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Hot News: September 20

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Trump Cozies Up to the Fossil Fuel Industry: Oil billionaire Forrest Lucas is a leading contender for Interior Secretary if Trump is elected, sources told Politico. It would be nearly unprecedented for an oil executive to hold this position. Trump’s attack on an obscure ethanol program in his economic blueprint was likely influenced by close friend and billionaire investor Carl Icahn, “suggesting that the GOP presidential candidate has a tendency to embrace policy positions and rhetoric from his business friends,” the Washington Post reports. Trump is expected to discuss his energy policy and fracking at an industry conference in Pittsburgh this week. (NewsPoliticoClimate CentralFusionE&E Report $, Washington Post $, GristClimate HomeCommentary: Washington Post, Eugene Robinson column $)

Apple, BofA, Amalgamated Bank Commit to 100 Pct Renewables: Apple, Bank of America and Amalgamated Bank pledged to go 100 percent renewable, joining the RE100 group. Bank of America also announced it will be ‘carbon neutral’ by 2020, while Apple announced new commitments to power its supply chain with renewable energy. The announcements at Climate Week come on the heels of GM’s pledge last week to power its worldwide operations with 100 percent clean energy by 2050. (GreenBizBusinessGreenArs TechnicaMashableGlobal TimesPV-Techedie.netEnvironmental LeaderCNBC)

CA to Curb Super Pollutants: California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the nation’s strictest law on short-lived climate pollutants, which drive a large portion of near-term global warming. The law mandates cutting black carbon, also known as soot, 50 percent from 2013 levels by 2030 and reducing methane emissions from sources such as dairy farms and HFCs emitted by refrigerants by 40 percent in the same period. While these pollutants don’t stay in the atmosphere as long as carbon dioxide, they are far more potent than CO2 in the short-term. (News: ReutersLA Times $, APABCThe HillSan Diego Union-TribunePacific StandardSF GateCommentary: Bloomberg, Noah Smith column)

US News
  • US predicts climate law within decade (
  • Climate programs will be cut in Clinton Foundation restructuring (InsideClimate News)
  • Wildfire burning on California’s Big Sur coast becomes costliest ever to fight (CBS News)
  • Senate Democrats poised to elevate moderate on environment panel (Politico Pro $)
  • L’Oréal building solar projects at Arkansas, Kentucky plants (AP)
  • How much cleaner really is a Tesla? Depends on where you are (Bloomberg)
  • Sources: API’s Marty Durbin in the mix for NEI chief (Politico Pro $)
  • DC Circuit primer: All you need to know ahead of the Clean Power Plan’s pivotal court date (Utility Dive)
  • Climate disruption is fueling stronger storms (PRI News)
  • 700 years of N.D. coal vs. a climate rule (ClimateWire $)
  • UPDATE: Judge suggests Exxon and Massachusetts attorney general talk about climate change case (Dallas Morning News)
  • Threat of wildfires growing in the Northwest amid climate change (My Northwest)
  • Tesla says lawsuits could delay SolarCity deal (ReutersWall Street Journal $, Bloomberg)
  • Why the new Massachusetts energy storage report is such a big deal (Greentech Media)
  • Watch this law professor try to convince a physicist that Greenland’s melt won’t raise seas (Washington Post $)
  • For Obama in final U.N. address, some unfinished business (Wall Street Journal$)
  • Pipeline break lights a fire under gasoline prices across Southeast (Wall Street Journal $)
  • Think California’s current drought is bad? Past incarnations have lasted hundreds of years (Washington Post $)
  • SunEdison’s yieldcos exploring strategic options, including sale (Reuters)
  • Senate committee to consider miner pension bill (The Hill)
  • Wind energy comes sweeping down the Oklahoma plains (Tulsa World)
  • Mon Power ratepayers may be shortchanged (Dominion Post)
  • Utilities and solar companies want market-based solutions to facilitate collaboration (Greentech Media)
  • Easy resolution unlikely for contentious Dakota pipeline (Reuters)
  • California Republicans more likely to install solar panels than Democrats (IB Times $)
  • SunEdison’s TerraForm units both say they’re seeking buyers (Bloomberg)
  • The real reason investors are backing the Tesla-SolarCity deal (Bloomberg)

World News

  • US and China release fossil fuel subsidy peer reviews (Climate Home)
  • Paris deal to receive boost at UN event (AP)
  • More companies put price on their carbon emissions (Financial Times $)
  • Cheapest solar on record offered as Abu Dhabi expands renewables (Bloomberg)
  • Justin Trudeau’s climate change policy leans towards ‘realistic’ rather than ‘ambitious’ (VICE)
  • EU invests billions to prevent migration (Climate Home)
  • China embarked on wind power frenzy, says IEA (BBC)
  • Global trade deal threatens Paris climate goals, leaked documents show (Guardian)
  • Out of China’s dusty northwest corner, a solar behemoth arise (Bloomberg)
  • Softbank eyes Indian solar manufacturing in boost to Modi’s goal (Bloomberg)
  • Cheaper European mortgages on tap to energy-efficient homeowners (Bloomberg)
  • JetBlue makes biofuels deal to curtail greenhouse gases (New York Times $)
  • Canada to ratify Paris climate deal while working on national plan (Metro Toronto)
  • Keira Knightley and Victoria Beckham celebrate the green carpet challenge (New York Times $)
  • Israel looks for firms to build its largest solar power facility (Reuters)
  • The changing clock of Australia’s little penguins (New York Times $)
  • In English Lake District, tradition and conservation clash (New York Times $)
  • Vietnam to pilot cloud seeding (XinhuaNet)
  • Canada’s federal government takes a cue from British Columbia’s price on carbon (ThinkProgress)
  • Pakistan experiences severe climate change, govt seems unaware (Pakistan Daily Times)
  • Southwest Nova Scotia droughts could increase with climate change (CBC News)
  • Climate change could shrink habitat of 90pc of eucalypts (ABC Australia)
  • Govt moves to protect solar industry after WTO setback (Business Standard)
  • Climate of confusion: 40 percent of Canadians believe science is unclear (Canada Journal)
  • DiCaprio’s ‘Before The Flood’ a wake-up call on climate change: director (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • Solar scale-up in Pakistan hits roadblock after payments slashed (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • After CNN and Arnab, Narendra Modi gave an interview to someone completely different (Scroll)
  • Toyota is using sewage sludge to power its new electric car (Quartz)

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