Thursday February 09th 2017, 9:00 AMCrazy warm winters haven't pushed Arctic ice beyond a “tipping point.” Every ton of CO2 we don't emit saves 32 square feet of it. [News Source]
Arctic ice isn’t doomed yet—here’s how to save it.
The big melt: Global sea ice at record low.
Thursday February 09th 2017, 9:00 AMThere is now less sea ice on Earth than at any time on record. Ice in the Arctic and Antarctic melted to record low levels in January, scientists reported this week. [News Source]
The dream of a conservative carbon tax will never die.
Thursday February 09th 2017, 9:00 AMThe policy sounds simple: Slap a tax on all US oil, coal, and natural gas use, starting at $40 per ton of CO2 emitted and rising over time with revenue refunded to Americans in the form of quarterly dividend checks. Except, as you’ve probably guessed, nothing’s ever that simple. [News Source]
EPA officials yanked from Alaska event as Trump team weighs in.
Thursday February 09th 2017, 9:00 AMJust three days before this week’s environment conference in Alaska, the top Environmental Protection Agency official in Anchorage called the organizer with some news: The agency had been instructed by the White House to slash the number of EPA staffers who could attend. [News Source]
Dakota pipeline greenlighted as fossil fuels move to fore.
Thursday February 09th 2017, 9:00 AMThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is cancelling an environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline and will grant approval of an easement that allows the final link in the pipeline to be constructed. [News Source]
Republican elders call for new national carbon tax to replace federal regulations.
Thursday February 09th 2017, 9:00 AMA group of senior Republicans will meet with White House officials on Wednesday to call for a new national carbon tax to replace federal regulations as a way to combat climate change. [News Source]
Trump’s energy inner circle takes shape.
Thursday February 09th 2017, 9:00 AMPresident Trump is expected to soon fill key White House energy jobs - relying on Washington energy insiders and former staffers to Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) to help shape his administration's environmental agenda. [News Source]
Lack of transparency over green energy subsidies ‘shambolic’, say MPs.
Thursday February 09th 2017, 9:00 AMMPs have criticised ministers for their “shambolic” failure to regularly spell out the impact of government green policies on household energy bills. [News Source]
How will California battle climate change? A new proposal revs up debate over cap-and-trade program.
Thursday February 09th 2017, 9:00 AMCalifornia lawmakers unveil new legislation to extend the state's cap-and-trade program, setting the stage for a major debate. [News Source]
Vattenfall aims to have 3 gigawatt of windpower capacity by year-end.
Thursday February 09th 2017, 9:00 AMSwedish utility Vattenfall will have 3 gigawatt of installed wind-powered generation capacity by the end of this year as it continues to move away from coal-fired and nuclear power toward renewable energy, it said on Wednesday. [News Source]
Trump’s Chicago skyscraper at bottom of city’s energy rankings.
Thursday February 09th 2017, 9:00 AMDonald Trump is no friend of the environment. And based on new energy use data from the city, neither is his trademark Chicago skyscraper. [News Source]