What we’re reading: Wildfires fuel energy debate in Spokane, WA

Sun rising amid smoke in local park in Spokane, WA
The sun rises Aug. 23 amid smokey skies in a Spokane, WA park. Photo: Amy Harder/Axios

A window into how a warmer world affects local energy debates just unfolded in Spokane, a city in Eastern Washington state that has had unprecedented bad air quality on par with Asia’s polluted cities because of wildfire smoke in the region.

Driving the news: The Spokane City Council last week approved an ordinance setting a goal to get 100% renewable electricity by 2030, according to The Spokesman Review. It’s one of dozens of American cities pledging more renewable energy.

Updates: Hurricane Lane drenches Hawaii as winds fizzle

Infrared image of Hurricane Lane approaching Hawaii on Aug. 24, 2018.
Infrared satellite image of Hurricane Lane approaching Hawaii on Aug. 24, 2018. Photo: NOAA.

Editor's note: We have finished live updates for Friday, August 24, and our coverage will resume on Saturday. Scroll down for the most recent updates.

Hurricane Lane is drifting towards what may be Maui and Oahu's closest encounter with a significant hurricane since statehood in 1959. The storm remains a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale, and is causing "catastrophic" flooding on the Big Island, where more than 30 inches of rain have already fallen.

The big picture: The storm is creeping northward at just 5 miles per hour, prolonging the wind and flooding threats for the Hawaiian Islands. And even though the storm is just 24 hours away from its closest pass with Maui and Oahu, where Honolulu could see hurricane force winds for hours on end, the exact track is still murky.