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Iowa could add about 1,300 more advanced energy jobs next year according to the Advanced Energy Economy Institute. This year, 22,643 workers at 1,427 companies worked in advanced energy fields. (Des Moines Register)

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"If I'm mayor of Miami, we know about hurricanes, we know about outages and our system has been adapted for it. But if I'm mayor of Philadelphia, I might say, 'Whoa, we need to be doing more about this,'" said power grid researcher Seth Guikema.

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$500 million – That’s how much the sale of carbon credits in North America has brought in through auctions in the past month. (Clean Technica)

Primary protection - The White House yesterday issued recommendations to help hospitals cope with climate change. They include plans for power outages and moving emergency rooms further from flood-prone areas. (USA Today)

Worldwide momentum – Next month when President Obama visits India, the leaders of both countries are expected to make some announcements on preventing climate change. (The Guardian)

3.6 degrees – Negotiators in Lima settled on a plan to prevent the globe from warming 3.6 degrees. It represents 2 degrees centigrade above global average temperature at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Where did that number come from? (New York Times)

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Reuters: Paris climate summit faces tougher job after modest Lima deal

Think Progress: 9 Things Scientists Did This Year To Ensure A Better Climate Future

Los Angeles Times: California leaders vow to continue climate change action

Energy Wire: Coal-heavy electric cooperatives take hard line on EPA Clean Power Plan

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A majority of voters support efforts to curb methane emissions. According to a new poll, 63 percent of registered voters back standards for methane emissions and action by the administration. (The Hill)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“It’s a matter of doing our job, the job that Congress gave us to do. Environmental issues have never been, in the past, partisan issues,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy after the House had passed a budget that cut EPA funding.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Warmer air, warmer water – Slightly warmer air temperatures have had the ripple effect of raising water temperatures in the Chesapeake Bay for example. Water temperatures have warmed about 2 degrees in the last 50 years in bay tributaries. (Washington Post)

Successful block – A deal to fund the government from Congress has weakened some of the administration’s energy and environment programs. Democrats successfully blocked some of the worst riders proposed to undercut these initiatives. (U.S. News)

What’s happening in Lima – Yesterday in Lima thousands gathered for a climate march to call for strong action out of the COP20. (TckTckTck)

Community solar – Community solar projects are allowing people to utilize solar power without putting panels on their roofs. Instead, customers can purchase blocks of electricity they produce. (Arizona Republic)

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Politico - How Green Is Barack Obama?

Huffington Post: It's Time to Put a Price on Carbon

National Journal: Bill Nye the Science Guy Says James Inhofe Is Not a ‘Climate Skeptic'

Reuters: In about face, Australia PM joins global climate fund

New York Times: Copenhagen Lighting the Way to Greener, More Efficient Cities

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The president’s 2015 budget and the State of the Union will both reflect the growing need to address infrastructure shortfalls and electric grid vulnerability, said senior counselor John Podesta at a smart grid industry gathering yesterday.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The United States is leading by example; now is the time for others to step up. The decisions made over the next few weeks must work to lay a foundation for further international action to significantly reduce carbon emissions and to help keep America’s manufacturing sector on a level playing field,” said Kim Glas, BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director about negotiations in Lima this week and next.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Power of the pen – The president and his advisers double down on their commitment to using executive authority to meet carbon reduction goals. (Think Progress)

Textbook tension – Controversy heats up as Texas shapes the future of its climate curriculum and how climate change is taught in classrooms. (National Journal)

Confirmed – Yesterday the Senate confirmed two nominees to fill spots at the Department of Energy. (The Hill)

Watered down – With hopes of progress during the remaining days of the lame duck session, two senators introduce a watered down version of Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill . (The Hill)

 

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Washington Post: Research casts alarming light on decline of West Antarctic glaciers

E&E News: Van Hollen to co-chair bicameral warming caucus

New York Times: Narendra Modi, Favoring Growth in India, Pares Back Environmental Rules

The Hill: Transportation sector gains 16,700 jobs in November

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As negotiators roll up their sleeves in Lima to map out a worldwide climate action plan, these are the eight climate change indicators guiding the outcomes of Lima and a finalized agreement in Paris. (Climate Central)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The preservation of a clean Lake Erie—and the economic advantages and public-health standards that depend on it—is too crucial to be subject to the standard legislative nonsense during the lame-duck session,” written in a Toledo Blade editorial about legislation to address this summer’s algae blooms in Lake Erie.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Good news & bad news - Yesterday the U.S. House approved legislation to extend a wind energy tax credit. Rather than looking forward, the bill approves the tax retroactively for 2014. The tax package faces Senate scrutiny still. (Reuters)

Super cities – Minneapolis, along with 15 other cities, was named a "Climate Action Champion" by the White House yesterday. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

