After Michigan Berns, Dem discuss got exciting

March 9, 2016 - storage organizer

03/09/16 10:00 AM EST

With assistance from Darius Dixon, Esther Whieldon, Alex Guillén and Sara Stefanini

SANDERS STUNS CLINTON IN MICHIGAN: Hillary Clinton done Flint, Mich. and a lead-poisoned H2O a centerpiece of her discuss for weeks, yet it didn’t assistance her lift a Wolverine State: Sen. Bernie Sanders scored an dissapoint win on Tuesday night, notwithstanding trailing in a polls by double digits for weeks. Clinton ran adult a vast win in Mississippi, so she still wakes adult this morning with an increasing nominee lead, yet a dissapoint in Michigan has to regard a discuss unfortunate to focus to a ubiquitous election.

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DOWN TO TRUMP AND CRUZ: Donald Trump ran adult a measure on his primary opponents, winning Mississippi and Hawaii, and second place in Idaho. Sen. Ted Cruz won Idaho, and came in second in Mississippi, Hawaii and Michigan, lending credit to a suspicion that a competition for a Republican assignment is down to him and Trump. Ohio Gov. John Kasich came in third in Michigan yet done no denote that he’d dump out of a competition before Ohio votes subsequent week.

The finish of Marco Rubio? Sen. Marco Rubio not usually didn’t win Idaho, Michigan or Mississippi, he unsuccessful to transparent a threshold in Michigan and Mississippi, and seemed staid to skip it in Idaho, definition he approaching got no representatives in those states.

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DEM DEBATE IS A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME: Well, tonight’s Clinton-Sanders discuss unexpected got exciting, now didn’t it? Suddenly Clinton’s vast polling lead in a Sunshine State looks incomprehensible (as it was in Michigan), and Clinton will again be forced to do conflict to her left usually as she wants to focus to a ubiquitous choosing quarrel with Trump or Cruz. Will she retool her summary in a 16 or so hours between Sanders
Wolverine Miracle and a start of a debate? Will Flint, Mich. sojourn a vicious articulate point, or will it incline into a credentials so she can residence a transparent and benefaction risk meridian change poses coastal Florida? For his part, will Sanders sojourn a master of summary fortify he has been via a campaign, and foster his large purify appetite jobs program? This discuss could be a good one.

FLINT DEAL MAY BE IMMINENT: Sen. Mike Lee signaled Tuesday he might be prepared to lift his reason on a procedural package and concede assist to Flint, Mich. and a appetite check to advance. As POLITICO’s Darren Goode and Seung Min Kim report, Lee pronounced “We’re close,” while Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow said, “We have presumably found a trail forward.”

Other Republicans, many with H2O infrastructure problems of their possess don’t determine with Lee’s hold. “In this box we’ve got children who’ve got lead poisoning from their celebration water. That shouldn’t be function in this country,” pronounced West Virginia Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, whose state suffered a chemical brief that close off a collateral city’s daub H2O for 5 days in 2014. “I’m peaceful to demeanour during it by that lens.”

BARRASSO THREATENS TO PROSECUTE OVER STATE PAYMENT TO GREEN FUND: Republican Sen. John Barrasso believes a State Department disregarded a Antideficiency Act when it paid $500 million to a U.N.’s Green Fund Tuesday, and he’s prepared to take officials to justice over a matter, as Pro’s Andrew Restuccia reports. The law prevents sovereign officials from spending income Congress hasn’t appropriated and, as Pros will remember, it’s a same law a Government Accountability Office pronounced EPA disregarded with a amicable media discuss in support of a Waters of a U.S. rule. Barrasso pronounced that a Senate Republican Policy Committee, that he chairs, and a Senate Foreign Relations Committee will examine a expenditure. If a committees find that State pennyless a law, Barrasso pronounced Republicans “will go and try to prosecute them on that to a indicate that maybe we’ll see if President Obama has to put out a atonement for people that are behaving on their interest if it is found that they are behaving illegally.”

But where did State find $500 million? Half a billion dollars is a lot of change to find in between a cot cushions or to unexpected brand half approach by a mercantile year. The State Department pronounced it spent income from a FY16 Economic Support Fund account. A State Reference Guide says a fund, “promotes a mercantile and domestic unfamiliar routine interests of a United States by providing assistance to allies and countries in transition to democracy, ancillary a Middle East assent negotiations, and financing mercantile stabilization programs, frequently in a multi-donor context.”

ERNEST MONIZ AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SENATE COMMITTEE: Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will lift adult his metaphorical bullwhip and lean his fedora down as he heads to a Hill currently for his fourth check discussion in dual weeks. This time he will try to equivocate a rolling stone of a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water. For his mercantile 2017 budget, President Barack Obama asked for an boost to a Energy Department’s funding, that Moniz is being called on to defend. He’ll also approaching finish adult fielding questions on proxy chief rubbish storage — a pet emanate for leaders on this row — and a inhabitant labs. The co-chairs of a special congressionally combined elect on a labs testified before this same subcommittee in October.

Leggo my Lego: MIT gave Moniz a Lego chronicle of himself, finish with cosmetic grey helmet representing his famous mane. Moniz pronounced in Tweet that it will be a table appendage yet this is a missed opportunity. ME would like to see Lego Moniz operative in a Lego chief plant, busting some Lego ghosts, or maybe even dueling Darth Vader on a Lego Death Star. Make this happen, Mr. Secretary! And send pics!

EPW READY TO TALK FEDERALISM: The Environment and Public Works Committee will horde a row of state environmental officials to speak about EPA manners and mild federalism. The row includes a tip environmental officials from Arkansas, Delaware, South Dakota, West Virginia and Vermont. That final one is during slightest softly ironic, give that Vermont was not lonesome by a Clean Power Plan, maybe a many unconditional bit of mild federalism in a EPA’s order book. The discussion stems from feedback Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe perceived from a minute he sent in Jan to states with senators on a cabinet seeking “to improved know a impacts of new EPA regulatory actions on states such as yours and brand ways to safeguard a singular interests of states are sufficient deliberate by EPA in a regulatory process.”

