Via Environmental Progress: A new, two-year investigation by Environmental Progress concludes that no American politician has killed more clean energy than Gov. Jerry Brown — and in ways that often benefited his own family financially. We publish this story on the day the Brown-controlled California Public Utilities Commission has voted to kill Diablo Canyon, California’s largest single source of clean energy, and the state’s last nuclear plant. They did so despite being under federal and state criminal investigation relating to the closure of yet another nuclear plant, San Onofre, in 2013. Had Brown's policies resulted in lower emissions and cheaper energy, this would just be the story of yet another crooked political family. But they didn't: Brown's policies have increased California's carbon emissions and increased electricity prices.
Climatewire: The chilly reception may actually help Banks walk his tightrope between offering partnership in Bonn and avoiding the wrath of climate skeptics in the Trump administration. Marc Morano, who argues against mainstream climate science on ClimateDepot.com, said Banks' forum was a public relations victory for Team Trump.
"If the greenest members of the Trump administration get shouted down and shut down by climate activists for discussing nuclear and coal, the public will perceive the activists as way-out idealists devoid of reality," he predicted.