- The anniversary of the death of St Francis of Assisi saw about 40 Catholic institutions announcing their faith-centric divestment from the fossil fuel industry and its ancillaries. The value of the divestment was not disclosed, but thought to be in the tune of $5.5 trillion. This sum is four times more than any previous church records. [World Religion News]
- Puerto Rico’s Gov Ricardo Rosselló and Tesla chief Elon Musk had a 25-minute phone conversation in which the two discussed relief efforts as well as Tesla playing a leading role, Rosselló said in an interview with USA TODAY. Teams from Tesla and Puerto Rico’s energy sector will continue the talks early next week, Rosselló said. [USA TODAY]
- Elizabeth Mine, whose excavations left a moonscape of waste rock and tailings that leached orange effluent into nearby streams, is a “brownfield” that has been transformed into a “greenfield” that will generate 5 MW of electricity. It will power annual needs of about 1,200 Vermont homes for decades to come, its promoters say. [Valley News]
- “Electric Vehicles Will Drive A $5 Trillion Transition” • The excitement is palpable. Auto shows are rolling out new EV models; China says it’s planning on banning internal combustion engines; and Daimler is jockeying with Tesla in the budding electric truck segment. And anticipating growth, lithium prices have reached an all-time high. [CleanTechnica]
- The Trump administration is moving to ease restrictions on emissions from coal-fired power plants, repealing the Clean Power Plan without offering a replacement. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the 43-page document, which underscored President Trump’s bid to revive the struggling coal industry. [CP24 Toronto’s Breaking News]
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