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Pipeline payday: How builders win big, whether more gas is needed or not

by Phil Mckenna, InsideClimate News The real fight over America’s energy future isn’t in coal, despite the Trump administration’s public focus on a mining revival. Rather, dozens of pipeline projects, making up one of the largest expansions of natural gas infrastructure in U.S. history, are where the fossil fuel action is. At a cost of […]

Court ruling on HFCS deals another blow to Paris climate goals

by Marianne Lavelle, InsideClimate News The federal appeals court’s ruling this week striking down an Obama-era rule on air conditioning and refrigeration gases deals another significant blow to hopes of the U.S. reaching its target under the Paris climate accord. The 2015 rule would have restricted the manufacturing of products containing hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs. It […]

Target will buy 100MW of wind energy to power 150 stores

by Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg Target Corp. agreed to buy 100 megawatts of output from an Infinity Renewables wind project in Kansas. Power from the 474-megawatt Solomon Forks wind facility will help offset the energy used at 150 Target stores in the area, Santa Barbara, California-based Infinity said in an emailed statement Wednesday. Terms weren’t disclosed. […]

Old tire plant in Hanford gets new life, and electric-car buyers could be interested

by Bonhia Lee, The Fresno Bee Faraday Future plans to make luxury electric cars in the old Pirelli tire factory in Hanford. The Los Angeles-based start-up company announced Monday that it had signed a lease for the 1 million-square-foot manufacturing plant. Hanford “offered us a facility with all the infrastructure in place to help improve our […]

The solar eclipse on August 21

by Bernadette Del Chiaro, Executive Director of CALSEIA   A total solar eclipse will cross the Pacific Northwest two weeks from today. While California is not directly in the cross-hairs, on August 21 from roughly 9am to 12pm, the moon will partially block out 76 percent of the sun in Northern CA and 62 percent in […]

Center for Climate Protection Board Member, Carl Mears is a lead author on new climate study, awaiting approval from Trump

by Lisa Friedman, The New York Times WASHINGTON — The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration. The draft report by scientists from […]

Scrapping climate protections would erase $300 billion in benefits, study finds

by Nicholas Kusnetz, InsideClimate News The Trump administration has been systematically dismantling the nation’s climate change regulations, often claiming a high cost of compliance as justification. But a new study says keeping those rules would actually savenearly $300 billion a year by 2030. “That just gives you a sense of the scale of the impact […]

Climate, clean energy policies create economic boon for California’s inland empire

by Joseph Bebon, Solar Industry  A new study on the economic effects of existing climate and clean energy policies in California’s Inland Empire estimates a net benefit of $9.1 billion in direct economic activity and 41,000 net direct jobs from 2010 to 2016. When accounting for the spillover effects of these benefits, the net value jumps […]

Keystone XL: low oil prices, tar sands pullout could kill pipeline plan

by Phil Mckenna, InsideClimate News It will be close to three years, at least, before oil could possibly be moving through the controversial Keystone XL pipeline—if the pipeline is completed at all. Company officials now concede that after battling protests and regulatory hurdles for nearly a decade, market forces could scuttle the project. Canadian pipeline […]