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Hot News: November 2, 2016

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Support Falls for Florida’s Amendment 1: Former Florida Senator Bob Graham added his voice to the growing opposition of the utility-backed Amendment 1 ballot initiative, calling it deceptive and a “means of accelerating” the decline of solar in Florida. Utilities poured $3 million into the campaign last week, even as the latest poll shows that support for the initiative has dropped from 84 percent to just below the 60 percent required for adoption. In total, Florida utilities have spent nearly $43 million to limit rooftop solar. (PoliticoMiami HeraldMiami New TimesThinkProgressWFSUSun SentinelOrlando WeeklyClean TechnicaBradenton Herald)
China Leads Global Carbon Intensity Decline: China cut its carbon intensity 20 percent from 2010-2015, exceeding its original target by three percent. Xie Zhenhua, China’s special representative for climate change, also made a rare foreign election comment during the press conference, criticizing Donald Trump’s intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. “I believe a wise political leader should take policy stances that conform with global trends,” he said.  (News: Global TimesThinkProgressIndependentThe HillMashableChristian Science MonitorClimate HomeCarbon Pulse$. Commentary: Salon, Matthew Rozsa op-ed)
Offshore Wind Costs Plunge Worldwide: The cost of electricity from offshore wind dropped 28 percent globally in the second half of 2016 compared to the same period last year, according to a new analysis. The price decline is driven by the use of larger turbines and competitive auctions for new wind projects in Europe. A recent US Department of Energy report estimated that the US could develop 86 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2050. (Politico Pro $, Ends EuropeClean TechnicaRenew EconomyNorth American WindpowerSeenews Renewables)
US News
  • Trump voters really like renewable energy. Someone should tell Trump. (Fusion)
  • Is coal’s political heft plunging? One state may be canary in mine (New York Times $)
  • Actor Jack Black leaves messages for Rick Scott in TV show on climate change in Florida (Politico)
  • Green groups working hard to elect democrats, one voter at a time (InsideClimate News)
  • Gas pipeline blast shows East Coast shackled to precarious lifeline (
  • Tribe prepares to keep up pipeline protest through North Dakota winter (Reuters)
  • Messy battles over energy are on ballot across U.S. states (BloombergClimate Central)
  • Oil industry warns of late Obama regulation push (The Hill)
  • Study of 1.5B votes finds warming will test incumbents (ClimateWire $)
  • ExxonMobil changes board nomination rules (Financial Times $)
  • Tesla is betting on scarcity, not luxury (Fast CoDesign)
  • Tesla says SolarCity would add $1 billion to 2017 revenue (ReutersBloombergGreentech Media)
  • Meet the unopposed Assembly candidate who says climate change is a good thing that hurts ‘enemies on the equator’ (LA Times $)
  • Climate change wallops Alabama, but the state climatologist is a climate skeptic (TakePart)
  • Energy campaign money favors Shimkus over Walden (Politico Pro $)
  • Hurricane Matthew took a big bite out of southeastern states’ beaches (NPR)
  • Clinton’s strategy insufficient to tackle climate change – Friends of Earth (Sputnik International)
  • Next US president on climate change: saving businesses or planet? (Sputnik International)
  • Report touts projects that could benefit from reclamation bill (E&E News $)
  • Where electric utilities are putting their money in the 2016 election (Utility Dive)
  • PA senate bill threatens energy-efficiency efforts (Public News Service)
  • Fisker will challenge Tesla with its own high-end electric car (LA Times $)
  • Amazon orders new wind farm in Ohio to help power cloud business (Seattle Times)
  • Study: Tree planting pays off for Minneapolis, other cities (Minnesota Public Radio)
  • This town wants to become the first to pass a climate action referendum (Think Progress)
  • Is Nev. poised to change course on net metering? (ClimateWire $)
  • 4 New Orleans energy startups launching despite the oil slump (The Times-Picayune)
  • The US is warming to Sweden’s habit of burning trash for energy (Quartz)
  • From dirty coal to solar farm, one of new England’s worst polluters makes the switch (EcoWatch)
  • Ghost forests: How rising seas are killing Southern U.S. woodlands (Environment 360)
  • Continued uncertainty as Arizona’s value-of-solar proceeding nears an end (Greentech Media)
  • Utility asks to resume operations a year after well blowout (AP)
  • Hey, looks like Americans are finally eating more fish (NPR)
  • Stuck in the mire: NC’s coal ash response slowed by political battles (WRAL)
  • House Republicans question VW settlement (The Hill)
  • University of Utah looks for new ways to use state’s coal (AP)
  • EPA: Coal jobs review could take 2 years to develop (Politico Pro $)

World News

  • US election result to dominate COP22 UN climate summit (Climate Home)
  • Oil majors join forces in climate push with renewable energy fund (Reuters)
  • Former US slave nation heads to Marrakech climate summit (Climate Home)
  • The shipping industry will finally regulate carbon emissions — in 2023 (Pacific Standard)
  • China seeks to export power amid signs it built too many plants (Bloomberg)
  • Renewables could lose European power grid priority, documents reveal (Guardian)
  • First major CCS project reaches milestone, answers skeptics (E&E News $)
  • Rio’s famous beaches take battering as scientists issue climate change warning (Guardian)
  • Norway caught in pipeline uproar (News in English)
  • India wavers on emissions as power plants balk at price tag (Bloomberg)
  • India to launch clean energy equity fund of up to $2 bln – sources (Reuters)
  • New Zealand uses pine forests, creative accounting to dodge carbon cuts (Climate Home)
  • Indonesia, Vietnam look to blaze trail for solar in Southeast Asia (Reuters)
  • Renewable energy surges in Asia, but so does electric demand (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Drought-hit Mozambique signs first major solar power deal (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • No let-up for Royal Dutch Shell and BP amid oil price crash (Financial Times $, BBC)
  • Carbon levy could limit impact of climate change, study suggests (
  • Most corporate climate change pledges aren’t strict enough to stop climate change (Fast CoExist)
  • Saudi oil minister sees demand rising despite renewables (Wall Street Journal $)
  • Norway is green – but not green enough, say students (Guardian)
  • Penguin detectives wanted (TakePart)
  • 12 reports to read before the COP22 UN climate summit (Climate Home)
  • German vice chancellor attacks China’s electric car targets (Climate Home)
  • In Iraq, the environment itself has once again become a weapon of war (Vox)
  • Tesla owners reach world’s highest plateau in Tibet, a first for electric vehicles (Electrek)
  • Subsidy crunch cuts funding for clean energy in biggest markets (Bloomberg)
  • Decarbonisation is accelerating across the G20 – but is it moving fast enough? (Business Green)
  • Peak renewable energy investment seen holding back climate fight (Bloomberg)
  • Adani’s Carmichael mine granted ‘unprecedented’ powers, says report (Guardian)
  • Climate change top concern of millennials (
  • As first cold snap of winter grips China, utilities face coal crunch (Reuters)
  • Failure to secure forest dweller rights risks carbon emissions spike, report says (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • Duterte denies rejecting Paris climate deal: ‘I’m just being careful’ (GMA Network)
  • Climate finance ‘less transparent since Paris talks’ (Dhaka Tribune)
  • Africa unplugged (Economist $)
  • Nigeria’s own ‘Inconvenient Truth’ brings home climate threats (Thomson Reuters Foundation)

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