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Hot News: November 14, 2016

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Trump Looking to Quit Climate Deal: Trump’s advisers are exploring alternatives to bypass the four-year waiting period to back out from the Paris Agreement, a member of the transition team told Reuters. The options include withdrawing from the parent treaty, UNFCCC, entirely or issuing a presidential order to delete the US signature from the climate deal. Before leaving for Marrakech on Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry said that the Obama administration would do everything possible to implement the global agreement before Trump takes office. In an interview, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Europe should respond with a trade war and institute a carbon tax for US products if Trump backs out. (Trump: ReutersThe HillThinkProgressGuardianSlateBloombergNew York Times $. Kerry: APReutersWall Street Journal$, MashableVOA NewsCommentary: Guardian editorial)

Energy Might Get A Breather: A source on the Trump transition team told UtilityDivethat with tax reform, immigration, healthcare, infrastructure and trade as first priorities on the incoming Trump administration’s agenda, energy policy will be lower on the list of reforms and credits for renewables like wind and solar “will remain in place.” Changes to US energy policy will, however, potentially include elimination of rules to curb methane, “a top priority” of the American Petroleum Institute, according to API president Jack Gerard. (News: UtilityDiveWashington Post $. Commentary: Guardian, Michael Liebreich op-ed)

Meet Myron Ebell: Trump’s man-in-charge of leading the transition at EPA is Myron Ebell, a known climate denier who opposes the Clean Power Plan and advocates for opening up more federal lands to logging, coal mining and oil drilling. He is a director at fossil-fuel-funded Competitive Enterprise Institute and leads the Cooler Heads Coalition, which focuses on “dispelling the myths of global warming.” One scholar points out that Trump’s attempts to weaken the EPA are reminiscent of Reagan’s appointment of Anne Gorsuch Burford to head the agency, whose attempts to dismantle EPA in the early 1980s resulted in heavy criticism and pushback. (Washington Post $, New York Times $, Undark,Cosmopolitan)

Uncertainty and Optimism at COP22: China and Saudi Arabia reaffirmed their support for the Paris Agreement in the wake of uncertainty from the US and concerns that other polluting nations could also try to block the deal’s implementation. The High Ambition Coalition said they are committed to working with the “whole international community, including the United States” to tackle climate change. However, Trump’s election has also stoked worries among the negotiators that climate finance, including US promise of $3 billion for the Green Climate Fund, could be severely threatened. (Responses: ObserverGuardianFinancial Times $, Climate HomeWashington Post $, Deutsche WelleBusinessGreen $, Business StandardIndependent Catholic NewsIndependentFinance: APReutersClimate HomeCommentary: Washington Post, Greg Sargent column $; Climate Home, Amal-Lee Amin op-edJakarta Globe, Riza Bernabe op-ed)

World Emissions Flat in 2016: Global emissions from fossil fuels and industry remained flat in 2016 for the third year in a row, led by a 0.5 percent drop in China’s emissions, according to a new report by the Global Carbon Project. Emissions in the US fell 2.5 percent in 2015 and 1.7 percent in 2016, thanks to reduction in coal use, while emissions in India rose 5 percent this year. The report authors highlighted that reaching the Paris goal requires sharp cuts in fossil use and warned that a Trump administration could complicate matters. (News: ReutersWashington Post $, Financial Times $, BBCAPGuardianCommentary: The Conversation, Rob Jackson, Pep Canadell, Corinne Le Quéré & Glen Peters op-ed)

