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Trump says climate change not a hoax; decarbonizing transportation may cost $25B

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Higher taxes and less-competitive regulation have hampered the growth of Canadian utilities when compared with their U.S. counterparts, Fortis Inc. President and CEO Barry Perry said.

US EPA's response for evidence to support Pruitt's climate views lacking

After a judge ordered it to do so, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offered no evidence supporting its former administrator's claim that human activity is not the main cause of climate change, according to a federal government employee advocacy group.

Trump says climate change not a hoax, economic adviser downplays climate report

In separate television appearances on October 14, President Donald Trump acknowledged the existence of climate change and his economic adviser Larry Kudlow questioned the veracity of a recent international report on the issue.

Corporate America urged to participate in grid planning for renewables

If U.S. companies are to realize their sustainability aspirations, which include an ambitious renewable energy purchasing target of 60 GW by 2025, they must engage in transmission planning across the country, according to a new report by the Wind Solar Alliance.

Concerns over proposed renewable energy legislation spark discussions in DC

Several interested parties testified before the Washington, D.C., Council's Committee on Transportation & the Environment on Oct. 9 regarding proposed legislation that would implement the most aggressive renewable portfolio standard in the nation.

Oil industry warns Alaskan measure to protect salmon may stifle projects

Alaskans will vote Nov. 6 on a proposal aimed at mitigating the impact of large-scale development on the state's salmon fisheries. While advocates said the state needs to enact "clear, science-based standards" to guide permitting, companies engaged in oil and gas production said additional rules are unneeded and could delay projects and increase costs.

Pay TV exploring next steps to reduce energy use from set-top boxes

Cable companies, providers of set-top boxes once viewed as energy vampires, have slashed the power usage of that hardware and are looking for more progress via their preferred path of industry agreements over government mandates.

US EPA makes major changes to key air pollution advisory committee

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has made a flurry of changes to a key scientific advisory committee that helps set national air quality standards.

Green bond manager reports good returns, most money used for climate change

A green and social bond asset management company has found that 87% of the 66 impact bonds it invested in during 2017 were used to pay for climate change mitigation activities associated with curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

Texas gas-flaring permits may be key to 2019 Permian oil success, analyst says

Permian drillers with permits to flare gas associated with their shale oil wells are better positioned to survive a looming crunch in natural gas takeaway capacity out of the play, a Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. analysis said.

Duke Energy Carolinas asks to study costs, benefits of electric vehicle charging

Duke Energy Carolinas LLC plans to roll out a three-year pilot program that will evaluate the benefits and costs of large-scale electric vehicle charging infrastructure in South Carolina.

Calif. gas utilities to spend $315M to reduce methane emissions

California's four major gas utilities plan to spend $314.7 million over the next two years to repair or replace pipelines to reduce methane emissions, under a resolution that state regulators approved Oct. 11.

Appeals court will not reconsider ruling in Dominion coal ash case

A federal appeals court will not reconsider its ruling that Dominion Energy Virginia did not violate the Clean Water Act when arsenic from coal ash stored at the Chesapeake plant seeped into groundwater.

Senate approves Trump pick to lead Justice Department's environmental division

The U.S. Senate voted Oct. 11 to confirm Jeffrey Clark as Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice's Environmental and Natural Resources Division. The upper chamber voted 52-45 in favor of his nomination, with support divided largely along party lines.

Environmentalists drop appeals of Mass. gas plant permits after emissions ruling

The Conservation Law Foundation withdrew challenges to the permits for two Massachusetts natural gas-fired power plants after a recent and separate court decision affirmed new and tougher emissions limits on all generators in the state.

Analysis finds decarbonizing transportation in 12 states could cost $25B

Slashing transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. Northeast and mid-Atlantic could cost about $25 billion over the next decade or so, but those costs would be paid off and the region would start to see net financial savings by 2037, M.J. Bradley & Associates found in a new report.

Equinor: World gas demand slips by 2050 under aggressive bid to curb emissions

The global transition to a low carbon future is happening far too slowly to reach climate targets outlined in the international 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, and the world will have to cut its demand for natural gas in the long term if it chooses a path that keeps climate impacts to a minimum, an executive with the Norwegian energy giant Equinor said.

Oil companies line up to fund fight against Washington carbon tax

Voters in Washington state will decide Nov. 6 on whether or not the state will adopt what could be the first direct tax on carbon in the country, but not without a fight from the oil industry, which claims that the tax will raise fuel costs.

Hydropower largely excluded from burgeoning green bond market

Hydropower projects are largely excluded from the green bond market due to environmental and sustainability concerns, but hydropower advocates hope things will change once a standard-setting organization creates new qualification criteria.

Pipelines need to offer flexible gas deliveries as renewables' role grows

As the electric grid relies more on renewable power sources, particularly in California, natural gas pipeline companies increasingly have to respond to significant and quick changes in demand from gas-fired power plants serving as a backstop to intermittent electricity sources.

Oil industry to fight Trump proposal to raise ethanol blending limit

Lobby groups representing the U.S. refining industry and oil companies slammed a Trump administration proposal to allow blends of gasoline containing 15% ethanol, known as E15, in the U.S. motor fuel pool year-round.