Warm & getting warmer – Preliminary estimates show that 2014 is on pace to be one of the hottest on record. (CNN)

Stormproofing cities – The Rockefeller Foundation moves to prioritize funding for projects that sustainably protect cities in the face of natural disasters. New York City’s subway system—that carries 8.5 million people—is especially vulnerable. (The Guardian & Business Insider)

Dire situation – Toledo’s mayor calls for executive action to help Lake Erie and the city take on the problems that caused an algal bloom. The bloom caused the city to shutdown its water supply for 48 hours this summer, affecting thousands of residents. (E&E News)

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U.S. News & World Report: Obama Wants Kids to Learn About Global Warming

EcoWatch: ALEC Gives Congressional Climate Deniers Their 2015 Marching Orders

Bloomberg: Landrieu Warns Louisiana Not to Let 'Windmills and Alternative Energy' Supporter Rise in Energy Committee

NPR: World Climate Talks In Lima Aim To Move Beyond Kyoto Treaty

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According to a new poll out by the world’s largest reinsurance firm, national sentiment on climate change has reached a tipping point. Today eight out of 10 Americans believe the climate is changing. (USA Today)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"El mundo nos espera," said Peru's Manuel Pulgar Vidal, the presiding officer at the U.N. climate talks in Lima. "El mundo no espera que fallemos." "The world awaits us. The world does not expect us to fail."

WHAT’S TRENDING

221 – That’s the number of businesses across the U.S. that support the Clean Power Plan. The group includes companies such as IKEA and Nike. (The Hill)

Climate talks – Negotiators in Lima pressure the U.S. to raise its commitment beyond the existing 28 percent emissions reductions. (BNA)

East Coast’s canary – As barrier islands on the Eastern Seaboard see thinning beaches and increasingly vulnerable dunes, Assateague Island in Maryland provides a case study in good preparation. (Washington Post)

Energy mix – Montana’s governor urges the Obama administration to spend more to improve coal plant technologies while at the same time paving the way to expand wind power capacity. (Great Falls Tribune)

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Washington Post: Tea Partiers and traditional Republicans are split on science

New York Times: The Next Big Climate Question: Will India Follow China?

The Guardian: Lima climate talks: EU and US at odds over legally binding emissions targets

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Climate change threatens many animal species, especially during the winter. For example a hares’ coat change could eventually be off with the timing of snow melt by as much as eight weeks, making them especially vulnerable to predators. (Time)

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"This rule has the potential to create and maintain quality, family-sustaining jobs if it is done right. For that to happen, the private sector, including utilities, and all levels of government must work in tandem with communities—and the workers within them—to make the rule a success," said BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director Kim Glas in a statement released with our comments on the Clean Power Plan. 

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1.6 million – That’s how many comments were submitted during EPA’s comment period on the Clean Power Plan, up until November 18. EPA will also hear state concerns about the plan. Here's what we said about the Clean Power Plan. (MarketWatch, E&E News & BlueGreen Alliance)

Lima – Negotiators in Lima set their sights on hammering out an ambitious draft agreement ahead of the Paris talks in the spring. U.S. officials express support for a plan where nations determine their own voluntary emissions targets. (Houston Chronicle & Los Angeles Times)

Shot in the arm – A new report called Power of Wind lays out the impact of the wind industry on manufacturing and U.S. jobs. (Clean Technica)

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San Francisco Chronicle: It’s time to make California’s chemical warnings meaningful

Capital New York: Slow going, so far, on ambitious state renewables plan

Bloomberg News: George Shultz Gone Solar. Now That's a Sign of Thawing in the U.S. Climate Debate

Scientific American: Rooftop Solar Cost Competitive with the Grid in Much of the U.S.

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In October, wind power amounted to two-thirds of new electrical generating capacity, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects. (Today’s Energy Solutions)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Our infrastructure's on life support right now,” LaHood said on CBS’s “60 Minutes” piece on America's infrastructure deficiency.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Innovation & investment – President Obama’s senior climate advisor, John Podesta, urges the next president must be a climate hawk if we’re to continue making a difference in controlling carbon emissions. (RTCC)

Icy retreat – In 30 years all of the glaciers in Glacier National Park could be gone due to warming temperatures. (New York Times)

Unavoidable – According to a new report by the World Bank, more needs to be done to prevent the consequences of climate change than slashing greenhouse gas emissions. (The Hill)

Banking on clean air – East Tennessee officials view cleaner air as a way to attract new business to the communities. (Knoxville News-Sentinel)

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USA Today: Report: Wind power saves $1.2 billion each year

Los Angeles Times: White House threatens to put brakes on alternative fuels

New York Times: Solar and Wind Energy Start to Win on Price vs. Conventional Fuels

