: ministry spokeswoman (Reuters)
  • COP22 Marrakech welcomes visitors with low-carbon Ark22 gate (Inhabit)
  • China’s forestry success highlighted in climate change conference (Xinhua)
  • African path to avoid fossil fuel dependency (Financial Times $)
  • The perils (and rewards) of buying property in the Maldives (Financial Times $)
  • Energy curbs pose a future mortal threat to oil majors (Financial Times $)
  • Vattenfall to build Denmark’s ‘largest’ wind farm (Energy Live News)
  • Calls mount for a global carbon price but progress is slow (Financial Times $)
  • Siemens CEO says give Trump a chance (Reuters)
  • EU plans €320m funding boost for budding ocean energy industry (Guardian)
  • Canada’s energy pipeline prospects shoot up with Trump win (Reuters)
  • DONG Energy confirms sale of oil and gas arm to focus on renewables (BusinessGreen $)
  • Why the death of coral reefs could be devastating for millions of humans (Washington Post $)
  • The tragic reason seabirds keep mistaking ocean plastic for food (Washington Post $)
  • EU will have to import cow dung to meet renewables targets, study warns (EurActiv)
  • How to tell when the Arctic Ocean will be ice free (Pacific Standard)
  • Why does China’s choking smog persist despite Beijing’s clean-up efforts? (South China Morning Post)
  • Army put on stand-by for winter floods (BBC)
  • Climate change may be escalating so fast it could be ‘game over’, scientists warn (Independent)
  • Electric car charge point use doubles (BBC)

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