Good morning, though also a horribly sad one. My colleague Mike Allen sums things up well here. And of course Puerto Rico is still deep in crisis. So I'll just re-up lists here and here of organizations providing assistance.
Ok, here's a chance to listen to Tom Petty (RIP) since it is time to Time To Move On to the latest energy news...
Powerful energy interests are fast taking sides and making opening moves around the Energy Department's instantly controversial new proposal to ensure power markets reward coal and nuclear plants for their "reliability and resilience" attributes.
The latest: Eleven energy trade groups that don't exactly see eye-to-eye on some topics — ranging from the American Petroleum Institute to wind and solar trade groups — made a joint filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission yesterday opposing DOE's push for a very fast 60-day rulemaking.
What's happening today: Another sign that DOE's surprise move is the new big thing: at least two congressional hearings today are likely to become public battlegrounds over the proposal. It will surface at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on the grid and a separate House Science Committee session.
Prepared testimony from a major coal industry group for the Energy and Commerce session calls for the rule to be adopted "as quickly as possible."
Detroit deepens EV push: General Motors announced plans Monday to roll out two new electric vehicles in the next 18 months, the first of what the auto giant says will be 20 new models by 2023.
Ford Motor, meanwhile, said it's deepening its push into electrics with creation of a new internal unit called "Team Edison." Sherif Marakby, Ford's VP for electrics, tells Reuters the plan is to "think big."
Why it matters: The new moves by U.S. auto giants are the latest in a spate of announcement by manufacturers including Volkswagen and Volvo to expand their EV offerings, even though they're currently a tiny slice of the market.
It's happening as a number of countries including the U.K., France, and China — the world's largest auto market — are proposing to phase out fossil fuel-powered cars in coming decades.
Tesla's challenge: Of course, there's going to be bumps on the road to more EV deployment. Case in point, via CNN:
No time to waste: A major Rocky Mountain Institute report released this morning says policymakers need to move ahead ASAP with wise policies to plan for and create the charging infrastructure for EV's in an energy-efficient and financially sound way.
What's interesting: The RMI report is based on a deep dive into the literature on EVs and they conclude that widespread EV deployment will benefit a wide range of stakeholders.
My Axios colleague Amy Harder passes along this dispatch that's born out of her latest Harder Line column...
The debate about who bears blame and responsibility for global warming has faced new concerted attention over the past couple of years as ExxonMobil, America's largest oil company, faces attorney general investigations about whether it's covered up what it knew about fossil fuels' impact on climate change for decades.
Quoted: In my recent interview with Bjørn Otto Sverdrup, top sustainability officer for Norway-based Statoil, I asked Sverdrup about to what degree he thinks his company bears a moral responsibility to address climate change. Here's his take, edited for clarity and length:
It's fair to recognize that energy systems are an important part of the carbon emissions and global warming. But most of the emissions are related to consumption, and now there are more than seven billion people on the planet. We're on a pathway to become nine billion people.
When all these people would like to either have food or light or heating or cooling or even some of the richest people in the world would like to travel around, that puts a big toll on nature and climate and the energy we use also does the same.
We are part of that problem but we are also part of the solution. We take very seriously the accountability of all of our emissions.
What's new: A few new energy-related registrations popped up in the Lobbying Disclosure Act database over the past day. Behold...
Oil market hive mind: "Banks cut their oil-price forecasts for a fifth consecutive month despite a recent price rally amid concerns that the oversupply of crude will grow next year," The Wall Street Journal reports in their latest survey of 15 investment banks.
Look under the hood: Via Politico, the Interior Department's inspector general "has opened an investigation into Secretary Ryan Zinke's use of taxpayer-funded charter planes."
Taking the pulse: My Axios colleague Shannon Vavra looks at new polling on public attitudes on climate change...
A day in the life at EPA: The New York Times looks at hundreds of pages of EPA administrator Scott Pruitt's schedule. The upshot:
Carbon capture: "Three major European oil companies announced plans on Monday to assemble a network of technology and facilities that will capture and store carbon bleeding out of industrial sites in Norway, part of an effort to help mitigate rising temperatures," the Houston Chronicle reports.
The government's energy tab: Fiscal year 2016 brought the lowest federal energy tab in a dozen years, thanks largely to lower oil prices that ease costs for the Pentagon (which uses lots of fuel) and other agencies, the Energy Information Administration said in a brief report.
Why it matters: The report is a sign of how energy price fluctuations can be a double-edged sword when it comes to federal finances. Lower oil and natural gas prices have also meant lower revenues from federal lands production in recent years.
So what else is happening today? The list includes the U.S. International Trade Commission's public "remedies" hearing that stems from its finding that cheap imports of solar cells and modules are a major cause of harm to domestic panel manufacturers.
Tech in focus: The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will gather for a session on storage technologies. More info is here.
One final programing note: The Senate panel postponed plans to vote today on a pair of nominees for high-level Energy Department positions, with aides telling me that not enough members were available.
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