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Hot News: November 30, 2016

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Wind Sets New Record In Lone Star State: Texas hit a new milestone on Sunday by using more than 15,000 megawatts of wind-generated electricity, representing 45 percent of total electricity demand at that time, according to grid operator ERCOT. The current record for percentage of load served — different than this new output record — was set in March this year. From January through October of this year, wind has served 14.7 percent of the region’s energy needs, solidifying Texas’ position as a leader in wind energy generation. (Greentech MediaCBS Local)

Big Day for Tar Sands: Canadian PM Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday that the Canadian government would approve two major tar sands pipeline projects, including expansion of the controversial Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline. The Kinder Morgan pipeline has come under fire from activists and aboriginal groups, and Reuters reportsthat the opposition has “drawn inspiration” from the the current Dakota Access protests and stalled Keystone XL project. Speaking of Keystone, senior Trump transition adviser Kellyanne Conway will reportedly tour the tar sands region in Alberta a week before the president-elect’s inauguration, which may signal that the incoming administration will prioritize the pipeline’s approval. (Kinder Morgan: ReutersAPBloombergCBC NewsNew York Times $, CNBCHuffington PostHouston ChronicleWall Street Journal$, Financial Times $, MashableClimate HomeConway Visit: Washington Post$, Washington ExaminerGristHuffington PostToronto Star, Calgary HeraldCommentary: Vancouver Sun, Karen Mahon op-ed)

Trump Transition Updates: Sources close to the Trump transition team told Politico that Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin is the frontrunner for the Interior secretary position. Fallin, who is a climate change denier and was one of the first governors  to oppose the Clean Power Plan, met with Trump last week in New York, where their conversation focused on the energy industry and Native tribes. Meanwhile, Trump announced Elaine Chao, former labor secretary under Bush II, as his pick for secretary of transportation; Chao, who is married to KY Sen. Mitch McConnell, left the board of Bloomberg Philanthropies in early 2015 after the charity announced it would be increasing its donations to the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign. (PoliticoUSA TodayAPCityLabNew York Times $, NPRWashington Post $, GuardianPBSChristian Science Monitor)

Less Coal = Safer Tuna: Closing coal-fired power plants may mean safer sushi, according to a recent study showing that a 19 percent decline in mercury levels in fish caught in the Gulf of Maine between 2004 and 2012 is parallel to coal plant closures since 2008. “It appears that the fish are responding almost in real time. We thought that was pretty exciting,” says Nicholas S. Fisher, lead author of the study. (Washington Post $)

US News
  • How Trump’s scale-back on NASA climate science could hurt Maine (Christian Science Monitor)
  • EPA candidate and Trump discussed climate change, but not Paris deal (Morning Consult)
  • This senator has given 150 pleas for climate action. Now, he has a few words for Trump (GristE&E News $)
  • Renewable advocates urge tax-credit extension in lame duck (Morning Consult)
  • Billionaire Ross said to be Trump’s pick for commerce secretary (Bloomberg)
  • How Obama’s climate change legacy is weakened by US investment in dirty fuel (Guardian)
  • How climate change is shaping Michigan (Detroit Metro Times)
  • Trump’s energy policy team includes climate change skeptic, free-market advocate (Washington Post $)
  • How Trump can quash Obama’s last effort to fight the coal industry (Mother Jones)
  • Trump’s first 100 days: Space (Scientific American)
  • North Dakota officials hope to quell pipeline protests with fines (Reuters)
  • Noam Chomsky, Junot Diaz and nearly 400 MIT faculty oppose Trump picks in open letter (LA Times $)
  • GM’s ready to lose $9,000 a pop and chase the electric car boom (Bloomberg)
  • Environmentalists gird for battle with A Trump administration (NPR)
  • DOE transition briefings could begin this week (Politico Pro $)
  • North America’s grasslands are slowly disappearing — and no one’s paying attention (Washington Post $)
  • This is what it would take for Trump to truly damage the planet’s climate (Washington Post $)
  • Donald Trump says he wants to help miners. But does Congress? (Washington Post $)
  • House Natural Resources panel to target White House greenhouse gas guidance (Politico Pro $)
  • BNEF: Betting on residual value is putting solar projects at risk (PV Magazine)
  • Wettest start in 30 years to rainy season in Northern California, but don’t forget the drought (Sacramento Bee)
  • Paris climate deal needs US, warns White House (Climate Home)
  • Drought-fueled wildfire ‘apocalypse’ hits Tennessee (Mashable)
  • North Dakota owes Nebraska $287,000 for troopers sent to Dakota Access oil pipeline protest (Omaha World-Herald)
  • Things Donald Trump has written and said on climate change (CNBC)
  • Explorer Will Steger hits milestone in climate awareness effort (Minnesota Public Radio)
  • Why Trump scrapping NASA climate funding is bad news for our planet (Deutsche Welle)
  • Trump: What’s good for Texas and Okla. is good for America (EnergyWire $)
  • In California caves, a millipede mystery (High Country News)
  • North Dakota to block supplies from pipeline protesters’ camp (Reuters)
  • Climate change denial will be ‘default position’ of White House says Trump’s chief of staff (Independent)
  • This nine-step program is like Alcoholics Anonymous for climate anxiety. (Grist)
  • Feds to consider renewed protections for bird species (The Hill)
  • 2,000 veterans head to support Dakota Access protesters, offer protection from police (InsideClimate News)
  • Alaska biologists research mystery of declining caribou herd (AP)

World News

  • Great Barrier Reef: Australia’s ‘response plan’ draft contains no new action or funding (Guardian)
  • Worst-recorded coral bleaching event to continue into 2017 (Climate Home)
  • Despite climate change vow, China pushes to dig more coal (New York Times $)
  • EU declares war on energy waste and coal subsidies in new climate package (GuardianReutersWall Street Journal $)
  • Pakistan setting up world’s largest 1,000 MW solar park (PTI)
  • Largest all-female expedition braves Antarctica to fight inequality, climate change (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • How China’s climate revolution can stop global warming (Deutsche Welle)
  • Accident leaves 22 coal miners trapped in northeastern China (AP)
  • Healthcare clean up of urban environment means tackling pollution at source (Financial Times $)
  • Clean energy gains ground – but old dirty habits die hard (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • Chernobyl disaster site enclosed by shelter to prevent radiation leaks (Guardian)
  • Germany braces for rough ride at G20 helm with Trump on board (Reuters)
  • Lack of fuel, guns hits Brazil’s Amazon guardians (Reuters)
  • Rowan Williams: Businesses are waking up to climate change (Business Green $)
  • Indian infrastructure group JSW plans to make electric cars- sources (Reuters)
  • What coal tells us about China’s one-size-fits-all approach to economic reform (Bloomberg)
  • The crops of the future (TakePart)
  • EU to bet €2 billion on ‘disruptive’ clean technologies (Climate Home)
  • Brussels to cut power subsidies to meet Paris Agreement (Financial Times $)
  • Dutch government proposes 33 percent increase in renewables spending for 2017 (Reuters)
  • Brand new Dutch coal plants are crashing in value (Climate Home)
  • In Bangladesh, disaster-savvy students protect families from floods (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • Drax seeks to reinvent itself for a post-coal future (Financial Times $)
  • Google Earth’s Timelapse update illustrates 30 years of climate change (The Verge)
  • Adapting to climate change in Africa will hinge on improved transparency (Quartz)

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