Energy Security: New America and Pew Charitable Trust are hosting a discussion today at 10 am ET on energy security and collaboration between clean energy companies and the military. Click here for details and to watch the webcast.  
Clinton Campaign Reportedly Exploring Fuel Standard Revamp: Hillary Clinton’s campaign sought the advice of California regulators on options for overhauling the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), according to Reuters. Mary Nichols, head of the California Air Resources Board, said she was contacted to discuss if a market-based policy like the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard could replace RFS nationwide. Established in 2005, RFS requires a certain amount of biofuels such as ethanol be blended with gasoline. RFS is hugely supported by corn producers in states like Iowa; many environmentalists are in favor of repealing or changing it. In response to Reuters, the Clinton campaign said in a statement that they “do not support replacing the Renewable Fuel Standard with a national low-carbon fuel standard.” (Reuters, Politico Pro $, The Hill)
 
On 1-Yr Anniversary, CPP Supporters Plan for the Future: Celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) yesterday, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a blog she is confident that the federal regulations will be upheld in the Supreme Court and it is “no accident” that CPP mirrors the strong renewable energy growth in the country. On Tuesday, California issued a draft compliance plan for CPP, becoming the first state in the country to do so. The draft, which proposes using the state’s cap-and-trade program to meet the 13.2 percent emissions reduction target by 2030, is envisioned as a “proof of concept” for other states, according to Stanley Young, spokesman for the California Air Resources Board. (News: Morning Consult, ClimateWire $. Commentary: Roanoke Times, Michael Town op-ed; Huffington Post, Howard Fox op-ed; The Hill, Garrett Ballengee & Michael Reed op-ed)
 
Australian Govt. Re-prioritizes Climate Action: Australia’s newly-elected Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has directed the country's main science body, the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), to reinstate climate science as a key priority. This policy U-turn comes just months after previous Prime Minister Tony Abbott eliminated most of the climate change division. "It's a new government and we're laying out a direction that climate science matters," new Science Minister Greg Hunt said. Hunt said the new policy will bring 15 new jobs and research investment worth $28 million over 10 years. (Reuters, Guardian, Wall Street Journal $, Sydney Morning Herald $, ABC Australia)

Olympic Athletes Rally for the Planet: Several athletes participating in the Rio Olympics are encouraging countries to take urgent climate action in a new campaign. Brazilian surfers, footballers and water polo players as well as athletes from some of the most vulnerable countries such as the Marshall Islands, Afghanistan and South Sudan have been speaking up for the campaign, called “1.5C: The record we must not break.” Environmental concerns have mired the Rio Olympics after Guanabara Bay, where several water sport events are scheduled to be held, was found to be heavily contaminated by pollution. The risk of contracting Zika in Rio -- exacerbated by climate change -- has also been a major concern for athletes. (Climate Home, Wall Street Journal $, Deutsche Welle, LA Times $)  
US News
  • U.S. states signed pact to keep Exxon climate probe confidential (Reuters)
  • Tesla’s big loss reflects its costly ambitions (New York Times $)
  • First Solar sees 'encouraging signs' for solar demand (Reuters, Bloomberg)
  • Arizona monsoon rain a '1-in-100' year storm (USA Today)
  • ‘I cried…right into my mask': Scientists say Guam’s reefs have bleached four years straight  (Washington Post $)
  • Auto makers, regulators spar on fuel economy (Wall Street Journal $)
  • Exelon losing in its own backyard as New York rescues nukes (Bloomberg)
  • Using Thoreau to trace climate change (WNPR)
  • Researchers may have finally found an antidote to biased thinking about science (Washington Post $)
  • California wildfires likely to worsen as season peaks: forecaster (Reuters, Christian Science Monitor)
  • Got an extreme weather event? NOAA tool searches for climate link (InsideClimate News)
  • Tesla cash under pressure with SolarCity purchase on horizon (Bloomberg)
  • It's just wrong': Thousands in limbo as Louisiana's solar tax credits dwindle (Times-Picayune
  • This church says denying their congregation solar panels is a violation of their religious freedom (ThinkProgress)
  • How Kansas City became the EV mecca of the Midwest (ClimateWire $)
  • CDC Director: Zika travel advisory to Florida could last a year (Washington Post $)
  • Senate leader frets over plan for regional electricity grid (LA Times $)
  • Researchers may have finally found an antidote to biased thinking about science (Washington Post $)
  • Oil groups warn against new EPA methane push (The Hill)

World News
  • Cities rush to measure climate footprint after Paris deal (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • Hurricane Earl hits Belize (Al Jazeera)
  • Mining town Coober Pedy shows the rest of Australia how to turn to renewables (Guardian)
  • Exclusive: EDF boss knew UK planned to delay nuclear deal before board vote – letter (Reuters)
  • Wind-powered cargo ships could help cut your carbon footprint (Mashable)
  • How lowering crime could contribute to global warming (New York Times $)
  • Agriculture in 115 Indian districts most at risk from climate change (Economic Times)
  • Smog-hit Mexico’s $8 billion clean-up bid heralds bond sale rush (Bloomberg)
  • One Nation's Malcolm Roberts vows to halt 'ridiculous lies' on climate change (Guardian)
  • The 22-year-old trying to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (Financial Times $)
  • Indian regulator asked to prioritise solar over thermal after Tamil Nadu curtailments (PV-Tech)
  • Cheyyur UMPP electricity to be unaffordable: Report (PTI)
  • SunEdison India Sale said to draw Khazanah, Hinduja Brothers (Bloomberg)
  • Artificial leaf turns CO2 emissions into fuel (Climate Central, Nexus Media News)
  • Recycling carbon dioxide: Researchers reduce climate-warming CO2 to building blocks for fuels (Phys.org)
  • Europe’s last wild river is about to get dammed (TIME)
  • China’s State Council approves CO2 target for petrochemicals, offers loans for carbon permits (Carbon Pulse $)
Deniers Want Clexit After Brexit
 
There’s a new denial group on the scene -- this one is intent on ensuring that the world doesn’t enter into “costly and dangerous” climate action pacts like the Paris Agreement.
 
The oh-so-cleverly named Clexit (climate exit) was “inspired by” Brexit, the UK’s decision to leave the European Union and set out on their own. The founders of Clexit are names you’ve seen here before: Christopher Monckton of the UK, Australia’s Viv Forbes, and good old, homegrown Marc Morano.
 
According to the campaign’s website:
 
“If the Paris climate accord is ratified, or enforced locally by compliant governments, it will strangle the leading economies of the world with pointless carbon taxes and costly climate and energy policies, all with no sound basis in evidence or science.”
 
Where do we even begin? Maybe it would be prudent to remind the Clexit crew that after Brexit, their glamorous inspiration, the British economy absolutely tanked. Similarly, climate change has huge financial implications for the global economy and could cause up to $24 trillion in economic damage in the worst case scenario. Of course, this worst case scenario would be exactly what Clexit is asking for: if governments backed out of the Paris climate accord, took no action and let climate change cause extreme havoc.
 
As for the “no sound basis in evidence or science,” we’ll just point back, as we often do, to the 97% of scientists who agree on human-made climate change (and the consensus on this consensus).
 
There are a lot more classic denier tropes on the site, ranging from “CO2 is good for the planet!” to “The Green Climate Fund is just bribes!” Too many for us to go through one-by-one, but we encourage you to go take a look and have a good laugh.

We’re probably hoping for too much if after Brexit and Clexit, we could get a Dexit: a denial exit.
 

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