US slaps heavy duties on solar equipment imports

The Trump administration is imposing tariffs up to 30% on imports of solar equipment.

The measure is aimed directly at China who has been dumping cheap, subsidized solar panels on the US for a decade. The US  had imposed anti-dumping tariffs, but China got around them by opening subsidized factories in Vietnam, Malaysia, and other Asian countries.

The $28 billion US solar industry is up in arms over the new tariffs since about 80% of parts come from overseas. But the goal here is to jump-start the expansion of US manufacturing of solar panels.

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Even Lawyers Supporting Climate Lawsuits Are Skeptical About Their Success

One of the attorneys responsible for targeting oil companies’ climate records is skeptical about the prospects of winning lawsuits against Exxon Mobil and other companies over global warming.

New York City and other coastal cities will have a difficult time suing oil producers for contributing to global warming, Michael Burger, who heads the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University, told Axios Monday.

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Three Reasons Trump Should Pull the Plug on Solar Tariffs

An expansive trade case has simmered on the back burner since April 2017 and is now finally on its way to President Donald Trump’s desk for a decision by Jan. 26.

The case involves two failing manufacturing companies—Suniva and SolarWorld—which have petitioned the government for globally applicable tariffs on inexpensive imports of solar cells and panels.

That petition has run the gantlet of comments, hearings, and analysis from the U.S. International Trade Commission.

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WaPo Calls Gas Tax Push A Potential Victory Against Global Warming

The Washington Post floated the ideas that increasing the federal gas tax could behave as a “rough” carbon tax designed to help fight global warming.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s half-hearted campaign to convince the Trump administration to impose higher gas taxes might benefit activists who want a carbon tax. The chamber believes increasing the tax will help pay for a nearly $1 trillion infrastructure proposal.

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Natural Gas Power Plants Have Saved Ohioans Billions With More Being Built

The 27 natural gas power plants in various stages of development in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia would be equivalent to 105 million solar panels and 11,500 wind turbines.

Yet another natural gas-fired power plant is now operational in Ohio. Advanced Power recently announced that its 700 megawatt (MW) Carroll County Energy Center — located squarely in the heart of Utica Shale gas country  — is now up and running and powering the grid.

The announcement comes just five months after the Oregon Clean Energy Center went into operation in northwest Ohio, adding another 870MW to the grid.

Together, these two plants have brought $1.69 billion of investment into Ohio, created hundreds of jobs and now provide 1,570 MW of clean natural gas-fired electricity which has the capacity to power approximately 1.5 million homes.

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Climate insurance is the latest wealth transfer shakedown

The primary goal of the international climate negotiations is to transfer huge amounts of money from the US and other developed countries to the developing countries.

Some of the various schemes for doing this are well established, but a breathtaking new one is emerging — climate insurance.

The basic idea is very simple, which good scams always are. The Federal Government (in other words, taxpayers) buys climate insurance for specific developing countries.

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R.I.P. Greenhouse Gas Theory: 1980-2018

Hansen’s 1988 testimony

Fresh analysis of government scientific records reveals the idea of ‘long-settled’ science in the greenhouse gas theory is a myth. The idea human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) acts as a control knob on climate only appeared in consensus science since the 1980s. Prior to that time, official records show the theory as “abandoned.”

Famously, on June 24, 1988, the whole world first heard about the dreaded “greenhouse effect” (GHE) from NASA’s  new champion of the theory, James Hansen. Hansen had breathed life into an old and “abandoned” theory drawing from new space research into Venus and Mars. Thanks to Hansen’s role, climate fear prevailed for a generation.

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Sen. Warren ‘Delighted’ Tax Plan is Benefiting Her Constituents, Then Rails Against It

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts railed against GOP-led tax cuts Wednesday before admitting that they will likely result in lower electricity rates for people in her home state.

Warren railed against the tax cuts during an interview on Fox News, but back-peddled after interviewer Bret Baier mentioned energy companies are planning rate cuts in response to reduced corporate taxes.

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ExxonMobil: Calif. localities suing over climate change failed to mention alleged risks to investors

The risks posed by human-caused climate change were apparently alarming enough to prompt seven California municipalities last year to sue ExxonMobil, but not serious enough to disclose in full to their investors.

In a Monday filing in Texas state court, ExxonMobil accused the localities of exaggerating the climate-change threat in court documents, arguing that they failed to raise red flags about climate-driven disasters such as drought, wildfires and ocean acidification in their earlier bond offerings.

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Winning! EPA to cut staff by 50 percent in Trump’s first term

Election night Nov. 2016

The Environmental Protection Agency, seen by President Trump as a bloated bureaucratic whale, is on schedule to fulfill his promise to reduce its staff nearly in half by the end of his first term mostly through retirements, not cuts, according to officials.

The EPA Tuesday provided to Secrets its first-year staff results which show that the agency is below levels not seen since former President Reagan’s administration.

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New Data Confirms That Natural Disaster Costs Are NOT Proof Of Global Warming

Natural disasters did $330 billion worth of damage in 2017, mostly due to hurricanes smashing into the U.S. this fall, making last year the second costliest year for disasters since 2011, according to the reinsurance industry.

Insurers will pay out $135 billion for natural disasters, according to Munich Re, the most on record. Most of the monetary damages came from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, which hit U.S. and Caribbean islands in the fall. Hurricanes did $215 billion in damage.

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