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An analysis by the Energy Information Agency says the EPA’s Clean Power Plan would cut power plant emissions to historic lows. (The Hill)

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“The usual ideologues are making the usual noises about big, intrusive government and job-killing regulations. Some time down the road (or should I say downstream?) when we all end up paying additional billions to treat our drinking water and clean up toxic wetlands and waterways, these same special interests will complain about wasteful government spending,” writes the Executive Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute of EPA clean water protections that will be announced today.

WHAT’S TRENDING 

Class action – A class action suit has been filed against a San Diego company claiming that the company been dumping chemicals into the ground that have made people sick. The company, Amertek Aerospace & Defense, is located next door to an elementary school. (10 News) 

$32 million – The Department of Energy announced a $32 million funding program to support jobs and research in solar energy. (The Hill) 

A good spike – Clean energy jobs worldwide jumped 18 percent last year. (GreenBiz) 

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Inside Climate News: Kentucky May Accidentally Comply With EPA's Clean Power Plan

Washington Post: Climate change could shrink glaciers in the Mount Everest region by 70 percent, study finds

Winston-Salem Journal (NC): Editorial: State poised to move wrong way on environmental regulations

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As the House and Senate put forward their bills to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act, the New York Times Editorial Board says both bills lack the thing that would be the most important to the public: speedy evaluations of the most worrisome chemicals among the tens of thousands of chemicals that have never been tested for safety. (New York Times) 

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“For a state surrounded by water, Florida should be leading the nation in preparing to adapt to climate change. Yet with Gov. Rick Scott a self-proclaimed skeptic of man-made warming, the state is offering virtually no direction to local communities despite the impact already being felt from Miami to St. Augustine. State and local governments should increase their efforts before rising sea levels pose even greater dangers to public safety, property and the drinking water supply.” – from aTampa Bay Times Editorial.

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Senate passes Fast Track, but unions rallying – After the Senate passed Fast Track Trade Authority late last week, unions and allies are planning protests around the nation during Congress’ Memorial Day recess to call for lawmakers to do the right thing in the House and vote against Fast Track. (Politico)

Split House GOP – A split in the House GOP gives hope to efforts to stop Fast Track. (Politico)

Propping up those that voted wrong – President Obama has created a advocacy organization to prop up those Democratic Senators and Representatives who vote for Fast Track Trade. (Politico)

Transportation patch passes – The short-term fix to keep the Highway Transportation Fundsolvent passed Congress before the weekend. (The Hill)

Water rule forthcoming – In the next few days, the Obama administration is set to announceclean water protections for rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands. (New York Times)

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Vox: What Obama means when he calls climate change a national security threat

Washington Post: Yet another Antarctic ice mass is becoming destabilized, scientists report

Washington Post: Not even Obama’s national security argument can get partisans to agree on climate change

The Hill: EPA reg rolls backs air pollution exemptions for industry

New York Times: Paris Can't Be Another Copenhagen

Clean Technica: The IMF Just Destroyed The Main Argument Against Clean Energy

Cleveland Plain Dealer (OH): Ohio must reverse course to continue its clean energy progress

Crain’s Cleveland Business: Ohio wind farm proves the case for wise renewable-energy policy

Minneapolis Star Tribune (MN): Renewable energy is 'charging' forward

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Worldwide there were 7.7 million people working in renewable energy jobs in 2014. (CleanTechnica)

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In a press release announcing the Vehicle Innovation Act, the BlueGreen Alliance’s Executive Director Kim Glas said, "Investing in advanced vehicle technology research, innovation, commercialization and manufacturing is critical to position America to lead in a clean, modern, global economy. Enhancing research, development and commercialization of advanced car and truck technology as laid out in today’s bill—together with separate measures to spur manufacturing—will drive growth across the auto manufacturing supply chain, securing current jobs and growing new ones that will continue our manufacturing recovery nationwide. We thank Senators Peters, Alexander and Stabenow for introducing this bill and its contribution to advancing American competitiveness and growth."

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High-risk chemical plants – That’s the focus of a story that looks at high-risk chemical plantsnear a school and other parts of the East St. Louis community. (KSDK) 

$212 million – That’s how much Transocean—the owner of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded in 2010 killing 11 workers and spilling millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico—will pay in a settlement of a lawsuit over its role in the tragedy. (The Hill)

Most efficient city – If you’re wondering what the most energy efficient city in the country is look no further than Boston. The city won out in the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s biennial City Energy Efficiency Scorecard. It’s the second consecutive scorecard from the group that places Boston in the top spot. (Washington Post)

A patch, but what then? – With a two-month patch set to keep the nation’s Highway Trust Fundsolvent set to pass, eyes are looking forward to the potential for a long-term bill from Congress but the two bodies are far apart as to how to pay for it. (Politico) 

