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Solar and Wind Power Face Serious Threats From the Trump Administration

Less than a year into President Trump’s time in office, clean energy developers face a slew of unanticipated threats from the White House and Republicans in Congress that could slow the industry’s growth in ways unimaginable just a year ago.

During Trump’s presidential campaign, energy analysts were skeptical of his promise to preserve the coal industry at the expense of wind and solar. Even the most aggressive attempts at regulatory rollback couldn’t reverse the market forces driving the decline in coal, they reasoned.

But the administration has not stopped at mere deregulation. From the threat of a subsidy for coal-fired power plants to a tax bill that hurts the financing of clean-energy projects, Republicans in Washington have launched a campaign against renewable energy that includes market interventions that alarm other industries, including oil and gas.

Even if these measures never come to fruition—advocates of transitioning from fossil fuels are pushing back—the changed mood in Washington threatens to undermine the confidence of companies planning to invest in renewables. Jeff Waller, of the Rocky Mountain Institute’s sustainable finance practice, described the lingering threats as a “spook factor” that hangs over investment.

“All these different things add uncertainty to planning and project development,” Waller says.

Much more (includes video): http://time.com/5049849/solar-power-wind-power-trump-coal/?utm_source=time.com&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=the-brief&utm_content=2017120914pm&xid=newsletter-brief
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sun Dec 10, 2017, 03:16 AM (8 replies)

Stephen Colbert - Monologue and Opening - 12/8/17

President Trump's Pedophile Stump

One accused sexual predator held a rally encouraging voters to elect another (ahem, Roy Moore).

Does God Believe In Mike Pence?

A profile of Mike Pence revealed that the Vice President believes in God, and that God believes in him. Stephen asks the only guy who would know.

One Week Older, Mueller's Holiday Gift Guide

Another Trump associate, Michael Flynn, pleads guilty to the FBI and Senator Al Franken resigns.

Letters To Santa From The Trumps

What do you get the person who already has inherited everything?
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Dec 9, 2017, 05:04 AM (4 replies)

Trump officials examining states' authority in pipeline delays

WASHINGTON - After years of pipeline projects getting held up or derailed by environmental concerns, the Trump administration is examining ways to get around state roadblocks that have made it increasingly difficult to build in certain parts of the United States.

In late October, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission startled many state officials when it granted a construction permit for a natural gas pipeline in New York, despite state regulators turning down the developer over concerns the project would increase greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. The Trump administration, meanwhile, has for months discussed the possibility of using federal authority to speed infrastructure development, a potential political third rail for Republicans who have long proclaimed the sanctity of states' rights.

"This is an administration that's going to carry out its agenda by all means necessary," said Devashree Saha, director of energy and environmental policy at The Council of State Governments, a non-partisan advocate for state governments. "The New York example is the first we're seeing, but it could be a harbinger of things to come."

FERC's action comes as the oil and gas industry increases pressure on the administration and lawmakers to intervene against an increasingly visible "Keep it in the Ground" movement that is leading campaigns across the country to stop pipelines, drilling and other activities that support production and consumption of fossil fuels, the primary cause of global warming. Political leaders in a handful of northeast states, most visibly New York, are beginning to listen, in some cases factoring climate change into regulatory decisions.

"We have to break that log jam, to stop one state from having virtual veto power," Dena Wiggins, president of the Natural Gas Supply Association, told Energy Department officials at industry event last month. "If other states start to have a more expansive view of their [environmental authority] it could be a problem."

More: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/Trump-officials-examining-states-authority-in-12413291.php

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Dec 9, 2017, 03:17 AM (2 replies)

Seth Meyers: Trump's Hanukkah Reception, Starbucks' Christmas Tree Frappuccino - Monologue - 12/7

The Tiny Voice in the Back of Donald Trump's Head: "You're Not Normal"

Seth shows off some new technology that can hear the tiny voice in the back of Donald Trump's head.

Amber Ruffin Apologizes to Seth like a Sexual Harasser

Late Night writer Amber Ruffin takes a moment to show off what she's learned from the dozens of powerful men who have been accused of sexual harassment.

Late Night with Seth Meyers Audience Q&A

Seth takes questions from the Late Night with Seth Meyers audience.