US News
  • Exxon adds New York to suit in bid to stop climate change probe (Bloomberg)
  • Michigan Senate passes energy choice bill, 15% renewables mandate (UtilityDive)
  • Trump administration could roll back US environmental protection, critics fear (GuardianThe HillPoliticoFinancial Times $, InsideClimate NewsChristian Science Monitor)
  • Trump’s energy plan likely to put pipelines in the ground (E&E News $)
  • Experts: Trump’s climate policies could shift US jobs to China (VOA)
  • Senate GOP leader says he asked Trump to back keystone (APThe Hill)
  • Protesters arrested at North Dakota pipeline as decision expected (ReutersThe HillGrist)
  • Sanders worries about Trump denying climate change (The Hill)
  • Donald Trump presidency a ‘disaster for the planet’, warn climate scientists (GuardianCNNRTDenver Post)
  • Religious environmentalists gird themselves for a Trump presidency (Religion News Service)
  • Trump threat fires up U.S. climate activists, draws in more (Reuters)
  • Will Trump end California’s climate rules? (Mercury NewsCapital Public Radio)
  • Tears, angst as workforce braces for Trump takeover (E&E News $)
  • What Trump’s not saying about his infrastructure plan: It includes oil pipelines (Buzzfeed)
  • Bevin wants Trump to ‘gut’ the US EPA (Courier-Journal)
  • McConnell finally admits ending ‘war on coal’ might not bring back jobs (ThinkProgress)
  • Georgia on path to keep greening despite Trump concerns (Savannah Morning News)
  • U.S. FTC probing whether VW intentionally destroyed documents (Reuters)
  • Cheap gas tests Trump’s promise to revive coal (Wall Street Journal $)
  • A giant reservoir that supplies a California county’s drinking water is nearly empty (Washington Post $)
  • Oil, earthquakes and the rush to save Oklahoma (Bloomberg)
  • Trump’s win opens paths for Yucca, nuclear waste program (Politico Pro $)
  • Oregon’s energy and climate outlook unmoved by Trump win (Oregonian)
  • Washington rejects carbon tax, but backers are undeterred (AP)
  • Why ‘a lot has become the new normal’ in state solar policy debates (Utility Dive)
  • Trump election takes some air out of Exelon’s Illinois energy bill (Crain’s Chicago Business)
  • Fiat Chrysler, GM soar as Trump seen weakening fuel-economy rule (Bloomberg)
  • How a Trump presidency will affect 15 industries (Washington Post $)
  • Climate lawsuit awaits President Trump (Climate CentralPacific Standard)
  • Here’s what happens when you’re a Republican and you defy the Koch Brothers (EcoWatch)
  • Gamesa’s new hybrid renewable off-grid system cuts generation costs 40% compared to diesel alone (Greentech Media)
  • Deep in Virginia’s craggy coal country, they saw Trump as their only hope (Washington Post)
  • Why extreme weather is the new normal (The Week)
  • Coal out of the crosshairs? (Daily Sentinel)
  • Clean energy backers seek to defend gains after Trump win (Politico Pro $)
  • Obama coal mining rule in firing line for Trump, GOP (Politico Pro $)
  • Plan to switch Cardinal Plant in Brilliant to natural gas is approved (Intelligencer)

World News

  • U.S. will be ‘rogue’ state if it ditches climate accord: U.N. envoy (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • In phone call, China’s Xi tells Trump cooperation is only choice (ReutersFinancial Times $)
  • Paris climate coalition urges US to show leadership (Climate HomeReuters)
  • 2016 will be the hottest year on record, UN says (GuardianBloombergClimate HomeReuters)
  • German coalition agrees to cut carbon emissions up to 95% by 2050 (GuardianIndependent)
  • Tubiana: Paris climate deal designed to cope with Trump (Climate Home)
  • South Korea eyeing Paris GHG goal shift that would make it world’s top carbon credit buyer (Carbon Pulse $)
  • Global protesters demand climate justice at UN talk (AP)
  • Disaster loss estimates ignore higher cost to poor – World Bank (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • Moroccan vault protects seeds from climate change and war (AP)
  • Rich countries told to shut coal plants by 2030 to save climate (Bloomberg)
  • Not Trump, the ‘Marrakech Call’ hobbles climate change talks in Morocco (Business Standard)
  • Mars says its time for global leaders to take action on climate change (Blue & Green Tomorrow)
  • Israeli presence at climate talks causes anger in Morocco (Climate Home)
  • China plays important role in consolidating South-South cooperation: COP22 president (Xinhua)
  • Africa takes centre stage at Marrakesh, urges speedy climate change action (The Guardian)
  • New report looks at low carbon agenda since Paris Agreement (Blue & Green Tomorrow $)
  • Cities, states, and clean tech pioneers unite to drive climate action (BusinessGreen $)
  • Draft governance safeguards for 2030 climate goals ‘fall short’ (Ends Europe $)
  • ‘It was too hot, even to leave home’: stories from the world’s hottest year (Guardian)
  • Global solar PV capacity surpassed 227GW in 2015 (Greentech Media)
  • Parts of Europe and Asia are snowy and frigid, while North America basks in warmth (Washington Post $)
  • Indonesia tries new tactics to douse annual firestorms (Wall Street Journal $)
  • China oil companies’ push into U.S. faces uncertainty with Trump Victory (Wall Street Journal $)
  • Renewable energy made up record 21.7% of Australian electricity market in October (Guardian)
  • Windmills or reactor cores? Inside South Africa’s energy clash (New York Times $)
  • VW, Audi confirm investigation into carbon dioxide levels in some Audi cars (Wall Street Journal $)
  • Smog in Delhi tests India’s ability to change (Wall Street Journal $)
  • Billionaire says Rio probe proves elaborate plot to strip prized guinea mine rights (Bloomberg)
  • Fewer than 1 in 10 permits allocated under China ETS expected to be traded in early years –official (Carbon Pulse $)
  • Climate change is already altering the world’s gene pool (TakePart)
  • Warming up: new research points to a more sensitive climate to rising CO2 (Sydney Morning Herald $)
  • Global warming turns Chile’s cold south into wine country (Straits Times)
  • Can mistake that ruined majestic Kashmir lake be fixed? (AP)
  • Pinot goes global (Financial Times $)
  • Why did Greenland’s Vikings disappear? (Science Magazine)
  • Adani Carmichael mine opponents join Indigenous climate change project (Guardian)
  • Ocean conservation series coming to Animal Planet (New York Times $)
  • The new coal war in Africa (Zimbabwean)

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