Freezing renewables – An effort to freeze North Carolina’s clean energy laws is on the fast track in the state legislature. (WRAL) 

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New York Times: Obama Recasts Climate Change as a Peril With Far-Reaching Effects

The Hill: Federal agencies turn to citizen scientists

CNN: Jeb Bush rails against 'intellectual arrogance' in climate change debate

ABC News: California Farmers Offer to Give up Some Water, Avoid Cuts

EDF Voices: 5 reasons clean energy investments beat expectations

Orlando Sentinel (FL): Shift to clean energy helps Florida's low-income citizens

Alamogordo News (NM: Udall: Clean energy bill would save consumers $25.1 billion

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (IN): Donnelly warns against fast-track deal

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Kansas is set to repeal its renewable energy mandate, instead making it voluntary. The measure was passed by the legislature and now goes to the governor’s desk. (The Hill)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“We have received over one million comments, and 87.1 percent of those comments we have counted so far—we are only missing 4,000—are supportive of this rule,” said EPA AdministratorMcCarthy to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in March.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Shrug off – Many governors have expressed reluctance about following Senate Majority Leader McConnell’s call to just say no to the Clean Power Plan. (BNA)

100 speeches - Senator Whitehouse of Rhode Island yesterday gave his 100th speech calling forclimate action. It’s an effort he’s pursued in order to shine a light on the facts about climate change. (WPRI)

Global agreement – California Governor Brown has indicated he plans to sign a new agreement with world leaders to improve cooperation on addressing environmental challenges. (Los Angeles Times)

Do more – That’s the call to action issued by the leaders of Germany and France, Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande, on Tuesday in the lead up to the Paris climate talks. (Reuters) 

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Star Tribune - Al Gore confident in global deal to fight climate change at landmark Paris conference

The Guardian: Renewable energy target calls for 1,000 new wind turbines, inquiry told

Associated Press: Future for warming US: Not just the heat but the humanity

Business Green: Official: EU industrial emissions fall 4.5 per cent in 2014

Mother Jones: 6 Ways to Fix the Climate While Fighting Economic Inequality 

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House Republican Rep. Marchant introduced legislation to outright eliminate the Production Tax Credit (PTC), a tax credit that incentivizes the construction of wind energy projects and that's been highly successful. (Clean Technica)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Getting serious about building modern infrastructure has an additional benefit: the chance to drive forward national manufacturing recovery and growth,” writes BlueGreen Alliance Senior Policy Advisor, Zoe Lipman in a New York Times letter to the editor.

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Fast Track – House Republicans say they have enough votes to pass Fast-Track Trade Authority in the House later this week. (Yahoo)

Slippery math – The results of the war on workers through right-to-work legislation may vary slightly from state-to-state but the same tired arguments are used every time. (Newsweek)

Trading emissions – German Chancellor Angela Merkel this weekend called for the European Union’s Emissions Trading System to become a global system for cutting emissions. (Reuters)

Have a plan – The editors of the Tampa Tribune urges state leaders to have a plan for sea level rise in the state that would affect 75 percent of its 20 million residents living in coastal counties. (The Tampa Tribune)

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Associated Press: Storm system pushes east after drenching Plains

Climate Central: May CO2 Peak Shows Trend Is Up, Up, Up

Associated Press: Canada's government plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030

Kennebec Journal: State neglects its duty to get the lead out of children’s environments

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Lawmakers have just days left to act to prevent the Highway Trust Fund from running dry. Lawmakers are working on solutions that could extend the funding anywhere from two months until the end of the year. (The Hill)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Those of us who depend on clean waterways for drinking water and recreation ought to be saying ‘That’s enough!’ to this alarmist blowback about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed ‘Clean Water Rule,’” write the editors of the Minneapolis Star Tribune about the EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Payoff – Minnesota firefighters’ tireless advocacy to ban flame retardants is as close as they have ever been to paying off. If passed, it could become the most restrictive law on flame retardants in the nation. (Pioneer Press)

Buzz kill – More than 40 percent of the country’s bee colonies have died in the last 12 months according to the Department of Agriculture, continuing an overall trend in bee deaths. (The Hill)

Defeated, for now – Right-to-work legislation in the Illinois state legislature failed to gain enough support to move forward. Advocates of the law saw they hope to revive the measure. (ABC7)

A step back – The Kansas legislature passed a bill repealing the state’s renewable energy standards, replacing it with voluntary goals. (Lawrence Journal-World)

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Bloomberg: Clean Energy ETFs Are on a Tear

Reuters: India, China commit to work together on climate change

Climate Central:El Niño Gains Momentum, Could Bring Warmest Year

Utility Dive: Maryland Gov. Hogan signs community shared solar bills into law 

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Is your city one of the top 50 in the country where the combination of pollen, ozone and climate change are making allergy symptoms especially severe? (Washington Post)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Starving rail of funding will not enable safer train travel,” U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey (D – NY).  

