National Public Radio caught up with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who last week was named the United Nations’ special envoy for cities and climate change.
The billionaire former mayor talks about what cities worldwide are doing to help cut emissions (such as bike sharing and efficient lighting) and harden defenses against disasters.
He also says national-level policies should go after coal. “The biggest thing you can do in this country is to close coal-fired power plants. They generate a third of all of the emissions,” he said.
Bloomberg has given millions of dollars to the Sierra Club’s anti-coal-plant campaign. Meanwhile, President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency is planning first-time carbon-emissions standards for new and existing power plants.
Reuters has a dispatch from EPA’s public hearing Thursday on the proposed emissions rules for new plants, which face heavy pushback from Republicans and industry groups.
Here’s Reuters‘ lead: “Proposed pollution standards for new U.S. power plants, a central part of the Obama administration’s climate -change plan, should not rely on a soon-to-be completed project in Mississippi as an example of how to capture emissions from coal-fired power plants, the plant’s owner said on Thursday.”
The Wall Street Journal has a new story that examines Europe’s coal use in detail.
“The European Union sees itself leading the world in curbing carbon-dioxide emissions and doing more than any other region to mitigate climate change. But it is also increasing the share of electricity being generated by the most carbon-intensive energy source of all: coal,” the paper reports.
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DC Mayor Muriel Bowser met with Donald Trump this morning in Manhattan, with statehood and the Metro system on the agenda. “We talked about the things that are important to Washingtonians, and certainly becoming the 51st state is one of them," she said after the meeting. She also made the point that the District is “not dependent on the federal government for our funds," and brought up funding for Metro. She told reporters that Trump is a fan of D.C.
"A unanimous Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with smartphone maker Samsung in its high-profile patent dispute with Apple over design of the iPhone. The justices said Samsung may not be required to pay all the profits it earned from 11 phone models because the features at issue are only a tiny part of the devices. Apple had won a $399 million judgment against Samsung for copying parts of the iPhone's patented design, but the case now returns to a lower court to decide what Samsung must pay."
"The Pentagon has buried an internal study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in its business operations amid fears Congress would use the findings as an excuse to slash the defense budget, according to interviews and confidential memos obtained by The Washington Post."
Christopher Suprun, a GOP elector from Texas, announced in an op-ed for The New York Times that he will not cast his vote in the electoral college for Donald Trump. This one vote will not keep Trump from getting to the 270 necessary to secure an electoral victory, but stands as a strong statement of rebuke. "I am asked to cast a vote on Dec. 19 for someone who shows daily he is not qualified for the office," Suprun wrote.