- The US is falling behind other countries in advanced energy technologies, threatening national security and undermining its global influence, former generals and admirals in the US military warn. The military officers’ conclusions follow warnings from businesses about the decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement. [Financial Times]
- We Are Still In is a group of 125 mayors, nine governors, 183 university presidents, and 902 businesses, including Apple, Google, Ikea, and Target. The group issued a declaration that they continue to support climate action. Many leaders believe that it will be possible to meet the US’s original pledge to reduce emissions, despite Trump. [Fast Company]
- “Renewable Energy Push Is Strongest in the Reddest States” • Two years ago, Kansas repealed a law requiring that 20% of the state’s electric power come from renewable sources by 2020. But by the time the law was scrapped, that target had already been met. Last year, Kansas generated more than 30% of its power from wind. [New York Times]
- A record 161 GW of renewable energy was added last year worldwide at a cost about £187 billion ($242 billion), but at a price 23% cheaper than it would have cost in the previous year. Denmark, Egypt, India, Mexico, Peru and the United Arab Emirates are all now receiving supplies at less than 5¢/kWh, “well below” fossil fuels and nuclear. [The Independent]
- Since President Trump took office, at least six coal-plant closures have been announced, totaling more than 6,200 MW in capacity. As he announced withdrawal from the Paris agreement, he hailed a new mine opening in Pennsylvania, but that mine’s output will not be burned for power. It will be coking coal, for producing of steel. [Ars Technica]
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