Spotlight on Green News & Views: Trump losing eco-cases in court; paying for a Green New Deal

This is the 585th edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue). Here is the most recent previous edition from December 15. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it.

OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES

Lincoln Green writes—China crushes US in new power transmission infrastructure to carry renewable energy: “We interrupt the mainstream media narrative about fake infrastructure (Trump’s border wall) with news about real infrastructure. China’s main grid operator has powered up its biggest transmission line yet, one that “crushes world records for voltage, distance and power” according to a recent report by Peter Fairly in IEEE Spectrum. China has announced plans to use the line primarily to transmit renewable energy from wind and solar power plants in northwestern China to power-hungry cities in eastern China. In the past this renewable energy has often gone unused due to lack of transmission capacity. The new transmission line is 3,293 km (2,046 miles) long and can carry up to 12 gigawatts (GW), enough to power 50 million households.”

ClimateDenierRoundup writes—Trump’s Deregulatory Agenda Has A Dismal 5 Percent Success Rate In Courts: “Last week we talked about how the Trump administration is going to keep getting tripped up in courts by facts and reality. Seems like we dropped the ball: last week also saw the release of a new report by the lawyers at EarthJustice detailing their litigation efforts over the past two years. The report focuses on four key cases dealing with pesticides, toxic chemicals, the ozone and offshore drilling. While it’s sad they have to defend these things, it’s encouraging they’ve been so successful. With 118 lawsuits filed against the Trump administration’s pro-polluter agenda, those EarthJustice folks have certainly been busy! More importantly, of the 17 cases that have had major decisions, EarthJustice won 16, giving the administration a stellar six percent win rate. Last October, the Brookings Institute put together a status report on Trump’s deregulatory agenda and came to a similar conclusion: of 19 court challenges, the Trump administration won only one case, losing or giving up on the other 18. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s a five percent win rate.”

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