- “Exxon Dared Critics to Prove It Misled the Public. These Researchers Just Called the Company’s Bluff.” • Science historian Naomi Oreskes and Harvard researcher Geoffrey Supran have published the first peer-reviewed, comprehensive analysis of Exxon Mobil’s climate communications. It adds heft to charges of deceptive climate denial. [Mother Jones]
- “Trump officials rewrite Energy Dept study to make renewables look bad, fail anyway” • Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s long-awaited grid study is finally out. Trump officials clearly rewrote the previously leaked staff draft to make it look like renewable energy is a threat to baseload power and grid resilience, but they mostly botched the job. [ThinkProgress]
- The nine northeastern states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative have tightened greenhouse gas emission limits on electric power plants. The group announced that the plants will face a 30% cut on maximum total emissions allowed starting in 2020. By 2030, power industry greenhouse gas emissions will be cut 65% from 2009 levels. [Albany Times Union]
- Solar PV capacity will soon match and even overtake nuclear energy’s global capacity, according to new US research. By the end of 2017, solar power plants around the world are predicted to have an installed capacity of 390 GW, according to estimates by Greentech Media. That is just shy of the 391.5 GW of nuclear capacity currently in operation. [EURACTIV]
Sunset for a nuclear plant (Shutterstock image)
- Canada’s National Energy Board has agreed for the first time in its history to consider upstream and downstream greenhouse gas emissions while reviewing a major pipeline project. The federal regulator will consider “indirect” heat-trapping pollution in upcoming hearings for a proposed TransCanada Energy East pipeline. [National Observer]
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