The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED, Winners & Losers Under Trump’s Administration
Originally Posted on Lux Spotlight
All eyes have been on the U.S. since Donald Trump won the election last November. So far, outcomes have been mixed: on one hand, the Dow Jones Index has witnessed a historical surge since his election win, rising from just below 18,000 to above 21,000. The U.S. Dollar Index has seen similar benefits, strengthening from just below 97 to nearly 102 in early April. While these factors play along with Trump’s campaign slogan to “Make America Great Again,” not all policy changes were welcomed and many have seen substantial criticism.
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THE ECOreport reposts a story from the ongoing debate at the White House, Perry Says Renegotiate Paris Accord
Originally Published on Clean Technica
By Joshua Hill
US Energy Secretary Rick Perry has added his voice to the growing number of Trump advisers recommending the new President keep the country in the Paris Agreement, but he has called on the President to renegotiate the deal in an attempt to push European nations to assume a larger share of emissions reductions.
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The ECOreport looks at what could be the final chapter of Dieselgate, Will California accept Volkswagen’s $800,000 million settlement?
By Roy L Hales
The California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) ruling on the proposed settlement, from the dieselgate scandal, will come very soon. The Volkswagen Group of America is proposing to invest $2 billion into the nation’s zero emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure over the next ten years. A significant portion of this investment is earmarked for California. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the deal. Will California accept Volkswagen’s $800,000 million settlement?
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The ECOreport looks at why three Republican senators apply alternate facts to PACE financing
By Roy L Hales
There have been some pretty strange “goings on” in Washington since the Republicans took over. Confronted with facts they didn’t like, the new administration came up with the concept of “alternate facts” that are more in line with the way they want people to think. This has gone beyond the White House. With the new Protecting Americans from Credit Exploitation (PACE) Act, three Republican senators apply alternate facts to PACE financing.
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The ECOreport reposts news of collateral damages from legislation meant to protect homeowners, Setbacks To School’s Wind Power Revenues
Originally Published on Nexis Media
By Emily Sanders
Superintendent Ken Amstutz dreamed of propelling his rural Ohio school district into a high-tech future with nearly a million dollars in annual revenue from a single wind farm set to go online this year.
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The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED about global economics, America’s Pending Trade Clash With China
The Globe & Mail via the Broadbent Blog
By Andrew Jackson
While Canadians are understandably focused on what the election of President Trump means for our bilateral trading relationship and the future of NAFTA, a much bigger issue for the global economy is the pending clash between the United States and China.
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The ECOreport published an OP-Ed, Trump’s Rollback of America’s Energy Infrastructure Takes A Giant Leap Today
By Roy L Hales
America’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oversees the development of approximately 570 million acres where there are coal deposits. Less than 1% of that is currently under development. That is about to change. President Donald Trump’s rollback of America’s energy infrastructure takes a giant leap today.
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The ECOreport publishes an Op-ED about plans to expand North America’s fossil fuel production, Approving The Keystone XL Pipeline Is About Our Future
By Roy L Hales
Alberta’s oil industry won a symbolic victory. President Trump calls his approval of the Keystone XL pipeline “a great day for jobs and energy independence” in the United States. Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) admits the industry is not using its’ current pipeline capacity and adding more pipelines is “not consistent with the Paris Accord’s commitment to keep (Global) warming to two degrees Celsius, or its aspirational goal of limiting it to 1.5 degrees Celsius.” Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline is about our future on a planet where the scale and pace of extreme weather events is increasing.
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The ECOreport looks behind the story, Arizona Institute Offers A Tuition Free Ecological Design Certificate Program
By Roy L Hales
Unlike many of their European counterparts, who do not have to pay for education, America’s average Class of 2016 graduate owes about $37,172 in student loans. Almost half of the students interviewed by the Pew Research Center said this debt made it harder to pay other bills. A quarter said it influenced their career decisions. One of the nation’s smaller non-profits has decided to do something about it. An Arizona institute offers a tuition free ecological design certificate program.
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The ECOreport reposts news of solar’s potential impact, Are 80% Of US Rooftops Suitable For Solar?
Clean Technica via Solar Love
By Steve Hanley
Google has updated its Project Sunroof to include 3-D models of every rooftop in all 50 states. The new software takes into consideration the trees on your property, how much sun or shade hits your rooftop, and figures in the prevailing weather in your area. Then it takes all that data and builds a computer model that tells people how much electricity a rooftop solar system could generate if the homeowner decides to acquire one.
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