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    1. Trump’s Budget Would Torpedo Obama’s Investments in Climate Change and Clean Energy

      Trump’s Budget Would Torpedo Obama’s Investments in Climate Change and Clean Energy

      From the elimination of major programs to the shifting of scientific priorities, the Trump administration budget proposal unveiled Thursday presents a wholesale repudiation of two main Obama administration objectives: fighting climate change and stoking a revolution in renewable energy.  At the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, $250 million in coastal and ocean grants and programs — many of which help ready communities for rising seas and a warmer, more acidic ocean — would be cut. Satellite programs would be trimmed. The proposed cuts, previously reported on by The Washington Post, have shaken the country’s climate science community and triggered an outcry.

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      Mentions: WA
    2. Trump Victory Reverses U.S. Energy and Environmental Priorities

      Trump Victory Reverses U.S. Energy and Environmental Priorities

      Donald J. Trump comes into office with a plan to toss out most of what President Obama achieved on energy and the environment. While vowing to “cancel” the international Paris climate accord Obama championed, Trump would also rearrange domestic energy and environmental priorities. He wants to open up federal lands to oil and gas drilling and coal mining. He wants to eliminate regulations he calls needless. He would scrap proposed regulations for tighter methane controls on domestic drillers. And he wants to shrink the role of the Environmental Protection Agency to a mostly advisory one and pull back the Clean Power Plan, Obama’s proposed plan to push utilities toward lower carbon emissions.

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      Mentions: U.S. EPA
    3. Can Progress on Climate Change Keep Up With its Quickening Pace?

      Can Progress on Climate Change Keep Up With its Quickening Pace?

      July was the hottest month in recorded history, by a lot, and August isn’t looking any better.  So how do we interpret that? What does it mean? I’m no scientist. In my 30 years as a businessperson, though, I’ve learned that the best decisions require looking at all of the available data and trends. You seldom have the complete analysis that a scientist would require — events unfold quickly. Instead, business people often must make decisions on the basis of imperfect information. A responsible chief executive knows two things: that a decision not to act is a decision, and that no competent leader risks the health of the entire enterprise by failing to take necessary steps, even ones that are painful.

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    4. Clean Energy is Winning the Race Against Fossil Fuels — but the Planet is Still Losing

      Clean Energy is Winning the Race Against Fossil Fuels — but the Planet is Still Losing

      A new United Nations report has found that 2015 set a slew of new records for global investment in clean energy — and furthermore, the bulk of investment was not in places like the United States or Germany but rather in the developing world. But the report also contained a grim punchline when it came to the impact this is having on the broader climate change problem. The world invested an unprecedented $286 billion in clean energy in 2015, the report found — and with that money purchased a similarly unrivaled 118 gigawatts (or billion watts) of new wind and solar photovoltaic electricity generating capacity, among other installments. More than half of all new generating capacity in 2015 was in renewables, another new record.

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      Mentions: India U.S. Brazil
    5. Huge Deal Provides the Latest Evidence that the Battery Business has Arrived

      Huge Deal Provides the Latest Evidence that the Battery Business has Arrived

      At the Paris climate change conference earlier this month, all eyes were on some massive announcements in the solar and wind energy space — including plans in Africa to install 300 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity across the continent by the year 2030. A gigawatt is a billion watts — and this would be nearly double the electricity capacity that the continent currently supports. Less noticed, however, is that a key enabling technology for solar — and for the future of clean energy — is also starting to grow: Energy storage.

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    6. This Could be the Biggest Sign Yet that the Battery Revolution is Here

      This Could be the Biggest Sign Yet that the Battery Revolution is Here

      We may be getting a real time glimpse of a world that energy visionaries have long awaited — one featuring a large scale merger between clean energy technologies, like wind and solar, and large batteries that can store power from these sources and make it available at will.

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