Law360 – The Trump administration sued California over its cap-and-trade agreement with Québec, saying the state has no right to pursue "an independent foreign policy" about the control of greenhouse gas emissions.
The Guardian – Nonpartisan taskforce of ex-government officials reports ‘almost weekly violations’ of norms meant to safeguard objective research.
American Institute of Physics – President Trump issued an executive order reestablishing the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and appointed its first seven members.
BBC – Like helicopters they don't need a runway, but unlike helicopters they promise to be quiet and cheap. Yet the dream seems to be some way off. Industry experts say that taxi services using such aircraft won't be a mass-market phenomenon until the 2030s.
The Verge – The Swedish company unveiled the all-electric XC40 Recharge at a splashy event in Los Angeles with a whole slew of futuristic features.
Science – By a vote of 25 to six, the committee voted to advance the legislation, which would require some two dozen federal research agencies to develop and follow clear principles designed to protect scientists and the research they carry out from political influence.
BBC – The first figures have emerged demonstrating that Brexit uncertainty has adversely affected UK research. They show Britain's annual share of EU research funding has fallen by nearly a third since 2015.
Bloomberg – Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee are blaming each other for an impasse in a pipeline safety reauthorization bill that many thought would breeze through Congress.
The Washington Post – The move by the Environmental Protection Agency escalates the fierce battle between President Trump and the left-leaning state, and could put billions in federal funding in jeopardy.
The Washington Post – In a closed-door meeting of oil and gas executives this summer in Colorado Springs, industry lawyer Mark Barron offered a bold proposal: Energy companies must accept that fossil fuels are helping to drive climate change.
MIT Technology Review – In the third quarter of this year 40% of the UK’s electricity came from renewables like wind, biomass, and solar, while fossil fuels—virtually all gas in the UK’s case—made up 39%.
Science / E&E News – The EPA is dropping plans to issue a final version this year of its divisive plan to limit the agency’s use of scientific studies in crafting major new regulations, Administrator Andrew Wheeler indicated at a congressional hearing.