- “Climate Change Threatens Neighborhoods of the Port of Providence” • In Providence, Rhode Island, rising seas, flood waters, and storm surge have potential to unleash buried and stored toxins along the working waterfront. Concerns about climate change have been met with reassurances that ignore the most important issues. [ecoRI news]
- President Hassan Rouhani ordered Iran’s military forces to divest themselves of assets related to oil, gas, and energy. This could mean a direct confrontation between ‘liberal’ forces under Rouhani and the ultra-conservative Ayatollah Khamenei forces, of which the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is the most battle hardened. [Oilprice.com]
- Dandelion is trying to expand the market for geothermal heating by lowering the price, and it just got a big boost from the federal government. Congress voted to extend a 30% federal tax credit for geothermal heat pump installations. With the state incentives included, a $26,000 system in New York would be more competitive. [InsideClimate News]
- President Donald Trump said in the State of the Union address that the administration has “ended the war on beautiful, clean coal,” but in Texas, that seems to be a losing battle. Texas said goodbye to 455 coal-mining jobs last year, and the new year began with the shut down of yet another coal-fired Texas power plant. [Jacksonville Daily Progress]
- When a tariff was applied to most imported solar panels, most installers worried about the future of their industry. Growth in the solar industry, which was robust before the tariff, may see decline, but for small-scale installers and homeowners, the impacts of the tariff may not be as dire as predicted. Connecticut provides examples. [theday.com]
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