Author: Dino Grandoni

The Energy 202: New York steps up legal fight against ExxonMobil

THE LIGHTBULB New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks with reporters about preparations for an upcoming snow storm in January. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink) This week, ExxonMobil asked to depose 16 California state officials who sued the company over selling fuel they say is warming the planet, raising the seas and, they contend, threatening their communities — just the most recent escalation in the legal fight between the largest U.S. oil and gas firms and blue-state officials over climate change. Undeterred, one of the most prominent members of the latter group — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio — sued ExxonMobil and four other oil...

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The Energy 202: The biggest environmental and energy stories of 2017

THE LIGHTBULB Ice floes surround the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy in the Arctic Ocean on July 29, 2017. The cutter is the largest icebreaker in the Coast Guard and serves as a platform for scientific research. (Photo by Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post) Note to readers: Dino is on vacation this week. Paulina Firozi, who helps prepare The Energy 202 every day, wrote today’s Lightbulb. Follow her here. In 2017, tens of thousands of people descended upon Washington to protest an administration skeptical of climate change. President Trump declared his intent to withdraw from the historic Paris climate agreement. In the United States, there were a number of record natural disasters, including the latest spate of wildfires in California that will probably last through early next year. Reporters across the energy and environment beat at The Washington Post and beyond traversed the globe to bring you stories from the Arctic to Puerto Rico. In our last edition of The Energy 202 before the new year, we rounded up some of the most memorable — and consequential — stories on the beat from the past year. Here are some of the stories, and events they portray, worth reflecting on as we head into 2018: Thousands protested the Trump administration’s environmental policies. And states and cities vowed to set their own climate agenda: The Post’s Chris Mooney, Joe Heim and Brady Dennis reported on the record-hot day in late...

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The Energy 202: Solar power is forging ahead, even if Trump doesn't talk about it

THE LIGHTBULB Two major solar projects were recently launched on public lands owned by the Interior Department, headed by Ryan Zinke. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP) Note to readers: Dino is on vacation this week. Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post’s senior national affairs correspondent, wrote today’s Lightbulb. Follow her here. You may have missed the fact that exactly one week ago two major solar power plants, with a combined generating capacity of 179 megawatts, shifted into commercial operation on Bureau of Land Management property in southern Nevada. It’s totally understandable, since the Interior Department didn’t even issue a news release (although...

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The Energy 202: How Democratic victories today could advance the green agenda

THE LIGHTBULB Phil Murphy, Democratic gubernatorial candidate in New Jersey, greets musicians and dancers at a campaign event in Edison, N.J., on Monday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) Ever since Donald Trump’s dramatic election victory last November, California has played the role of chief antagonist to the Trump administration — particularly with regard to energy and environmental policy. But one year later, there’s another election and, if polls swing Democrats’ way in some key states, new players will enter the stage to vex the president with their green agendas. On Tuesday, there are three races in three states that will shape how the states see and implement...

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The Energy 202: What you need to know about Wilbur Ross and the Paradise Papers

THE LIGHTBULB Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross appears before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to discuss preparing for the 2020 Census in October. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) A year and a half ago, dozens of news organizations from around the world began publishing stories based on a trove of documents obtained by a German newspaper and distributed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. The documents, called the Panama Papers, shed light the offshore financial dealings of a rich and powerful using the services of a Panamanian law firm called Mossack Fonseca.  Over the weekend, the consortium began publishing another set...

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The Energy 202: GOP lawmakers want more Alaska drilling. The Trump administration isn’t waiting.

THE LIGHTBULB Ryan Zinke, left, riding a swamp buggy in the Big Cypress National Preserve in October. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) Last week, Senate Republicans sparked an uproar from environmentalists and their Democratic allies after voting to raising revenue by drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the northeast corner of Alaska. Though pushed for years by Alaska’s congressional delegation, tapping that land, set aside for caribou herds and other wildlife, is still not a sure thing. The Senate, House and President Trump each need to agree to a budget proposal that sets up the prospect of a tax...

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