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The White House and the State Department have signaled climate change will not be a major agenda item when President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping hold their meeting, starting today.
Evidence: "I don't think it will come up in detail," Susan Thornton, State's acting assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said at a briefing Wednesday. A White House official signaled earlier this week that Trump's not interested in talking about it.
Why it matters: China and the U.S. are the world's two largest greenhouse gas emitters, but both have their reasons to steer clear of a topic that played a prominent role in U.S.-China talks under Obama.
But what about China's motives? I reached out to Varun Sivaram, a climate expert with the Council on Foreign Relations, and he offered some perspective on China's public stance and internal motives.
The Wall Street Journal tapped into the hive mind of 14 investment banks, and they're all expecting oil prices to stay below $60 for the third straight year.
What's next: OPEC meets May 25 to decide whether it will extend its production-cutting deal reached late last year. It has sort of worked so far: Since the member countries decided to cut 2 percent from global production in the first half of this year, oil prices have risen roughly 20 percent. But inventories remain high.
If the cartel extends the agreement, prices could rise quickly and U.S. shale drillers would boost output even more. But if OPEC ends the deal, it "risks refueling the global crude glut," the WSJ piece notes.
Energy secretary Rick Perry: On Wednesday he met with Fred Upton, one of the top Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Carbon recycling tech: Ellen Williams, who headed DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy under Obama, is joining the board of CO2 Sciences.
Green lobby: The Wilderness Society has hired Drew McConville, a senior White House Council on Environmental Quality aide under Obama, as its senior managing director for government relations.
The American Wind Energy Association, the industry's main trade group, has
Bracewell LLP as outside lobbyists.
Want the high-level view on U.S. energy consumption? The U.S. Energy Information Administration has you covered. It's out with data showing total consumption ticked up slightly last year.
Want a really, really high-level view?
Axios pulled years worth of EIA data into the chart above on U.S. energy consumption going back a quarter century. That downward staircase at the bottom illustrates how coal has lost market share at the expense of gas and renewables.
Electric planes: MIT Technology review has a look at the prospects for battery-powered airline travel, pegged to a new announcement by the startup backed by Boeing and JetBlue that's planning a fleet of planes (10-50 passengers) for regional travel. (Hat tip to Vox's Brad Plumer for flagging this on Twitter.)
Carbon regs: Reuters contacted 32 utilities that operate in states that have sued to overturn EPA's power plant carbon emissions rule, which Trump's EPA is moving to unwind.
Climate polling: A new Quinnipiac University poll finds that 62 percent of people surveyed do not believe that Trump should "remove" climate change regulations. Seventy-two percent say big cuts to scientific research on the environment and climate is a bad idea.
Court battle: Green groups and 17 states are urging a federal appeals court to deny EPA's request to freeze litigation over the Clean Power Plan, the big carbon emissions rule that Trump's EPA plans to rescind (as noted above).One level deeper: The filings are available here, here, and here.
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