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Hot News: November 9, 2016

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With Pruitt Nom, Dems Dig In, Deniers Rejoice: Democrat leaders across the board decried the announcement of fossil fuel darling Scott Pruitt as Trump’s pick to head EPA, and may reach across the aisle to Republican members of Congress to help stop the nomination. On an LCV press call, Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii previewed a potentially contentious confirmation hearing next year, calling Pruitt’s nomination “a litmus test for every member of the Senate who claims not to be a denier.” Meanwhile, Republican leaders mostly cheered the Pruitt news, joined by celebration from the oil and gas lobby. The mood was light Thursday at an energy summit hosted by the Trump-friendly Heritage Foundation and Koch-funded Texas Public Policy Foundation. Scroll down to see Lamar Smith’s comments in today’s Denier Roundup – the event is also covered in full at Nexus Media News. (Democrats: CNNReutersBloombergPolitico Pro $, The HillE&E$, ThinkProgress. Republicans: Politico Pro $, The Hill. Summit: ThinkProgressDeSmogBlog. Commentary: Phil Newell, Nexus Media News)

Canada’s Carbon Price: The Canadian government and leaders of 10 provinces will announce a plan for a national carbon price on Friday. The proposed plan would have the same effect as taking nearly 62 million cars off the road, and would be a significant move towards helping Canada meet its Paris Agreement targets of cutting carbon emissions to 30 percent below 2005 levels. The announcement is a signal that Canadian PM Justin Trudeau intends to press ahead with his emissions reductions agenda and capture more of the global renewables market, despite worries that the US, Canada’s largest trading partner, will steer a different course with Trump at the helm. (New York Times $, CBCCalgary HeraldThe StarDeSmog-CanadaThe Star Commentary: The Star)

Boston Sounds the Alarm: The City of Boston released a 400-page report Thursday that predicts the effects of climate change and provides a roadmap for the city to adapt. The report predicts a catastrophic storm affecting 90,000 Bostonians and causing $14 billion of damage within 50 years if immediate action is not taken, and details the impacts climate change would have on specific neighborhoods in the city. In the report’s forward, Mayor Marty Walsh wrote that implementing climate resilience plans will “create jobs, improve public spaces and public health, and make our energy supply more efficient and resilient.” (WBURBoston Globe $, Boston HeraldNBCNECN)

WSJ: Corporate America Unfazed By Trump: On the heels of Tuesday’s announcement that Google will source 100 percent renewables by 2017, the Wall Street Journal took a look on Thursday at how corporate efforts to cutting emissions are keeping up despite the specter of a Trump presidency and a Pruitt EPA. “All of those [renewable] investments don’t change with a change in administration, it’s a long-term strategy,” a spokesperson for utility American Electric Power Co. told the Journal. The Journal also reported Thursday that companies in Asia intend to keep their emissions promises, regardless of Trump’s actions overseas. An Advanced Energy Economy report released earlier this week found 71 of Fortune 100 companies have set renewable energy or sustainability targets, an increase from 60 in 2014. (WSJ: US companies $, Asian firms. AEE report: CleanTechnicaSan Jose Mercury NewsUtilityDiveSNL Energy. Commentary: CNN, Tom Steyer op-edMashable, Andrew Freedman analysis)

US News
  • Clean energy ‘moving forward’ despite Trump’s E.P.A. pick, experts say (New York Times $)
  • Pruitt, Trump’s EPA pick, has both sides of climate divide girding for a major fight (Washington Post $)
  • Obama’s mighty EPA falls into Pruitt’s hands (Politico)
  • Much ado in Cooperstown, N.Y., over vote to dump fossil fuel stocks (New York Times $)
  • Worried auto industry braces for change under Trump (New York Times $)
  • Trump’s EPA pick reveals triumph of politics over science (Bloomberg)
  • Trump’s EPA pick: a climate denier with disdain for the agency he’ll helm (InsideClimate News)
  • Trump’s EPA pick may struggle to dismantle Obama’s environmental legacy (Reuters)
  • The president-elect’s EPA head may not believe in climate change (Economist)
  • Did Al Gore get played? Engaging with Trump brings risk for the left (LA Times $)
  • Trump impact on emissions ‘pretty small’ (FT $)
  • At EPA: Trump’s nominee and 15,000 or so counterweights (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Trump’s EPA pick is skeptical of more than just climate change (The Atlantic)
  • Trump team’s memo hints at broad shake-up of U.S. energy policy (Bloomberg)
  • EPA fears ‘unprecedented disaster’ for environment over Scott Pruitt pick (The Guardian)
  • The dirty deplorables: Who’s who on Trump’s team (Grist)
  • Offshore wind project to go live as industry eyes Trump (Climate Central)
  •  U.S. renewable fuel credit prices drop after news of Trump’s EPA pick (Reuters)
  • Earnest: ‘Reality’ could intrude on Trump’s climate change views (Politico)
  • Steve Bannon once managed desert biodome (E&E $)
  • Trump team’s asking for ways U.S. can keep nuclear power alive (Bloomberg)
  • Democrats mull shutdown fight over coal retirees’ health promise (Bloomberg)
  • North Dakota could be biggest loser in ruling against oil pipeline (New York Times $)
  • Is solar power a good investment? Renewable energy has paid for itself as far as carbon dioxide is concerned (IBT)
  • Fishing groups seek Atlantic wind farm delay (AP)
  • Advocates say lawsuit over wind energy auction is premature (Politico Pro NJ $)
  • Kale, lobster and other analogies for energy freeze headed to Kasich (Cincinnati Inquirer)
  • Trump moves cast cloud over climate change work in Maryland (AP)
  • States are decoupling their emissions from economic growth—federal policy be damned (Greentech Media)
  • Democrats’ domination may save Calif. climate program (Climate Central)
  • Liberal mega-donor may run for Calif. governor: report (The Hill)
  • After the flames, ‘mountain tough’ Gatlinburg looks to the future (Washington Post $)
  • Michigan’s energy overhaul in jeopardy (Detroit News)
  • Exxon cites N.Y. AG’s ‘morally vacant’ quip in climate fight (Bloomberg)
  • Sununu says he will push for the right energy projects (New Hampshire Public Radio)
  • UT report: Wind, natural gas cheapest electricity if full cost tallied (Austin-American Statesman)

World News

  • It’s already happening: Hundreds of animals, plants locally extinct due to climate change (TimeCBCNexus Media News)
  • Climate refugees in South Asia need protection, advocates say (Reuters)
  • U.K. said to prefer staying in EU carbon market after Brexit (Bloomberg)
  • Government killed emissions scheme despite knowing it could shave $15 billion off electricity bills (Sydney Morning Herald)
  • Alan Finkel warns investment has stalled over climate policy uncertainty (The Guardian)
  • In Kenya, organic macadamia nuts provide a cushion against drought (Reuters)
  • The plan for an energy internet revolution in Luxembourg (Greentech Media)
  • Western Isles ‘betrayed’ by wind farm subsidy delay (BBC)
  • Discover how climate change is rapidly transforming our earth with google timelapse (Huffington Post)

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