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Hot News: November 16, 2016

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Bush-Era EPA Contenders: Reuters reports that Jeff Holmstead and Mike Catanzaro, two current energy lobbyists who also served under both former Bush presidents, are among the top contenders to lead the EPA under the Trump administration. Holmstead, an attorney with Bracewell, now represents coal and oil industries. Under Bush II, he oversaw the “Clear Skies” legislation that allowed “three times as much mercury as the Clean Air Act.” Catanzaro, a lobbyist at CGCN with clients including Koch Industries and Noble Energy, has worked for former Speaker John Boehner and Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe. Robert Grady, also a contender for the position, advised Bush I on the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments. (ReutersThe Hill)

Obama Admin Issues Fresh Methane Rules: The Interior Department finalized regulations aimed at preventing methane leaks from oil and natural gas production on public and Native American lands. If implemented, these rules could cut methane emissions by up to 35 percent. This is one of the last major climate regulations from the Obama administration before Trump assumes office and possibly implements plans to deregulate the oil and gas industries. Two energy trade groups immediately filed suitagainst the new rule. (ReutersWashington Post $, Wall Street Journal $, Greenwire$, The HillAPPolitico Pro $, ThinkProgress)

Nationwide Protests Against DAPL: Thousands of people protested in North Dakota and outside Army Corps of Engineers offices, banks, and energy companies in different parts of the country after indigenous leaders and climate activists called for a national “day of action.” Protesters in DC were joined by Sen. Bernie Sanders outside the White House who asked the government to cancel the pipeline’s permit. Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the pipeline, filed papers in federal court Tuesday, in an attempt to override the delay caused by the Army Corps of Engineers’ Monday decision to get more input from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe before proceeding with construction. (NewsReutersNBCHuffington PostColumbia MissourianInsideClimate NewsAPNew York Times $, The HillBloomberg BusinessweekNPRMashableCW55Bellingham HeraldThinkProgressCommentaryThe Inquirer, Will Bunch columnGrist, Rana interview)

More Action Needed: Most countries are likely to meet their national pledges under the Paris Agreement to reduce emissions, but without dramatic action, the world would still exceed the 2°C goal by 0.7°C by the end of the century, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its latest World Energy Outlook. During a conference in Marrakech, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke of the the American people’s overwhelming support for the climate deal. In a statement addressed to Trump, more than 360 businesses and investors called on him and other world leaders to continue their support for the Paris Agreement and climate action. The group included corporate giants Unilever, General Mills, Starbucks, and DuPont. (IEA: GuardianReutersWall Street Journal $, BloombergFinancial Times $. Marrakech: ReutersBusinessGreen $, Climate HomeNew York Times $, Pacific Standard)

US News
  • Cities tout progress, vow to stay on track (Greenwire $)
  • John Kerry’s Antarctica visit highlights a continent, and climate policies, under threat (New York Times $)
  • Trump adviser promises a return to ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’ (ThinkProgress)
  • Pencils still down, but endgame could drag on (ClimateWire $)
  • Noam Chomsky thinks the biggest news of November 8 was actually ‘barely noted’ (Fusion)
  • Climate could cost $112B a year by late century — OMB (E&E News $)
  • How wind and solar plan to thrive during the Trump presidency (Utility Dive)
  • ‘It’s a nightmare’: Green groups prepare to fight under President Trump (ThinkProgress)
  • Repealing the investment tax credit could cut the US solar market in half (Greentech Media)
  • Obama races to protect his achievements from Trump (NBC)
  • Postelection therapy: View swing states from space (New York Times $)
  • Bid to limit US offshore drilling gains in wake of Trump win (Bloomberg)
  • It’s hard to tell whether Trump supports renewable energy — and that may not matter much (FiveThirtyEight)
  • Exclusive: Billionaire green activist Steyer vows to battle Trump, says money not an issue (Reuters)
  • Biofuel from logging scraps powers Alaska Airlines jet on cross-country flight (Seattle TimesChristian Science Monitor)
  • Even climate denier Glenn Beck calls trump’s new chief strategist Steve Bannon ‘terrifying’ (EcoWatch)
  • VW said to reach U.S. deal to fix most tainted Audi diesels (Bloomberg)
  • Some advice for Donald Trump from Ronald Reagan’s former secretary of State George Shultz (LA Times $)
  • ‘Noah’s Ark’ approach meets mixed response on Hill (E&E News $)
  • Trump kicking out the ‘czars’? (Greenwire $)
  • Journalists, greens fear information crackdown (Greenwire $)
  • Trump NASA plans: President-elect may support mission to Mars or moon, while ignoring climate change research (IB Times $)
  • Home Depot reaps a hurricane windfall (Bloomberg)
  • State Senate leader Kevin de León heads to Morocco for conference on climate change (LA Times $)
  • D.C. prepares for heat emergencies to nearly double by 2020, among other climate change effects (DCist)
  • #TrumpNarratesPlanetEarth goes pretty much the way you’d expect (Huffington Post)
  • Complex energy package would address renewables, regulations and reliability (Michigan Radio)
  • Obama administration announces new funding and initiatives for renewable energy projects (PV-Tech)
  • Microsoft data center here to be powered by wind energy (Wyoming News Tribune)
  • Barrasso to chair Senate environment panel next Congress (Politico Pro $)
  • Cuyahoga Council expected to approve wind and solar energy power agreement (Cleveland)

