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Hot News: November 23, 2016

By Hot News: November 23, 2016

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Trump, Climate, and the Gray Lady: During an on-the-record meeting with editors and reporters at the New York Times, Donald Trump said he has an “an open mind” with regards to climate change science and policies. “It’s one issue that’s interesting because there are few things where there’s more division than climate change,” he told the assembled staff. While Trump said he believed “there is some connectivity” between human activity and climate change, he also claimed “a lot of smart people disagree” with the idea, mentioning that “the hottest day ever was in 1890-something.” (2016 is currently on track to be the hottest year ever recorded.) As for climate policies, Trump reiterated his belief in the importance of clean air and water and alluded that US climate action “depends on how much it will cost our companies.” Two transition team advisors on energy and environment told Reuters they were “caught off guard by his remarks.” Trump’s transition team appointees and rumored cabinet picks mostly consist of figures with deep ties to the fossil fuel industry, many of whom deny human-made climate change and advocate for pulling out of the Paris Agreement. (News: New York Times $, Climate HomeHuffington PostCNNReutersLA Times $, The HillHollywood LifeNPRPoliticoGizmodoNew York PostMorning ConsultThe AtlanticIndependentNew York MagazineGuardianCommentary: Washington Post, Philip Bump column $; New York Times editorial $, Guardian, George Monbiot columnSalon, Will Oremus column)

RGGI States Plan for Progress Under Trump: Nine northeastern states that are part ofthe Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative are actively discussing ways to strengthen the program going forward amid an uncertain environment for climate regulations under the Trump administration. With city-and-state level commitment expected to gain greater importance, there are calls for the participating states to increase the emissions capunder RGGI from the current 2.5 percent to 5 percent a year after 2020 when the caps expire. (Bloomberg BNA, ClimateWire $)

Violence at DAPL Protest Site Continues: A concussion grenade nearly blew off 21-year-old Sophia Wilansky’s left hand at the Standing Rock site early Monday as more than 400 Dakota Access pipeline protesters claim authorities are continuing to use water cannons, rubber bullets, and tear gas in freezing temperatures. The police have denied throwing the grenade. With the increasing likelihood that a decision on the pipeline’s construction will fall to the Trump administration, the possibility of Rick Perry being included in Trump’s cabinet has raised conflict of interest concerns over his position on the board of DAPL parent company Energy Transfer Partners. (News: TIMENexus MediaNew York Times $, Washington Post $, GuardianThe HillInsideClimate NewsCNNAPReutersColor LinesNew York MagazineCommentary: NPR, Leah Donnella columnObserver, Michael Sainato & Chelsea Skojec op-edGuardian, Kate Aronoff op-ed;Quartz, Susie Nelson op-edThe Hill, Bill Gerhard & Dawna Leitzke op-edHuffington Post, Jenna Amatulli column)

