Daily Digest

New analysis details climate risks to coastal regions

CLIMATE: A new analysis illustrates the risks coastal Southeast and other states face due to climate change. (Climate Central and ICF International)

POLICY: In a largely symbolic gesture, the Senate votes to strike down President Obama’s two most far-reaching emission reduction rules. (The New York Times)

POLLUTION: The EPA proposes tougher limits on emissions in 23 states that burden downwind areas with power plant pollution, while proposing to remove Florida and South Carolina from the rule. (Associated Press)

POLITICS: How a little-known unit of the Koch Brothers’ empire gathers “intelligence” to help thwart clean energy and left-leaning interest groups and lawmakers. (Politico)

NUCLEAR: Florida regulators approve a financing proposal for costs tied to Duke Energy’s shuttered Crystal River plant. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)

SOLAR:
• Infamous former lobbyist Jack Abramoff speaks out for a pro-solar choice Constitutional amendment in Florida, decrying the profit motives of utilities that oppose it. (Miami Herald)
• A leading residential installer projects how solar companies will have to cut specific costs to regain existing profit margins after the Investment Tax Credit expires next year. (Greentech Media)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Supporters and opponents of the Clean Power Plan gear up for two days of hearings in Atlanta Thursday and Friday. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

BLANKENSHIP TRIAL: Jurors hear sharply contrasting closing arguments and the judge instructs them to begin deliberations on a verdict. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS: In its latest push to reorganize, BP puts a petrochemical plant in north Alabama up for sale. (Alabama Media Group)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A middle school and high school in Madison, Alabama join the state’s electric car design challenge competition. (Alabama Media Group)

COMMENTARY:
• A West Virginia newspaper says Hillary Clinton’s $30 billion plan to help coal communities “amounts to nothing more than welfare,” and says she should stop supporting the Clean Power Plan. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Some states’ agreeing to comply with their Clean Power Plan emissions cuts means the Republican “wall” against climate change is beginning to crack. (Mother Jones)

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