Seth's Favorite Jokes of the Week: The Republican Tax Bill, Trump's Hanukkah Reception

Seth's favorite jokes from the week of December 4.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Dec 9, 2017, 01:24 AM (0 replies)

Stephen Colbert: Monologue and Opening - 12/7/17

Donald Trump Jr. Wants More Privilege?

The apple doesn't fall far from the Apple computer on which illegal emails were likely sent.

Michael Flynn Colluded During Trump's Inauguration

Ten minutes into Trump's inauguration speech, General Michael Flynn was already celebrating the major transition of power. (From the U.S. to Russia.)

American Voices & Also Faces: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Meet Pete Muldoon, the Mayor of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He's also a band member, a skier, and a guy known for removing the town hall's portrait of President Trump.

Not At The Movies With Gil Peaches (Ft. John Hodgman)

Gil Peaches (Stephen Colbert) and his cousin Phil Peaches (John Hodgman) review the biggest movies of late 2017.

Frosty The Snowman's New Hat

Everyone's favorite inanimate snowman gets brought to life by a very different hat.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Dec 8, 2017, 04:59 AM (0 replies)

U.S. science groups make last-minute push to influence final tax deal

It wasn??t your typical graduate school experience. But earlier this week, eight graduate students, including doctoral students in anthropology and astrophysics at major U.S. universities, ended up in handcuffs after they refused to end a noisy protest outside the Washington, D.C., office of Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan (R–WI).

The arrests were just one dramatic development in a frenzied, last-minute effort by the U.S. scientific and academic communities to shape a major rewrite of the nation’s tax code now being finalized by Congress. The protesters, for instance, want Ryan to help block a House-passed provision that would impose a new tax on tuition assistance that graduate students receive from universities. Biomedical and environmental scientists, meanwhile, are targeting provisions they argue will harm drug development and efforts to promote renewable energy. But time is running short.

The U.S. Senate last week approved a massive, Republican-backed rewrite of the federal tax code that mirrors, in key respects, a bill passed on 16 November by the U.S. House of Representatives. Both bills would dramatically cut corporate rates and, over a decade, deliver a majority of their benefits to the most affluent individuals.

There are also major differences between the measures, however. The Senate bill, for example, would eliminate the penalty that the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, now requires individuals to pay if they don't acquire health insurance; the House bill would not. Critics say the move could result in millions fewer Americans obtaining health insurance.

Much more: http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/12/us-science-groups-make-last-minute-push-influence-final-tax-deal
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Dec 8, 2017, 04:03 AM (6 replies)

The Daily Show - In Other News: The GOP Loosens Gun Control and a Reporter Claps Back

House Republicans pass a law allowing concealed guns across state lines, a man saves a rabbit from Los Angeles wildfires, and an Atlanta reporter calls out a racist viewer.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Dec 8, 2017, 01:05 AM (2 replies)

Seth Meyers - Al Franken Resigns; Donald Trump Jr. Testifies in Russia Investigation: A Closer Look

Seth takes a closer look at Senator Al Franken's resignation amid a growing sexual harassment scandal and how Donald Trump Jr. testified in the Russia investigation and refused to answer some questions on the basis of attorney-client privilege.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Dec 8, 2017, 12:46 AM (0 replies)

Seth Meyers: National Microwave Oven Day, Time Magazine's Person of the Year - Monologue - 12/6/17

The Tiny Voice in the Back of Donald Trump's Head: "You're Pathetic"

Seth shows off some new technology that can hear the tiny voice in the back of Donald Trump's head.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Dec 8, 2017, 12:44 AM (4 replies)

Stephen Colbert: Monologue and Opening - 12/6/17

Trump Lost To The #MeToo Movement

Much like in the popular vote, Donald Trump finished second in the 'Time' Person of the Year issue.

Jerusalem, God, And The United Shursh

Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital in a speech live from the capital of some place called "The United Shursh"?

Covetton House's Holiday Gift Line

Stephen isn't letting Gwyneth Paltrow's 'Goop' dominate the lifestyle brand holiday sales this year.

More Jerusalem Declarations From The State Department

Trump's announcement that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital was far from the only Middle East news out of Washington.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Dec 7, 2017, 04:53 AM (0 replies)
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