World News

  • Second-warmest October cements hottest year (Climate CentralMashable)
  • Hollande: US must respect ‘irreversible’ climate deal  (APReutersGreenwire $)
  • 7,000 cities around the world are way ahead of targets to cut carbon emissions (Quartz)
  • Global $100 billion climate-fight pledges may survive Trump era (Bloomberg)
  • It may be too late for Trump to stall climate change action (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Marrakech climate talks: US accepts petition calling for fossil fuel lobbyists to be excluded (Guardian)
  • 20 nations sign framework agreement of International Solar Alliance (PTIPV-Tech)
  • Marrakech Call decoded: UN sends Trump its climate demands (Climate Home)
  • US, EU offer to help African countries deliver climate plans (Climate Home)
  • This is what climate change looks like (CNN)
  • Meet the fossil fuel lobbyists and climate science deniers at the Marrakech COP22 talks (DeSmog)
  • After Trump win, Greenpeace wants China, EU to lead on climate change (Sixth Tone)
  • Developing countries win partial victory on controversial Marrakech Call (Business Standard)
  • UK set to ratify Paris climate deal at COP22 summit (Climate Home)
  • New Mission Innovation challenges target “solar fuels”, more clean technologies (Renewables SeeNews)
  • Hope for forests at COP22 (The Ecologist)
  • Major economies planning climate strategy without US (Climate Home)
  • I’ll tax U.S. goods if Trump reneges on trade deals, says France’s Sarkozy (Reuters)
  • Reports urge more CCS to avoid dangerous warming (Greenwire $)
  • What is Buhari, Nigeria’s business with climate change? (Vanguard)
  • All actions must be rooted in climate justice: India to COP22 (PTI)
  • Scientists just found another case of climate change wiping out an underwater ecosystem (Washington Post $)
  • Plans for 150GW of coal were canceled in the first half of 2016 (Greentech Media)
  • Saudi Arabia warns Trump on blocking oil imports (Financial Times $)
  • Starvation killed 80,000 reindeer after unusual Arctic rains cut off the animals’ food supply (Washington Post $)
  • Tony Abbott says ‘moral panic’ about climate change is ‘over the top’ (Guardian)
  • China’s arctic ambitions take shape in remote Iceland valley (AP)
  • Subsidy-reliant offshore wind steals skills, ideas from Big Oil (Reuters)
  • Humans aren’t just changing the climate. We’re changing ‘life itself’ (Bloomberg)
  • How a scandal-plagued company gave birth to Kinder Morgan (National Observer)
  • East Midlands site gets green light for shale gas exploration (Guardian)
  • Tehran shuts schools after thick smog kills hundreds of people (Guardian)
  • Canada gives $3.3bn subsidies to fossil fuel producers despite climate pledge (Guardian)
  • Environmental groups call subsidies to fossil fuel industry an ‘anti-carbon tax’ (National Observer)
  • Leaked EU energy package subsidises fossil fuels, undermines renewables (EurActiv)
  • Over 80 percent of Earth’s ecological processes already hit by climate change (Haaretz)
  • Climate change, A goat farmer’s gain (Inter Press Service)
  • Exclusive: Oil wars – how Kremlin’s $13 billion Indian deal almost fell apart (Reuters)

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