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DEMS ASK GAO TO REVIEW SELF-BONDING: Sens. Maria Cantwell and Dick Durbin on Tuesday called on a Government Accountability Office to open dual opposite inquiries into a use of self-bonding, underneath that spark producers set aside income to retrieve aged spark mines in a eventuality of bankruptcy. The emanate has bubbled adult recently with a spate of spark companies confronting financial problems, particularly including spark producing hulk Peabody Energy. The Interior Department or states can approve companies’ use of self-bonding, yet it is not required. The Democrats write to GAO that it’s time for Interior and Congress to “revisit” self-bonding authorization, and ask GAO to author a comparison of self-bonding opposite sovereign programs, and to review self-bonding underneath a Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act.

BARAN’S SOLO RUN: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Jeff Baran will once again be a usually commissioner addressing a second day of a agency’s Regulatory Information Conference this morning in North Bethesda. The other 3 sitting commissioners spoke yesterday. While Commissioner Kristine Svinicki has done a robe of revelation a scholarship jokes during a conference, she warned Baran final year that if he told one “you will have to tell a fun forever.” Undeterred by a consequences, Baran told a fun that was flattering good (and offering by Pro’s Darius Dixon). He’s adult during 9:15 a.m. and this year, yet this year NRC Nuclear Reactor Regulation Director Bill Dean used his gig hosting a eventuality to glow off several estimable cracks, that usually army everybody to adult their game.

The hole carrying been dug for we both, Commissioner Baran, Darius pitches this. May we plaint and laugh: A Higgs Boson molecule walks into a church, yet a reverend says “Get out of here! You call yourself a ‘God particle’ when there is usually one loyal God!” The Higgs Boson replies, “Well if we am not here, how can we have mass?” Tip your waitress! Try a veal!

Bonus round: Someone in a conference’s assembly offering Svinicki a fun that we suspicion we suspicion could use some updating: How many chief engineers does it take to change a light bulb? Two. One to change a tuber and one to find a place to store a aged one for 100,000 years. Bravo! But how about: One to change a tuber and one to safely reason a aged one on-site indefinitely while Congress fights about a nation’s light tuber repository. Darius will be here all week.

NEW HAMPSHIRE TO VOTE ON RAISING SOLAR CAP: The New Hampshire House is slated to opinion currently on a check (HB 1116) that would lift a state’s top on rooftop solar net metering appearance to 100 megawatts from 50 megawatts, retard any one entity from holding adult some-more than 20 percent of a appearance queue, and approach a application elect to investigate a costs and advantages of rooftop solar. Utilities Eversource and Liberty Utilities have both reached their appearance caps and a state net metering module has radically stalled while a legislature works on a fix. The Senate in Feb upheld a identical bill, SB 333, yet a House chronicle appears to have some-more traction. Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, who is severe Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, has pronounced she supports lifting a cap.

ZERO BIDS IN RENO OIL AND GAS LEASE AUCTION: The Bureau of Land Management perceived no bids on Tuesday that privileged a smallest cost threshold for oil and gas leases on 50,416 acres of sovereign land, a Bureau of Land Management said. About 30 “Keep it in a Ground” protesters collected outward a BLM bureau before a sale, a Reno Gazette Journal reports. “We wish to put a spotlight on BLM and uncover them that all eyes are on them,” pronounced Valerie Love, a criticism organizer with a Center for Biological Diversity. “We’re watching.”

AS U.S. RENEWABLES RISE, EUROPEAN RENEWABLES STAGNATE: About 16 gigawatts of solar will be commissioned in a U.S. this year, that is some-more than double a record-breaking 7.3 gigawatts commissioned in 2015, GTM Research and a Solar Energy Industries Association contend in a report out today. Utility scale installations will contain about 3 buliding of that total. Community solar is also approaching to see vicious expansion with some-more than 100 megawatts designed in 2016. The news expands on information GTM and SEIA released in February.

But opposite a pond, a object shines reduction splendid and breeze blows reduction strong: In a European Union, renewable electricity use grew by 2 commission points to 28.1 percent of sum electricity expenditure in 2014,, EurObserv’ER, a consortium that monitors renewable appetite sectors in a EU, says in a report out Tuesday. The expansion in share reflects a dump in over all appetite expenditure rather than vicious expansion in renewables. New breeze installations have hovered around 11 to 12 gigawatts per year given 2012, and are expected to be 11.3 GW in 2014. That takes a EU’s sum commissioned ability to 129 GW, yet it’s mostly interjection to Germany, where “vigorous” expansion in 2014 obscures a slack in other countries. Photovoltaic expansion is now hampered, mostly in countries that have already invested in their solar sectors (Germany, Italy, Greece and Belgium, for example), while a U.K. and France have attempted to boost their possess lagging sectors. Those efforts, however, are “too diseased to revitalise a marketplace that has been in free-fall given 2012.”

STUDY: COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS VEHICLES EMIT AS MUCH AS GASOLINE: Cities with fleets of dense healthy gas vehicles surveillance their reduced meridian emissions, yet when noticed via a fuel life cycle of healthy gas, they evacuate usually as many as gasoline buses, and some-more than diesel, according to a study from Rice University and published Tuesday in a International Journal of Global Warming. The investigate found that from a hothouse gas glimmer perspective, healthy gas would be best used as a deputy for coal-fired appetite plants and oil-fueled heating furnaces.


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— Fukushima Still Rattles Japan, Five Years After Nuclear Disaster, WSJ:

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