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  1. Carbon Emissions : States face off over future of Obama global warming plan

    In this March 21, 2016 file photo, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Two weeks after officials in two dozen states asked Donald Trump to kill one of President Barack Obama's plans to curb global warming, Schneiderman was lead author on a rebuttal letter signed by Democratic attorneys general in 15 states, plus four cities and counties, asking the president-elect to save it. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Two weeks after officials in two dozen states asked Republican President-elect Donald Trump to kill one of Democratic President Barack Obama's signature plans to curb global warming, another group of state officials is urging Trump to save it. Democratic attorneys general in 15 states plus four cities and counties sent a letter to Trump asking him to preserve Obama's Clean Power Plan , New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the lead author, announced Thursday. The letter was a rebuttal to one sent this month by Republican officials from West Virginia and 21 other states and Democrats from the coal-producing states of Kentucky and Missouri urging Trump to issue a Day 1 executive order declaring the Clean Power Plan unlawful and prohibiting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from enforcing it. The Clean Power Plan aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions at existing power plants, the nation's largest source of the pollution, by about one-third by 2030. Opponents say the Environmental Protection Agency lacks authority to implement the rules. The plan is already the subject of a legal fight. Trump has called the science showing climate change a hoax. His choice to head the EPA, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, has sued the EPA repeatedly to stop its climate agenda including Obama's sweeping power plant rules. And his nominee to run the Department of Energy, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, has questioned climate science while working to promote coal-fired power in Texas. But in a television interview this month Trump said he was "still open-minded" about the science of climate change. Schneiderman said states like New York are "on the front lines of climate change" and have demonstrated how to cut pollution and emissions while protecting affordable and reliable electricity, creating jobs and growing the economy. "The Clean Power Plan builds on that successful work and is a blueprint for the critical action needed to fight climate change's devastating environmental, economic and public health impacts," he said. Under Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Clean Energy Standard, established this year, 50 percent of New York state's electricity must come from renewable energy sources like wind and solar by 2030. New York and eight other states are part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade program that has reduced carbon dioxide emissions from electrical generation in the region by 40 percent from 2005 levels. In California, the nation's most populous state, which also signed the letter, the goal is also to have half of its energy from renewable sources by 2030 and a 40 percent reduction of greenhouse gases. The letter to Trump lists local impacts of climate change from fossil fuel emissions, including drought in California, catastrophic storm surge in New York City, a record deluge on Colorado's Front Range, high-tide flooding in Virginia and South Florida and diminished shellfish harvest in Oregon and Washington state. The legal challenge, filed by 27 states that oppose the Clean Power Plan, is before a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. A decision on the plan could come at any time, but the U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily blocked implementation of the rule until the court challenge is resolved. Still, even if Trump wants to scrap the plan, it would be a large, time-consuming task. David Doniger, a climate policy expert with the Natural Resources Defense Council who served on Democratic President Bill Clinton's White House Council of Environmental Quality, said the Trump administration "can't make it go away unless they go through rulemaking process and unwind it." "And that's a public process, so they'll have to hear from supporters of the plan," he said. If Trump were to issue the executive order being asked for by the plan's opponents, since the plan has gone through a formal process to become a regulation it would still require a long, public process to undo, Doniger said. Besides New York and California, the letter is signed by attorneys general from the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington as well as officials from Broward County and South Miami, Florida, Boulder, Colorado, and New York City.

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    Sat, 31 Dec 2016

  2. UAE targets increased clean-energy role

    The United Arab Emirates wants nearly half the energy consumed in the federation to be “clean energy” by 2050.

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    Thu, 12 Jan 2017

  3. Carbon dioxide emissions hit record high

    Worldwide carbon dioxide emissions from power generation hit an all-time high of 31.6 billion in 2012, a 1.4 percent jump from 2011, according to the International Energy Agency

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    Tue, 11 Jun 2013

  4. FPL shuts down Cedar Bay coal-fired power plant

    Prior to the acquisition, FPL had been obligated to purchase power from the plant under a 1988 power purchase agreement with the power plant's previous owners

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    Wed, 28 Dec 2016

  1. EIA: Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Power Generation Lowest since 1993

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    Wed, 18 May 2016

  2. IRENA boss urges faster pace on decarbonisation

    “As we advance deeper into a new energy paradigm, we need to pick-up the pace of our decarbonisation efforts.”

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    Sun, 15 Jan 2017

  3. Netherlands in coal plant closure stalemate

    Plans to shut down the Netherlands' coal-fired power plants have produced a stalemate in the nation's parliament.  

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    Mon, 16 Jan 2017

  4. Coal News: Latest delay pushes Kemper power plant price over $7 billion

    Mississippi Power Co. says its Kemper County power plant will be delayed another month.

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    Tue, 10 Jan 2017

  5. EIA: US to become net energy exporter in outlook to 2050

    According to the US Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook 2017 (AEO 2017), which has projections through 2050, the US will become a net energy exporter in most cases as petroleum liquid imports fall and natural gas exports rise.

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    Thu, 5 Jan 2017

  6. Latest delay pushes Kemper power plant price over $7 billion

    Mississippi Power Co. says its Kemper County power plant will be delayed another month 

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    Tue, 10 Jan 2017

  7. U.S. carbon dioxide emissions increase by 3.1 percent in 2000

    U.S. carbon dioxide emissions have increased by 3.1 percent in the year 2000, the Energy Information Administration said today in a new report.

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    Fri, 9 Nov 2001

  8. Increase in carbon dioxide emissions follows strong economic growth

    U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels rose by 2.7 percent in 2000, increasing from 1,517 million metric tons of carbon (MMTC) in 1999 to 1,558 MMTC in 2000, according to preliminary estimates released today by the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

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    Fri, 29 Jun 2001

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