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Winners & Losers Under Trump’s Administration

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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Perry Says Renegotiate Paris Accord

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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Will California Accept Volkswagen’s $800,000 Million Settlement?

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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Republican Senators Apply Alternate Facts To PACE Financing

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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Setbacks To School’s Wind Power Revenues

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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America’s Pending Trade Clash With China

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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Trump’s Rollback of America’s Energy Infrastructure Takes A Giant Leap Today

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.1 That is about to change. President Donald Trump’s rollback of America’s energy infrastructure takes a giant leap today.

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  1. FEDERAL COAL PROGRAM, Programatic Environmental Impact Statement – Scoping Report, Bureau of Land Management, January 2017, p Es-1

Approving The Keystone XL Pipeline Is About Our Future

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 capacity1 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.”2 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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  1. Canadian crude oil export pipelines are utilized at 85 to 90 per cent of their capacity … based on respective historical utilization rates.” – Canada’s Energy Future 2016, National Energy Board, p 92
  2.  Ibid, p 115

Arizona Institute Offers A Tuition Free Ecological Design Certificate Program

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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Are 80% Of US Rooftops Suitable For Solar?

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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