- Opinion: “The old, dirty, creaky US electric grid would cost $5 trillion to replace. Where should infrastructure spending go?” • By the author’s analysis, the current (depreciated) value of the US electric grid, comprising power plants, wires, transformers and poles, is roughly $1.5 to $2 trillion. To replace it would cost almost $5 trillion. [Salon]
- Opinion: “Coal isn’t dead, but job prospects dim” • The battered US coal industry is showing flickering signs of life. Yet the prognosis for Big Coal remains dim. With the president’s pledge to bring coal back, the stocks of coal companies have enjoyed a “Trump bump.” But the obstacles on the other side of the ledger remain daunting. [GoErie.com]
- The global temperature for the months of December, January and February soared to 1.6° above average this winter, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data. Still, this winter was nowhere close to the 2015-16 winter record, when the planet sweltered to a tremendous 2° above average. [Inland Empire News]
- From the moment a powerful blizzard hit the northeastern United States, the questions about climate change’s impact have been asked. According to leading scientists, we bear some responsibility for the storm, which covered much of the inland areas with up to two feet of snow. And Donald Trump definitely is not helping matters. [Salon]
- The president’s proposed budget would eliminate funds for the Energy Star program, the Clean Power Plan, regional programs to clean up the Great Lakes, Puget Sound and Chesapeake Bay, four NASA Earth science missions, the Global Climate Change Initiative, and the UN Green Climate Fund, along with funding reductions. [Arizona Daily Sun]
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