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Calif. may rely on carbon capture to meet 2045 net-zero goal

Source: By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News • Posted: Thursday, June 30th, 2022

California must capture carbon from factory smokestacks and directly from the air to achieve its goal of carbon neutrality by 2045, according to a draft plan from a key state agency. The plan — from staff at the California Air Resources Board — estimates that about one-third of the needed emissions reductions in 2045 would come from greenhouse gas removal techniques. That assessment is stoking controversy in a state that sees itself as a national leader in fighting climate change, with concerns about the feasibility of carbon capture and whether it harms lower-income neighborhoods.

Stellantis Warns of Car Market Collapse If EVs Don’t Get Cheaper

Source: By Tara Patel, Bloomberg • Posted: Thursday, June 30th, 2022

Stellantis is planning to introduce more than 75 fully electric models this decade and transform at least some of its French car plants to make EVs. While the company is spending big on the rollout, it’s pledging to maintain strong returns, relying on extra revenue from software and services as well as some premium vehicles. EV prices are going up at a dizzying pace these days. Tesla Inc. raised prices by as much as $6,000 per car this month, following similar hikes earlier this year from Rivian Automotive Inc. and Ford Motor Co. Rising raw-materials costs are rendering some battery-powered models unprofitable, Ford Chief Financial Officer John Lawler said at an investor conference earlier this month.

Canada Releases California-Style Fuel Rules to Cut Emissions

Source: By Robert Tuttle, Bloomberg • Posted: Thursday, June 30th, 2022

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government released a long-anticipated plan to slash motor fuel emissions, setting up a potential clash with the country’s hydrocarbon producing provinces. The Clean Fuel Regulations aim to reduce emissions from motor fuels by 26.6 million metric tons by 2030, according to a statement from the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. The measures are similar to a program spearheaded by California decades ago, known as the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, that has also been adopted by Oregon and the province of British Columbia. 

EV demand is so hot that Tesla owners are flipping their cars like houses

Source: By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times   • Posted: Thursday, June 30th, 2022

Dennis Wang lost money on his first try, but then he learned from his mistakes. On his second effort as an electric vehicle flipper, Wang made $4,000. On his third, he hit what he considered the sweet spot, a $7,000 profit. All the deals involved Teslas that Wang bought and resold, flipping them like tickets to a hot concert. “I have a Model S currently that I’m probably going to sell within another three months, pending the market,” Wang said. “I also have another Model Y and a Model X on order.”

Ford’s Talk of New EV-Selling Rules Rattles Some Dealers

Source: By Nora Eckert, Wall Street Journal • Posted: Thursday, June 30th, 2022

Motor Co. is preparing new rules for how it sells electric vehicles, a shift that is concerning some dealers and seen as challenging the traditional franchise model. Executives from the Detroit giant have alluded to such changes for months, highlighting a future with less inventory on the dealer lot, more online transacting, no-haggle pricing and an increased focus on dealerships as service and repair centers. Ford plans to release its new EV-selling rules in September.

Rhode Island governor signs ‘most aggressive renewable energy standard’ in US, targets 100% offsets by 2033

Source: By Robert Walton, Utility Dive • Posted: Thursday, June 30th, 2022

 Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee, D, on Wednesday signed legislation requiring the state’s electricity use to be completely offset by renewables by 2033. According to the governor’s office, it is “the most aggressive renewable energy standard among any U.S. state.” The legislation “outlines a firm 10-year commitment to achieve our climate change mitigation goals,” McKee said in a statement.

What you need to know about the Supreme Court’s EPA case

Source: By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post • Posted: Thursday, June 30th, 2022

By invoking the “major questions” doctrine, the court’s conservative majority has issued a ruling that may invite more challenges to other federal regulators — not just the EPA — in the future. “The consequences potentially reach far beyond EPA and the Clean Air Act,” said Lisa Heinzerling, an environmental law professor at Georgetown. “This is a big statement on how it intends to act moving forward.”

Court Decision Leaves Biden With Few Tools to Combat Climate Change

Source: By Coral Davenport, New York Times • Posted: Thursday, June 30th, 2022

The Supreme Court ruling left intact the E.P.A.’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions but blocked any attempt by the agency to write regulations so broad that they force the closure of coal-fired plants, which generate the most carbon dioxide, or compel utilities to switch from fossil fuels to wind, solar and other clean sources. The E.P.A. still plans to issue tougher regulations to control methane, a potent greenhouse gas that leaks from oil and gas wells. And it plans stricter limits on other types of pollution generated by power plants, such as mercury, smog and soot. The idea is that cracking down on those pollutants could force electric utilities to clean up or shut down the dirtiest facilities, such as coal-burning power plants, which produce more carbon dioxide than gas-fired plants.

Supreme Court Strips Federal Government of Crucial Tool to Control Pollution

Source: By Adam Liptak, New York Times • Posted: Thursday, June 30th, 2022

“Capping carbon dioxide emissions at a level that will force a nationwide transition away from the use of coal to generate electricity may be a sensible ‘solution to the crisis of the day,’” he wrote, quoting an earlier decision. But, he added, “a decision of such magnitude and consequence rests with Congress itself, or an agency acting pursuant to a clear delegation from that representative body.” In dissent, Justice Elena Kagan wrote that the court had substituted its own policy judgment for that of Congress. “Whatever else this court may know about, it does not have a clue about how to address climate change,” she wrote. “And let’s say the obvious: The stakes here are high. Yet the court today prevents congressionally authorized agency action to curb power plants’ carbon dioxide emissions.” “The court appoints itself — instead of Congress or the expert agency — the decision maker on climate policy,” she wrote. “I cannot think of many things more frightening.”

Offshore wind industry growth falling short of net zero goals

Source: By Isla Binnie, Reuters • Posted: Wednesday, June 29th, 2022

The global offshore wind industry had a record year in 2021 in terms of new capacity but is still projected to fall short of the International Energy Agency’s net zero goals by 2030, a Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) report said on Wednesday. More giant offshore turbines were installed in 2021 than in any previous year, with 21.1 gigawatts (GW) of capacity connected to the grid, the GWEC’s 2022 global offshore wind report said.