US News
  • How cities plan to fight climate change in the Trump years (City Lab)
  • With no Clean Power Plan, will the Rust Belt stick with coal? (E&E News $)
  • Obama diplomat to push Trump team on climate work (The Hill)
  • Caught without flood insurance in a changing climate (Buzzfeed)
  • 100 percent of Patagonia’s Black Friday sales will go toward saving the environment (Huffington PostCNN Money)
  • Washington state youth sue government over climate change (AP)
  • Thanksgiving dinner’s carbon footprint: A state-by-state comparison (
  • Trump’s energy job promise to clash with scant supply of labor (Bloomberg)
  • Trump picks South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to be US ambassador to UN (CNN)
  • Trump’s Interior team is great for fossil fuels, terrible for the environment (ThinkProgress)
  • Greens get bump after Trump election win (Politico Pro $)
  • Trump to scrap NASA climate research in crackdown on ‘politicized science’ (GuardianScientific American)
  • Economics will keep wind and solar energy thriving under Trump (Bloomberg)
  • VW shifts focus to electric cars with US expansion plan (AFP)
  • Drill, baby, drill? Election reignites offshore-oil debate (AP)
  • Trump tweeted about Scottish wind farm 60 times (Politico)
  • Enviros protest Myron Ebell (ClimateWire $)
  • Is the EPA’s landmark ‘endangerment finding’ now itself imperiled? (Pro Publica)
  • Lame duck energy policy: What can get done before Trump takes office? (Utility Dive)
  • Conservative Minnesota counties stand to benefit from clean energy development (Midwest Energy News)
  • 5 charts that show the severity of climate change (Boston Globe $)
  • CIA pick has deep ties to Kochs, history of climate skepticism (Greenwire $)
  • Advocates warn Trump may find it challenging to scrap carbon ‘cost’ tool (Inside EPA Climate)
  • Environmental leaders on hope and progress in the age of Trump (Grist)
  • Senator Blumenthal declares “war” against Trump’s environmental policies (WNPR)
  • 102 million dead California trees ‘unprecedented in our modern history,’ officials say (LA Times $)
  • Climate change is such an elaborate hoax that there’s now an octopus in a Miami garage (Esquire)
  • Another U.S. city commits to 100% renewable energy (Solar Industry Magazine)
  • What happens if there’s an outright denial of climate science from the White House? (Michigan Radio)
  • American retirement funds contribute to deforestation and climate change (Mongabay)
  • Trump urges British allies to lobby against windfarms near golf courses (Guardian)
  • How the outdoor industry responded to Trump’s election (Outside Online)
  • Why the environment wasn’t a factor in the presidential race (Greenwire $)
  • W.Va. Gov.-elect Justice optimistic after call from Trump (Greenwire $)
  • U. of MN study quantifies which crop emissions contribute most to climate change (Minnesota Public Radio)
  • Senators urge passage of bill to protect miners’ pensions (The Hill)
  • DWP tackles clean energy goals with new solar farms, low-income program (LA Times $)
  • Exxon’s accountants are experts in climate risk. What did they tell Exxon? (InsideClimate News)
  • For Muslim environmentalists, the fight just got a lot harder (Grist)
  • ‘Chapter 22’ looms over some U.S. oil and gas bankruptcy survivors (Reuters)
  • Energy Dept. releases residential PACE financing guidelines (Solar Industry MagazineGreentech Media)
  • Otter Tail plans a new $250 million wind farm in southeastern North Dakota (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
  • Several cities convert to LED street lights in conservation efforts (NPR)
  • Natural resources students fret over Trump (USA Today)

World News

  • What a sweltering Earth and plummeting wildlife populations have in common (Washington Post $)
  • The new Tesla is powering an entire island with solar energy (Business Insider)
  • Global warming alters Arctic food chain, scientists say, with unforeseeable results (New York Times $)
  • How women are going from climate victims to climate leaders (Pacific Standard)
  • Surprising carbon sink: Cement absorbs, stores greenhouse gas (UPI)
  • Peter Blake turns smart meters into art in quirky exhibition (Guardian)
  • Josh Frydenberg welcomes Trump’s vow to lift restrictions on fossil fuel exploration (Guardian)
  • Two children, one rich, one poor, gasping for air in Delhi’s smog (New York Times$)
  • U.A.E. says Asian, African countries seek its advice on solar (Bloomberg)
  • New quake tests resilience, and faith, in Japan’s nuclear plants (New York Times$)
  • EU risks missing climate spending target, warn auditors (EurActiv)
  • Climate changing ‘too fast’ for species (BBC)
  • Will human evolution be shaped by climate change? (Gizmodo)
  • EU considering halving crop-based biofuels by 2030: draft (Reuters)
  • Alberta ‘orphan’ wells needing cleanup proliferate after court ruling (Reuters)
  • Eat it, don’t leave it: How London became a leader in anti-food waste (NPR)
  • Chad pastoralist made to sit on floor now stands for her community (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • Leap in North Pole temperatures has got scientists in a sweat (Financial Times $)
  • The Dead Sea is getting saltier – and shallower (CNBC)

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