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Tillerson Used ‘Alias’ Email for Climate Messages, N.Y. Says
New York says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson used an email alias to discuss climate change while he was Exxon Mobil Corp.’s chief executive: Wayne Tracker. Tillerson sent messages from the account to discuss the risks posed by climate change, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a court filing about his office’s fraud investigation of the company.
Trump to visit Mich., expected to weigh in on emissions
President Trump will travel Wednesday to Michigan, where he is expected to announce whether his administration will consider lowering vehicle emissions and fuel economy requirements.
One big thing that Trump’s government is missing: Scientists
President Trump has moved to fill just one of 46 key science and technology positions that help the government counter risks ranging from chemical and biological attacks to rising seas, a Washington Post analysis has found. The vacancies in the 46 Senate-confirmed posts range from the president’s science adviser, to the administrators of NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to the chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
Stocks Drop Before Fed as Pound Slumps on Brexit
Most European stocks retreated as signs of caution started to show in markets before this week’s packed schedule of events, which includes a U.S. interest rate decision. The pound tumbled as the British Prime Minister won permission to trigger the country’s departure from the EU.
Oil and Natural Gas
Gazprom Makes Concessions in E.U. Gas Deal, but Trouble Looms for Russian Giant
After fitful negotiations spanning nearly two years, Gazprom moved a step closer on Monday to resolving a longstanding dispute with European antitrust regulators critical of the company’s dominance in regional natural gas markets. News of the provisional agreement provides a welcome respite for the Russian state gas exporter and for the government in Moscow, which has long benefited from Gazprom’s profits.
The Monumentally Expensive Quest to Pull Off an Alaskan Oil Miracle
Four decades after the Trans Alaska Pipeline System went live, transforming the North Slope into a modern-day Klondike, many Alaskans fear the best days have passed. Jobs have vanished.
Utilities and Infrastructure
Engie Eyes Bid for $19.8 Billion Utility Firm Innogy
Engie SA is weighing an offer for RWE AG’s German renewable-energy utility Innogy SE, which has a market value of about 18.6 billion euros ($19.8 billion), people familiar with the matter said. The former French natural gas monopoly is speaking to advisers and hasn’t made a final decision about whether to proceed, the people said, asking not to be identified because the deliberations are private.
Innogy in talks with car consortium over charging stations: CEO
Innogy is in “intense” talks with a group of carmakers, Chief Executive Peter Terium told journalists on Monday, hoping to be selected as a supplier of super-fast charging stations for electric vehicles across Europe. “It’s not a done deal yet,” Terium said, pointing to strong competition from rival vendors.
Arizona utility drops lawsuit against state regulator’s subpoena request
The state’s largest electric utility may have outmaneuvered a utility regulator in the fight over its campaign-spending records. Arizona Public Service and Pinnacle West Capital Corp., its parent, have quietly dropped their lawsuit seeking to quash the subpoena issued by Commissioner Bob Burns for corporate records relating to the 2014 election.
Jaguar Land Rover reaches agreement to buy renewable electricity from EDF Energy
Jaguar Land Rover has reached a new agreement with EDF Energy to buy 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources. In an announcement towards the end of last week, the car manufacturer said the agreement would run until March 2020.
EU funding renewable energy efforts in Algeria
Algeria, a member of OPEC, will get support in its efforts to diversify its economy with a $42.7 million package supporting renewable energy, the EU said. Members of a bilateral consortium met in Brussels to sign off on the multi-million dollar package to back an economic reform agenda.
Solar Experiment Lets Neighbors Trade Energy Among Themselves
In a promising experiment in an affluent swath of Brooklyn, dozens of solar-panel arrays spread across rowhouse rooftops are wired into a growing network. Called the Brooklyn Microgrid, the project is signing up residents and businesses to a virtual trading platform that will allow solar-energy producers to sell excess-electricity credits from their systems to buyers in the group, who may live as close as next door.
Can California Go 100 Percent Green?
California’s Senate leader wants the Golden State to shift to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2045, pushing it to lead the country in grabbing that green power goal. Environmentalists are cheering California Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León’s (D) plan to double, and accelerate, the state’s current renewables mandate of 50 percent by 2050.
Coal industry urges Trump to protect fossil fuel research
A group of coal-mining firms, labor unions and energy-industry associations is asking the Trump administration to spare a critical research office from budget cuts this year. In a letter to President Trump released on Monday, the groups said the White House should protect the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy from funding cuts.
Japan’s Toshiba Corp (6502.T) is seeking to extend its Tuesday deadline for submitting official third-quarter earnings due to disagreements with auditors over issues at its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse, sources familiar with the matter said. The extension would be its second for the earnings after Toshiba postponed a month ago to probe potential problems at Westinghouse.
Exclusive: BlackRock vows new pressure on climate, board diversity
BlackRock Inc, which wields outsized clout as the world’s largest asset manager, planned on Monday to put new pressure on companies to explain themselves on issues including how climate change could affect their business as well as boardroom diversity. The move by BlackRock, a powerful force in Corporate America with $5.1 trillion under management, could bolster efforts like climate-risk disclosure practices developed by the Financial Stability Board, the international body that monitors and makes recommendations about the global financial system.
Meteorologists Warn Pruitt Against ‘Mischaracterizing’ Climate Science
The American Meteorological Society pushed back on Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s stance on climate change in a letter on Monday, joining a chorus of opposition from critics of the Trump administration. Pruitt said in a CNBC interview last week that he “would not agree” that carbon-dioxide emissions are “a primary contributor to the global warming that we see,” saying the evidence is unclear and that “we need to continue the debate and continue the review and the analysis.”
Opinions, Editorials and Perspectives
If America’s public lands were a business, the GOP would be bungling the balance sheet
American politicians have always been obsessed with running government “like a business.” They promise to make bureaucracies leaner and let the free market fix all our problems. Well, if America’s public lands were a business, shareholders would be shocked by the gross negligence of some of their top executives.
Trump’s Climate Agenda: Do Less, With Less
Scott Pruitt, the new administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seems like a refined and intelligent man. Speaking in public, he has an easy manner, a winsome smirk, and a pleasant drawl.
Big Oil’s Big Climate Divide
Among other things, carbon dioxide contributes enormously to cognitive dissonance. Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, demonstrated as much last week when he expressed doubts about the role of carbon dioxide emissions in fostering climate change.
A Message from American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers:
American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers produce the jet fuel allowing U.S. airlines to move more than 2 million passengers and nearly 50,000 tons of cargo each day, and the diesel fuel that America’s trucking fleet uses to move more than 98 percent of consumer goods to market. Learn how American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers are making our lives easier, healthier, safer and more productive at afpm.org. At AFPM, we make progress.
Climate Science: A Guide to the Public Debate
The foundations of climate science date back to the early 19th century,1 when scientists—using their newfound sophistication in chemistry and physics—became aware that heat trapping gases in the atmosphere maintained global temperatures above freezing. Despite continued scientific study, the field was of little public interest until the 1960s, when scientists became increasingly concerned that greenhouse gas emissions might dangerously interfere with the planet’s climate.