Study: Climate modeling has been right all along

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! CLIMATE: The first review of computer models used to predict climate change over the past 50 years finds they have been “generally quite accurate,” contradicting a core tenet of misinformation campaigns. (Vox)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Michigan sees increased investment in fast-charging electric vehicle stations, which state officials hope will replicate the experience of stopping for gas. (Energy News Network)
• General Motors and LG Chem reportedly plan a joint venture to invest $2 billion in an electric vehicle battery plant in Ohio.

Solar tariffs will cost 62,000 jobs, industry warns

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! SOLAR: A U.S. solar industry report warns that President Trump’s tariffs will cost the country 62,000 jobs and $19 billion in investment. (Reuters) 

CLIMATE:
• Greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels hit a record high in 2019 even as coal emissions declined slightly, according to researchers. (New York Times)
• Exxon wants to move the Massachusetts lawsuit against it to federal court, saying it is not a consumer protection case.

Senate confirms former Ford lobbyist as next energy secretary

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! WASHINGTON: The U.S. Senate confirms Dan Brouillette, a former Ford Motor Co. lobbyist, to replace Rick Perry as secretary of energy. (New York Times)

CLIMATE:
• House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declares “the United States is still in” as UN climate talks begin in Spain, defying President Trump’s efforts to pull out of international climate agreements.

Major insurers abandon coal, leaving industry with shrinking options

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! COAL: More than half of the world’s largest insurers will no longer cover companies that build or operate coal-fired power plants. (The Guardian)

ALSO: American Electric Power and Southern Co. will not renew memberships with the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.

Study: Coal plants drive up consumer costs when they run at a loss

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! COAL: A preliminary analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists says power plant “self-committing” by utilities is driving up costs for customers. (Platts)

ALSO:
• An analysis of satellite images shows how parts of West Virginia with the most strip mining damage are also the most susceptible to increased stream flow and flooding. (InsideClimate News)
• An immigrant who survived the Chernobyl disaster now faces a yearslong attempt to clean coal ash contamination at his property in northwestern Indiana.