WHAT’S TRENDING

One-fifth – House Republicans last night voted to slash about one-fifth of Amtrak’s budget and fought off attempts to provide money for advanced speed control technology. (Politico)

Wrong – The Pope’s highest advisor says U.S. critics are wrong to say the Pope and the church don’t have a role to play on climate change. (Bloomberg)

All out attack – Senator Capito yesterday introduced a bill attacking the Clean Power Plan. Her legislation would overturn the Obama administration’s landmark climate regulations. (The Hill)

Wrong for Missouri – The Missouri legislature has sent a right-to-work bill to Governor Jay Nixon’s desk. (AP) 

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CBS News: Antarctica is melting from above and below

Burlington Free Press: Energy bill shifts focus to renewables, electricity

Crain’s Detroit: ITC completes final phase of renewable energy transmission line from Michigan Thumb

The Hill: House committee to markup toxic chemical reform bill

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The House voted to overturn a proposed rule by EPA to expand protections to streams, ponds, wetlands and other waterways. (The Hill)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“With the continued work of a broad coalition of unions, environmental organizations, civic, and economic and environmental leaders, and many others, we will call for transparency in trade agreements and that these agreements must provide opportunities for workers and our environment,” said BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director Kim Glas about the Senate’s failure to approve a vote to move forward with Fast-Track authority approval.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Pope’s warning - The Pope issued a strong warning, saying that we’ll all be judged on how we contributed to protecting the Earth. (AP)

National RES – Senate Democrats yesterday introduced legislation establishing a national Renewable Energy Standard, that according to the Union of Concerned Scientists would save consumers $25.1 billion on cumulative energy bills from 2015-2030. (The Hill)

Preparing Boston – In recognition that the Boston area is highly vulnerable to climate change, area cities and towns have signed the "Metro Boston Climate Preparedness Commitment,” committing to repairing infrastructure and other shortfalls. (Boston Herald)

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NBC Philadelphia: 6 Dead, Over 140 Hurt After Amtrak Train Derails, Rolls on Side in Philadelphia 

New York Times: Let Our Cities Move

The Guardian: Could this be the world's most efficient solar electricity system?

Reuters: U.S. offers over $35 million for hard-hit coal communities

The Register-Guard: Teens’ attorneys to appeal climate case ruling

The Republic: Sen. Reid to host, top US energy secretary to headline annual green power conference in Vegas 

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In response to harmful algal blooms that contaminated water for over 400,000 Toledo area residents, the EPA has issued a new set of health advisory rules. (Detroit News)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Incorporating climate risk into infrastructure planning isn’t some radical theory of economics. It’s simply good risk management,” writes Kate Gordon, a senior fellow at Center for American Progress.

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New level – Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere averaged more than 400 parts per million in March, according to U.S. government measurements. (Bloomberg)

Full court press – While renewables will need to be a significant strategy employed by Californians to meet ambitious emissions targets, they are in a mix of tools the state needs to utilize. (Climate Central)

Population plummet – The Audubon Society’s top scientist issues a warning that more than half of all North American bird species, are endangered or threatened by climate change. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Business sense – Marriott International Europe is the first hotel company to embrace energy demand response in its London hotel. (The Guardian)

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AP: Indiana Gov. Pence signs utility energy-efficiency bill

Portland Press Herald: Maine House gives initial approval to restore funds for energy efficiency program

Huffington Post: Meet The Woman Helping Native American Communities Get Ready For Climate Change

The Hill: Senator pushes bill to modernize energy

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In Illinois, the clean-jobs sector now employs more than 104,000 people, an increase of 7.8 percent since 2013. (Chicago Tribune)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Relative to five or six years ago, there is much more understanding that the Department of Defense is going to have to deal with climate change," said David Titley, director of the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk at Penn State University.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Mitigation planning – A new FEMA policy requiring states to address climate change before becoming eligible for grant funding from the agency draws ire from a group of senators. (The Hill)

Not so fast – Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said no to consideration of a bill that would grant the president fast track authority until transportation and foreign intelligence surveillance bills are debated. (NBC News)

Get moving – Unions sent a strong message to the Senate to get moving on a $7.8 billion funding bill for Amtrak that was already passed by the House. (The Hill)

Challenging the rules – Senator Capito announced plans to introduce a bill next week challenging the EPA rules to limit greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. (National Journal) 

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Los Angeles Times: Drought kills 12 million trees in California's national forests

New York Times: Germany, the Green Superpower

Vox: The next president will have a huge impact on climate policy — even without Congress

Al Jazeera: Probe takes aim at US methane plume mystery 

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