The White House (2/9) released President Obama’s fiscal year 2017 budget proposal, which includes investments to double funding for clean energy research and lead global efforts to tackle climate change. The President discussed the budget in his weekly televised address (2/6).
EnergyWire (2/9) reviewed the budget’s climate and energy proposals, including $1.3 billion for global climate change efforts and a $10.25-per-barrel tax on oil that would generate about $32 billion annually over the next decade.
The Guardian (2/10) reported on a U.S. Supreme Court decision to suspend Clean Power Plan rules forcing existing power plans to curb carbon pollution.
The New York Times (2/8) reported that the U.N. International Civil Aviation Organization announced the first-ever binding limits on carbon dioxide emissions from commercial airplanes, which will apply to new airplanes delivered after 2028.
A White House fact sheet (2/8) praised the proposal, saying the standards are “expected to reduce carbon emissions more than 650 million tons between 2020 and 2040…”
The Guardian (2/4) writes that Morocco switched on the first phase of its Ouarzazate solar power plant, which will provide electricity for more than 1 million people when completed in 2018.
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