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This Week's Hot Topics

CONSERVATIVE'S CLIMATE CIVIL WAR

What: Members of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a heavyweight conservative policy organization, are feuding about their approach to climate change. It's a fight that reflects the broader conservative debate over climate change and the direction of the Republican Party during the Trump administration.

Who: Zack Colman | READ STORY >>>

TRUMP'S BIG SOLAR DECISION

What:The U.S. solar industry faces a very different landscape than it did a year ago. Prices are up, uncertainty is rife and some big-ticket projects have been paralyzed because of the prospect of tariffs, which could reshape power markets and affect thousands of jobs. Trump has hardly said a word about the industry but he could soon make the most momentous solar policy decision by a president in years.

Who: David Ferris | READ STORY >>>

LOBBYISTS IN THE ADMINISTRATION

What: 15 officials at EPA, Energy Dept. and Interior Dept. went from lobbying their agencies straight to their new positions in the Trump Administration after the president weakened a two-year cooling period put in place by Obama.

Who: Ben Storrow | READ STORY >>>

COP23 WRAPUP

What: The 'islanders COP' is coming to a close but negotiations are still moving forward on the Paris Agreement and the U.S. played both villain and hero at the event. Meanwhile, islanders feel their pleas for help are going unanswered.

Who: Jean Chemnick | READ STORY >>>

HIDDEN GEMS

TRUMP EATS SHARK FIN SOUP

What: President Trump's Vietnamese hosts served him shark-fin soup instead of his customary steak Saturday in a culinary move that may have had political undertones as Congress reconsiders wildlife protections including the Endangered Species Act.

Who: Michael Doyle | READ STORY >>>

UNCERTAINTY OF COAL

What: Appalachian millennials aren't buying Trump's coal promises.

Who: Zack Colman | READ STORY >>>

CHANGING LIFE IN THE ARCTIC

What: On location in Utqiagvik, Alaska, where rising temperatures are changing a way of life including new animals with no names in the Iñupiat language as they are able to migrate further north and whale hunting that is getting more dangerous

Who: Scott Waldman | READ STORY >>>

INSIDE LOOK

Check out E&E News' podcast "Climate Lede": This week from a solar-powered bus at Bonn; Puerto Rico's verdant disaster and hometown emissions showdown. LISTEN NOW >>>