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POLITICO New York Energy: MD holds out on RGGI cuts; ed boards blast state over Hoosick

09/06/2016 10:00 AM EDT

By David Giambusso and Scott Waldman

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MARYLAND HOLDING OUT ON RGGI CUTS - The Washington Post's Fenit Nirappil: " Maryland officials are resisting a push to deepen carbon-emission cuts as part of a regional agreement to reduce power-plant pollution. The nine East Coast states that make up the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative are negotiating new terms for the pact, set to expire in 2020. Massachusetts has joined environmental advocates pushing for a cap on carbon emissions from power plants that would fall 5 percent a year for the next decade, or twice the current rate. Maryland Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles said the proposal could result in higher power bills for Marylanders and harm the state's economy. If adopted, he said, Maryland would consider pulling out of the regional pact for the first time since it formed in 2008."

EDITORIAL BOARDS BLAST STATE AND LAWMAKERS OVER HOOSICK FALLS HEARINGS: "The governor is keenly sensitive to criticism, as he shows by lashing out routinely whenever a state comptroller's audit questions a state agency's performance," the Albany Times Union wrote.

--"No one can know the extent of the damage PFOA has caused in Hoosick - and elsewhere.

CES OBJECTIONS - RTO Insider's William Opalka: Numerous stakeholders have called for rehearing of New York's Clean Energy Standard, raising objections over the subsidy for nuclear power, the elimination of support for some legacy renewable energy plants and the potential loss of renewable energy credits (REC) to adjoining states.


--Western New York has an infestation of emerald ash borers.

--The next phase of a federal cleanup of the Eighteen Mile Creek corridor in Niagara County will be broader in scope and cost than the earlier work.

--A weakened Hermine was headed northeast on Monday evening, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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POLICE VS 'ROLLING COAL' - The New York Times' Hiroko Tabuchi: There is a new menace on America's roads: diesel truck drivers who soup up their engines and remove their emissions controls to "roll coal," or belch black smoke, at pedestrians, cyclists and unsuspecting Prius drivers.

CHINA AND US REACH CLIMATE AGREEMENT IN RARE HARMONY - The New York Times' Mark Lander and Jane Perlez: "President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China formally committed the world's two largest economies to the Paris climate agreement here on Saturday, cementing their partnership on climate change and offering a rare display of harmony in a relationship that has become increasingly discordant."

GLOBAL WARMING HAS ALREADY BEGUN TO FLOOD COASTS - The New York Times' Justin Gillis: "Federal scientists have documented a sharp jump in this nuisance flooding - often called 'sunny-day flooding' - along both the East Coast and the Gulf Coast in recent years."

OK QUAKE DRAWS MORE SCRUTINY TO DRILLING - The Wall Street Journal's Miguel Bustillo and Beckie Strum: "A 5.6-magnitude earthquake rattled Oklahoma on Saturday, damaging buildings and tying for the strongest temblor ever recorded in the state, which has experienced a rash of earthquake activity in the past decade that U.S. seismologists have tied to the underground disposal of wastewater from oil and gas drilling."

OIL PIPELINE PROTEST TURNS VIOLENT - Associated Press' James MacPherson: "A protest of a four-state, $3.8 billion oil pipeline turned violent after tribal officials say construction crews destroyed American Indian burial and cultural sites on private land in southern North Dakota."

COAL PENSION BILL DIVIDES REPUBLICANS - The Associated Press' Matthew Daly: "An election-year bill to fulfill a 70-year-old government promise and protect health-care and pension benefits for retired miners is dividing coal-state Republicans, pitting endangered incumbents against GOP leaders wary of bailing out union workers."

CLIMATE CHANGE NOT GOOD FOR PLANTS - The Associated Press: "In the course of a 17-year experiment on more than 1 million plants, scientists put future global warming to a real world test - growing California flowers and grasslands with extra heat, carbon dioxide and nitrogen to mimic a not-so-distant, hotter future."

POPE UPS ANTE ON CLIMATE CARE - The Washington Post's Julie Zauzmer: "The modern world has new forms of poverty, Francis said, and thus requires new forms of mercy to address them."

CLEAN ENERGY ADVOCATES: CANADA NEEDS TO HUSTLE - Merran Smith and Dan Woynillowicz for The Globe and Mail: "According to Clean Energy Canada's latest annual assessment of renewable energy spending, corporations and crown agencies spent 15 per cent less to develop new clean-power projects across the country in 2015 than they did the year before."

SCIENTIST: TREATED FUKUSHIMA WATER SAFE FOR RELEASE - Bloomberg: "More than five years after the meltdowns at Fukushima, Tokyo-based Tepco continues to struggle to contain the radiation-contaminated water that inundates the plant."

OIL BOOSTS STOCKS IN EUROPE AND ASIA-The New York Times' Riva Gold: "Brent crude oil jumped more than 5% during early European trading hours, but pared gains significantly after the two nations stopped short of outlining specific limits on their petroleum production."

NASA CHASING ASTEROIDS - The New York Times' Kenneth Chang: "For the next two years, NASA's latest robotic spacecraft will be chasing down an asteroid near Earth in the hopes of scooping up some of the most primordial bits of the solar system."


--Oil edged higher Monday during a day of volatile trading The Wall Street Journal reports.

--Natural gas did nothing Friday, the Journal reports.

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