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Politics

Donald Trump.
Politics

Trump’s Latest Energy Rant, Fact Checked

From “In my opinion, you have a thing called weather” to “They’re driving the whales, I think, a little batty.”

Technology

AM Briefing: A Solar Energy Breakthrough?

On the future of solar, a meaty lawsuit, and microplastics

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The Texas Panhandle Is on Fire

AM Briefing: Texas on Fire

On the massive blazes, BYD's next move, and South Fork Wind

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Climate

AM Briefing: Weather Whiplash

On wild February warmth, oil and gas profits, and carbon removal startups

Brace for Weather Whiplash
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Current conditions: The Northern Sierra mountain range could see up to 12 feet of snow • Raging bushfires are forcing 30,000 people in Australia’s Victoria state to evacuate • It will be unusually warm across much of Michigan today as voters participate in the state’s presidential primaries.

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1. End of February brings weather whiplash

This week has already been a wild one for U.S. weather, as what is expected to be the warmest February on record comes to a close. Many states in the Midwest and South experienced a heatwave yesterday that brought record high winter temperatures. It was 65 degrees Fahrenheit in Minneapolis, for example, where the normal high is 33. Parts of Texas saw temperatures soar into the 90s. In Chicago, where February temperatures usually sit in the low 30s at best, it was a balmy 60 degrees yesterday. The warm weather brought with it wind gusts and fire risks, and red flag warnings were in place from Texas to Missouri.

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Guides

Why the SEC’s New Climate Rules Matter

The long-delayed risk disclosure regulation is almost here.

Gary Gensler.
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A new era of transparency for corporate sustainability is coming — finally. After two years of deliberation, the Securities and Exchange Commission is expected to issue a final rule requiring public companies to make climate-related disclosures to investors. The decision could come as soon as next week.

The rule considers two categories of climate-related information relevant to investors: greenhouse gas emissions and exposure to climate-related risks like extreme weather or future regulations. While many companies voluntarily disclose this kind of information in other ways, the rules will both require and standardize climate-based reporting as a core part of a company’s fiduciary duty.

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