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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Sierra Club and the Clean Air Task Force release a report showing cutting methane emissions in half is a feasible goal. (The Hill)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Wind energy provides a powerful success story. In 2012, wind was our nation’s fastest-growing source of new electrical capacity. Wind power is a clean, renewable energy source that produces no greenhouse gases or air pollution and consumes virtually no water,” said Michael Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director and Leo Gerard International President of the United Steelworkers in a joint op-ed. (The Hill)

WHAT’S TRENDING

Shortfall – The United Nations Climate Fund fell short of its $10 billion target  to help developing countries adapt to climate change. (ABC News)

Agreement – In climate talks, China and India are said to have taken a dramatic step forward by agreeing to include refrigerants in a new climate treaty. (Bloomberg)

Letter campaign – Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey writes the Obama administration to express support for climate action as well as request special consideration for the energy industry in his state. (The Republic)

Wheeling & dealing – Last week diplomats from all over the world sat up and took notice of the U.S.-China climate agreement. Some experts say this agreement has laid the groundwork for a strong agreement at the Paris negotiations. (Bloomberg)

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Huffington Post: 10 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint This Thanksgiving

Salon: House Republicans just passed a bill forbidding scientists from advising the EPA on their own research

Cleveland Plain Dealer: The Ohio green-energy jobs report that, shamefully, stayed buried until now: editorial

MPR News: 6 ways Minnesotans can adapt homes for climate change

Washington Post: Why environmentalists think the political tide is turning on climate change

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Source: Yale Project on Climate Communication

A new Yale study reveals two-thirds of the public acknowledge climate it change is happening—which is up from last year at this time. However, what many people don’t agree on are the causes of climate change. (Yale)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"My interpretation of 2014 elections is not standing up for things you deeply believe in is not a good idea; not standing up for things you believe in an attempt to protect yourself doesn't seem like a good strategy," said Tom Steyer reflecting about the midterm elections and preparing for his next moves.

WHAT’S TRENDING

29 million homes – Experts predict renewable energy could power 29 million homes by 2030 in U.S. (Click Green)

CA hits pause – Technical difficulties have led officials from the California Air Resources Board to postpone its carbon credits auction. (Sacramento Bee)

Plan of action – After the U.S.-China agreement on climate change, specifics emerge from Chinese leaders about how they plan to diversify their energy mix and lower emissions. (New York Times)

Good odds – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse who recently introduced legislation to put a $42 per ton tax on carbon emissions expressed optimism about the bill’s prospects over the next year. Senator Portman echoed that same optimism on his energy efficiency legislation. (The Hill)

Vulnerable to climate change – Former New Mexico governor and Energy Secretary Bill Richardson explains how the Clean Power Plan offers unique benefits to Native American communities. (Arizona Republic)

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USA Today: Climate change to increase flood, crop insurance losses

Wired: Amazon Vows to Run on 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Sacramento Business Journal: Report: Sacramento residential solar grew six fold in six years

The Pueblo Chieftain:‘Cli-fi’ flicks fueling eco-festivals

RTCC: Pacific Islands face bleak future as 1.5C warming target slips away

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Photo source: NOAA

More than half of the U.S. is covered with snow this morning and 80 percent has freezing temperatures. Here’s a cool picture that shows the full extent of that coverage. (Syracuse Post-Standard)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Here we are, weeks away from the 30th anniversary, and it's tragic that so many victims remain unsatisfactorily compensated and the environmental remediation remains incomplete," said Bennett Freeman senior vice-president for Sustainability Research and Policy at Calvert Investments about the Bhopal, India chemical disaster that killed thousands and exposed hundreds of thousands to a toxic chemical.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Won’t back down – Despite threats by Republicans, EPA head Gina McCarthy will continue to pursue efforts that fight climate change and curb carbon emissions. (Washington Post)

By the book – A major textbook publisher in Texas has announced it will drop passages from its books that cast doubt on climate science. (Houston Chronicle)

Anti-EPA agenda – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX) calls out House Republicans for their anti-health and anti-EPA agenda. (The Hill)

Steps closer to clean power - A closer look at energy efficiency efforts reveals ability of these policies to help states meet targets set in the Clean Power Plan. (E&E News)

Mounting pressure – Responding to pressure to act, French President François Hollande urged countries to cut carbon emissions. (Wall Street Journal)

Lake effect – Ohio leaders consider legislation to set standards limiting water use that would impact other Great Lakes states and Canada. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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Reuters: Exclusive: NRG betting big on rooftop solar in California

New York Times: A Road Test of Alternative Fuel Visions

New York Times: Abu Dhabi Energy Company Aims for Solar-Powered Travel

Think Progress: Over 1,400 Endangered Species Are Threatened By Climate Change, Says New ‘Red List’

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