CHRIS MOONEY and JULIET EILPERIN – White House officials last year weighed whether to simply â€œignoreâ€ climate studies produced by government scientists or to instead develop â€œa coherent, fact-based message about climate science,â€ according to a memo obtained by The Washington Post. The document, drafted Sept. 18 by Michael Catanzaro, President Trumpâ€™s special assistant for domestic energy and environmental policy at the time, highlights the dilemma the administration has faced over climate change since Trump took office. Even as Trumpâ€™s deputies have worked methodically to uproot policies aimed at curbing the nationâ€™s carbon output, the administrationâ€™s agencies continue to produce reports showing that climate change is happening, is human-driven and is a threat to the United States.
GRANT SMITH – In surveying the energy landscape, thereâ€™s an emerging, inevitable trend. Old coal and nuclear plants are being decommissioned while new ones are extremely difficult to keep within estimated construction budgets. Moreover, the next nail in the coffin for these passÃ© technologies is water. The water/energy nexus, as it is known, is a big deal.