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Hot News: November 22, 2016

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Trump: Encourage Shale & Clean Coal, Fight British Wind Farms: In a brief video message outlining goals for the first 100 days of his presidency, Donald Trump stated he would cancel “job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy, including shale energy and clean coal.” At a recent meeting, Trump allegedly encouraged British politician Nigel Farage to oppose an offshore wind farm near Trump-owned Scottish golf courses, while the president-elect’s friendly stance towards gas pipelines combined with his investment in the Dakota Access pipeline is also inviting scrutiny. (Video message: New York Times $, Huffington PostWall Street Journal $, Climate HomeFox NewsGuardianConflict-of-interest: New York Times $, Sunday Express, Motherboard)

Trump’s Fossil-Fueled Transition Picks: The Trump camp’s latest transition picks may indicate that the upcoming administration is readying to roll back environmental regulations. Thomas Pyle, now the Energy Department transition head, is president of the American Energy Alliance (AEA) and has lobbied in the past for the fossil fuel industry. The Interior Department transition team lead, Doug Domenech, is the director of the Fueling Freedom Project at the Koch-connected Texas Public Policy Foundation, which works to “explain the forgotten moral case for fossil fuels.” Trump’s Justice Department transition team includes Ronald Tenpas, who currently represents utility company Minnesota Power in the legal challenge against the Clean Power Plan. Meanwhile, Steven Groves, the State Department transition team chief, co-authored an article last week outlining a quick pathway out of the Paris Agreement for the US by exiting the UNFCCC. Read today’s Denier Roundup at the bottom of the newsletter for more. (Greenwire $, PoliticoPolitico Pro $, The Hill)

More On Trump’s Cabinet-in-Waiting: Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin met with Trump on Monday to discuss the possibility of heading the Interior Department, according to her spokesperson. Fallin, a climate denier, opposes the Clean Power Plan and once asked Oklahomans to pray for rain during the state’s record-breaking 2011 drought. Meanwhile, Jeff Holmstead, who is billed as a possible EPA administrator under Trump, deregistered himself as a lobbyist for coal-burning utilities shortly after the announcement that administration appointees will have to terminate lobbying ties. (E&E News $, ReutersFiveThirty-EightPolitico Pro $, Greenwire $, EnergyWire $)

Record Hot Days To Outpace Cold Days: The United States could experience 15 heat records for every record cold day in less than 50 years if greenhouse gas emissions continue unchecked, according to a new study. The current global temperature rise has led to two record hot days for every record cold day between 2000 and 2009. “An increase in average temperatures of a few degrees may not seem like much, but it correlates with a noticeable increase in days that are hotter than any in the record,” said Gerald Meehl, the study’s lead author. (APMotherboardWashington Post $, USA Today)

Canada Swears Off Coal: While the struggling US coal industry eagerly awaits an unlikely but promised boost from the incoming president-elect, Canada announced plans to accelerate its renewable transition and phase out the use of coal fired power plants by 2030. Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said the goal is to increase the country’s clean energy use, currently at 80 percent, to 90 percent, while cutting the emissions equivalent to taking 1.5 million cars off the road. (News: APReutersWall Street Journal $, The HillBloombergCNBCCommentary: Regina Leader-Post editorial)

US News
  • Trump wants to dump the Paris climate deal, but 71 percent of Americans support it, survey finds (Washington Post $)
  • Exxon Mobil accuses the Rockefellers of a climate conspiracy (New York Times $)
  • Experts: Trump focus on climate deal exit could be foreign policy error (Politico Pro $)
  • Trump’s Commerce transition team pick championed clean energy, climate change (Politico Pro $)
  • Here’s what’s happening with the Dakota Access Pipeline protests (TIMENPRThinkProgressReuters)
  • Progress under Obama won’t be undone by Trump (APThe HillGrist)
  • 2 major environment policies will be hard for Trump to undo (Scientific American)
  • Americans told the world that Trump won’t stop progress on climate change (VICE)
  • How hard it will be for Trump to fulfill his 100-day plan (New York Times $)
  • Abandoned oil and gas wells are still leaking methane (Ars Technica)
  • Trump is taking advice on the future of the environment from a man who denies basic science (Business Insider)
  • State environmental officials ask Trump to do less on the environment (ThinkProgress)
  • Class-action lawsuit adds to ExxonMobil’s climate change woes (InsideClimate News)
  • One crisis, two futures: How Denmark and Texas answered an energy challenge (Texas Tribune)
  • Wyoming and Montana file legal challenge to BLM methane rule (AP)
  • Obama administration moves to block mining near Yellowstone (Washington Post$, The Hill)
  • RGGI states poke around edges after one year of review talks (Carbon Pulse $)
  • Obama says fake news is impeding progress on climate change (Inverse)
  • City aims to fight climate change (Democrat & Chronicle)
  • Tesla shock means global gasoline demand has all but peaked (Bloomberg)
  • Elon Musk vs. the trolls (Bloomberg Businessweek)
  • Tesla Motors closes SolarCity acquisition (Wall Street Journal $)
  • Solar entrepreneurs brace for the impact of a Trump presidency (Inc)
  • How to stay sane in the face of climate change (ThinkProgress)
  • How electric vehicles are becoming a tool for grid Stability (Greentech Media)
  • 102M dead trees in California (ClimateWire $, EcoWatch)
  • Residents file class-action suit over man-made earthquakes (AP)
  • Peter Thiel’s other hobby is nuclear fusion (Bloomberg)

World News

  • ‘Things are getting weird in the polar regions’ (Washington Post $, Climate CentralGuardianBoston Globe $)
  • Swedish government to abolish solar energy tax (Reuters)
  • Beijing’s haze makes a climate U-turn unlikely after Trump (Bloomberg)
  • Poor countries are carbon-shaming rich ones into doing more about climate change (Quartz)
  • ExxonMobil and Chevron near bottom of league on ‘green’ strategy (Financial Times $, Guardian)
  • In Mali, waning fortunes of Fulani herders play into Islamist hands (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • After Trump, business, not politics, will have to bring about change (Guardian)
  • Global sea ice has reached a record low – should we be worried? (New Scientist)
  • Indonesia not quitting coal, but eyes more renewable energy (Jakarta Post)
  • Yes really, the senate set aside an hour to debate “the disputed theory of global warming” (Buzzfeed)
  • The climate apocalypse has already arrived for people living in the Arctic (VICE )
  • ‘COP of action’ is ‘COP of distraction’: CSE (Times of India)
  • Investors worth $1tn urge US meat firms to beef up water risk management (Business Green $)
  • Turkey seeking renewable energy industry with make-it-here rules (Bloomberg)
  • Melting Arctic: ‘It’s a very different Svalbard’ (Climate Home)
  • Saudi Arabia to establish national water and energy efficiency program (Reuters)
  • Canada’s Nova Scotia to launch carbon market in 2018 (Carbon Pulse $)
  • Bolivia declares state of emergency due to drought, water shortage (Reuters)

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